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From the web In response to last week’s cover story, “How to fix the parole system in Arkansas”: How will Arkansans pay for all the new prisons and people to run them as we fill them full? And who do we warehouse in these prisons? Usually the poor, drug addicts and uneducated people. It’s often folks not paying fines who are imprisoned in Arkansas. And what about when people get out of prison? Why won’t the state invest in training and mentoring programs to help ex-cons? In the long run investing in people might reduce problems and save money. Our legislators are too short sighted. Mark Hughey Sr. Great piece of investigative journalism. Kudos to David Koon. Ms. Anthony hit the nail on the head. It’s not just the Department of Community Correction that’s broken, but the entire system — the laws, the courts, law enforcement, prison policy, you name it. There needs to be a major overhaul in the attitudes of potential employers towards the hiring of convicts, in the attitudes of local police departments towards convicts genuinely seeking to change their lives and in the priorities of local cops in making arrests. There also needs to be a thorough review of the Arkansas criminal code with regard to who gets sent to prison and who doesn’t. Throwing non-violent offenders in jail alongside violent inmates is just plain wrong. Treating drug offenders with the same severity as violent offenders is wrong. Anthony was also right on the money in stating that “if you are ever in the system, you never really get out.” For the rest of your life, the police will always know who you are and where you live. And they’ll never let you forget that. An obsession with crime and punishment is one of the hallmark characteristics of a totalitarian regime. The main factor in preventing recidivism is also the main factor in improving the economy — jobs. Brad Bailey Legislative and regulatory decisions to benefit special interest groups over the last 30 years have eliminated thousands of entry-level jobs once held by teenagers in our communities and now we’re reaping the result of high youth unemployment numbers. Without the jobs, are you surprised that gangs and criminal activity is the result? When was the last time a bright kid pumped your gas or washed your windshield working at his first after-school and 4
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weekend job? Handicapped and disabled motorists can’t get any service but you can buy beer in every wet county gas station while thousands of our youth go jobless, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requiring products, premises, and services to be accessible to the handicapped is ignored throughout Arkansas. MysteryShopper In response to the Arkansas Blog post “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin not running for reelection”: The Second Congressional District in our fair state has really run the gamut over
the years. The past seven office holders include Wilbur Mills, Jim Guy Tucker, Ed Bethune, Tommy Robinson, Ray Thornton, Vic Snyder, and Tim Griffin. A real trip down memory lane for a lot of us. The latter two epitomize the range between the best and worst of the bunch. Although I don’t know Pat Hays personally, he was our mayor for a long time and did a great job running North Little Rock. I urge all of you to support him if decides to jump in the race. He no doubt has more integrity in his pinkie finger than Timmy has in his whole worthless body. Hombre
As many “consultants” and aides find that it is MUCH easier to consult or aid than to do. The boxing corner coach always knows exactly what the boxer should do, but he isn’t being punched on. I suspect Tim Griffin has found out it ain’t as easy as he thought. I hope he has been embarrassed by his performance. If so there was a benefit to Tim serving. Citizen1 So he’s leaving office to spend more time with his family? Sounds good, but like many of you I am suspicious there’s more to it than just bad poll numbers. And there’s no doubt that a stooge for corporate interests — Hex on Exxon included — ought to be able to “clean up” a lot more than Mayflower by hanging out a shingle on K Street than remaining a back-bench party stooge in the House. Goodbye and good riddance, Tim Griffin. I hardly knew ya, and I’m glad you’re not gonna be around much longer to change that. Soon, I hope, we’ll be able to say with all honesty that we have trouble remembering what he did in his two ignominious terms in office. GrizLee Blackbear In response to an Arkansas Blog post on a rally in support of the open carry of firearms in Bryant entitled “Guns: IF you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em”: I’m a Second Amendment guy. I get it, but you’re talking apples and airplanes. I’m talking about the foolishness of open carry. You walk around Walmart with a Colt in your pants and my next call is to 911 — we need to find out if you’re a bad guy or just a dumb ass. That call goes to the boys in blue as a “man with a gun.” Let’s know that their blood pressure goes up a few points while in route. You make a wrong move and you’re in the morgue. The toe tag reads: “Dumb AssSecond Amendment Supporter.” Any wonder why the Arkansas Chiefs of Police and others are against this folly? The_Narrows I am an old woman, and never dreamed our country would sink to the depths it has. Crime needs to be punished! I don’t dream up scary scenarios. ... but I know what is going on in Little Rock, and it is real live scary. I do know that it is no longer safe to take a walk in most neighborhoods, or go to a store after dark. God Bless the naive. Pat72209
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By hook or by ... In modern crime slang, a hooker is “a prostitute.” But in Shakespeare’s day, according to Bill Bryson in “Shakespeare: The World as Stage,” a hooker was one who snatched desirables through open windows with hooks. Some other members of the Shakespearean underworld were “coney catchers, or swindlers (a coney was a rabbit reared for the table and thus unsuspectingly tame),” foists (pickpockets), and abtams (“who feigned lunacy to provide a distraction”). The sports page informs us that “His name was tossed out early last year as a possible candidate at Arkansas, but that dried up faster than an Arizona campfire.” A reader says, “I didn’t know campfires dried up. I thought they burned out.” She suggests the sports department may hold the key to fighting those awful wildfires out west. “A shell-shocked black family stands in the aftermath of the Great 1937 Flood in Joseph Vorst’s After the Flood.” Michael Klossner writes: “I don’t like the use of ‘shell-shocked’ for ‘shocked’ or ‘stunned’ when no shells are involved. It’s inaccurate. Why use it.” Why, indeed. Incidentally, I didn’t see
the original copy here, but I suspect that that family was shocked by the Great Flood of 1927, not ’37. The DOUG ’27 flood was the SMITH one that firstname.lastname@example.org tated the states on the Mississippi River, including Arkansas. Shell shock was World War I slang for “battle fatigue.” Paul Dickson’s “War Slang” notes that “When famed British war poet Siegfried Sassoon died in 1967 at age eighty-one, obituaries noted that he had been honored for his bravery in combat but — after throwing his Military Cross into a river — had been sent to a sanatorium for victims of shell shock.” Big Bertha could cause shell shock. Big Bertha was First War slang for a siege gun used by the German army to shell Paris. Quoting Dickson again: “It was a mammoth rifle-cannon with which the Germans shelled the city from a distance of up to nine miles. ... The name alludes to Bertha Antoinette Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, at whose factory the gun was manufactured. She was the sole heir to the Krupp armaments empire.”
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ARKANSAS SCHOOL TEACHERS. The legislature passed and Gov. Mike Beebe signed a bill that will use $43 million in state surplus money to keep a hike in teacher health insurance premiums at 10 percent, staving off a 50 percent hike. The Senate created a task force to study public employee insurance. NEW BLOOD IN THE 2ND DISTRICT. Congressman Tim Griffin announced he would not seek reelection, leaving former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, a Democrat, as the only announced candidate for the seat. Names mentioned to run in the Republican primary: Little Rock banker French Hill and Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton. NEW CANDIDATE IN THE 4TH DISTRICT. James Lee Witt, whose work as heading up FEMA under President Bill Clinton was widely praised, will seek the Democratic nomination. What a happy change from Koch-head Tom Cotton, who used his two years in the U.S. House as a warm-up for a Senate run, that would be. Witt will face Janis Percefull in the primary. Rep. Bruce Westerman and Tommy Moll will face each other in the Republican primary.
