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Voters don’t learn from Republican blunders Hopefully by the time you read this, the Fox-Republican-Tea Party will have released its American hostages, reopened the people’s government, and honored the full faith and credit of the United States by agreeing to pay our bills. I’m not optimistic. Even if the anarchists in the House majority and their minority allies in the Senate agree to only a short-term continuation of funding, they will create another crisis within a few months. Anarchists, of course, do not believe in government, so the current government shutdown should be no surprise. Since the GOP nominated Barry Goldwater in 1964, nearly the entire party has been systematically taken over by people who campaign against the government. Right now, our federal agencies are not able to prevent our food from being contaminated, keep our national parks open, pay our veterans what they are owed, etc. Conservative columnist David Brooks and others have referred to those seeking a shutdown of the government over the issue of defunding Obamacare as being kamikazes. Kamikazes were Japanese pilots during the last days of World War II who believed their emperor Hirohito was a god and were willing to die for him. Those fanatics were issued enough gasoline to get to their targets but not enough to get home. They used their bodies and planes as missiles against the Allies. If Mr. Brooks and others also think that the fanatics who have taken over the FoxRepublican-Tea Party are leading the GOP to suicide in future elections, I have to disagree. The GOP may show no understanding of the lessons of history in general, but they do remember their own history of the past 30 years. After the Iran-Contra affair in which the Reagan administration secretly and illegally sold missiles to Iran, the Republicans still won the next presidential election in 1988. Even after Newt Gingrich (Khan) and his Republican hordes shut down the government in 1995-96 and then impeached Bill Clinton in 1998, they still maintained a majority in the House until 2007. Consequently, they are convinced that no matter how irresponsibly and viciously they perform, the voters are unlikely to hold them accountable — and I agree: Anyone who voted for them in the first place will do it again. Nevertheless, the current fanatics are indeed kamikazes. In 1945, it was almost impossible for our soldiers and sailors to overpower or outmaneuver an enemy that was determined to die and would just keep coming. The same is true about today’s right-wing extremists in Congress. They 4
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are sociopaths who know what they want, are determined to have their way, and don’t care how many innocent people get hurt as a result. If they’ve been outvoted on legislation in Congress, outvoted on the Supreme Court, and outvoted in the presidential election, then democracy itself must be sacrificed. They will hold the nation hostage until they get their way. The lead kamikaze pilot in Congress is Ted Cruz, the anarchist junior senator from Texas. He reminds me of another outrageous Republican junior senator from the early 1950s, Joe McCarthy from Wisconsin. Physically, they even look alike. They also sound alike: Slightly raising taxes on the very wealthy to pay for Obamacare will lead to the end of American civilization as we know it; communists within our government will destroy the nation! Their motives appear to be similar as well, savoring the publicity and being the center of attention more than anything else — mostly just a game to them, with a sociopathic disregard for the consequences of their actions. McCarthy merely wanted to maintain his Senate seat, so he lied about having a list of known communists in the state department, won re-election, and was content with having a subcommittee to pursue his malicious communist witch-hunt. On the other hand, Cruz, representing the
rich-are-Taxed-Enough-Already (TEA) Party, is believed to have aspirations for the GOP nomination for the presidency! Fortunately, that’s unlikely. Traditionally, since WWII, the Republican Party has reserved its vice-presidential nominations for its never-ending succession of lunatic fringes. Ike got stuck with Richard Nixon, Nixon picked Spiro Agnew, the elder Bush chose Danny Quayle, W. Bush wanted Dick Cheney, McCain went with Sarah Palin, and Romney selected Paul Ryan. Sadly, that’s a scary lot for any party to place within a heartbeat from the presidency! For a nation that’s expected to be a world leader, we’re really in an embarrassing and dangerous situation. How do you use facts, reason and logic, justice, and common sense against kamikazes, anarchists, and sociopaths? David Offutt El Dorado
Open letter to Arkansas’s congressmen In order to get subsidized coverage and avoid fines, Arkansans in need of health insurance must buy it through the online Marketplace run by the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the three-year old Affordable Care
Act, the Marketplace was scheduled to be opened on Oct. 1. My wife has been trying, without success, to access the Marketplace portal since Oct. 5. Beyond giving the standard response about “glitches,” customer service workers at the Marketplace call center are at a loss for what to do. The press has been full of stories like this. Neither my wife nor I understand why free health care is not considered a fundamental right. While the ACA is merely a species of for-profit health insurance, I guess having “affordable” coverage is safer than having none at all. The Marketplace is NOT open for business! It’s impossible to see what the Marketplace offers! Why wasn’t the Marketplace up and running on Oct. 1? When are the “glitches” going to be resolved? Will people who cannot access the Marketplace be fined on their 2013 income taxes if the “glitches” persist past the mid-December deadline to enroll? And why isn’t the entire matter openly and clearly discussed? As working Americans, we deserve answers to these questions. Government-subsidized healthcare, which most developed societies have in some form, should be a national security priority. Even if they opposed a certain bill approved by a majority of their colleagues and signed into law by the president, all members of Congress must facilitate the implementation of services for the benefit of their constituents. That is, if reelection, credibility and civic duty are priorities. Please do not regurgitate the usual rhetoric because Americans have had their fill of it. And please do not misinterpret what I am writing as an endorsement of fiscal austerity. For a generation now, Americans have been living through the catastrophic effects of an unfettered “free market.” Simply put, a law has been passed and must be implemented (even the majority of the Supreme Court, including conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld key provisions of the ACA over one year ago). Please investigate this miscarriage of justice and wasteful mismanagement of public funds. Americans simply want the truth; let the chips fall where they may. Anthony B. Newkirk North Little Rock
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Mysterious Ohio “Froholdt, 6-5, 275 pounds, is making his first trip back to the United States from Denmark after playing his sophomore season at Warren (Ohio) Harding High School as an exchange student.” That’s an unusual placement of “Ohio,” perhaps excused by the fact that the circumstances are unusual too. The high school in question is indeed in Warren, Ohio, but the school’s full name is Warren G. Harding High School, after the president. Unless he went by the nickname “Ohio,” and I don’t believe he did, the name of the state should be moved — Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio. Something like that. Warren was not Harding’s hometown, incidentally, but I guess they felt the town’s name and the president’s name belonged together. The G. stands for Gamaliel, by the way. The writer of “Warren (Ohio)” may have been influenced by the many times he’s seen a certain university referred to on the sports page as “Miami (Ohio).” That form of identification annoys the Ohio Miamians, who point out that not only is their school older than the one in Florida, it’s older than the whole state of Florida. I’m reminded of another Midwestern statesman, Sen. Everett Dirksen,
who attended Pekin High School in Pekin, Ill. The Pekin football team was known for years DOUG as the Chinks. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org The name was changed around 1980, after protests were heard. Controversy continues over whether the name of the Washington Redskins should be changed. If Redskins is dropped, “Disruptors” would be an apt replacement, or “Dysfunctionals.” “Defaulters” maybe, depending on how this mess plays out. Douglas Young, M.D., of Conway writes: “The headline for the Aug./Sept. 2013 issue of Medical News of Arkansas has the following headine: ‘Physicians to be Incentivized to talk to Patients about Quitting Tobacco Use.’ I thought you might be incentivized to write about this new? word.” I’m sad to say I’ve seen it once or twice before. Anyone who uses it in my presence will be strongly incentivized not to. I might make an exception for somebody who’s 6-5 and 275.
WEEK THAT WAS
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FUNDRAISING. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised $1.2 million in the latest quarter, which puts him over $3 million since he announced in April. Sen. Mark Pryor and his opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, announced similarly large hauls — $1.035 million for Pryor and $1.065 for Cotton. Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor John Burkhalter raised $530,00 in the quarter, more than incumbent Lt. Gov. Mark Darr spent in two years of campaigning. Republican gubernatorial challenger Asa Hutchinson’s fundraising numbers weren’t available at press time. FOURTH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS. Former FEMA director James Lee Witt said he’s 80 percent sure he’ll make a run for Congress. He’s been urged to run by former President Bill Clinton, Mike Ross, Vice President Joe Biden and others. IDIOCY. Johnny Howard, owner of Smokin’ Joe’s restaurant in Rogers, posted on his restaurant a sign reading, “OBAMACARE AMERICA’S PUNISHMENT FOR SLAVERY YEARS.” He took the sign down after complaints, but defended putting it up by saying, “History’s
told us when we sit idly by, and don’t do anything, bad things happen to good people. To me I was comparing that to the people that are just not speaking up enough about this Affordable Care Act.”
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ARKANSANS’ ABILITY TO DECIPHER CURRENT EVENTS. A new Talk BusinessHendrix College poll found that a plurality of Arkansans, 40 percent, blame President Obama and the Democrats for the government shutdown. Thirty-five percent blame Republicans and 24 percent say the parties are equally to blame, the poll found. THE LITTLE ROCK TECHNOLOGY PARK. The Tech Park Authority Board once again punted on selecting a site for the Tech Park, though it promised to take a vote Oct. 23. Meanwhile, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has called for more delay. His opinion should matter, considering Little Rock is expected to invest $22 million into the park. THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. South Carolina trounced the Hogs 52-7 at homecoming in Fayetteville. Arkansas is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 2007. Next up? At Alabama. www.arktimes.com
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EYE ON ARKANSAS
ew legislative measures produce such extensive and diverse opposition as a proposed amendment to the federal farm bill now before Congress. In this case, the opposition is richly deserved. The amendment is anti-consumer, anti-animal, antienvironment, anti-state-regulation-of-agriculturalpractices, anti-just-about-everything-worth-being-for. The amendment is sponsored by Rep. Steve King, RIowa, a Tea Party favorite also known for his virulent anti-immigrant remarks. It would weaken government regulation for consumer protection, animal welfare, fire safety and other issues by dictating that no state can require any condition on the sale of any agricultural product that is stricter than that of the least restrictive state. Obviously, the amendment has no regard for states’ rights and local government, things the Tea Party is supposed to care about. Opponents of the amendment, which is to say men and women of good will, should contact the members of their Congressional delegation immediately. 6
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he very rich are different from you and me,” a famous author once wrote, and a famous colleague replied, “Yes, they have more friends on the Supreme Court.” Having already issued one devious ruling to make the Koch brothers’ lives easier, the Supreme Court is now preparing to give the well-heeled political fixers another leg up. (The Kochs have more legs up than centipedes. They finance a huge share of the rightwing political activity in this country.) The Court is being asked to remove the limits on contributions by the biggest individual givers to political campaigns, thus allowing the wealthy even more control over the American political process. The plaintiff, a chronic Republican contributor from Alabama, says the present limit of $123,200 on the contributions he can make in a two-year election cycle is insufficient for the amount of good government he longs to provide. There are sound reasons to believe the Court will agree, one of them being that the plaintiff is, as we said, a big Republican contributor. These are judges who once yanked a presidential election away from the voters so they could award victory to a Republican candidate. Nonpartisanship is not their thing. A couple of years ago, the Court ruled 5-4 that corporations, like the Kochs’, could spend as much as they wanted on campaign advocacy as long as the expenditures were made independently of candidates and their campaigns. Shadowy donors now spend billions on television ads attacking candidates. Corporations are people, the Court said, and money is speech. Utter nonsense, of course, the sort that only really big money can buy. Saving American democracy will not be easy. Putting democracy in danger was inevitable when Ronald Reagan and other Republican presidents began selecting judges solely on grounds of ideology.
READY TO TROT: A horse stands in the stables at the Arkansas State Fair.
The Democrats’ last hurrah
’ve said before that 2014 is the deciding year for Arkansas Democrats. More erosion through electoral losses and the Republican Party will be solidified as the majority party in Arkansas for years to come. The notion that a Hillary Clinton candidacy could somehow turn that around in 2016 is wishful thinking. The time to hold and gain ground is now. Or never. So which is it? Republicans naturally think never. President Obama may not be on the ballot, but his unpopularity is considered a tonic for Republicans at every level, Gov. Mike Beebe’s big victory in 2010 notwithstanding. Democrats have some cause for optimism, even from seemingly problematic recent polling by Roby Brock’s Talk Business and Hendrix College. Those polls: U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor led Republican Rep. Tom Cotton 42-41. Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson led former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, a Democrat, 41-37. That’s good? No. But it could be much worse. Pryor is still in the lead, for one thing, if nominally. (And a national poll conducted for a Republican super PAC released later showed him with a three-point lead.) Polls showed everybody beating U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln for re-election and she gained barely a point despite millions of campaign spending. For another thing, some 20 percent of respondents detest Obama but aren’t necessarily ready to vote for Cotton. Pryor’s best weapon is his opponent — a billionaire-financed extremist who proclaimed that a government shutdown and debt default might be good for what ails the United States. In the governor’s race, Asa Hutchinson, with universal name recognition, can only score 41 percentage points? It’s not really surprising for someone who’s lost three statewide races and is saddled by a problematic name thanks to misdeeds by his brother Tim, the former
senator, and nephew Jeremy, the current state senator, not to mention his own misbegotten persecution of favorite son Bill Clinton during impeachment. I think the polls are a stark MAX comment on Arkansas’s current BRANTLEY email@example.com political atmosphere, rather than candidate referenda. The yellow dog Republican base is 41 percent; the Democratic base a bit less. That means about 20 percent of the electorate will decide these two races after a good $25 million or more in wall-to-wall TV. Do they retain some Democratic tendencies? Or have they moved with the rest of the South to today’s Dixiepublican Party? I’m realistic about Democratic chances. But a strong Democratic field at all levels could help. Ross is working hard to recruit legislative candidates. Pickup possibilities exist in a state House where Republicans have only a one-vote majority. Pryor will top the ticket with a familiar name, still warmly remembered among important older voters. James Lee Witt, Bill Clinton’s famous FEMA director, may launch a 4th District congressional bid. Former Rep. Linda Tyler of Conway and former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, who enjoys broad and positive name recognition, may run in the 2nd District against extremist Republican Rep. Tim Griffin, who followed through on a threat to close down government if he couldn’t kill the Affordable Care Act. He’s never carried Pulaski County, where he lives. Democrats have some hope that all this activity at the top of the ticket could yet encourage a strong challenger for Republican Rep. Rick Crawford in the 1st District, once a Democratic stronghold. A well-financed Democratic ticket with big names and depth offers the party hope to reverse recent trends. If it fails, the future is bleak for many years to come.
Legislators find way to deliver the pork
he sad history of political reform is that the remedy is usually no better and often worse than the evil it tries to correct, especially when the courts are called upon to fix it. Supply your own examples, of which the most woeful are the efforts to stem the power of money in politics. But this is about a more niggling problem, the ancient impulse of lawmakers to feather their own nests with taxpayers’ dollars. Reporters at the Arkansas DemocratGazette in the past month have illuminated how far state legislators have gone to dodge the law since 2007, when the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered them to stop passing local and special acts, which have been prohibited by the Constitution since 1874. To skirt the Supreme Court ruling, the legislators came up with a clever system that allows them to do things they wouldn’t have dared do when they were just straightforwardly ignoring the law and passing local and special acts. The
past year, for example, they earmarked your tax dollars to fund a big fireworks show for a Republican Fourth of July ERNEST political rally in DUMAS Saline County and $124,000 to build a park and playground for disabled children on the lot of a legislator who has a disabled child. (You see, other disabled children from across Arkansas can come over to his place in Saline County and play there, too.) When the Confederates regained control in 1874 they wrote a new Constitution they thought would stop the abuses of the carpetbag government during Reconstruction. Legislators had passed laws that settled scores for themselves locally, changed people’s names, legitimized children, awarded divorces, vacated roads and generally granted favors to their friends. No more such local acts like those, the new
The gullible, paranoid Tea Party
t’s easier to fool people,” Mark Twain apparently never said “than to convince them that they have been fooled.” You can find those words all over the Internet attributed to Twain, but I can locate no credible source. Too bad, because it’s absolutely correct. Twain probably did say something similar, because it sounds like an opinion the acerbic author of “Huckleberry Finn” would have endorsed. Think of the hilarious episode of “The Royal Nonesuch,” a mangled Shakespearean farce performed by a pair of riverboat scamps called the King and the Duke for the befuddled citizens of a Mississippi river town. “The duke said these Arkansaw lunkheads couldn’t come up to Shakespeare,” Huck says. “What they wanted was low comedy — and maybe something ruther worse than low comedy, he reckoned.” And low comedy they got. The plan was to pocket the cash and float off downriver before the yokels got wise. I thought of that scene watching Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin outside the White House recently, protesting the very government shutdown they’d fiercely championed — a Confederate battle flag fluttering in the background,
the emblem of disgruntled losers everywhere. Is there no scam so transparently farcical that milGENE lions of American LYONS lunkheads won’t fall for it? Evidently not. As you read here first, anybody with an eighth grader’s understanding of the U.S. Constitution knew that Cruz’s mad quest to destroy the Affordable Care Act could not possibly succeed. And was politically self-destructive as well, if not for Cruz, then for the Republican Party. Of course millions of gullible voters lack that understanding. Meanwhile, the Texas senator and his allies continue to bombard the faithful with emails promising imminent victory and soliciting cash. They’re like the most shameless televangelist faith-healers. Except now the enemies list doesn’t feature only Democrats like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, but prominent Republicans such as Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. Anyway, here’s Huck Finn’s daddy, America’s first Tea Party patriot: “Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was
constitution decreed. Legislators were sliding around the law so the voters in 1926 broadened the Constitution to outlaw local and special acts, period. Then legislators would get around it by wording bills cleverly so that rather than mentioning the town or county where the money was to be spent or the deed done it would apply to all counties with a population of, say, between 10, 200 and 10,220 in the last census. In the 1990s, with Gov. Mike Huckabee as proprietor, the practice of appropriating state money for local projects that would build political support for legislators got out of hand. It wasn’t Huckabee’s fault; in fact, most legislators were Democrats and they were squabbling with Huckabee over whether he or they should have the say in distributing surplus funds among all the scores of competing state and local projects approved by the legislature. So evolved a system of awarding each of the 135 legislators — party made no difference — his or her share of the pie. If you were weak in one outlying hamlet in your district, give them state money for a traffic light or band uniforms and have your picture taken for the local weekly handing someone a state check.
Mike Wilson of Jacksonville, a crusty former legislator, filed a lawsuit asking the courts to declare such stuff unconstitutional. The Supreme Court did. Legislators set out to find a way around it. They devised a system of appropriating lump sums to regional development districts. Legislators would have their friends apply to the development districts for grants for their projects, legislators would then get the word to the development directors which were their projects and each would be funded. Locally, they still get credit for delivering the money. Everyone understands that it’s just politics. Rep. Andy Mayberry, whose next-door lot will be the new playground for Arkansas’s disabled children, is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. His wife, who ramrodded the grant, is running for his seat in the House of Representatives. The $5,000 grant for the Republican Fourth of July political rally (the local GOP urged people to bring their Tea Party signs) was the work of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who has a tough re-election race next year. The Tea Party? Don’t they hate government spending? It’s all right. Obama didn’t approve it.
a free n***** there from Ohio — a mulat- a conspiracy in the highest places to end ter, most as white as a white man. He had American Constitutional rule and replace the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and it with a Marxist dictatorship, evidenced the shiniest hat; and there ain’t a man by a plan in which your family doctor in that town that’s got as fine clothes as will be replaced by a federal bureaucrat what he had…They said he was a p’fessor — mostly for unnamable purposes, but in a college, and could talk all kinds of somehow involving the gleeful killing languages, and knowed everything. And off of the aged. “There is also the conviction, in both that ain’t the wust. They said he could VOTE when he was at home. Well, that eras, that only a handful of Congressmen let me out. Thinks I, what is the country and polemicists (then mostly in newspaa-coming to? It was ‘lection day, and I pers; now on TV) stand between honest was just about to go and vote myself if I Americans and the apocalypse, and that warn’t too drunk to get there; but when the man presiding over that plan is not they told me there was a State in this just a dupe but personally depraved, an country where they’d let that n***** vote, active collaborator with our enemies, a I drawed out. I says I’ll never vote agin.” secret something or other, and any necSound like anybody you know? The essary means to bring about the end of his reign are justified and appropriate.” professor, I mean. Same as it ever was. Try to put Pap’s racism aside; everybody in the novel, set in slave-owning Then it was H.L. Hunt; today it’s the Missouri around 1840, shares it. Among Koch Brothers. But you know what? From the Civil other virtues, Twain was a great reporter. Besides, liberals calling everybody racist War onward, they always lose. It’s poware tedious and smug. erlessness that makes people vulnerable Equally striking are Pap Finn’s social to conspiracy theories. And maybe I’m getting soft, because anxiety and envy, his anti-intellectualism and paranoia, attitudes that have always I’m actually starting to feel sorry for them run like a dark stain under the surface — the Limbaugh and Cruz fans that send of American life. me emails calling Democrats “evil.” Not The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik finds simply because they’re the pigeons in a another antecedent to today’s Tea Party giant con game, but because they’re so frightened, like children scared of monin the John Birch Society: sters under the bed. “Reading through the literature on the hysterias of 1963, the continuity of beliefs It must be a terribly unhappy way is plain: Now, as then, there is said to be to live. www.arktimes.com
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Commonsense budget fixes
ongressional leaders cannot seem to make up their minds about the reasons behind the government shutdown and a possible default on our word as a nation to pay our debts. Perhaps due to the unpopularity of shutting down the government in a last ditch effort to deny millions of uninsured Americans decent health care, many Republicans have pivoted to budget cuts and the deficit. Political theater aside, the long-term deficit needs to be fixed, and we know what needs to happen to get the job done. Three years ago, Congress and the president created the Simpson-Bowles Commission to tell them what they didn’t want to hear but already knew: a solution to the deficit needs to have everything on the table, including more revenue. It was the umpteenth report with the same recommendation: shared sacrifice for the good of the nation. They came tantalizingly close to a grand bargain but Congress balked. Now they want to create a new deficit reduction commission again while we have another shutdown and default threat. Tragically, the shutdown is hurting real people. Kids are going without food and Head Start classes. Homeless shelters are furloughing staff. Research centers studying cures for cancer and making the next advancements in agriculture and engineering are shuttered. The faux budget war also means we suffer from neglecting other issues. Where is the bipartisan commission on job creation and reducing poverty? Or on sustaining rural communities? Or on the exploding wealth gap, our dwindling middle class and the economic stratification of our country? Or on providing an opportunity to learn to EVERY American student? Or on climate change? Now that we have health care reform, let’s improve it and stop trying to cripple it. We cannot afford to keep bickering over things we know how to solve. Congress could, for example, ditch the worn-out talking points and start talking about the math. There is near consensus among nonpartisan economists and policy groups that a plan to reduce our nation’s deficit must include not only cuts to discretionary spending (only 17 percent of the total budget), Medicare (23 percent) and Social Security (22 percent), but also cuts to military spending (19 percent) and — most importantly and most overlooked by our members of Congress — new revenue from tax reforms that simplify and balance our tax laws. Sadly, the proposals for deficit reduction from Arkansas’s congressmen are almost
exclusively focused on cuts to discretionary spending, Medicare and Social Security. That will hurt the already BILL KOPSKY squeezed middle GUEST COLUMNIST class while leaving more kids hungry and tossing many elderly Americans into poverty. And it just doesn’t add up. We cannot solve the problem by only targeting programs for the middle class and those least able to pay while letting big business and the super wealthy skirt their responsibility. Budgets, at the end of the day, are statements of values. What sort of value statement is favoring the superwealthy over everyone else? Another truth of our budget deficit is that most nonpartisan economists think that we should gradually reduce spending over time rather than make immediate sweeping cuts. They say we should invest more in the short term on transportation and education infrastructure that will pay dividends down the road while also providing jobs to stimulate our economy now. They say the short term cuts we have implemented through sequestration have actually been larger than many austerity cuts made in Europe and that they are hurting American jobs and our economic recovery. Beware of budget negotiations that start with what they won’t consider. Beware of negotiations that start with another redundant study of the obvious. Beware of proposals to cut it all now. We’ve known the budget solution for years — it’s not rocket science. The problem is that congressional leaders seem to want to manufacture a crisis instead of fixing it. We are paying a heavy price in government shutdowns, halting programs to help Americans pull themselves up from poverty, polarized political environments, weakened international standing and a weaker economy for ALL of us. Arkansas’s congressmen even voted against food stamps to help hungry kids, thereby derailing the farm bill. We need better leadership. Our congressional delegation now has the opportunity to deliver a non-partisan solution that makes sense for Arkansas’s middle class and working poor while solving our long-term problem. Here is an opportunity for Arkansas’s delegation to spell out how their plan lifts Arkansans out of poverty and moves all of us forward. I’m hoping that Arkansas voters will return to our tradition of holding our elected officials accountable for delivering on that opportunity.
THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE
Go Cardinals ON A RECENT TRIP TO THE OBSERVER’S HOMETOWN of St. Louis, we could not help but feel the building excitement of our beloved Cardinal nation. October is the season of hope for baseball fans — hope of another trip to the fall classic, the World Series. It is, of course, the season of discontent for the losers and the source of rivalries verging on blood feuds between fans of opposing teams. When The Observer was in high school, the Cardinals’ chief nemesis was the New York Mets, who seemed to forever stand in the way of the Series. There is still nothing short of the threat of death that could get The Observer to root for those guys. Due to the proximity of St. Louis and Chicago, and the fact that it’s common for fans to travel to and from those two cities to see the Cardinals pound the Cubs, that rivalry goes back generations as well. In what seems another lifetime, our best friends’ father would load up a group of us boys in his station wagon and drop us outside old Busch Stadium near the bleacher seat entrance. For less than $10 a head, we could all buy tickets, a box of popcorn, a hot dog and a soda, and go sit behind the Cub fans in the bleachers and throw popcorn and insults at them throughout the game. The Observer still occasionally does this in the privacy of his living room. We admit that that soul-deep brand of hatred is irrational, and also transferable, as we now hate Los Angeles with all of our being, sometimes unashamedly hoping that the Dodgers suffer defeat in so humiliating a manner as to cause grown men to cry like small girls, live on TV, so The Observer can watch. Perhaps no fan, however, is capable of the level of hatred and disdain as fans of the Boston Red Sox. In this year’s American League Championship Series, a home run ball hit by the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park — a treasured item for fans the everywhere — was caught by a young woman, at which point the ball was wrenched from her hands and thrown back onto the field. Now THAT’S a fan. THE OBSERVER AND JUNIOR witnessed a car accident on Monday morning, the first we’ve seen in awhile with our own eyes instead of just motoring past the smoking wreckage. We’ve been driving over 20 years
now, and it’s always sobering seeing it happen for real: slow-motion, like something out of a dream. Waiting at the stoplight at Pine and Markham, heading into Hillcrest, the light turned green. The dust-colored Ford ahead of us began motoring across, and at that moment, a silver sedan sailed right through the red light, never seeming to slow, quick enough to make us shout in surprise, and T-boned him. The sideglass of the Ford exploded with a sigh and shriek of tires. Both cars lurched with the impact, the Ford spinning sideways in the intersection before coming to a stop. When you consider we’re all riding around in 2-ton boxes on wheels, the insides of them studded with knobs and dials and buttons and lights, it’s probably a minor miracle that we don’t run together more often than we do. Not even a minor one. Plain ol’ miracle. Junior was late, and help was rushing to the crash from all directions, phones pressed to ears all over, so The Observer turned down Markham, all the while asking Junior if he was OK until he finally said, with the delivery only a teenager can provide: “Dad, we WITNESSED an accident. We weren’t IN an accident.” After we dropped him at school, The Observer came back, parked in the Walgreens parking lot across from the wreck, and sat there idling, looking at it all: the smoking cars and the people who came to help. The drivers were out by then, looking dazed but OK — a miracle of engineering this time: airbags and seatbelts and crumple zones. People were on their phones, including the drivers, letting folks know something had happened. The Observer tends to make a mess of things when we try to help in a crisis, so we kept our distance. A woman in scrubs came up the sidewalk from the direction of UAMS, crossed against the light, and went to them. It was all beautiful, in a way: the crash, the violence, then people rushing to help. Human beings tend to run when there’s an emergency, trying to preserve even those bare seconds it would take to walk. There’s beauty in that too. After a while, we dropped our own box full of distractions carefully into gear, then motored downtown, giving each greenlit intersection a wary glance before crossing.