DEMOCRATS. New polling shows that the Tea-Party-backed government shutdown, which Standard & Poor’s estimated cost the economy $24 billion, hurt the Republican Party.
It was a bad week for ...
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BY SCHOOL TEACHERS. Mount St. Mary Academy asked for, and received, the resignation of an English teacher and coach who married her long-time girlfriend in a legal ceremony in New Mexico. Thousands of people signed a petition asking the school to reinstate the teacher, former students of the Catholic school protested and Human Rights Campaign director Chad Griffin came to Little Rock to hold a press conference about discrimination against same-sex couples. ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. The Alabama Crimson Tide swamped the Hogs 52 to nothing. Zero. Zed. Nada. HARRISON. A sign reading “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White” was erected in the north Arkansas city that has been trying to reverse the racist reputation it earned from its earlier sundown law. www.arktimes.com
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Not brothers’ keepers
ea Partyers hate Social Security too. Its great success is a continuing refutation of the right-wing theory of government, which is, essentially, that the government can’t do anything right. Aided zestfully by media pundits, right-wingers spread stories that Social Security is in terrible trouble, that it can only be saved by destroying it, like a Vietnamese village. They hope younger Americans will buy their con. The truth is, Social Security is not bankrupt nor on the brink of bankruptcy, and it continues to serve the American people wonderfully. The latest trustees’ report shows that even without major changes in the program — changes such as requiring the rich to pay a fair share to support it — Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until the year 2033. After that, Social Security will still be able to pay 77 percent of benefits. That’s hardly bankruptcy. As Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare says, “Social Security hasn’t contributed a dime to our fiscal woes and, in fact, has performed its mission without fail.” 6
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epublicans like Ted Cruz are gnashing their teeth because they failed in their effort to deny affordable health care to all low-income Americans. But they did manage to keep millions of their poor and sick countrymen from receiving treatment. For a party that has become dedicated to not helping people, this is a significant accomplishment. President Obama’s health-care reform originally would have expanded all state Medicaid programs to cover more of the working poor. Republican attorneys general persuaded Republican judges — fairly easily, one would assume — to nullify Obama’s plan to make Medicaid expansion mandatory. Republican-majority legislatures in 26 states then rejected the expanded Medicaid programs that Washington offered to pay for. (Even with Republicans dominant in the legislature, Arkansas allowed Medicaid expansion, the only state in the Deep South to do so. We have not yet sunk to the degeneracy of our neighbors. Maybe next year.) The result of these denials is that over 5 million Americans who otherwise would have gained healthcare coverage must continue without it, still hurting. In Texas alone, more than 1 million people who could have gained access to health care will remain unprotected because of their state government’s action. (Texas state government is more committed to taking lives than saving them.) Nearly 800,000 Floridians won’t receive coverage that otherwise could have been theirs. Southern states like Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina, with large numbers of uninsured black residents, are among the states whose legislatures voted against Medicaid expansion. White Republican legislators enjoyed hurling Medicaid back in the face of a black Democratic president. Republicans like former President George W. Bush at least feigned “compassionate conservatism.” Today’s Tea Party Republicans condemn kindness; it’s grounds for expulsion. “If you want to be nice to people, you don’t belong here.” They seek a country run by the rich, the white, the male and the mean.
RALLYING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: A woman holds a sign Monday during a protest supporting former Mount St. Mary teacher Tippi McCullough, who was forced to resign last week after legally marrying her partner, Barb Mariani.
Tim Griffin’s surprise exit
edia weren’t the only people caught by surprise Monday by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2014. Griffin had been running hard, with the honed, disciplined and repetitive messaging that marked his first two runs for the congressional seat. He had $500,000 in the bank. He pressed solicitations regularly through social media. He made appearances at all the football games, pie suppers and oil pipeline disaster sites expected of a congressional candidate. Griffin said his two young children finally dictated his decision. On Alice Stewart’s radio show he spoke poignantly of his young daughter asking him on a walk to school if he couldn’t find a job closer to the Capitol in Little Rock. This was shortly before he was due to take his weekly flight back to the Capitol in Washington. The story had long been that this would be his last run for Congress. Friends said his wife didn’t like the grueling bi-city life of permanent campaigning and travel that is the congressman’s lot. And she reportedly discouraged a run for a job closer to home — governor — because of the low compensation. They have a fat-columned Heights home to support as well as children. Griffin made good money working in political/legal consulting in the year before he first ran for Congress. His time in Washington would serve him well in finding that sort of work again. I’ll take Griffin at his word on family pressures, but you have to wonder whether the sudden evidence that he faced a tougher than expected race for a third term might have been a contributing factor. After all, both children were born BEFORE Griffin’s first race. The emergence of serious Democratic opposition in the form of North Little Rock’s former mayor, Patrick Henry Hays, and polling that offered hope for a Hays candidacy was well-known. Republicans have been polling, too, and
the numbers haven’t been good for House Republicans, who, like Griffin, forced the shutdown. Hays isn’t the guaranteed nominee. But I give him a sentimental edge for committing to MAX the race before Griffin’s deparBRANTLEY email@example.com ture. He mailed papers last week. Bill Halter’s sudden reappearance (through a spokesman) from seclusion after a tepid response to his short-lived gubernatorial candidacy didn’t serve him well. Where had he been until naked opportunity arose? It’s a wonder to me that anyone runs for the U.S. House. Fund-raising never stops. Campaigning never stops. Serving in Washington means a week split between Washington and home, the trips often on puddle-jumper flights with bad connections. Coming home doesn’t mean relaxation time with family, but meetings with staff and making the rounds of public events to nourish political roots. All this to be one of 435 people, very few of whom count for much in the big picture. In today’s deeply divided Congress, party-line voting is the norm. Individual merit counts for little. Those who stand out often do so for negative reasons — think Louie Gohmert and other Tea Party extremists. Griffin landed a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, once one of the most powerful places in Washington. Now that earmarks are out of favor and budget chopping is the flavor of the day, it offers less by way of meaningful service to constituents, but some of his backers were miffed he decamped abruptly after winning that prize. Griffin’s abbreviated service did put him in contact with the permanent and growing professional class that infests Capitol Hill like head lice. If nothing else for his four years in Congress, Tim Griffin probably can get another job.