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One of the worst
ard to fathom a worse homecoming than the one Arkansas experienced on Saturday. I’ll make a short list of flat-out debacles that most people know by score alone: 51-7 Miami, 1987. We all remember this one by the digits alone, because Miami was a powerhouse in every sense of the word, and the Hogs were a Top 10 bunch looking to tug on Superman’s cape. The Orlando Sentinel’s recap of that game famously stated that the game was so lopsided it resembled “the Chicago Bears vs. the Merritt Island Mustangs.” There was that 70-17 pasting in California back in ‘05, with the Hogs coming off a home loss to Vanderbilt a little more than a year after Houston Nutt famously complained about the bottom-feeding Commodores not being on the schedule enough to suit him. Top-rated USC greeted the Pigs at the Coliseum the next weekend, and the results were predictably terrible as Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush deconstructed a woeful defense with quick precision. Last year, on a sloppy Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Alabama did the rough equivalent of what USC did, seizing upon the chance to destroy a team in ruin from the week before. I’ll throw another one out there, though, that may have been forgotten, because I think it serves as a more apt comparison to what we all witnessed on Saturday. In 2008, Bobby Petrino’s first season as head coach, the Hogs were saddled with a rescheduled game at Texas at the end of September, and went to Austin for what more or less looked the part of a paycheck game. Arkansas was teetering after two shaky nonconference wins to open the year, then a thoroughly gross showing against Alabama at home, so this trip to Texas never had the look of anything other than a Saturday rout. And it was. Texas did that day what South Carolina did Saturday: expose literally every shallow facet of the Hogs’ susceptible defense. Colt McCoy was a paragon of two-way brilliance five years earlier, and Connor Shaw mirrored that, throwing to receivers so open that he might as well have been pitching foam footballs through scoring holes in an arcade game. Arkansas is so terribly thin at linebacker and secondary that every whiffed tackle and every blown assignment avails itself to even novice fans who wouldn’t normally diagnose soft coverage unless it literally kicked them directly in the face. And it did on Saturday, repeatedly and with force. And what about that offense? Well, it was pretty repugnant at Gainesville the week before, but there was hope that Arkansas could effuse something resembling
balance against a Gamecocks defense that had given up 53 combined points to perceived lightweights Central BEAU Florida and KenWILCOX tucky. Guess what? Arkansas is that lightweight now. Alex Collins’ six-yard TD run on the opening possession capped off a nice starting drive, but regrettably, college football games now have another 55 minutes or so where your players actually have to make smart decisions with and without the football. This memorandum failed to reach a jarringly uninterested bunch, and that set the stage, for South Carolina simply murdered the Hogs the rest of the way. This was, in short, the bottoming out for 2013. We suffered so much in 2012 that it’s practically a feat that Hog fans are still impassioned at all about the proceedings, but if you had a barometer on Saturday around 1 p.m. it probably registered something close to suffocation around the coaching staff and particularly around Allen, whose progress has been stunted so hard and forcefully that you wonder if he will ever gather himself and produce again. He’s still not getting help from receivers who run fine routes and then scissorhand easy catches in space, or from offensive linemen who literally lay no hand at all on the onrushing ends or linebackers. What looks most disastrous about the loss is that after halftime, when the Hogs were down 24-7 but at least theoretically within striking distance of competing, the team seemed to plant the white flag firmly in the turf. An acrimonious crowd sensed it too. You could hardly hear the PA announcer in the final 20 minutes or so because even the rapidly emptied cavern had all manner of profanity and disdain echoing about. Arkansas has five games, but maybe no fuel or motivation, remaining. Petrino seemed to get a pass in 2008 for his team’s failings because it sprinkled in a few moments of promise down the stretch and had Ryan Mallett waiting in the wings to take over in 2009. What Bret Bielema has is a less dynamic offense, a far shakier roster on the whole, and not near the fan buoyancy he would hope to have going into the offseason. These Hogs need to play with at least the level of courage they displayed in the loss to Texas A&M, because that was a team that may realistically be good enough to find a couple more victories in the offing. The Hogs that “played” against South Carolina will hopefully not be seen again.
IN S IDE R
Chemist: State needs to test Lake Conway more A new report from Arcadis U.S., a consulting firm hired by ExxonMobil, contends that it’s no longer necessary to test sediment samples in Lake Conway for contamination from the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower. Under the direction of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arcadis has been testing water and sediment samples in and around Lake Conway and the oil-fouled Northwoods subdivision since soon after ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured. Last week, in a preliminary review of sediment data Arcadis has collected, ADEQ said it saw no levels of pollutants around the spill area that would constitute a public health hazard. Testing did find a level of polycyclic hydrocarbons and metals that pose “ecological concerns,” particularly in the cove of the lake. ADEQ Deputy Director Ryan Benefield said the ecological community is much more susceptible to chemicals than humans. The agency sets its human risk levels based on recommendations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health. The ecological risk levels came from recommendations from several federal agencies. Environmental chemist Wilma Subra, a MacArthur “Genius” Award winner from New Iberia, La., is skeptical of ADEQ and Arcadis’ reading of the data. After her own inspection of the sediment data, Subra said more sampling should be done throughout the spill area, including in Lake Conway. To get a baseline picture of what environmental conditions were like before a disaster, it’s necessary to take “background” water and soil samples from nearby sites that were not impacted. But some of the sites used for background samples near Mayflower themselves indicate the presence of petroleum contamination. Other sites do not. Subra’s concern is over the selection of sites: “I don’t think their selection of background locations was very appropriate. “The issue is when you have values that range as much as their, quote, background, it’s very clear that a lot of the areas they sample have other sources of contamination impacting them, to have that kind of high concentration,” Subra said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12
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Relativity: Arkansan and the Nobel prize Physicist part of team that found the ‘God’ particle. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
t was 60 years ago that British physicist Peter Higgs published his theory that a subatomic particle called a boson gave other particles mass, thus fixing an earlier mathematical problem that tried, but failed, to describe quantum physics. And yet it was a flash of focused energy at nearly the speed of light last year that proved Higgs right, when particles speeding round the Large Hadron Collider, buried 574 feet under the ground along the Swiss-French border, smacked into each other — using Kyle Cranmer’s verb — to create a Higgs particle. Cranmer, an experimental physicist who grew up in Little Rock and attended the Arkansas School of Mathematics, Science and Arts in Hot Springs, knows how the Higgs boson was produced because he was part of the research team at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, that worked on the project. Cranmer, who was in ASMSA’s charter class, graduating in 1995, went on to get his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Rice University and his doctorate at Madison, Wis. He lived at CERN for “six years off and on,” while he was working on his doctorate, he said in a phone interview from New York, where he is an assistant professor of physics at New York University. Cranmer brought together data analyzed by the 10 or so groups who were searching for the boson in various ways to create “one big analysis,” he said, of “tantalizing data” coming from the collider. On July 4, 2012, CERN announced it had found a particle like the Higgs boson (they were a bit shy about claiming victory). It was 3 a.m. Eastern time when CERN held its press conference,
and time to pop the cork on the champagne at a party at NYU. The finding was confirmed in March this year. To understand particle physics, one has to be a mathematician of the highest order. But Cranmer took a stab at explaining the Higgs, which got the name “the God particle” from earlier writers on physics. It’s especially difficult, because there are no Higgs particles — they were created at the time of the Big Bang, which is what the Hadron Collider simulates. Before Higgs (and others at the same time, as usually happens in scientific discovery) developed his theory, mathematicians could only come up with equations that left all particles massless, “which flies in the face of everything we know about the universe,” Cranmer said. “If it weren’t for bosons, there would be no life.” But rather than discrete Higgs par-
ticles floating around, the universe “is filled with this thing called the Higgs field. It’s not so different from a magnetic field. … When particles move through it they slow down,” because they’ve taken on mass. The Higgs field, he said, is like an ocean, and the bosons are like the waves in the ocean. If you throw a pebble into a lake, he said, you can see the ripples. If you slam particles together at unthinkable speed, you get a Higgs particle — which then rapidly decays, making it so difficult to find. To explain how the collider produced the boson, Cranmer used the analogy of the atomic bomb. You split an atom, you get an enormous release of energy. If you focus that enormous energy at great speed, you can create a particle. Just because the boson has been found and the Standard Model of quantum physics completed doesn’t mean there is not more research for Cranmer to do. The Standard Model doesn’t explain dark matter, for example, that moves the galaxies about — and most of the universe is dark matter. The next experiments, when the Collider starts up again in 2015, will try to understand the boson and its role in dark matter. Coincidentally, one of Cranmer’s schoolmates at ASMSA, cosmologist James Dent of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, has published a paper theorizing how the boson created dark energy. In August, Cranmer visited his high school for the 20th anniversary of its founding. He blogged on Quantum Diaries that the school “changed my life”: “I learned calculus and calculus-based physics from Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya, a Russian-educated Ph.D. physicist that had left Russia due to religious persecution. I took an organic chemistry [class] in high school with awesome labs where we extracted DNA from plants and ran gel electrophoresis. … I learned some basic electronics from my electronics guru friends Colin and Stephen (who made a TV from a scrap oscilloscope), my friend Thomas made a pretty nice Tesla Coil, we used to get in trouble making potato guns and I almost lost an eye with a rail gun trial. … ” Cranmer talked to Lyublinskaya just last week, he said. She was proud, and proud to be a part of what he had become.
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From a Capital security camera
GUEST GOES WILD
A lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages was filed last week in Pulaski Circuit Court by Brooks Jansen, a former valet at the Capital Hotel, over the actions of a visiting Canadian investment tycoon, Michael Wekerle. The lawsuit alleges that Jansen was injured during Wekerle’s bizarre hijinks at the hotel in October 2010. The rundown that follows comes from a Capital Hotel security incident report that was offered as an exhibit by the plaintiff’s attorneys:
1. Dropped his pants to his ankles in the lobby near the foyer, in front of guests and employees, and walked back and forth between the bell stand and the foyer three times before he pulled up his pants. 2. Repeatedly and loudly blew a stadium horn in the lobby. 3. Grabbed a valet by the arm, twisted the valet’s arm, spun around as if he was about to flip the valet over his shoulder, and tugged hard on the valet’s arm. The valet has reported an injury and filed an “Employee Accident/Injury Report.” 4. Verbally harassed two female guests by asking a valet in front of the females if the valet had “fucked them,” and then asking the valet to “lick their tits.” 5. Lifted and carried a female from the sidewalk in front of the hotel, through the foyer, into the lobby and to the nearest sofa, then fell backward on the sofa with the female and remained on the sofa with her in the prone position. 6. Got on his knees and then in a prone position on the floor of the lobby in front of the entrance to Ashley’s restaurant. 7. Licked the bottom of a female’s shoe, then removed the shoe and licked the bottom of the female’s foot while they were at the entrance to Ashley’s, and while the woman’s husband was in Ashley’s.
10. Sat at an occupied table in the Capital Bar & Grill and began talking to the patrons at the table, then stood up in his chair and jumped up and down in the chair until a server made him stop.
8. Talked in a loud, drunken manner and used profanity, including several variations of the word “fuck,” while inside Ashley’s restaurant, in the hotel lobby, and in the Capital Bar & Grill.
11. Dropped his pants and underwear in front of guests and employees in the Capital Bar & Grill. At least two guests reported seeing Mr. Wekerle’s genitals.
9. Wrestled with a companion in the hallway between the restrooms south of the lobby.
12. Threatened a security officer when the security officer tried to get Mr. Wekerle to calm down and stop interfering with other guests.
Exxon’s plan directed that dozens of soil and sediment samples be taken from along the path of the spilled oil, but only six spots in the main body of Lake Conway beyond the mouth of the cove. While there are petroleum hydrocarbons found in those six sites, ADEQ notes that such chemicals are present everywhere gas and oil are burned and they may have came from outboard motors in Lake Conway or runoff from I-40. But Subra said her quick inspection shows a consistency in the specific chemicals detected in the few lake sample sites that’s not present in the background sites. Such a pattern may indicate the compounds in the lake samples come from Exxon’s oil. Also, in many of the sites sampled, contaminants were present in the lowest depth of sediment examined (the depth of the samples varied from site to site). Subra said this indicates that samples should be taken deeper into the sediment and soil to establish the vertical limit of the contamination. Benefield, the ADEQ deputy director, said that more sampling is likely. “In most of our investigations of this nature, you have to go back out and collect additional data because you realize, ‘We didn’t get to the edge [of the contamination].’ ” That could entail both going deeper down and sampling further afield. As for the presence of contaminants in the main lake, Benefield reiterated that ADEQ has seen no evidence of oil in the lake beyond the cove, nor any other environmental impact on Lake Conway resulting from the spill. However, he acknowledged that some water from the contaminated cove entered the lake after the spill, including water pumped by the response team to keep the sealed-off cove from flooding. Certainly, some unpleasant molecules traveled from the lake to the cove in the wake of the spill; the question is just how many. “We’re not seeing levels of constituent [chemicals] that we could connect to the oil spill,” Benefield said. There’s no timetable for ADEQ to finish its final analysis of data collected by Arcadis, ADEQ officials said.
CORRECTION In last week’s media column, “D-G reports on one of its own,” DemocratGazette reporter Claudia Lauer was mistakenly called Cynthia Lauer. www.arktimes.com
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EXILE ON MAIN STREET
With frustration over crime increasingly fueling a lock ’em up and throw away the key mentality, some say the solution to recidivism may be to make parolees feel more welcome.
BY DAVID KOON
nless you want to be the kind of society that builds a machinegun-studded wall around 100 square miles of east Arkansas, then periodically tosses new prisoners and bags of beans over it while allowing the Lord of the Flies to sort it all out, parole is necessary. We’re a country that believes in second chances, and the fact is the overwhelming majority of people who go to prison will come out sooner or later, most of them on parole. But recidivism by parolees is a problem. A recent study of parolee recidivism, mandated by Arkansas Act 1030 which passed in the last session of the legislature, found that of the 10,072 people placed on parole in 2010, 57.5 percent have since been re-arrested on at least one charge, with 42.2 percent eventually going back to the prison. That’s a big, alarming number. A convenient whipping boy for that number is the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, the agency that handles the supervision of parolees. Many say it hasn’t done a good job with the “supervision” part in the past. While conservatives are sure to suggest that DCC’s failures are some kind of bleeding-heart conspiracy to let criminals run free, a look at the numbers helps bring things into perspective. Parole officers appear to be overwhelmed. According to data obtained from DCC, currently there are 23,043 people on parole in Arkansas, versus 399 parole officers. That’s 57 parolees for every parole officer. In Pulaski County, the caseloads are even more out of whack: 4,594 parolees in Pulaski County — 20 percent of the state total — versus 55 parole officers. That’s 83 parolees per officer. Most parolees are required to visit their 14
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parole officer weekly or monthly, while keeping their PO updated on things like counseling, housing and job changes, and any pending court dates, many of which the parole officer is required to attend. Workloads like that are undoubtedly part of the reason there was a 37 percent turnover rate for parole officers in the state last year, not to mention providing milewide cracks for a would-be parole violator to slip through. While high caseloads explain at least part of the parole and recidivism problem, it’s clear that poverty and the inability to find work and housing in a world where nearly every employment and apartment application includes “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” has a part to play in why parolees recidivate. In the same study mandated by Act 1030, of those placed on parole in 2010 and subsequently rearrested within three years, 78 percent were
arrested for non-violent crimes: selling drugs, burglary, forgery, failure to appear and pay fines, theft and misdemeanor property crimes. Meanwhile, 7.5 percent of 2010 parolees were re-arrested for a violent felony — murder, sex crime, felony assault, robbery or “other violent” offense — while 12.2 percent were rearrested for a violent misdemeanor. Another 2.2 percent were arrested for possession of a weapon. All this is to say that the issues involved in why parolees come out of prison and commit more crimes — unemployment, poverty, overloaded parole officers, nature, nurture, addiction, need, greed, bad wiring, untreated mental problems or plain ol’ meanness — are not as simple as turning the key in a cell door. But in order for it to work, parole has to mean something, both for society and for parolees. It also has to be flexible enough to not make parolees feel like they’re living with what one employment advocate the Times talked to called “a choke collar around their necks,” preventing them from leading the normal, law-abiding lives that we as a society claim to want for them. So how, then, do we hit that happy medium?