Tea Party scheme bad for U.S., GOP
he deep stresses inside the Republican Party, which erupted into fratricidal war during the government shutdown and debt crisis, have been an unexpected blessing for Democrats everywhere, even in the deeply red states of the Confederacy. Never has a political party gained so much for doing so little — for simply sitting while the other party scared the country witless and defaced its own image as the party of stability, caution and self-control. Polls showed a devastating collapse of the Republican brand outside the South so that Democratic chances of regaining the House of Representatives in 2014 looked good in spite of the favorable apportionments for Republicans in large red states. Only in the South, where most people were easily convinced that the shutdown and looming default were the black Muslim president’s doing, did the GOP not suffer appreciably. But even in Arkansas, Democratic chances of regaining the congressional seats in central and southwest Arkansas
suddenly looked promising, and strong Democratic candidates emerged in both districts and perhaps in east ERNEST Arkansas as well. DUMAS Central Arkansas’s GOP congressman, Tim Griffin, polling poorly, announced that after less than three years in office he needed to spend more time with his family and wouldn’t run again. But Democrats would be wise to calm their exuberance. No one likes excessive end-zone celebrations or I-told-youso’s. Besides, as the unpopular shutdown engineered by Newt Gingrich in 1995-96 showed, people quickly move on from political crises. Democrats gained only two seats in the next election and another five in 1998. More than its momentary lift for Democrats, the shutdown and debt crisis was a terrible setback for the country. The economic damage may linger only for a few quarters but the erosion of confidence in the United States, both globally and among
The Second District shakeup
ust under four years ago, a Second District congressman facing difficult poll numbers because of his national party’s travails suddenly announced his departure from the race, sending the Central Arkansas political world into a frenzy. On Monday morning, Tim Griffin did the same, surprising most everyone just as his predecessor, Democrat Vic Snyder, had done. No matter his current polling problems in a toxic anti-incumbent environment, Tim Griffin probably would have been able to pull out a race for reelection in 2014. No matter the national GOP’s problems and the more localized wounds inflicted on Griffin by the Mayflower oil spill, the slightly pro-GOP slant of the district created by the fast-growing suburban counties, the millions of dollars that would have flowed to the Little Rock media market to protect a GOP incumbent, and Griffin’s excellent constituent relations (his office is well-known for its responsiveness in assisting district residents regardless of party affiliation, including yours truly) would likely have resulted in a narrow Griffin victory. But the Congressman was going to have to work very hard for a messy victory, making the private sector and more family time particularly appealing for him at this time.
So, where does that leave us in a Second District race without an incumbent? First, former North LitJAY tle Rock Mayor BARTH Patrick Hays, who announced for the post on Tuesday, may well be able to cement Democratic nomination quickly by jumping early. Either Bill Halter (who could have had the nomination by announcing just a few weeks ago) or former state Rep. Linda Tyler of Conway (who knows the majority of primary votes are in Pulaski County) would make the primary a big-dollar affair, but are likely to ultimately pass on it. A racially polarized mayoral election to replace Hays in North Little Rock and the persistent frustration at Arkansas’s position as the sole Southern state still not to elect a person of color to Congress creates the possibility of a strong African-American candidate, producing the possibility of longer-term division in the party. We should know quickly whether Hays’ path to the nomination will be easy or difficult. Assuming he is the nominee, Hays will end up with a more solid Pulaski County vote than most recent Democratic candi-
Americans, will take longer to correct. Political parties always enjoy deep cleavages in the opposition. Republican ideological strife lifted Democrats to victory in the 1964 and 1976 presidential elections, but the unusual ugliness of this GOP civil war won’t produce a result to hearten anyone. Sen. John McCain, the party’s standardbearer in 2008 and the party’s real leader in the Senate, said the House Republican faction that guided Congress to the government shutdown was on “a fool’s errand” and he called their leading Senate allies, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, “wacko birds.” Jeb Bush, prepping for a race for the presidency in 2016, said none of them was “grounded in reality.” Texas’s Gov. Rick Perry deplored Cruz’s and Paul’s folly as “political theater.” Cruz and the House leaders were calling their spineless colleagues traitors and promising well-funded primary opponents for the 82 House and 18 Senate Republicans who voted to abandon the cause and reopen government. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, who worked out a quick lastminute surrender deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid to end the shutdown and avert the debt cliff, promised the next day that enough people had learned the lesson that neither crisis would happen again. It was a particularly hard lesson for
Republicans to learn because they had followed H.L. Mencken’s timeless theory, which has nearly always been good for both Democrats and Republicans: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” In this case, the hobgoblins were Obamacare and the man who lent it his name. If Obama was allowed to provide health insurance to those who couldn’t afford it in January, they said, the great American democratic experiment essentially would be over. The shutdown and credit default would be worth it to stop that cataclysm. The week after the crisis ended, the party’s new voices of moderation urged that the party forget Obamacare until it could come up with a better health plan. Obamacare, of course, had been the Republican plan until Hillary Clinton and other Democrats co-opted it in the presidential campaign of 2008. Next come the Republican primaries of 2014, where the strength of the party’s angry right wing will be tested, principally in the Midwest, and the country will see how far the party of Lincoln has gravitated to a new Dixiecrat party, a development not even Democrats should hope for.
dates because of the support of loyalists north of the Arkansas River. No matter, to win a general election any Democratic nominee has to make some inroads into either of the two counties to either the immediate north or south of Pulaski to win a general election. Those numbers haven’t changed with Griffin’s departure. Four years ago, Griffin rolled to easy victory in a GOP primary by uniting business conservatives with what was then a still-fledgling movement of Tea Party activists. The enhanced factionalism in the Republican party makes it less likely for a candidate to bridge that worldview divide in the party, although a candidate like west Pulaski County state Senator David Sanders or Saline County’s state Representative Ann Clemmer might be in a position to pull it off and head to the general election with a united party. One candidate most-mentioned in the immediately aftermath of the Griffin announcement represents a side of the factional divide. A favorite of business conservatives is Little Rock banker French Hill, who recently announced for a Heightsbased state House race. While a strong GOP candidate for that state House district that skews Democratic and a good general election candidate for Congress, it likely will be difficult for a relatively moderate candidate like Hill to win in a congressional primary