‘FEARLESSNESS AND HOPELESSNESS’
t took a senseless murder to make politicians, the general public and the media take a serious look at the parole system. Eighteen-year-old Forrest Abrams, of Fayetteville, was murdered on May 10 after he and a friend were reportedly the victims of an earlymorning robbery and carjacking by three men at a convenience store at 12th and Woodrow Streets in Little Rock. After his friend got out
HOMELESS: Parolee Roger Hardesty.
of the car at Fourth and Woodrow, the men drove away with Abrams in Abrams’ SUV. His body was later found dumped near the corner of Woodrow and 11th streets. One of the men police say kidnapped and killed Abrams was a 47-year-old repeat parole violator named Darrell Dennis. Convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 60 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction in June 1990, Dennis was paroled in November 2008, and almost immediately began treating his parole as a suggestion. The list of his offenses, drug screen failures and failures to report to his parole officer over the next four and a half years runs several pages of small type. A series of stories on the Abrams case by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette went into agonizing detail about all the ways DCC had let Dennis slide, including eight parole absconder warrants and 21 additional charges, above and
beyond his numerous parole violations. While most of Dennis’ offenses were drugrelated, DCC parole officer notes like the one from July 27, 2010 — “Admits to smoking THC — Last UA [urine analysis] positive. Has no desire to quit using or selling drugs” — are enough to make anybody wonder why Dennis was still walking the streets by May 2013. Changes in the aftermath of the revelations about Dennis have been widespread, with the legislature digging into the issue, DCC director David Eberhard abruptly retiring on July 1, and DCC instituting new rules for parolees who don’t comply, including forcing parolees charged with new felonies or multiple misdemeanors to stay in jail until the charges can be reviewed. Department of Community Correction spokesperson Dina Tyler said that there are changes that should and are being made to the
way parole is handled by DCC, part of a “rebranding” of the agency in the wake of the revelations about Darrell Dennis. Under the direction of new agency director Rhonda Sharp, Tyler said, “there is a renewed emphasis on public safety being job one.” Tyler said that the forces that led to Dennis and others being able to abuse parole in the past were the result of a “snowball effect,” which the agency is now actively working to avoid in the future. With the Little Rock parole office Dennis reported to, Tyler said, “you had some management in place who probably weren’t the most effective managers, plus you had a high turnover rate and a lot of vacancies, and all those cases still have to be supervised.... It becomes a mounding of cases, and there was no way anybody could do CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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IN ARKANSAS, THERE ARE 57 PAROLEES FOR EVERY PAROLE OFFICER. for inmates coming out. Both of those things cost money, of course. “That’s where we always run into the brick wall,” Tyler said. “Paying for it.” As for those who cheerlead for longer, harsher sentences to make parolees think twice before committing another crime that might send them back, Tyler cautions that may work in the short term, but not in the long term. “You can do that, but here’s what happens,” she said. “When they leave [prison] — and 88 percent are going home — they leave with no more skills to do good than they came with and more skills to do bad, and they’re mad. That’s a dangerous combination.” Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock was a driving force behind much of the legislature’s efforts to address the parole and recidivism issue in the last session, including proposing the bill that eventually became Act 1030, which redefines “recidivism” as “a criminal act that results in the re-arrest, reconviction, or return to incarceration of a person with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the person’s release from custody.” Sanders, who called the murder of Forrest 16
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TYLER: Parole is necessary.
everything they were supposed to do.” Tyler said that in the wake of any “catastrophic” event like the murder of Forrest Abrams, people always question the usefulness of parole, but she contends parole is “a necessary part of criminal justice.” After working the past 18 years in some capacity for the Arkansas Department of Correction, she said the person that worries her isn’t the inmate coming out on parole and under supervision, it’s the inmate who couldn’t get parole, who served every day of his sentence, being “assaultive and aggressive,” and who is released on the day his sentence ends. “You let them go out the gates with no supervision, because their sentence is done,” she said. “That, to me, is much more frightening: when you walk someone to the back gate in cuffs so they don’t hurt you on the way out of the institution.” Tyler said that in order to curb recidivism and make parole matter, we need more parole officers to help lighten the caseloads and more effectively oversee parolees, and more assistance
Abrams a “tipping point” on the issue, said that over many years, DCC administrators have created a “Rube Goldberg contraption of obfuscating and hiding behind laws, using definitions that they’ve conjured up to really create a false reality.” That’s turned parole into a “joke” for many parolees, Sanders contends. “You know what they say reality is,” Sanders said. “Then you know what reality actually is. Then you get under the hood and start looking at the pieces and the components and what’s really going on. That’s when you get the harsh reality that state government, by way of the Department of Community Correction, was not only not doing its job, it had developed a method for covering up the fact that it wasn’t doing its job and communicating something totally different.” As part of the proof of that disconnect from reality, Sanders points to that study of the parole system required by Act 1030. Compiled by JFA Associates of Denver and released in September, the study found that of those who attended DCC’s Technical Violators Centers — facilities where those who have committed “technical violations” such as not showing up for meetings with a parole officer are committed for 60 to 90 days to undergo training in areas like job preparedness in lieu of sending them back to prison — more than 75 percent were rearrested on some charge within three years. Sending parolees to TVC, Sanders contends, became a kind of shell game that DCC used to keep their re-incarceration numbers low. (Dina Tyler with DCC said that the goal of TVC is an “intervention in parole” to try and divert those who would otherwise wind up contributing to overcrowded prisons over a non-violent parole violation. She said that in the past, there were parolees who were sent to TVC after committing new felonies, but it was only because it was “the only alternative to get somebody off the streets. ADC was full, the county jails were full, and they put them there so they were at least locked up.”) “I think everything was just out of balance,” Sanders said, “just turned upside down. Somewhere along the way, public safety ceased to be the paramount issue in the minds of folks at the top.”
Just end it. Don’t do parole anymore,” he said. “That’s a simple fix, and it would have consequences, but I think criminals would really think twice. But I would say that the system can be fixed. We’ve made great strides to fix it with our laws, and with all the attention we’ve put on this.” Little Rock City Director Ken Richardson is on the other end of the political spectrum from Sanders, but he also understands there’s a recidivism problem. A former coordinator of Little Rock’s gang intervention programs, Richardson said that lately he’s been seeing the same trends he saw in the gang war days. “What we saw in the early ’90s — and it’s starting to come back right now — is a dangerous combination of fearlessness and hopelessness. If I don’t have hope for the future, and I’m not afraid of the penitentiary or jail, what do we have? We have a ticking time bomb.” Richardson believes that the key to curbing recidivism isn’t stricter sen-
RICHARDSON: ‘Fearlessness and hopelessness’ a dangerous mix.
With the changes that were passed in the last session and the administrative shakeup at DCC, Sanders believes the state’s parole system is now moving in the right direction, though there is still work to be done. He said a functional parole system has to be a three-legged stool. One part, he said, is about reserving parole for those who deserve to be released. Another part is getting the philosophy, policies, personnel and money allocation right at DCC. The final part, he said, is making sure “that parole actually matters, and when somebody does something that they ought not to do, they’re sent back, so that the criminal element — those committing crimes — they realize that, ‘I have to straighten up and fly right, or I’m going back.’ ” Asked if Act 1030’s new definition of recidivism is fair — it does, after all, define recidivism as a simple arrest, with or without conviction, and parolees are often arrested and later released without charges when police want to round up the usual suspects following a crime — Sanders points out that the definition used by the U.S. Department of Justice in reaching the numbers on recidivism includes re-arrest without conviction. The new definition, he said, is not an “attempt to slap a label on anyone,” but rather an attempt to rectify problems of past reporting in which “lawmakers — and for that matter, the general overall public — have been misled as to what is really going on with our parole system.” From a philosophical perspective, Sanders said, we need to accept that there is evil in the world and that crime will be perpetrated. “From the standpoint of what could be done, I would say that if I was interested in a simple fix, I would just say end parole, period.
tences or longer jail terms, it’s more training and opportunities for people in the inner city. How do you keep someone from committing crimes? You make sure he’s got something to lose. “When I talk to the chief [of police],” Richardson said, “very rarely do I hear him say: ‘We arrested a robbery suspect, and he was just getting off his second shift at Captain D’s,’ or “He was a manager at Popeye’s, and when he got off work, he decided to go rob someone.’ ” Public safety, Richardson said, is almost always couched in very narrow terms: “It’s almost always punitive. It’s always: more police, bigger jails. It’s never expanded to a more comprehensive definition of public safety.” His preferred approach would be to address public safety through community building, while funding and setting up a “solid infrastructure” to help parolees re-enter the community. Having jobs ready for parolees to slot into after workforce training is key, Richardson said, and he contends it could be done with no extra outlay of funds by the city. For example, Richardson said that when infrastructure improvements need to be made in Little Rock, preference could be given to construction companies that hire a certain percentage of parolees from the community. “Then we’re employing people who live in this city,” he said. “In a very deliberate way, we’re not only re-integrating them into society, we’re sending a message that they have value, they have worth, and we’re going to demonstrate that by marshaling all our resources to reconnect them.” Richardson said that most of the crimes committed by parolees are “financial crimes” — crimes whose proceeds
buy a jug of milk or a month’s rent. By excluding felons from jobs and making them hopeless about the future, Richardson believes we’ve created a system that is set up to make people desperate enough to see prison as a refuge. “On the inside [of prison], they know where their three meals are coming from,” Richardson said. “There’s an amount of certainty about what their daily life is going to be like. But then we release them and tell them ‘go out there and reintegrate yourself,’ without any employment opportunities? That’s kind of naive.”
r. Timothy Brown, assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, studies trends in mass incarceration, and teaches graduate level courses in corrections administration. He said that while the use of parole is on the wane, with offenders getting longer and longer sentences, that “tough on crime” approach may actually be causing more problems than it solves. Increasingly, Brown said, political pressure all over the country has led to resources that had previously been available to ex-cons — employment training, public housing, federal education grants — being taken away. “So,” Brown said, “what we know are crime deterrents — housing, education, and those kinds of things — they’ve been stripped away in this kind of political moral panic. ... What we’re seeing is that it’s actually having the reverse effect.” Brown said that recent analysis of crime data shows that while higher incarceration rates will bring down crime in a CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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given area for awhile, once a community hits a “tipping point” of between 40 to 50 percent, the crime rate actually starts going back up. “By taking these individuals from these neighborhoods, it’s having a negative effect,” he said. “It’s destabilizing the labor market in these neighborhoods.” It’s all part of what Brown called a “cascade of negative effects” that comes from locking people up and keeping them there. Part of the problem, Brown said, is that the American criminal justice system is based on deterrence, the idea that if you make sentences long enough and harsh enough, criminals will think twice before committing crimes. The fault in that kind of thinking, however, is the belief that everyone thinks as rationally as you do. Deterrence theory, Brown said, turns on the idea that all people, including criminals, are “rational actors,” and that when we make decisions, we’re all making them based on the same outcomes. “Politicians say: As long as you make sure everybody knows, ‘hey, if you do this, you’re going to get caught and be put in prison,’ people will stop,” Brown said. “But what that emphasizes is that we assume everybody does this criminal calculus the same way.” That calculus just isn’t the same for people who come from communities where poverty and hopelessness are the norm. Brown believes that the key to curbing recidivism isn’t criminals busting rocks in striped jumpsuits, it’s finding ways to provide people opportunity, so they’ll pause before giving in to the momentary temptation of a car idling at the curb. “Provide more opportunities,” Brown said, “and they’ll see that car, and instead of thinking: ‘That’s a way for me to get out of here and move up,’ they’ll think, ‘That’s one of the ways that I can stop myself from moving up or grasping the opportunities I have.’ ”
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or Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, parole and recidivism are statewide problems that increasingly end up getting dumped on his doorstep. Because offenders aren’t required to be paroled back to the cities or counties where they committed their crimes, many of them wind up in Pulaski County. “People like to get lost in the shadows,” Stodola said, “and when people know the system is broken — and I believe most of these parolees know that the system is unable to monitor their actions and conduct effectively — then where would you
want to go? You’d want to go to Pulaski County, where you can get lost in the crowd.” The “fix” for recidivism and parole absconders, Stodola said, lies in long term and short-term improvements. In the short term, he said, the state needs to fully fund the parole and probation system so it can keep up with felons, including utilizing new electronic monitoring options. “We’ve got GPS chips in everything in the world,” Stodola said. “It confounds me that the state can’t implement ideas [utilizing GPS] on how to keep up with people who are on parole and probation.” The long-term improvements Stodola suggests are more complicated and farreaching. “What do we do with kids who we know are at-risk early on in their lives?” he said. “That’s a societal issue. Some of it ties to poverty, some of it ties to singleparent home life and the struggle of trying to keep a job or two jobs just to stay alive and provide for their children. Those are stresses. ... If we really want to begin to change patterns, we’re going to have to interdict the kids at a very young age, and we’re going to have to keep up with them through their adolescent years and hopefully keep them in school.” Stodola notes that since 1994, the city has been putting over $3 million per year into intervention programs, and recently added another $3 million to that for programmatic activities. The state, he said, hasn’t been doing the job of keeping up with parolees and probationers, so the city has been doing pre-release analysis “to try and make sure some of these people getting out of the penitentiary have an opportunity to succeed and not reoffend.” While intervention programs are all well and good, all indications point to the idea that it’s going to take jobs to make sure parolees stay on the straight and narrow. Stodola said one way of helping those jobs materialize is letting employers know about state tax credits that offer from $2,400 to $8,400 for hiring a person with a felony record. Even with that, Stodola said, there’s a clear “disconnect.” “You ask an employer, and they’ll tell you that they don’t exclude felons,” Stodola said. “Then you talk to people who are trying to get them jobs, like the Lewis Burnett [employment] agency, and they say: ‘No, they won’t hire them.’ I’ve talked to people who want welders. The Department of Correction has a welding program, but the Department of Correction welding program didn’t know that people like Lexicon out at the port is looking for welders. There’s the communication breakdown.” Another person in Little Rock city government who understands the frustra-
tions that drive the push to stiffen parole is Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas. Asked if the parole system is “broken,” Thomas talked about how he’d spent the day fielding calls from West Little Rock homeowners about a recent parolee. On July 3, Thomas said, the man had been sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 20 suspended, for a series of residential burglaries in Little Rock and Pulaski County. “On Sept. 20, they’re getting a letter saying, ‘We’re going to let him out,’ ” Thomas said. “So I don’t know if I’d say that parole, in and of itself, is broken. The whole process, from start to finish, is very difficult to manage, and it’s frustrating for victims and frustrating for officers.” Thomas said that it’s hard to pin down one factor that makes parolees break the law again, though factors can include addiction, impulse, and people for whom crime “is their job.” “There’s frustration, there’s need, there’s the perception that people have things that I should have and by golly, I want them,” he said. “There’s so many motivations for an individual in addition to [the fact that] there’s some people that are just downright mean. That’s the way they live, that’s the way they’re comfortable, it’s the only thing they know, and they’re going to do it.” While Thomas laughs that his “phone would ring a lot less” if there was no parole, he said the reality is that almost everybody who goes into prison will, at some point, come out. As long as the system is predicated on release, Thomas said, it makes sense to prepare inmates for life in the free world, so they “have some sense of opportunity and some sense of optimism that they don’t have to continue on that pathway. It’s more economical in the long run.” Incarceration is an expensive proposition, Thomas said, and it’s more economical to get more people assistance and support to help them move along on the right path, than to arrest and incarcerate over and over. Thomas suspects parolees aren’t being well prepared for the experience of freedom while in the prison system. “I don’t necessarily know that they’re better educated,” Thomas said. “I don’t necessarily know that they’re better trained or skilled at a line that would help them get a job. I don’t necessarily know that they’re psychologically prepared. They may have been in the penitentiary for two or three years, and the wall they’re looking at is identical to the wall they looked at the day they walked in, but the world has changed. ... They have to come out and go back to where they came from, and it’s a different place.”
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GIVE THEM A CHANCE: Leta Anthony of LewisBurnett Employment Finders.
old school building where Anthony works would have likely found a kindred spirit in her. As for Anthony, she’s in the dignity business. “All too often, even with service providers, they strip them of their dignity when they come in looking for services,” Anthony said. “If nothing else, we give them their dignity and sense of hope. If a person has no hope, you have no beginning.” Most parolees, she said, just want to get a job and make an honest living. When they turn back to crime, she said, many of them do so out of desperation. If we want to fix recidivism, she contends, we as a society are shooting ourselves in the foot by excluding them. “We don’t have enough alternative solutions,” she said. “Everything is just too cut and dried: incarcerate, incarcerate, incarcerate. You destroy peoples’ lives. And if
Thomas is concerned about whether the parole system is adequately staffed as well. “I think if you look at their caseloads,” he said, “there’s no way in the world that they can keep up with everybody. They’re supposed to know where they live. They’re supposed to know what they’re doing to try and get a job. They’re supposed to know their family situation. They’re supposed to drug test them. They’re supposed to monitor them. But if you’ve got 60 or 80 you’re supposed to see in a month, and you’ve got volumes of paperwork and a multitude of hearings and court to go to and everything else, it’s extremely difficult for anybody.” Thomas likens Arkansas’s current parole system to a car with three wheels: if you never drive it on four as the designers intended, how do you know if it works or not? “If you’re constantly short-staffed, if you’re constantly under-budgeted, you never really have a chance to say: What is the benchmark where you can say this is working or not working?”
you are ever in the system, you never really get out.” Though communities in Central Arkansas talk about wanting to help parolees find jobs, Anthony said there’s a literal disconnect. “The port [of Little Rock] has some major, major jobs,” Anthony said. “So does Maumelle. But people can’t get there. Even everyday people can’t get there, because we’re not dealing with the transportation issues. ... There are transportation grants that will allow them to extend [bus] transportation to those areas. The city tosses about ideas about getting a railway that comes out to UALR. But you’re not trying to get people who need jobs to the port? We need some mindset changes on the City Board.” Darlene Lewis, founder and executive director of Lewis-Burnett, agrees. A former welfare recipient who founded the
agency out of her home in 1987 as a way to help family members and people in her neighborhood find jobs, Burnett said that over and over, they see people who go to prison when they’re 19 and want to do right as they get older, but can’t erase the past. “When they try to get a job, they can’t,” Lewis said. “It’s a cycle. From there, they wind up robbing and stealing because they have no way of feeding themselves or taking care of their children.” Many apartments, Lewis said, won’t rent to a parolee because they have a felony in their background. Even if the apartments will rent to a felon, most parolees don’t qualify for federal housing assistance. And if a parolee can find someone to rent to them and pay rent without government help? “Then they want to run a credit check,” she said. “Well, if you’ve been in prison for the last seven years, what kind of credit do you have? Then you have to have a job that makes at least three times the amount of the rent. That’s not going to happen with people right out of prison.” Arkansas, Anthony said, is not readying parolees for the realities of life once they get out. While services like Lewis-Burnett try to fill the gap, the money isn’t there to provide the services that are needed. “Prerelease [training] is key,” Anthony said, “but it’s not working the way it should right now. It really does not connect people with the services they need getting out. They don’t have a real plan to know where to go for services,” leaving many parolees to feel lost and desperate once they get out. As for how to fix parole, Anthony said the state needs to “clean house legislatively,” and start over, drawing on the knowledge of service providers. “Simultaneously,” Anthony said, “I’d look at where we’re spending money, and what we’re spending it on — what works and what doesn’t.”
Day to day, week to week, Lewis and Anthony see all types at Lewis-Burnett, from the kids so angry they “just want to fight,” to the ones broken by addiction, to the long-term incarcerated who know nothing of the world they’ve been dropped into. They see a lot of regret, Lewis said. “They come in, and sit down, and tell you the reason why it happened,” Lewis said. “You know they’re sincere when you see the tears rolling down their face, saying: ‘If I had to do it again to feed my family, I’d do it again.’ Have you ever had a kid come to you and say, ‘I’m hungry, Momma’ and you have no way to feed him? I’ve been there.” “These people do deserve a second chance,” Anthony said. “This person was put into a circumstance that, I’m not sure if I’d been in that circumstance, I wouldn’t have committed the crime. All we’re asking you to do is take a chance.”
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ne of those that Lewis and Anthony are hoping employers will take a chance on is Roger Hardesty, 57. You can’t sugarcoat what he did to wind up on parole. At his November 2000 trial, Hardesty testified that in December the year prior, after his neighbor Mark Jones burst into his trailer in what Hardesty
testified was a “drunken rage,” Hardesty hit Jones several times in the head with a pipe wrench. Hardesty said he didn’t know Jones was dead until the next morning. Though Hardesty claimed self-defense, he was destitute at the time and represented by a public defender. A jury eventually found him guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Released in 2006, he’s on parole until 2015. Hardesty grew up running heavy equipment on his family’s farm in Oklahoma and worked construction before he went to jail. He quickly found employment with a construction company when he first got out, and moved up to foreman once they learned he could read blueprints, run a backhoe, and understand grade and elevation, but lost the construction job after his alcoholism caught up with him. He’s been sober two years now, but he’s been struggling to find work ever since. Most recently, he worked seven months at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter, earning minimum wage for “scooping poop” while going to a sober-living program that would transport him to and from work. When he graduated from the program earlier this year, however, his ride to work went away as well. “My means of transportation to and
from vanished, and the bus doesn’t run that far,” he said. “If the bus had run that far, I’d have kept my job, but the bus stops a mile and half, two miles away from it. I’m not an age to walk two miles every morning and two miles every evening to and from. I’m afraid I’d fall out.” Hardesty has been homeless off and on since 2011, living in shelters or on the streets. He’s thin and stooped, having shed 10 pounds since losing his last job, he said. Because he’s homeless, he’s now required to come in to see his parole officer every Friday. Sometimes he struggles even to find bus fare to get back and forth to his PO’s office in North Little Rock. The week before we spoke, he didn’t make it, but called and explained. His PO is a good guy, Hardesty said. Hardesty, both on his own, and with the help of Lewis-Burnett, has never stopped looking for a job, a process he called frustrating. He said that while some applications ask if the applicant has been convicted of a felony in the past seven years, most ask if he’s ever been convicted of a felony. He won’t lie, he said, because that would jeopardize his life on the outside, and he’d rather be dead than go back to jail. Instead, he checks the box, and in the few lines where the applicant is asked to “please explain,” he writes: “Will explain
to interviewer.” His phone never rings. He would take any job, he said. He happily shoveled dog crap for minimum wage until that ended, so any job would be welcome. Instead, he has become the ghost of Jacob Marley, dragging his sins through the world at the end of invisible chains. “Ms. Anthony has sent me on job application after job application, besides me looking through the papers and calling and going from one place to another,” Hardesty said, his voice breaking and tears welling up in Leta Anthony’s tidy office. “I just get so wore out. I come in here and shed my tears on her shoulder.” Still, Hardesty said, even life on the streets is better than prison. Even homelessness, he said, is better than stealing. “I’ve had plenty of opportunities,” he said. “I choose not to. Just like I choose not to drink. I choose not to.” So he goes on the interviews. He fills out the applications. He crosses his fingers for “seven years” instead of “ever.” And when he has to fill out those few, spare lines marked “please explain,” he writes in “will explain to interviewer.” “Let them talk to me,” he said. “Let them get to know Roger. Not what Roger did 13 years ago. I’ve paid for that. And I’m still paying.”
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et’s paint the landscape. It’s the early 1970s. You are an artist. You live in Arkansas. The art scene is close to bleak when it comes to exhibiting your art. The state’s largest cultural institution is focused on bringing great art to Arkansas. There are very few galleries in existence, let alone ones focused on Arkansas artists. There is no Boswell-Mourot Gallery, no Gallery 221, no Heights Gallery and no Argenta Arts District. And that is in central Arkansas, the hub of the state’s cultural activity in the 70s. There is essentially no downtown Little Rock public venue focused on exhibiting contemporary Arkansas art, aside from one. And you won’t believe who it is...Historic Arkansas Museum. In 1973, Historic Arkansas Museum (called the Arkansas Territorial Restoration in those days) debuted its Gallery for Arkansas Artists. Today the museum celebrates 40 years of exhibiting, identifying and elevating contemporary Arkansas art. Forty years of fostering an appreciation for the talent that is right here in Arkansas. And see how we have all been rewarded. After decades of Historic Arkansas Museum nurturing a community of Arkansas artists and patrons, we have all seen a resurgence of an interest in local talent. Today, the art scene for Arkansas artists is thriving in a way it never was before. Creativity at the local level is embraced by business owners, cultural
institutions and residents across the state. TWO VISIONARIES AND A CAR Imagine sitting shotgun with two of Arkansas’s great leaders—Peg Newton Smith and Ed Cromwell—as they travel the state in the early 1970s, reaching out to Arkansas artists and artisans to exhibit their work in Historic Arkansas Museum’s gallery and sell their works in the Museum Store. It was clear to these two visionaries that there is a continuum, from the fine and decorative art made in the territorial times that the museum focused on to today’s art and craft. There is a creative legacy that lives on from the 19th century
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silversmith, cabinet maker, itinerant artist, potter—that can be seen in contemporary artists. So, a surprising proposition came about: create a gallery space for living Arkansas artists, artists whose work was contemporary in nature, right smack in the front lobby of a history museum. At the same time as they were looking for artists to exhibit, Smith and Cromwell were scouring the state for handmade crafts to sell in the Museum Store. Because this idea was so fresh and there
was no pre-laid path to follow, the two forged their own way— taking back roads through the state, stopping all along the way on a quest for Arkansas Made. The hand-woven baskets for sale in the store today are made by fourth generation basket makers, carrying on the tradition of parents and grandparents whose craft was sought out by Smith and Cromwell. Eureka Springs and Mountain View were surely stops on their journeys. And what finds! When the Gallery for Arkansas Artists
opened in 1973, among the first to show was Eureka Springs-based artist Louis Freund, one of the state’s most well-known artists. They also reached out closer to home. Little Rock photographer William E. Davis also exhibited in the first show. 2,000 ARKANSAS ARTISTS There have been more than 360 shows in the gallery since it first opened in 1973, featuring works by more than 2,000 Arkansas artists. “Artists are so integral to what’s
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best about our state,” says Louise Terzia, Historic Arkansas Museum’s development director who began in 1983 as the museum’s exhibit coordinator and designer. “Now we’re seeing the fruition of Mr. Cromwell and Mrs. Smith’s vision— that a vigorous creative class drives economic development in terms attracting new businesses and residents. We’ve seen time and again that Arkansas artists make great community partners, offering creative solutions to all kinds of issues, improving our schools, contributing to a more beautiful environment; as well as generously sharing their knowledge and their work. How many charity auctions benefit from the work of our best artists? What exemplary citizens. What would our state be without them? They are our treasure.” Perhaps this is part of the reason why the museum has invested so much in building the artist community up. Over the years, the museum has not only given countless artists an opportunity to show their work, but has promoted Arkansas artists, hired Arkansas artists (public art projects, murals, events) and purchased their works for the museum’s collection of Arkansas Made. “We are committed to Arkansas artists,” says Terzia. “And this museum will always be here—collecting Arkansas art and supporting Arkansas artists. It’s what we do.” WIDENING THE CIRCLE Historic Arkansas Museum has eagerly joined in efforts to build communities and partnerships with people and institutions interested in the arts. This past July, 2nd Friday Art Night celebrated its 100th night of downtown art and culture. Historic Arkansas Museum was at the table — along with Hearne Fine Art, River Market Artspace and the Arkansas Studies Institute — as this now long-standing, free monthly event was imagined and developed. From that, people interested in art, have found places where they can mingle with like-minded people and see what’s new in the world of art; and a new forum for artists to get their work out has been created. Argenta Arts District was created at about the same time, first with The Arts Scene, then with 3rd Friday Argenta Art Walk, creating a wider circle and giving us all
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of 40 years of exhibiting works by contemporary Arkansas artists. An art-inspired evening has been planned by the museum’s Foundation Board and Gala Chair Vincent Insalaco. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as guests compete to be the highest bidders in the silent auction held in the museum’s gorgeous Horace C. Cabe Gallery. Auction items include trips and getaways, entertainment, pampering and fitness, dining, jewelry and, of course, lots and lots of art. New at the Gala this year will be a mobile bidding system; so guests are advised to bring their smart phones. This technology allows for more time visiting with friends, while keeping those bids going! In addition, an online auction site will allow for early bidding—and a chance to preview items—before the night of the Gala. Party goers will then enter lit tents on the museum’s historic grounds for wining and dining on a delicious meal prepared by Copper Grill. During dinner, Stephen Cefalo—recently named Little Rock’s best artist—will begin a figurative painting that will be auctioned off during the exciting live auction following dinner. An evening highlight will be special guests First Lady Ginger Beebe and former First Lady Barbara Pryor who are both known for their support and encouragement of Arkansas artists.
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How is Harvest different from Wakarusa, which takes place at the same location? Well, I think it’s got a bit of a mellower vibe going on with it, and it’s got a more roots/Americana kind of thing going and it doesn’t have the bigger rock ’n’ roll names. Its main focus is American string music or country music, stuff like that.