where conservative grassroots support matters much more than financial resources. On the other hand, it seems inevitable that a candidate with strong ties to a coalition of Tea Party and social conservatives will step into a primary environment where mainline conservatives are suddenly outnumbered. Such a candidate — like David Meeks or Andy Mayberry, both state representatives — would have strength with activists. That said, candidates like those bring an inherent polarizing element to the race that could divide the party longterm and could create havoc in the suburban counties that will decide the election. Griffin’s big announcement creates sudden uncertainty about the shape of the race and the ultimate outcome. One thing is clear: The two big winners from the week’s events are Mike Ross and Mark Pryor, who will each have their statewide candidacies bolstered by the renewed Democratic energy in the Second District. They are poised to get even more good news for their candidacies next week with the expected announcement of former Federal Emergency Management Agency head James Lee Witt that he will run for the Fourth District seat. The key missing piece for state Democrats at this point: A First District candidate with the same promise to enhance turnout in a vitally important part of the state for statewide Democrats. www.arktimes.com
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his is the 91st edition of Pearls About Swine, and all prior installments, without fail, have been a byproduct of my own eyes and ears. This is my solemn vow. Not this week. Sorry, but this is the mea culpa moment I really hoped I wouldn’t have. Nary a single second of the broadcast of another 52-0 throttling by Alabama transected my sensory organs Saturday. Not one. I didn’t watch, listen, or otherwise perceive a moment of what was apparently only liberally described as “action” from Tuscaloosa, and once I learned of the final score, I didn’t bother to watch anything other than well-culled snippets of the Crimson Tide treating the Razorbacks like they might in a scrimmage against the marching band. It was apparently terrible, and no, I’m not sorry for avoiding the carnage. The nation’s premier football program casually and methodically deconstructed a poor little bunch from Fayetteville that had already taken two vicious beatings to start October and could ill afford a third. It happened, we all knew it would, and it’s behind us. The shining beacon from the Ozarks right now is that there is no game this weekend, and therefore no conceivable cause to wince in pain. As a result of my voluntary and perhaps gutless choice to enjoy a Saturday evening dinner with friends, and abstain from even iPhone stat-poring, I achieved enlightenment on a Zen- or perhaps even Benny Hinn-scale. Arkansas is 3-5, 0-4, plodding along through a miserable stretch while Bret Bielema probably ponders a career change every few seconds. Ho hum. There is, mercifully, no justifiable cause to revisit what happened against Alabama. Last year when the Tide meted out the first 52-point whitewashing of the Hogs, there was morbid curiosity: how would this team fare against the elites, fresh off a program-crippling loss to a Sun Belt team, with its quarterback shelved? This year, the garishness of losses to Florida and South Carolina left no one with any doubts, delusions, or desire to observe. With two-thirds of the 2013 season now in the hamper, and the long-projected October cave-in now complete and astonishingly worse than most probably thought, let’s just call this a belated halfway point assessment. Here’s the moderately tolerable news: Arkansas has two young offensive linemen, Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper, who are capable of developing into the best nucleus on that front since the Hogs hit the SEC, and
two fine tailbacks who would excel at any program if given the right support. There’s some hope that BEAU immature defenWILCOX sive players will progress rapidly under the tutelage of Chris Ash, Charlie Partridge and Randy Shannon. Tight end Hunter Henry has world-class skill, and there is a sporting chance that Jeremy Sprinkle will complement him as the best receiving tight-end tandem in the region. Now there’s the rest of this ugly story. One young quarterback is simply overwhelmed right now, has his own brother nipping at his heels, and there is no receiver on the horizon who looks capable of filling a massive void at the position. Three fairly productive defensive linemen, the best kicker in program history and a pretty salty anchor on the offensive line are all going to depart. The secondary is, as has perpetually been the case for roughly a decadeplus, a shallow and oft-maligned group that gets challenged often and adjusts rarely. And perhaps the most fear-inducing thing is that lurking question from week to week: what recruits are going to find this appealing?! Bielema’s in uncharted waters too. In seven seasons at Wisconsin, he had no losing campaigns, and when things did get bleak, the soft underbelly of the Big Ten always did provide potential rescue. Wisconsin could steamroll the also-rans but certainly squared off well against the heavy hitters in the league, too; now, Bielema is at the helm of a Hog program that is more or less that also-ran, and on a weekend ripe with seismic shifts in the conference standings, his team went whimpering away behind the woodshed. The man in the magic windbreaker says all the right things and succinctly said after the Alabama loss that the string of bad performances was “getting a little old,” but there didn’t even seem to be a hint of hope finishing his assessment. Having a bad year in this league is nothing new for Arkansas, mind you, but there’s this inescapable desire to leap off the cliff right now, and getting outscored 134-17 in a month’s worth of immolation is only part of the distress. When you simultaneously see Mizzou and Texas A&M bolting into the fray with such rapid returns, Tennessee showing signs of resurgence, and Auburn regaining footing under the ever-polarizing Gus Malzahn...man, you just get flat-out sad. Darkest before the dawn, right?
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Blue Hog Report has dug up some more dirt on Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office. In his obsessive fashion, Blue Hog’s Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer, has put together public documents into a damning case of taxpayer abuse by A.J. Kelly, Mark Martin’s deputy secretary of state for elections, legal and business and commercial services. Kelly is a lawyer. He is paid $100,043 a year. But he is too busy to represent Mark Martin in legal matters, such as the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Campbell filed. For that, the office has turned to expensive outside counsel. That, in turn, led to Campbell’s successful legal pleading that Martin’s office had broken the state law that required the office to get attorney general approval to hire outside counsel. Perhaps Kelly might have had more time to look up that statute but for the fact that — while a $100,000 state employee with all the perks that accrue — he has a part-time job as Fairfield Bay city attorney. He doesn’t make as much in that job as he once did, but it still produced almost $18,700 for him in 2012, at $125 an hour. But wait, there’s more. Blue Hog’s examination of e-mailing from the secretary of state’s office and leave records provide circumstantial evidence that Kelly did some of this outside legal work on state time. Emails were sent during office hours. Documents created during office hours were transmitted by Kelly. He has billed the city for meetings in Fairfield Bay at times for which secretary of state records reflect that he didn’t take leave time. State voters should care. But when you work for a guy who has the name of a famous race car driver, many things are forgiven. Blue Hog says Fairfield Bay residents should doubly care: “And if you happen to be a taxpayer in Fairfield Bay, you are really getting shafted. In addition to your tax dollars CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10
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‘DEVASTATED’: McCullough (at lectern) with Mariani at left.
‘I just wanted to teach’ Mount St. Mary Academy and the firing of Tippi McCullough. BY DAVID KOON
n the list of controversies that seem tailor-made for public outcry, it would be tough to think of one better than: “fired a woman on her honeymoon for no other reason than because she chose the person she loves over her job.” With a Twitterfriendly headline like that, you don’t even really need to know that Mount St. Mary Academy is a Catholic school, or that the couple involved are lesbians. That’s the kind of story that gets folks fired up, no matter what the religion or genders. Tippi McCullough is a popular 29-year-veteran English teacher who has taught at Little Rock’s all-girl Mount St. Mary Academy for the past 15 years. She also happens to be a lesbian. She’s been in a committed relationship with her partner, Pulaski County deputy prosecuting attorney Barbara Mariani, for 14 years — a fact that both McCullough and Mariani insist was known and accepted by the staff and administration at the school. On Oct. 16, just before McCullough and Mariani
were to be wed in a legal civil ceremony in New Mexico, where same-sex marriage is legal, Mariani said they received a phone call from an employee at the school, warning them that if they got married, McCullough would be fired. They married anyway. Around 45 minutes after the ceremony, McCullough received another call from Mount St. Mary principal Diane Wolfe, telling McCullough that she had violated a morality clause in her contract by wedding Mariani. She was given the choice of resigning or being fired. In her resignation letter of Oct. 18, McCullough mentioned the “Mercy Values” espoused by the Sisters of Mercy order that founded the school, telling Wolfe that she was “greatly disappointed that the powers who control the hiring and firing at Mount St. Mary have taken this stance which seems to be in direct opposition to the Mercy Value recognizing ‘The Intrinsic Worth and Dignity of Each Person.’ ” Earlier, in a response to a theologian who had written her to question the
firing, Wolfe had said that her hands were tied on the issue once McCullough entered into a civil union “whereby a public document was generated.” “Do you honestly think a lowly high school principal of 531 girls would take this kind of monumental action on a whim or based on my ‘conservative views?’ ” Wolfe wrote. “You and many others are making grandiose assumptions ... [P]erhaps you need to take this up with the Catholic Church who made this decision. I am contractually bound by the parameters set forth by the church teachings.” Wolfe closed the letter by saying that while many have accused her of cowardice for the firing, she asked the writer to question if it took “moral courage to carry out and uphold the tenets of the church.” Wolfe has not returned a phone call seeking further comment. In response for a request for comment, a spokesman for the Diocese of Little Rock sent an email saying: “At this time the Diocese of Little Rock has no plans to issue its own statement other than to indicate that, like the Mount, the Diocese does not disclose confidential personnel information unless it is properly authorized.” On Oct. 22, the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBT rights group, held a support rally and press event at Little Rock’s South on Main restaurant, with McCullough and Mariani making their first public appearance since the firing. HRC was the first to report on the issue, and has gathered over 50,000 signatures from those protesting the firing, which they planned to deliver to Mount St. Mary Academy President Karen Flake and Wolfe. Addressing a crowd of more than 100 supporters, HRC president Chad Griffin, an Arkansas native, said that McCullough and Mariani’s relationship was “no secret to her fellow teachers,” and that Mariani was “part of the community at Mount St. Mary’s.” Of the school’s firing of McCullough simply for marrying Mariani, Griffin said: “That’s not just wrong, it’s morally disruptive. It sends a deeply harmful message to every member of this community, and especially to every Mount St. Mary’s student, gay or straight, that leading a responsible life — a good life — isn’t enough.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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WHAT’S NEXT FOR TIM GRIFFIN? Tiny Tim, we hardly knew ye. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin announced earlier this week that he will not seek another term after four years in Congress. It’s been a rough year for the congressman, between his role in the hideously unpopular government shutdown, a disaster in Mayflower that made his Exxon-funded pipeline cheerleading a bit awkward, and finally a tweet calling for Democrats to “stop the violent rhetoric” in the midst of reports of shots fired on Capitol Hill, which earned national condemnation. Was it all too much? Well, who knows why he’s leaving (we know, we know, he wants to spend more time with his family). But what will he do next? We checked with our bookie and here are the current odds on Griffin’s next move.
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Heads up new think tank funded by shady, rich libertarians. Relative to lowly congressman, this new appointment ups his bank account and his influence on Capitol Hill.
Named chairman of Republican National Committee in wake of GOP panic after disappointing showing in 2014 mid-terms, including losing Griffin’s seat. Turns out that what he meant by “spend more time with my family” was actually spend more time on Twitter. Buys police scanner, live-tweets area shootings with complaints about Obama.
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Hired by Fox News to do oppo research for Karl Rove’s commentary. Newsroom complains that Tim and Karl won’t stop shouting “the boys are back in town!” Jumps in the Republican primary for Arkansas governor, co-opting Asa’s exclamation point with “Timmeh!” signs. Secures venture capital from Koch Brothers to start Griffin’s Liberal Voter Cages. Keep ’em away from the polls the old fashioned way: in a cage!™ Stars in a new sitcom with former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins called “Who You Know, Not What You Know.” Spends all day in his garage building birdhouses while muttering about how historians will see George W. Bush as a misunderstood genius someday.
Shirtless posterboy for ExxonMobil’s new fragrance, Eau de Mayflower
After publication of his confessional memoir “I Know Why the Caging Turd Sings,” a repentant Griffin sends apologies, by direct mail, to African American voters in Jacksonville, Fla., for targeting them for ballot challenges.
Takes over the Zack Galifianakis role in “The Hangover IV.”
paying Kelly’s state salary, you also paid him an additional $18,696.50 in 2012 alone. Fairfield Bay Municipal Code states only that the city attorney is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the mayor and city council. It doesn’t define a salary or limit his billing rate, so Kelly is free to bill your town $125/ hr for answering emails from his other job, and he’s apparently allowed to bill you by submitting little more than a list of dates and actions (with no amount of time specified for each event) and claim 135 total billable hours that you have no way of verifying.” The Times has asked the secretary of state’s office for comment on Kelly’s moonlighting generally and specifically on whether he’s doing contract work on state time.
Rich get richer The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has issued a report underscoring the usual — tax policy in Arkansas favors the rich and does little for the poor. The report is called “A Better Foundation: Building a Tax System that Works for Ordinary Families.” Said the Advocates’ director, Rich Huddleston: “... [T]ax changes passed during the 2013 session consisted largely of personal income tax cuts benefiting upper-income taxpayers and sales and use tax cuts targeted to specific industry groups. ... [the changes] did little to improve overall tax fairness for low- and middle-income families; resulted in flat or underfunding for certain critical services for children and families in the short term; and further undermined an already strained base for funding future services that are critical to the state’s needs.” In four words: The rich get richer. Yes, there was a modest potential cut in the tax on groceries if the creek don’t rise. But the bottom 40 percent will see little or nothing from income tax and capital gains tax cuts. (That capital gains tax will be an enormous windfall for a handful of the unimaginably wealthy.) Result, said Huddleston: “Already, the bottom 40 percent of taxpayers have a state and local tax burden (twelve percent of their income) that is twice that of the richest one percent (who pay only six percent of their incomes in state and local taxes).” You’d think Huddleston didn’t know that was the idea. Trickle-down, see? www.arktimes.com
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Before reading from online messages from Mount St. Mary students saying that McCullough was an inspiration to them, Griffin said, “principal Wolfe and president Flake are shamelessly and dangerously sending a message that if you’re LGBT, you simply don’t belong. That kind of harmful message never entered Ms. McCullough’s classroom.” Pointing out that Pope Francis recently said “who am I to judge?” when asked about LGBT people in an interview, Griffin said, “Principal Wolfe and president Flake’s actions prove that they either didn’t hear those elegant, Biblically-based words, or they didn’t care.” He went on to call for the school to publicly apologize to McCullough and Mariani, and institute a school-wide non-discrimination policy that will prevent LGBT teachers from being fired in the future. Stepping to the microphone, Tippi McCullough read from a prepared statement, saying that learning she had been fired 45 minutes after she was married seemed “shocking and especially cruel.” Returning to the school to collect personal belongings the day before had been “one of the hardest days of my life,” she said, though she spoke of students and teachers offering their support. “For 29 years, I’ve tried to be discreet about my private life, never pushing an agenda in any classroom or school where I’ve worked,” McCullough said. “I just wanted to teach.” McCullough said she was devastated by her firing, saying that her first thought was how her commitment to the school “had been reduced to a mere label.” “I most worry about the message this discrimination sends to the young women of Mount St. Mary’s,” she said. “My only hope is that this acts as a dialogue and progress for equality.” Barbara Mariani fought back tears as she introduced herself by saying: “I’m a spouse to Tippi McCullough,” adding that it was the first time she’s been able to say that in public. Mariani said that she and McCullough
are very private people who have tried to live their lives “under the radar,” which made the controversy especially hard on them. “What we realized is that silence perpetuates inequality,” she said, “and until someone rights that silence,” it continues to hurt. Mariani said that while they had discussed the possibility of retribution against them for getting legally married, she said they had believed the school would “continue to exercise just application of that moral code, like they had for the past 14 years” toward the couple. “Devastated doesn’t really describe the last week of emotional ups and downs,” Mariani said. “It has been the happiest, the saddest, and the most hopeful week that I’ve ever gone through.” That included, Mariani said, seeing McCullough go from being “the happiest I’ve ever seen her to two hours of non-stop crying” within 45 minutes. “It was truly horrible,” she said. Mariani went on to thank supporters, students and staff members at the school and Catholics who had come forward to say the firing didn’t represent their faith. She also thanked her co-workers and her boss, Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley, for believing in equality in the workplace. “No one should ever fear losing their job for being the person God created them to be,” Mariani said. Asked what she’d tell someone who came to her and asked whether they should send their daughter to Mount St. Mary Academy, McCullough said she’s “conflicted” about the question, but added: “I would not want my own daughter to go there currently, in this climate, under this leadership ... . It greatly saddens me that I couldn’t do that, because I have preached for years that it’s the best school that there is, and the best place for a young woman to go to gain confidence and self-esteem and go out into the world and make something of herself.”