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Yonder Mountain String Band’s Dave Johnston talks Mulberry Mountain. BY ROBERT BELL
tarting Thursday, Mulberry Mountain will host the return of the annual Harvest Music Festival, which has been hosted by Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band for the last several years. The band is shortly departing on a tour for their recent release “YMSB EP-13.” We caught up with vocalist and banjo player Dave Johnston to chat about the festival and what’s in store for fans this weekend. Check out YonderHarvestFestival.com for the full lineup. Just to provide a little background to readers, how did Yonder Mountain String Band come to host the Harvest 28
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Music Festival? You know, it’s kind of a mystery to me. What happened was, we’re good friends with Brett Mosiman [of Pipeline Productions], and he was throwing this party in the fall, a companion or sister festival to Wakarusa. And the availability was there and they wanted to make it more Americana and roots-oriented. And we were willing and available to lend our insight into that world and make our suggestions about the stuff that we like. Brett certainly has his own ear and his own flair for things. It’s been really great working with him, and he picks really good bands to play down there and is just a really good guy to work with. Like I
said, initially, it was kind of a mystery, but we just feel really flattered that he would include us in that kind of decision-making. How much input or involvement, or how hands-on are you guys in organizing the festival, mainly in terms of the lineup? We don’t do a lot of the organization part; we’re more of the brain trust or the brainstormers, we kind of keep our ear low to ground to see if we can hear anything or pick up on any bands that we’re really thrilled about and we try to make our suggestions based on stuff that appeals to us. And he’s always been very open-minded to that.
What are some of the differences and similarities with the Northwest String Summit, which you guys have hosted for a long time up in Oregon? The difference is, I think at Northwest String Summit, it feels like more regional bands, more bands from California and from the Northwest that are rootsy or string-band music, and I think that Harvest Fest kind of casts a wider net. We get a lot of people from all over the place. In that regard they’re kind of different, but the vibe is pretty much the same — lots of families and there’s kids out having a good time and they’re both not crazy crowded and there’s more room at both of those than at some of the other festivals. I think they’re pretty similar. Are there any collaborations that might be in store for this year’s Harvest fest? Or do they tend to happen more spontaneously? Those tend to happen with more spontaneity than being planned. There are certainly a couple guys I think it’d be fun to play with. We played one year there with Dan Tyminksi, stuff like that was going on and I had a really good time. And Tim O’Brien is going to be there with Darrell Scott, and we’ve played with both those guys before. I think that would be a fun gig, but we don’t really know until we get there. Playing as many festivals and road concerts as you guys do, I’m sure there are occasionally nights when you just want to crash early or have some down time. But are there still shows where you’re just as excited as you were in the early days, either about playing in Yonder or watching other bands play? Do you still get that spark of excitement? Oh man, all the time. All the time. I mean, you get tired and stuff like that but most of the time things are fun and good, and it’s always exciting to take to the stage and play music.
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A&E NEWS IT’S OCTOBER, that spookiest of months, and the braaaaains behind the Little Rock Film Festival and creepy little sister The Little Rock Horror Picture Show have some cool events coming up to celebrate. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Argenta Community Theater, the LRFF’s Argenta Film Series will present a free screening of Wes Craven’s original “Nightmare on Elm Street.” If you’ve never seen it or it’s been awhile, check it out. Though Freddy Krueger got progressively more cheesy as the sequels wore on (and on, and on), the first one is still a first-rate horror flick, and has weathered much better than the career of everybody in it except Johnny Depp. Need a little something to spruce up your lair, nest, dungeon, hive, crypt or spooky, abandoned amusement park? You’re in luck. Bring your folding money to “The Art of Horror,” an auction of horror and fear-themed art, 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at White Water Tavern. Proceeds benefit the Little Rock Horror Picture Show. While Halloween has gotten a little gore-centric in recent years, we’ll always have Dia de los Muertos, that Latino holiday where the ghosts of Grandma and Grandpa get to party like it’s 1899. The LRFF’s Day of the Dead party kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, on the 17th floor of the Bank of America Building in downtown Little Rock. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to get one more use out of their Halloween costumes.
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“US & THEM” — Fox’s American version of the British hit “Gavin and Stacey” — is essentially dead after Fox decided to kill the mid-season replacement sitcom before production of the first season could be completed. While the death of a sitcom nobody has ever seen normally wouldn’t cause us much consternation, this one happens to star the Arkansas Times’ favorite Arkansasactress-made-good, Ashlie Atkinson. TVLine.com reports that the network was unhappy with the scripting of the rom-com. Fox will reportedly air the six episodes that are in the can, but won’t complete the other seven yet to be shot. Atkinson has had a string of supporting roles in her career, including guest spots on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me,” and in the indie suspense film “Compliance.” She’s soon to be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the Bryan Cranston thriller “Cold Comes the Night.” www.arktimes.com
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BY ROBERT BELL
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $40-$66.
Bona fide country star Luke Bryan is no stranger to these shores, having played in Arkansas a handful of times over the last several years, most recently
at the inaugural Thunder on the Mountain country ’n’ campin’ festival up on Mulberry Mountain. Since getting his start, Bryan’s gone from the traditiongrounded (if contemporary-sounding) earnest country of his first album, “I’ll Stay Me,” into total party mode with his
last two long-players, 2011’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” and the recent “Crash My Party.” And then there was the four-EP run of spring-break-themed releases that started back in ’09, collected earlier this year on “Spring Break … Here to Party.” Sample song titles: “If You
Ain’t Here to Party,” “Sorority Girl,” “Just a Sip,” “Wild Weekend, “Cold Beer Drinker,” and the closer, “Take My Drunk Ass Home.” It’s like, how much more clear could he make it for us? Bryan is here to do one thing and one thing only, y’all: party.
RURAL WAR ROOM, DROMEZ
8 p.m. Vino’s. $5.
pop/rock bands that had nicked some guitar licks and maybe some sartorial cues off of the New York Dolls. Out of all of those many big-haired, tight-jeaned rock ’n’ rollers, I would not have guessed that Jersey’s finest, Bon Jovi, would be the ones to go the long haul, outlasting the trend and still going on arena tours and raking in the big bucks 20-25 years after most of their peers had either succumbed to near cartoonish levels of debauchery (Crue) or simply become relics (most of the rest of them). Going
back to listen to some of Bon Jovi’s hits, it makes sense to me now. They just wrote better, bigger, catchier, more anthemic and us-against-the-worldier songs than most of their competition. Seriously, go listen to “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bad Medicine,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” or “Blaze of Glory” (granted, that last one is technically solo-Jovi, but still). That right there is a pretty stout list of ballads and rockers that will surely get the lighters up in the air.
If your music collection includes multiple titles by such depraved noiseniks as Whitehouse, Ruins, Merzbow, Missing Foundation, early Swans or Einstürzende Neubauten and the like, then this is not a show that you should miss, my friend. You’re gonna need a pretty hellacious tolerance for extreme eardrum abuse to withstand the punishing electronic sadism of Austinbased Dromez, the nom de rock of Liz Gomez. She’s been assaulting audiences since the mid aughts or so with an array of electronically generated squawks, squeals and allaround aural harshness. Of course, you noise weirdoes from here in Arkansas will likely already be familiar with Rural War Room, the freeform audio explorers who operate a record label, radio show and cyberband based in Little Rock, Italy, the Czech Republic and points beyond. In addition to those two experimental outfits, this bill also includes The Crisco Kids, Little Rock’s long-running punk-rockabilly deconstructionists featuring the brothers Broadstone, and OG Mudbone, who I don’t really know much about on account of, well, don’t Google that one because just trust me.
with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October,” billed as an intimate affair with a set of acoustic music, a Q&A and readings from his annotated lyrics collection “Crazy Making.” He’s back now with the rest of the band and a new album to draw from. “Sway” is the group’s seventh long-player, and has been described by
some critics as a return to form after 2011’s synth-heavy break-up album “Any Man America.” Critic James Christopher Monger had a few critiques of the record, but noted that “the band doesn’t always fall back on bad habits though, as evidenced by cuts like the pleasant, electro-tinged ‘Light You Up,’ the grungy,
propulsive, and genuinely fun ‘Hard Candy,’ and the elegiac instrumental closer ‘To Be,’ resulting in what (at this point) represents their most accessible, immediate, and growth-oriented collection of songs to date.” Opening the show will be The Unlikely Candidates and Tori Vasquez.
JERSEY BOYS: Bon Jovi performs at Verizon Arena Friday night.
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $34-$160.
There was a funny time back in, oh, let’s call it 1984-1987, when bands like Europe and Poison and Warrant and Skid Row and Winger and White Lion and Cinderella and Britny Fox and Trixter and Def Leppard and Ratt and Motley Crue and Guns ’N Roses and the like were widely described as “heavy metal” bands. Of course, they weren’t (and were subsequently and unfairly dubbed “hair metal”). They were all basically
8:30 p.m. Juanita’s. $27 adv., $32 day of.
Fans of Texas alt-rockers Blue October last got a fix back in May, when the band’s frontman came through Juanita’s for “An Open Book: An Evening 30
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THE DIRTY HEADS
8 p.m. Juanita’s. $15 adv., $17 day of.
SO-CAL SOUNDS: The Dirty Heads return to Juanita’s for an acoustic show Tuesday night.
So it’s going on 18 years since Sublime disbanded after singer Bradley Nowell OD’d, and in the years following his death, the So-Cal band’s ultra-laid-back blend of ska and reggae with hip-hop and punk has proved to have an enduring influence, spawning tribute bands, tribute albums and scads of imitators. But the true heirs to Sublime might just be The Dirty Heads. So-Cal roots? Check. Deep love of reggae? Check. Stoner-friendly good-time jams? All day long. Singer Jared Watson and guitarist Dustin Bushnell were invited over to Daryl Hall’s house for a taping of “Live from Daryl’s House,” where Watson discussed this formative influence. “Sublime was a staple with us because it was the first band that we had listened to that mashed up a lot of different genres of music,” he said. “That opened our eyes to not just playing one style of music. You can bring a lot of other stuff in.” The hip-hop influence might be a bit more pronounced with The Dirty Heads’ music than it was for their forbears. But in every other way, the Heads seem to have everything down cold to carry the ska/ punk torch. This is an acoustic show, and the opener is Micah Brown.
DAWES, JASON ISBELL
9 p.m. Revolution. $14 adv., $16 day of.
Jason Isbell’s newest album, “Southeastern,” is incredible, there’s just no other way I can put it. Opener “Cover Me Up” is the most sweetly, subtly devastating thing I’ve heard in ages. “Traveling Alone,” with its instantly memorable, endearing chorus, is destined to be included on thousands of mixtapes exchanged between sweethearts. The album was completed after Isbell quit drinking and married fiddle player Amanda Shires. The opening lines of the murder ballad “Live Oak,” might not specifically refer to his recent sobriety, but they’re brilliantly spare and fitting regardless: “There’s a man who walks beside me, he is who I used to be/And I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me.” For a more direct examination of his rough ’n’ tumble former
Electro/metalcore outfit The Browning plays at Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. The Arkansas Chamber Singers: Tastes from Down Under, with wine and food from Australia and New Zealand, is at Greg Thompson Fine Art, 6 p.m., $50. Collin Vs. Adam plays at The Joint, 9:30 p.m. Renowned singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon returns to White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Laman Library screens “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film,” 6 p.m., free. Or if you need a campy horror film, the Argenta Film Series features “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., free. Award-winning novelist Tom Franklin and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly, who are married, read from their new collaborative novel, “The Tilted World,” with musical support by Greg Spradlin, 8 p.m., South on Main, free. Bless the Mic brings in Daymond John, entrepreneur, investor, author and cast member of ABC’s Shark Tank, Philander Smith College, 7 p.m. The Arkansas State Fair is ongoing, with all the rides, music, food, fun and livestock you could reasonably ask for, Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Sunday, $4-$8.
Tyrannosaurus Chicken and The Whiskey Folk Ramblers soundtrack your Friday evening if you go to White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Rock legends Black Oak Arkansas play at Revolution, with Jocephus and The George Jonestown Massacre and Iron Tongue, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Alt-rock outfit Stella Luss performs at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. “Boo at the Zoo” 2013 has trick-or-treating, a hay maze, carnival rides and more, Little Rock Zoo, Oct. 18-20, 9 p.m., $10. “The Problem with Invasive Pythons in the United States,” with professor J.D. Willson, sounds like something we should all be thinking about, Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free.
To its “Barber’s Violin Concerto” concert, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra adds pieces by Christopher Theofanidis and Rachmaninoff as well, Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m., $14-$53. Reckless Kelly plays at Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. Shinyribs, a.k.a. Kevin Russell of The Gourds, returns to White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Wesley Allen Hartley & The Traveling Trees and William Blackart play at Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY 10/22 ALABAMA’S FINEST: Jason Isbell performs at Revolution Wednesday.
ways, check out the rollicking “Super 8,” with its chorus’ refrain, “I don’t wanna die in a Super 8 motel / Just because somebody’s evening didn’t go so well.”
Great stuff start to finish, and I bet it sounds incredible live. Headlining this show will be California folk-rockers Dawes.
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. AETN Presents features Little Rock singer/songwriter John Willis. You can watch the taping for free at AETN’s headquarters in Conway, 7 p.m. www.arktimes.com
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Arkansas Chamber Singers: Tastes from Down Under. With wine and food from Australia and New Zealand. Greg Thompson Fine Art, 6 p.m., $50. 429 Main St., NLR. 501-664-2787. Brian and Nick (happy hour), Mayday by Midnight (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Collin vs. Adam. The Joint, 9:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. “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, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Kevin Gordon. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. “Love is but a Jest: Songs for Fools and Lovers.” First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m., free, donations accepted. 723 Center St. Luke Bryan Dirt Road Diaries Tour. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $40-$66. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks.com. Onward, Etc.. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. 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. senor-tequila.com. Sheldon Wheaton, Mateo, Dave Lovett. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www.willydspianobar.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. The Browning. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Harvest Music Festival. Dozens of bands performing, yonderharvestfestival.com for more information. Mulberry Mountain, $20-$405. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark.
Ben Creed. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.
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PHILLY’S FINEST: Retro psych/pop favorites Dr. Dog will play at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall Monday at 8 p.m., $10 for UCA students, $15 for non-students. Central Ave., Hot Springs. AR LGBTQ Summit for Mental Health Care. First Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m., free. 800 Scott St. Arkansas State Fair. Rides, live music, food and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 20, $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. “Calling Down the Fire Revival.” Revival with three nights of lectures and sermons. Bethel AME Church, through Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. 600 N. Cedar St., NLR. 501-374-2891. “Engaging Curious Minds: What is Arkansas A+?” Talk about arts-enhanced education by Paul Leopoulos. Clinton Presidential Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501353-0832. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. “Finding Your Voice with Charles Holt.”
Arkansas State University, 7 p.m. 2105 Aggie Road, Jonesboro. 870-972-2100. astate.edu. International Public Service Project Panel. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. War Eagle Craft Fair. War Eagle Mill. 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers. 479-789-5343.
22nd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. World-class film festival with filmmakers, workshops, panel discussions and other events. 501-538-2290 or www.hsdfi.org for more information. Arlington Hotel, through Oct. 20, $5-$175. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film.” Laman Library, 6 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-
1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. Argenta Film Series: “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. “A Cheerful Heart.” Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.
Bless the Mic: Daymond John. Entrepreneur, investor, author and cast member of ABC’s Shark Tank. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.
POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.
“People Feeding People” Indian Feast. Live music and dinner to benefit Tibetan organic famers in India. Indiasocialwork.com for tickets and more information. The Garden Room, 6 p.m. 215 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-966-7132.