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THE SPIRITS SCENE Times readers select their favorite local watering holes and drinks.
here’s a new people’s champ in Central Arkansas. The Hillcrest Fountain is the best bar around, according to the readers of the Arkansas Times. The low-key neighborhood bar — slogan: “the home you hit before you head home” — is a place where the regulars know the bartenders’ cell phone numbers, David Ramsey reports. The Fountain unseated another no-frills neighborhood bar, two-time winner White Water Tavern, though White Water remains beloved. It won Best Bar for Live Music and Best Dive Bar. Despite Times readers’ affinity for charmingly dingy watering holes, that paragon of high-class cocktails, Capital Bar and Grill, placed more 14
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often than any other bar throughout the list that follows. A good Old Fashioned and homey dive bars will never go out of fashion. But a new trend we hope joins them as permanent fixture in our drinking scene is craft beer diversity. Arkansas distributors have upped the variety they’re bringing in at the same time we’re experiencing a craft brewery boom in the state. Lindsey Millar surveys the upstart small breweries in the state, most of which will appear at the beer drinkers event of the year, the annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival on Nov. 1. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, our guide to the 50-plus brewers participating doubles as a near-comprehensive look at craft beer available in Arkansas.
BEST BAR The Hillcrest Fountain RUNNERS-UP: Maduro Cigar Bar, Capital Bar and Grill, Dugan’s Pub
BEST BARTENDER Aimee Stockton, Dizzy’s RUNNERS-UP: David Burnette, South on Main; Jack Lloyd, The Fold; Gene Lee, The Pantry
BEST WINE BAR Crush Wine Bar RUNNERS-UP: By the Glass, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar, Ciao Baci CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
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Arkansas enjoying a craft beer explosion. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
hree years ago, there were four craft breweries in Arkansas. Three in Little Rock — Boscos, Diamond Bear and Vino’s — and Hog Haus in Fayetteville. Today, there are 17, and at least two more expected to open sometime in the coming months. What’s triggered the boom? “I think Arkansas is catching up with the rest of the world,” said John “Bonz” Rogers, retail manager for Diamond Bear, the 13-year-old craft brewery that’ll soon move to an expanded brewing facility in North Little Rock. Then there’s social media and the general reach of the Internet for promoting craft beer culture. Perhaps no one locally is more prominent in that arena than John “The Beer Snob” Wells, who’s been sending out a bi-weekly e-newsletter on craft beer culture in Central Arkansas for 10 years. When he started, Wells said, there were only three or four really good craft beers available for purchase in the area. Now there are hundreds. His anecdotal experience reflects a national trend. Overall, the U.S. beer market is relatively stagnant. From 2011 until 2012, across all categories, domestic and import, the market only grew .6 percent, according to the Beverage Information Group. But craft beer is exploding. From the same period, the craft beer segment of the industry grew by 14.6 percent. Despite Arkansas’s recent growth spurt, Wells thinks Arkansas is still lagging behind much of the rest of the country. “If we doubled the number of breweries in the state, they’d sell
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every beer they made.” Asheville, N.C., should be a target, Wells said. The city of 86,000 and 16 craft breweries markets itself as “Brewtopia.” Matt Foster knows firsthand the divide in culture. The proprietor of one of Arkansas’s newest breweries, Flyway Brewery, moved
from Asheville to Little Rock more than 15 years ago. When Foster travels back to Asheville, he sees what Little Rock and Arkansas brewing could be. In the coming weeks, beer from Foster’s Flyway Brewery will be on tap at bars and restaurants around Central Arkansas. Foster teaches English and creative writing full time at Central High School and has no plans to quit anytime soon, so all of his brewing will be done in his spare time. Initially, he plans on brewing one barrel (30 gallons) of beer a week to divide into six pony kegs to sell to bars and restaurants. Flyway might be the smallest commercial brewery in the state, but Foster’s vision is big: He’s hoping to spark the cultivation of all the necessary elements to brew beer using only Arkansas ingredients. Already, his Flyway brews use Cascade and Nugget hops grown at Dunbar Community Garden. Last week, he assembled a small meeting at the Dunbar garden to discuss sowing the seeds of Arkansas beer independence with Jason Kelley, an agronomist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension service who specializes in wheat and feed grains, and an assortment of Central Arkansas urban farmers. The farmers had agreed to grow an acre and a half of barley selected by Foster and Kelley. They’ll plant later this winter and harvest in the spring; Kelley will do crop-yield testing. Foster calls his brewery a pico-brewery. His beer won’t be available for purchase directly. Flyway doesn’t have any retail space. Foster doesn’t even have his own brewing space; he shares a commercial kitchen in the basement of Quapaw Towers building with Loblolly Creamery and someone starting up a juice business. A pico-brewery is a step down in size from a nano-brewery, which is what Stone’s Throw Brewing is considered. The Ninth Street brewery is run by four guys with other jobs; together, they manage to pump out enough beer to supply their small tap room and local restaurants. That’s a model Central Arkansas upstarts Rebel Kettle and Dog Towne Brewing Co. hope to soon emulate. A step up from nano-brewery is microbrewery. There aren’t any hard and fast rules to the designations, but in Arkansas there are clearly two big dogs, Diamond Bear and Springdale’s Core Brewing & Distilling Co., which distribute beer throughout the state and region; an upstart in Rogers, Ozark Beer Co., which just launched and plans on eventually distributing its canned beer throughout the state, and a handful of brewpubs and smaller, hobby operations. Whatever the size, Arkansas’s brewers are smaller than the big players in the industry. “Anheuser Busch has brew tanks big enough to fit a city inside,” beer snob Wells said. “It’s only a matter of time until someone starts making really good beer in huge volumes. But right now the door is wide open for the entrepreneur.” www.arktimes.com
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’ve walked in here in a prom dress and I’ve come here in pajamas,” a young woman told me on a recent night out at the Hillcrest Fountain bar. “It’s comfortable and easy.” “She’s not just saying that,” chimed in bartender Richard Dean. “Pajamas and a prom dress, she’s done both.” The Hillcrest watering hole, this year’s Toast of the Town winner for best bar, is a testament to the simple genius of a neighborhood pub. Serve up cold beer at good prices in a relaxed setting. That’s it. A space for people to unwind and for strangers to become friends. “The bar is made by its customers,” Dean said. “We’re just a beer and wine bar that happens to