“The Tilted World” reading. Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly read from their new collaborative novel. South on Main, 8 p.m. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660.
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Black Oak Arkansas. With Jocephus and The George Jonestown Massacre and Iron Tongue.
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Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Bon Jovi. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $34-$160. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Clenched Fist. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. www.1620savoy.com. Ear Phunk. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $8. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Oct. 18-19, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Joe Pitts with Nandah Blues. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Neff. Club Trois, 10 p.m., $10. 4314 Asher Ave. 501-663-7803. “A Night With The Kings.” Miss Kitty’s Saloon, 8 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. 307 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201. 501-374-4699. Richie Johnson (happy hour), Big John Miller (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Sheldon Wheaton, Mateo, Matt Sammons, Dave Lovett. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar, Oct. 18-19. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www.willydspianobar.com. Stella Luss. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tyrannosaurus Chicken, The Whiskey Folk Ramblers. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com. Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Harvest Music Festival. Dozens of bands performing, yonderharvestfestival.com for more information. Mulberry Mountain, through Oct. 19, $20-$405. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark.
Ben Creed. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
Arkansas State Fair. See Oct. 17. “Boo at the Zoo” 2013. Trick or treating, a hay maze, carnival rides and more. Little Rock Zoo,
Oct. 18-20, 9 p.m., $10. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501666-2406. www.littlerockzoo.com. “Calling Down the Fire Revival.” Revival with three nights of lectures and sermons. Bethel AME Church, 6:30 p.m. 600 N. Cedar St., NLR. 501-374-2891. Dalai Lama Lineage Gelugpa Monks. Seven monks from Dehra Dun, India, teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet and raise funds for their monastery. Check website for full schedule. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 10 a.m.; Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., free, donations accepted. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-821-8070. UUCLR.org/monks.html. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email email@example.com. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. www.arvartscenter.org. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City.” Shuttles and parking at former Victoria Inn on Hwy. 62 E. Eureka Springs Cemetery, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5 children, $10 adults. Highway 62, Eureka Springs. 479-253-9417. War Eagle Craft Fair. See Oct. 17. “Who’s Taking Care of Mom While I’m Gone?” Program offering tips for family caregivers. Cox Creative Center, 12:30 p.m., free. 120 River Market Ave.
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Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Oct. 18. DJs Paul Grass, Crawley, Autumatik, Brandon Peck. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10$15. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. Reckless Kelly. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Runaway Planet. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Rural War Room, OG Mudbone, Dromez, Crisco Kids. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Sheldon Wheaton, Mateo, Matt Sammons, Dave Lovett. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www.willydspianobar.com. Shinyribs. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.
Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Slamphetamine. With Moment of Fierce Determination, Severe Headwound and Apothecary. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Son of Inferno MC Fireball. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Wesley Allen Hartley & The Traveling Trees, William Blackart. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 17.
Ben Creed. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. arstreetswing.com.
2013 Fall Ramble Motor Coach Tour. “The Vines that Bind: Cultivation, Community & Tradition in Arkansas — A Tour of Enduring Historic Communities” Curran Hall, 9:30 a.m., $100-$200. 615 E. Capitol. 501-370-3290. 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Downtown Little Rock, 8 a.m. Downtown. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas State Fair. See Oct. 17. “Boo at the Zoo” 2013. Trick or treating, a hay maze, carnival rides and more. Little Rock Zoo, through Oct. 20, 9 p.m., $10. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www.littlerockzoo.com. Dalai Lama Lineage Gelugpa Monks. See Oct. 18. Did You Know: “Natural Beauty Inside and Out.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1:30 p.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. hearnefineart.com. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market West. Fall market selling local produce from four farms. Hours 1-7 pm. The Promenade at Chenal, through Oct. 26: 1 p.m. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-5552. chenalshopping.com. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Magic Screams Halloween. Park open 4-11 p.m. on Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. on Sundays with some rides, trick or treating, haunted house and more. Magic Springs, through Oct. 27:. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. www. magicsprings.com.
AFTER DARK, CONT.
22nd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 17.
PBR: Touring Pro Division Bull Riding. Barton Coliseum, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25. 2600 Howard St. www.arkansasstatefair.com.
Carla McClafferty. The author of “Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s MakeOr-Break Moment” will sign copies of her book. WordsWorth Books & Co., 1-2:30 p.m., free. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www.wordsworthbooks.org. Denise White Parkinson. Featuring the author of “Daughter of the White River Depression-Era Treachery & Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta.” Books-A-Million, 1 p.m. 2747 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 501-771-7581. www.booksamillion.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 20
Barber’s Violin Concerto. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Theofanidis, Barber and Rachmaninoff. Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $14$53. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Frontier Ruckus. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. www.lonestarsteakhouse.com. National Park Radio, Cutthroat Trout. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, 4 p.m. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. Project Independent. Downtown Music Hall. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Reggae Sundays with First Impressions. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Swing Band Reunion. St. James United Methodist Church, 2:30 p.m. 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-7372. www.stjamesumc.org.
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1st Northwest Arkansas Cook-Off Competition. Fundraiser for the Rodney Momon Scholarship Fund. Orchards Park, 2 p.m. NE J St. and John DeShields Blvd., Bentonville. Arkansans for Equality – Discussion of Ballot Initiative. Flying Saucer, 6 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Arkansas State Fair. Rides, live music, food and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through, $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-3728341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden.org. “Boo at the Zoo” 2013. Trick or treating, a hay maze, carnival rides and more. Little Rock Zoo, 9 p.m., $10. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www.littlerockzoo.com. Dalai Lama Lineage Gelugpa Monks. See Oct. 18. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Magic Screams Halloween. See Oct. 19. Mrs. Arkansas Pageant. Hot Springs Convention Center, 7-10 p.m., $15-$18. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. www.hotsprings.org. Oktoberfest. With The Itinerant Locals. Vino’s, 2-6 pm. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. War Eagle Craft Fair. War Eagle Mill, through. 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers. 479-7895343.
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22nd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 17.
MONDAY, OCT. 21
Dr. Dog. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 8 p.m., $10 UCA students, $15 non-students. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Night Jazz. The Afterthought, through Oct. 28: 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
Dalai Lama Lineage Gelugpa Monks. See Oct. 18. “Who’s Taking Care of Mom While I’m Gone?” Program offering tips for family caregivers. Esther D. Nixon Library, 10 a.m., free. 703 W. Main St., Jacksonville. 501-457-5038.
“Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking.” With author Pati Jinich. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu.
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“Pooches & Pumpkins.” The Good Earth Garden Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free. 15601 Cantrell Road. 501-868-4666. www.thegoodearthgarden.com/. “Religious Freedom: What It Is and What It is Not.” Featured speaker is Rob Boston, director of communications at America United for Separation of Church and State. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1:30 p.m. 1818 Reservoir Road. The Soul Experience. Featuring food, vendors and live music from Velvet Kente and Butterfly and Irie Soul. First Security Amphitheatre, 6:3011 p.m., $15. 400 President Clinton Ave. “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City.” See Oct. 18. War Eagle Craft Fair. War Eagle Mill, through Oct. 20. 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers. 479789-5343.
Examine the historic recovery effort following the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. Organized by the
Little Rock Touchdown Club: Jonathan Luigs. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 nonmembers. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000.
TUESDAY, OCT. 22
AETN Presents: John Willis. Arkansas Educational Television Network, 7 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. www.aetn.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37
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AFTER DARK, CONT. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “Visions of America.” Performing pieces by Dvorak, Barber and Theofanidis. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $23. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. The Dirty Heads (acoustic), Micah Brown. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $17 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. The Dirty Streets. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 31: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Mad Nomad. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Open Mic Night. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Sheldon Wheaton, Matt Sammons. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www.willydspianobar.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
“Ice Scream Social.” With the Little Rock Horror Film Fest, Vino’s and Loblolly creamery. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. 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. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu. “Interesting Geological Features of the Ozarks.” With Angela Chandler of the Arkansas Geological Survey. John Gould Fletcher Library, 6 p.m. 823 N. Buchanan St. 501-663-5457.
UCA Department of Writing’s MFA class of 2015 reading. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.
fcl.org. Roy Hallums. Lecture from the author of “Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue.” Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, 7 p.m. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
10 Years. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $12. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Amy Garland. South on Main, 7:30 p.m. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Close to Home, Death of an Era. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Conway Symphony Orchestra Opening Night of 2013 Season. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Dawes. With Jason Isbell. Revolution, 9 p.m., $14 adv., $16 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. revroom.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 31: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Sheldon Wheaton, Mateo. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-2449550. www.willydspianobar.com. Spanky. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
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The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Paul Hooper. The Loony Bin, Oct. 23-24, 7:30 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local comedians of the comedy collective Comedi ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.
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.
66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, www.OzarkFolkFestival. com for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs, Oct. 23-27. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs.
“Patton Veterans Project.” With founder and president Benjamin Patton. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys. edu. CONTINUED ON PAGE 39 www.arktimes.com
OCTOBER 17, 2013
Over 250 Beers The Arkansas Times along with the Argenta Arts District is excited to announce their second annual craft beer festival. We want to share the celebration of the fine art of craft brewing in America by showcasing over 250 beers.
One big night of fun, food, entertainment & tasting fine beer!
Local Live Music by
Bonnie Montgomery The Good Time Ramblers
Crush Wine Bar, Argenta Market, Reno’s Argenta Café, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Cornerstone Pub, Café Bossa Nova, Whole Hog North Little Rock, The Fold Botanas & Bar, Edwards Food Giant
November 1st - 6 to 9 pm
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6th & Main Street, Downtown North Little Rock (Across from the Argenta Market)
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AFTER DARK, CONT.
Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. html.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
Auditions for “Footloose.” Open to ages 13-23. Production dates are Jan. 16-19. Royal Theatre, Oct. 20-21, 6 p.m. 111 S. Market St., Benton. “Dial M For Murder.” A whodunit inspired by the Hitchcock thriller starring Grace Kelly. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Oct. 27: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Broadway musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. Walton Arts Center, Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-20, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $39-59. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Frankenstein 1930.” New version of Shelley’s classic, updated for the stage. Royal Theatre, Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27, 2 and 7 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $5-$10. 111 S. Market St., Benton. “Nora.” Ingmar Bergman’s interpretation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” The Weekend Theater, through Oct. 19: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Red.” Biographical drama of painter Mark Rothko, directed by The Rep’s artistic director Robert Hupp. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Nov. 10: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $32-$57. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www.therep.org.
NEW EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS
New exhibits in bold-faced type. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St.: “Best of the South,” new work by Sammy Peters, Sheila Cotton, Henri Linton and others, open 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Argenta Artwalk. 664-2787.
LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 506 Main St., NLR: Demonstrations by Angela Davis Johnson, paintings; Logan Hunter and Hannah May, pottery, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 687-1061. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Robots and Us,” interactive exhibit on robotics, through Jan. 26; “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. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Frost on the Pumpkin,” Holiday Open House with new paintings by Philip Kirkpatrick, Angela Green and Anne Lyon, pottery by Maura Miller, woodwork by Dan Bowe, prints from Rogers Photo Archives, jewelry by Damon Chatterton, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 374-2848. STEPHANO’S, 5501 Kavanaugh: Moving sale, plus new work by Mike Gaines and Morgan Coven. (Gallery is moving to 1813 N. Grant St.) 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-7113. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons and Illustrations by John Deering,” closing reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 3799512. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, 1818 Reservoir Road: Buddhist paintings by Ruth Pasquine, Oct. 18-21, lecture 6:30-7:30 p.m. and tour Oct. 18. 821-8070. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: “Art Talk: Music Heals the Great Depression,” with Fayetteville Roots Festival Director Bryan Hembree and “This Land” exhibit curator Manuela Well-Off-Man, 1-1:45 p.m. HOT SPRINGS CASA BELLA, 325 Broadway: Paintings by Gino Hollander and Sandy Hubler, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24. 501-624-2272. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “Faculty Biennial,” work by Nikki Arnell, Joe Ford, Shelley Gipson, John Norris, Bill Rowe, John Salvest, Curtis Steele, Kimberly Boyd Vickery,
Susan Whiteland and Melissa Wilkinson, Bradbury Gallery, through Nov. 13; “Mothers and Daughters: Family Portraits,” paintings by Gaela Erwin, Fine Arts Center, through Oct. 25, gallery talk 3 p.m. Oct. 24. 870-972-3050. SPRINGDALE THE JONES CENTER, 922 E. Emma Ave.: Spring Creek Art Festival, student work, mural installation, Oct. 23-26. 479-756-8090.
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The Thea Foundation has opened registration for Thea scholarships for high school students in visual arts, creative writing, film, poetry, performing arts and (a new category) dress design at www.theafoundation.org/scholarships. A total of $80,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 30 students. For more information, call 375-9512.
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 FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Familiar Places, Unknown Destinations,” paintings in acrylics and pastels by Elizabeth Weber and Virmarie DePoyster, through Nov. 2. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Native Arkansas,” early Arkansas through the writings of early explorers and Native American artifacts, including Mississippian period, Caddoan and Carden Bottoms objects, through Feb. 22; “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. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 3205700. 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. 9921099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: Paintings 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. 360gallery.blogspot. com GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Visions of 7 Self-Taught Artists,” works by Melverue Abraham, Clementine Hunter, Sylvester McKissick, W. Earl Robinson Clemente Flores, Alonzo Ford, and Kennith Humphrey, through Nov. 19. 372-6822. 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. M2GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: “Metamorphosis,” photography and artwork by Kathy Lindsey, with Matthew Gore, Taylor Shepherd, Dan Holland, Ryder Richards, Chris King and others, show through Nov. 12. 2256257. CONTINUED ON PAGE 40
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AFTER DARK, CONT. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University: “Nocturne,” silverpoint drawings by Marjorie Williams-Smith, Gallery II, through Nov. 24, reception with musical performance by Dr. Robert Boury, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 16; “FuN HoUSe,” work by Zina Al-Shukri, Chuck and George, Dustin Farnsworth, Heidi Schwegler, Gallery I, through Dec. 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-3182. BENTON DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellott, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. BENTONVILLE C RY S TA L B R I D G E S M U S E U M O F 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; 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. CALICO ROCK CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. CONWAY HENDRIX COLLEGE, 1600 Washington Ave.: “2013 Small Works on Paper,” Trieschmann Gallery, through Oct. 29. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri. 501-450-1423. 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. Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-450-5793. FAYETTEVILLE BOTTLE ROCKET GALLERY, 1495 Finger Road: “Makeshift Theatre,” photographs by Logan Rollins. 479-466-7406. 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, through Nov. 2. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Mullins Library: “Reclaimed Surfaces,” paintings on found surfaces by Gregory Moore, through Oct.. 479-575-7311. HARRISON ARTISTS OF THE OZARKS, 124 ½ N. Willow St.: Work by Amelia Renkel, Ann Graffy, Christy Dillard, Helen McAllister, Sandy Williams and D. Savannah George. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. 870-4291683. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: John Keller, oils; Jim Oberst, watercol40
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ors, through Oct.. 501-623-6401. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “A la France et de retour,” photographs by David Rackley, through Oct.. 501-318-2787. BLUE ROCK STUDIO, 262 Hideaway Hills: “Hanging by a Thread,” fiber art by Barbara Cade, Jane Hartfield, Karen McInturff, Louise Halsey, Deborah Kuster, Carol Small and Jeri Hills, through Oct. 21. 501-262-4065. GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Traditional Art Guild Art Exhibit,” through Oct.. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 501-2629300. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Work by Rene Hein, Dolores Justus, Emily Wood and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501321-2335. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 101 College Drive: “Small Works on Paper: 2006-2011,” through Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri. 501-760-4222. PERRYVILLE SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. RUSSELLVILLE ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY: “Dreams and Disasters,” new work by David Bailin, Norman Hall Art Gallery, through Oct. 30. 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 479-964-3237. RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: Gloria and Bill Garrison, paintings. 479968-2452.
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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 (19001999),” 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.: “Figurations: works by Stephen Cefalo and Sandra Sell,” through Dec. 8; “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; “Jason A. Smith: Stills”; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m.
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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. 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. CALICO ROCK CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www.calicorockmuseum.com. ENGLAND TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. JACKSONVILLE JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, 320 University Loop West Circle: “Shaping Our World,” science exhibit developed by Arkansas Discovery Network, ASU Museum, through Feb. 16, 2014. 870-972-2074. MORRILTON MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. POTTSVILLE POTTS INN, 25 E. Ash St.: Preserved 1850s stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, with period furnishings, log structures, hat museum, doll museum, doctor’s office, antique farm equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5 adults, $2 students, 5 and under free. 479968-9369. SCOTT PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. www.scottconnections.org.
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hearsay ➥ Head over to the GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 for the annual Pooches & Pumpkins event. A new feature this year is a reading and book signing by local children’s book author Carol Dabney. She will do a reading of her book, “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also be available to sign books and answer questions. In addition to the live music, refreshments and children’s activities, there will also be a pet costume contest. Bring your pet in costume and a photo will be taken of you and your pet, and the winner will be announced on Good Earth’s Facebook page. The winner of the pet costume contest will get at $100 Good Earth gift certificate. ➥ Another fun Halloween activity for the kids is the annual BIG BOO-SEUM BASH, which will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Eight downtown museums will be open for trick-or-treating: the Museum of Discovery, the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, the Old State House Museum, Mosaic Templars museum, Central High School National Historic Site, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the Historic Arkansas Museum, Historic Curran Hall and the Central Arkansas Library System Main Library. Kids attending all eight museums who get their game card stamped at each location will be entered into a drawing for a flat-screen television. Admission is free. ➥ Time is running out to get your weekly dose of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, jams and jellies and other goodies downtown. The RIVER MARKET FARMERS MARKET will close for the season Oct. 26. ➥ STEAMROLLER BLUES, the trendy clothing, shoes and accessories store from Jonesboro, recently opened its new Little Rock location at 5915 Kavanaugh Blvd. in the Heights. ➥ Men’s clothing store, BRITS & TURKS, has opened at a temporary location in the Heights area at 5600 R Street across from Kroger until their permanent location is completed. This temporary store allows them to be open through the holiday shopping season. www.arktimes.com
OCTOBER 17, 2013
‘CAPTAIN PHILLIPS’: Tom Hanks stars.
The tedium of sticking to the story ‘Captain Phillips’ drags. BY SAM EIFLING
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he lore around certain U.S. military maneuvers becomes an infomercial not just for the Navy or the Air Force but for Brand America itself. The undisputed champ of this category, during the past generation, was Seal Team Six tracking, ambushing and killing Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Aptly, that action spawned a gritty docudrama that was nominated for Best Picture. The second-baddest ‘mericuh! moment might’ve come in 2009, when three Seal Team Six snipers picked off three pirates simultaneously, at a significant range, over a pitching ocean, off the coast of Somalia. “Captain Phillips,” now, is your gritty docudrama based on the memoir of the American those men held hostage. Like “Zero Dark Thirty,” it’s plenty good, and might earn a Best Picture nod. Tom Hanks stars, and per precedent he set with “Apollo 13” and “Philadelphia,” if Tom Hanks plays you in a movie, chances are you’ve had a bad few days. Paul Greengrass directs, in the screw-tight style that made his “Bourne” movies so compelling and, more to the point, that made “United 93” an eerily realistic re-enactment of a 9/11 hijacking. The sets and locations are fantastic — the contrasting feelings of confinement and expanse, so essential to a maritime thriller, ring true. On the shipping freighter and later in the enclosed lifeboat where the pirates make their stand, the sense of claustrophobia and panic couldn’t be more tangible. And aside from a few details, the screenplay stays uncommonly faithful to its source material, which again is the real Richard Phillips’ account. Yet something about “Captain Phillips” falters. The short story arc bogs the action, which includes a heap of stalling and waiting. These are understandable tactics when
you’re a shipping tanker captain waiting for help from authorities, or during a standoff between desperados and three Navy warships. While the film never turns quite dull, exactly, it does have to contend with the inconvenient fact that, in real events, many of its characters did their best to kill a good amount of time. You could argue that part of what makes “Captain Phillips” so believable, in a twist, is how draggy it gets. A more fictionalized screenplay based on these events would have many of the same elements — a scraggly cadre of sunken-cheeked pirates, perhaps even led by a convincing unknown such as Barkhad Abdi, a Somali national whose family migrated to Minnesota when he was a child, who plays the leader of these overwhelmed bandits. But then you’d have a more handsome lead than the graying Hanks, and you’d give him a series of MacGyver maneuvers to pull off as he fought to save his crew from inside the tanker. He’d have some thin line of communication to the military swirling ominously outside — “Dammit, I can retake the ship, I just need a little more time!” — and in the end he’d face off against the pirate captain armed with a leg-sized wrench or a length of chain. Also, there’d be a heroic dog on board. This “Captain Phillips” isn’t that. It’s better, truer, scarier, but bumps up against the limitations of its own commitment to telling a nearly accurate story. This is a slog at sea. If you find your attention drifting in the final hour, the real Seal Team Six and Richard Phillips might describe that as first-world problems. Still, as a ticketbuyer, you’re within your rights to chase this vitamin-rich action fare with a loud, implausible “Die Hard” sequel, and regret nothing.
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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ CAFE BRUNELLE, a venture of UAMS’ Dr. Ali Krisht and his brother, Abbas Krisht, could open around the first of next year in the Promenade at Chenal, though a firm date is still up in the air. Mariam Krisht, Abbas Krisht’s daughter, said Cafe Brunelle will serve fine coffees, sandwiches and salads in a comfortable setting; she hopes it will be a popular gathering place where folks linger and talk. Mariam Krisht said the family has already met with local suppliers so that its light meals will feature as much fresh local produce as possible. The cafe will have a corner spot off the main roundabout behind Lululemon, a yoga apparel store expected to open soon. THE PACKET HOUSE GRILL at 1406 Cantrell Road is no longer offering lunch, head chef Wes Ellis said Tuesday, and a couple of chefs have had to be laid off. The lunch business wasn’t sustainable, he said. The restaurant is open for dinner from 4-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. SPRINGDALE’S CORE BREWING beers have been available for some time here and there in Central Arkansas. Next week, the brewery will celebrate a fuller launch, after which Core’s full line of beer should be available in restaurants and fine liquor stores everywhere. To celebrate, Core is hosting a “launch week,” with a tap takeover Tuesday night at Professor Bowl, Core pint glass night at Flying Saucer on Wednesday and tap takeovers at Mellow Mushroom and the Hillcrest Fountain on Friday. On Thursday, the Arkansas Times presents a Core Brewing pub crawl in Argenta that benefits the Argenta Arts District. The crawl runs from 6-7 p.m. at The Joint, 7-8 p.m. at Cornerstone Pub, 8-9 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar and 9-10 p.m. at Reno’s. Those who “check-in” at each location will be eligible to win Core swag and a spot in “Learn How to Brew Day” with brewmaster Jesse Core. Consider this a prelude to the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, which also benefits the Argenta Arts District. It’s happening 6-9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Argenta Farmers Market Grounds. Tickets are $35 in advance and available at arktimes.com/ craftbeerfest. Core and more than 50 other brewers will participate. A REMINDER: The Arkansas Times has organized another farm-to-table dinner, this one featuring Butcher & Public’s Travis McConnell, former chef at the Capital Bar and Grill. It’s Oct. 19 at the Historic Arkansas Museum, and it starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $95 for food and drink aplenty, plus Arkansas music. Call or email Kelly Lyles at 492-3979 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. 44
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ONE OF THE BEST IN THE CITY: South on Main’s trotter with rice grits and chow chow.
South on Main justifies the hype OA-tied restaurant one of Little Rock’s best
here was the announcement, the anticipation ... and then the waiting, which stretched across renovation issues, contractor speed issues and even (unfounded) rumors that Chef Matthew Bell didn’t even have a menu in place for his Oxford American-associated restaurant South on Main. Then there were the labels: Southern, New Southern, farm-totable, roots cooking — a veritable swarm of buzzwords that fueled debates both online and in the real world. With all the hype and hyperventilating reaching a fever pitch, the doors of the place finally opened to the public and only one question remained, the only one that ever really mattered: How’s the food? The first thing to be noted about the South on Main menu is that it tries to walk a fine line between the upscale small-portion/big-plate restaurants of the world and the heartier, stick-to-your-ribs type of grub that some of the earthier ingredients like grits and chicken livers might indicate. For the most part, the restaurant achieves this balance, with portion sizes that are perhaps smaller (and pricier) than the local greasy spoons but pack enough punch with intense flavors and good combinations of protein and vegetables that it’s easy to leave stuffed without breaking
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QUICK BITE South on Main hasn’t given up on the location’s history as a performance venue, with frequent shows on the restaurant’s central stage booked by the Oxford American magazine. The bar, run by Capital Bar and Grill vet David Burnette, makes cocktails to match the elegance of the food menu. We’re particularly fond of the bar’s takes on the classic Old Fashioned and Mint Julep. HOURS 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. OTHER INFO All major CC, full bar.
the bank. In the wrong chef’s hands, this could lead to a hodge-podge of overpriced, vaguely Southern-flavored, and entirely too-precious cuisine; in Matt Bell’s hands, the result is dishes that impress by their simple ingredients coming together to form complex layers of flavor. Our first trip to South on Main came just days after the doors first opened, and
the new was still on everything, including the service. Management seemed to realize that their brand new kitchen and dining room staff might still need some practice, and kindly sent our table (and several others nearby) a bowl of Boiled Peanuts ($3) as an apology for service that was slow, but friendly. The peanuts themselves were a spicy treat, soft and hot — and quite a shock to members of our party who had never had them before and were not expecting their roasted chestnut-like consistency. Still, the bowl was quickly emptied as we all decided that the boiled peanut was a treat we had overlooked in the past. When our entrees arrived, the star of the table was the Hot Chicken Liver Salad ($5 half, $9 full), an interesting take on the classic wedge salad that paired cold iceberg lettuce with spicy-battered chicken livers, house dressing, blue cheese crumbles, and bacon. Mild and sweet, the livers were an excellent rich base for the sharp cheese and crunchy lettuce, while the bacon added a smokiness to the salad that made the entire dish one pleasurable bite after another. Our dining companions who were not as interested in livers went for the Catfish Hoppin’ John ($12), a dish of lightly seared catfish served with tasso, pickled tomatoes, and fried okra. There isn’t any catfish quite like this in Little Rock — first, because it’s not battered and fried or blackened, and second because it isn’t overcooked to bland dryness. Instead, the moist fillet retains its natural meatiness, a theme that carries over to the field peas in the hoppin’ john — they, too, still have some freshness and give to them. The tomatoes add a nice tangy kick to the fish, while the tasso brings a level of spicy richness to the plate. If lunch was a light affair of salads and fish, dinner proved to be a much weightier, if more uneven, affair. Our first appetizer, the Pickled Shrimp ($12) was lovely to look at, with large gulf shrimp accompanied by salad of basil, arugula and cucumber, but unfortunately did little to stand out in terms of flavor, although we had no fault with the freshness of the ingredients. The second appetizer choice, Trotter with Rice Grits and Chow Chow ($8), made up for everything the shrimp lacked with a tender, unctuous heap of slow-cooked pork resting on a bed of creamy rice grits and topped by a pickled pepper chow chow that brought a nice high note to an otherwise deep dish. This is a dish listed under
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DINING CAPSULES “appetizers,” but one that we could have eaten for our main course — it’s that good, and we consider it to be one of the best dishes we’ve ever had in the city. Dinner entrees proved to follow a similar course as the apps. The Seared Pork Chop with Grilled Cabbage, Turnips and Crispy Egg ($17) was seared just a little too long, which left the meat quite a bit drier than we like. The rest of the plate was magnificent, though: buttery grilled cabbage that soaked up the yolk of an egg fried so perfectly that we could scarce believe that a single egg could have such a crispy bottom and yet maintain a creamy, runny yolk. The turnips, too, were a surprise. We’ve always been somewhat unenthusiastic about the root vegetable, but these were cubed small and so tender and savory that we ate them with gusto. It was a pleasing plate overall, and one that could reach perfection with just a slight adjustment in the cooking time of the pork. Where South on Main proved itself to be more than capable of cooking meat was with the Grilled Ribeye with Potato Mash and Onion Rings ($22). A tender, decadent eye of ribeye was ordered rare by our table and came out exactly right with a caramelized sear on the exterior and a lovely, rosy center that was meltingly tender. The mashed potatoes were luscious and creamy, and while the onion rings atop the dish seemed to almost be too much, the first bite of the sweet, crunchy onions had us wishing we could just order a pile of them on the side. There are larger steaks in Little Rock, and there are certainly ones more expensive, but diners would be hard-pressed to find one of this quality in flavor and preparation. We ended our dinner with the night’s doughnut, two glazed balls of fried dough topped with sweetened creme fraiche and chocolate chips. The cake doughnuts were tasty, and the thick creme fraiche was quite a delight, though we found ourselves wishing that the dish had come out hot, especially since the idea of a “doughnut” had us in mind of a hot from the fryer ring of screaming-hot dough. Still, this dessert was a fine ending to a wonderful meal that places South on Main firmly into the category of elite Little Rock restaurants. After all the wait, the worry, the bandying about of labels, the realization that yes, Little Rock, there is a menu, we can now answer that most important question in the affirmative: The food is good.
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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. 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. 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. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808.
LD Mon.-Sat. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun.
CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE This Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR.
Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 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. $$. 501-753-9227.
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DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. The chicken fingers and burgers stand out. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. TAJ MAHAL Offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-881-4796. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
GRAFFITI’S Casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. 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. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S PIZZA Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.
CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily, BR Sun. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices plus creative salads and other dishes. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily.
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