have great people.” It’s the sort of place where you can come alone because you’re bound to run into someone you know. Or if not, you’ll feel like you know at least a few folks pretty well by the time you leave. “You can always expect the same thing,” one patron told me. “The best bartenders in Little Rock. They know what you drink on whatever day of the week it is. And everyone knows everyone. Over the years, you become friends with everyone here.” Sara and Daniel Bryant, two of the Fountain owners, opened the bar in 2005, inspired in part by Table and Ale, a small neighborhood bar in Fayetteville where Sara Bryant used to bartend. The Bryants — who also own or co-own Big Whis-
key’s, Ernie Biggs, and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken — weren’t thinking big at the time. In part, these Hillcrest residents just wanted a neighborhood bar they could enjoy themselves. “We figured I’d work three nights and my cousin [Sara Koger, now a co-owner] would work three nights and we’d make tips and my husband would have a place to watch football with his friends — and hopefully we’d break even,” Sara Bryant said. It turns out that the Bryants weren’t the only ones in Hillcrest craving a friendly spot. The Fountain has become the neighborhood bar of choice for the Hillcrest set, building a base of diehard-loyal customers since it opened eight years ago. It’s a no-frills, no-gimmicks kind of place. The pool and shuffleboard tables are always busy. They don’t serve food and they don’t serve liquor (“keeps it calm,” Bryant explains). The bar’s slogan is “the home you hit before you head home” and that’s about right. It’s a cozy spot to chat and laugh and have one too many. Smoking inside is allowed, lending the bar an additional comfortable dive feel, or uncomfortable haze, depending on your perspective. If you want some fresh air, there’s a large outdoor patio, added about four years ago, in the back. “You’ve got the next-door funk coming over from Canon Grill and you get to watch the drama going down in the Kroger parking lot,” one patron said. “It’s what a patio should be.” And what is it about those bartenders, who every customer I spoke with called the best in town? “We just all love our job and have a good time and it shows,” Dean said. “You can go into places that people just aren’t happy and you can feel it. We all love it. There’s not a whole lot to what we do. But being a bartender isn’t just about mixing drinks. It’s being able to talk to people, handle problems, offer words of advice.” It sounds like a cliche to say that the bartenders and the customers have become a family over the years, but it’s the truth. “I guarantee you more than half the people in there have my cell phone,” Dean said. “We’ve been with each other for years.”
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completely gluten free. They’re working on financing to open a small commercial operation in Bentonville. Once they open, Nogy, says there’ll be no gluten allowed in their facility — not even for people’s lunches. Dark Hills got an early endorsement when the brewery’s Creamy Buck Wheat Amber — made from buckwheat, honey and sorghum molasses — won a gold medal in the Gluten Free category at the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship. LM
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lear your schedule. Book the babysitter. Find your DD. The event of the year for beer drinkers with discerning palates is on the horizon. On Friday, Nov. 1, the Arkansas Times and the Argenta Arts District present the second annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival. It’ll run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Argenta Farmer’s Market lot at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. Tickets are $35 in advance at arktimes. com/craftbeerfest or $40 at the door. But don’t dawdle; last year’s even sold out, leaving some thirsty folks outside the gates. Below, find short profiles of all the participating brewers. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, consider it a near-comprehensive survey of the craft beer market in Arkansas.
CORE BREWING Northwest Arkansas has gone from a relatively parched beer market to having its own seven-brewery tour circuit — the Fayetteville Ale Trail — in short order. How to distinguish yourself from that pack? For Core, out of Springdale, it has been to roll out a true bonanza of brews (at the festival will be its ESB, LegHound, Hilltop IPA, Pumpkin Pie Lager, Imperial Red IPA, Black Lightning 2xIPA, Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Chocolate Stout). It’s also pioneering a weird, fun series of online video documentary shorts with its owners and staff, sort of a “Duck Dynasty” set in the brewery, that generates lines like, “I might put you in a wood chipper one day, but I love you,” and a comforting number of bleeps, on the way to teaching you about brewing. SE
oldest craft brewery, now in its 14th year. At the festival the proprietors and master brewer will serve the brewery’s decorated lineup of Pale Ale, Presidential IPA, Southern Blonde and Rocktoberfest, and probably brag on their new North Little Rock location: the former Orbea building at 600 N. Broadway. “We picked up the keys on Oct. 4,” Diamond Bear founder Russ Melton said. Renovations are underway. Eventually the new digs will mean bigger on-site events and greater production. “You’ll see some more brands, greater variety,” Melton said. “We can only get as aggressive as our supply allows.” Look for a more-aggressive Diamond Bear, then, right soon. SE
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BOSCOS Boscos has been brewing in our own backyard, down in the River Market district, for 10 years, but it got its start 21 years ago in Memphis. It’s one of the few breweries in the country that makes a German “stein beer,” heating up granite rocks in its pizza oven and dropping them into the beer during the brewing process to add a caramel flavor and taste. The result: The award-winning Famous Flaming Stone. Boscos is not a bottler, but besides enjoying beers at the restaurant you can buy the brew by the growler (64 ounces, $10 for beer, $3 for bottle), and you can buy said growlers on Sunday, manager Courtney Bibb would remind you. LNP
If you follow Dark Hills Brewery President Connie Rieper-Estes on Facebook (she’s “Connie RieperEstes Gluten Free Consultant”), you’ll learn things like the fact that Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans. Or that a mouth swab is the best way to determine if you’re gluten intolerant. One factoid she’s likely to tout soon: Not all gluten-free beers are equal. Some brewers use barley as their grain and extract the gluten from it. That process leaves behind small traces of gluten, according to Leigh Nogy, Rieper-Estes’ partner, which is a problem, when even partsper-million levels of gluten can cause a celiac sufferer problems. Dark Hills, a project Nogy and Rieper-Estes have been working on since around 2000, is
Little Rock businessman John Chandler describes himself as an enthusiastic brewer who’s “in the process of putting together a nanobrewery at an undisclosed location.” Wonder what side of the river it’s on? It’ll be a small operation, on the scale of Stone’s Throw, something Chandler, who runs the wholesale merchandising company Asian American Global Trading Partners and has real estate holdings (including, full disclosure, controlling interest in the building where the Times’ office is), and his partner Tom Rystrom, a real estate broker, can work on while maintaining their other gigs. The craft beer fest marks the public debut of Dog Towne’s three brews. They’ve got good names: Hurt Me; She Almost Kilt Me Scottish Ale; Bock, Paper Scissors Helles Bock, and No Dog Like the Moedog IPA. LM
what we were doing,” he said. The hit of the night was an Imperial Pumpkin Ale they call Red Rum Pum. They make it by mixing pumpkin puree in the mash and then dropping oak staves that’ve soaked Matt Foster home- in rum for more than a month into the brewed as a hobby for 10 years before start- beer. That’ll be at the festival along with ing Flyway Brewing Co., one of the state’s Black Reign, an imperial stout; the C newest craft breweries. He isn’t brewing at Street IPA, made with eight different home anymore — he shares space with Lob- hops; a Coffee Coconut Cream and a lolly Creamery in a commercial kitchen in Dirtbag Brown ale. LM Quapaw Towers — and rather than sharing beer with friends, he’s now selling it to local restaurants and brewpubs. But brewing beer is still a hobby. Foster is a longtime English and creative writing teacher at Central High School and has no plans to quit. Flyway “is all about quality — great beer — and not about quantity,” he said. “I’m not trying to grow An Arkansas craftfast.” The goal, he said, is to get Little Rock brewing success story, Refined Ale to continue its embrace of great beer. Next Brewery started in 2010 as a one-man up on that mission: the debut of his Migrate operation, that one man being Little Ale at the craft beer fest. Rock’s Windell Gray, who founded the small-batch brewery in a former hair salon at Cedar and 23rd streets. Soon after, Gray started self-distributing his bottled beers to retailers all over central Arkansas, and his traditional brews have since become local faves. For the ArkanFayetteville’s Fossil sas Times Craft Beer Festival, Refined Cove Brewing Co. is now in its second Ale will be pouring its Arkansas Preyear of operation. Its beers are available mium Craft IPA, their APC Irish Stout, at several local restaurants, in growlers and their namesake Refined Ale. DK at liquor stores and, of course, on tap at its tasting room. They’ll be pouring four beers, including the La Brea Brown, Black IPA, the seasonal Pumpkin Ale and the Paleo Ale, which was among the best beers I tasted at last year’s festival. RB
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has become known for its experimental beers, including cask-conditioned ales that feature locally grown hops and other botanicals from Little Rock’s Dunbar Garden. In addition to a classic lineup of pale ales, IPAs, porters, and stouts, Vino’s brewed Arkansas’ first saison in 2012, then expanded on the style in 2013 with their “Slaughterhouse 5” cask-conditioned series. MR
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within shouting distance of New Orleans could reasonably roll out any ol’ thin swill and keep the lights on. Not so venerated Abita, which is rolling some of its “big beers” up to Little Rock: its Abbey Ale (an 8 percent ABV double ale), its Andygator (also 8 percent, a helles dopplebock), and its SOS (for Save Our Shore, a stiff copper pilsner). These are fitting cool-weather beers from a sweltering clime. Need something lighter for those 110 percent humidity days? Its Amber lager, Restoration pale ale and Jockamo IPA (sing it!) will also grace the festival. SE
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Little Rock’s newest brewery may also be its small- ing began as an experiment to brew beer est, but that hasn’t stopped this nano- that would pair with the spicy Cajun brewery from coming up with some big food that is prevalent in the brewery’s tastes. Stone’s Throw has specialized in South Louisiana home. Not available Belgian-style beers since its opening in for general purchase in Arkansas, this Tommy McGhee and John July 2013, keeping a constant rotation of is an excellent brewery with balanced, Lee believe that beer shouldn’t be cat- different Belgian styles on tap at its tap- well-crafted beers that are deceptively egorized. They don’t do competitions room on Ninth and Rock. Stone’s Throw easy to drink. The brewery has come a because they don’t want to adhere to has also made a name for itself for fea- long way from its 2009 start in an old the strictures of classification. “We don’t turing local brews from other Arkansas railway car, but remains committed to want to brew a beer to have someone tell breweries, adding to the cooperative the unique spirit of Cajun country. MR us it’s not, say, a brown [ale],” McGhee nature of the growing beer scene across says. “We just want to brew beer that the state. MR tastes good.” So far so good. Co-workers at Bale Chevrolet, Lee and McGhee started brewing together four or five years ago. Six months back, they decided to take their brews public and began working towards opening Rebel Kettle. This Kansas City brewery They don’t yet have a location and are at has long been a craft beer presence in the early stages of the permitting process, Vino’s began brewing Arkansas, with staples like its Bully! Porbut according to McGhee, their beer beer just two years after Little Rock ter, Pale Ale and Unfiltered Wheat filling went over well at Little Rock Rockto- made on-site brewing legal for restau- up pint glasses all over the state. For the berfest, Rebel Kettle’s debut pouring. rants, but since the arrival of brew mas- Times Craft Beer Festival, Boulevard CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 “Everyone really seemed to appreciate ter Josiah Moody in 2010, the brewery
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will be pouring several of its flagship year-round brews, including the Unfiltered Wheat and 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer, and from its Smokestack Series the Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, SaisonBrett, Reverb Imperial Pilsner, Long Strange Tripel and Sixth Glass Belgian dark strong ale. Also available will be the Westside Rye and Mid Coast IPA, both of which are seasonal and are only available in the sampler pack or on tap at its tasting room at Boulevard HQ. RB
had a history of brewing that began in the pre-Prohibition days). Short for Choctaw, Choc Beer offers a raft of excellent craft brews both seasonal and year-round. They’ll be pouring their OPA, Winter Stout and the Oak-Aged Quad, a Belgian Quadrupel that really packs a punch at 11 percent ABV. RB
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St. Louis’s Cathedral Square Brewery was founded by brewmaster Brian Neville, who put in a decade with Spanish Peaks Brewing Co., makers of Black Dog Ale. He’ll be pouring several of his distinctive brews, including the Abbey Ale (Beer Advocate raved thusly: “We closed our eyes and thought we were in a cafe in Belgium); White Ale; Hail Mary IPA; and the Repent Rye barleywine style ale and the Holy Moly Imperial Stout. Those last two clock in at a respective 9 and 10 percent ABV. RB
Based in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Charleville started its life as a winery but has transitioned over the last several years into primarily a brewery, one that creates an array of seasonal beers. They’ll be pouring their Half-Wit Wheat (a very session-able 4.5 percent ABV), the Hoptimistic IPA (“intense hop bitterness and flavor” per the brewer’s website), Tornado Alley Amber and its seasonal Box of Chocolate, a Belgian Quadrupel that’s a heady 10.5 percent ABV. It’s also normally not available until early February, but the folks at Charleville brewed some special just for the Times Craft Beer Festival. RB
Three buddies in Oklahoma City spent three years researching and trying out homebrew test batches before founding COOP Ale Works in 2008. Since then they’ve become a hit in Oklahoma City with creative brews and a deep commitment to local production and distribution. They’ve also gotten attention for their efforts to create a more sustainable brewery through more efficient equipment, recyclable materials and a 100-percent wind-powered infrastructure. Their F5 IPA has been getting rave reviews from hop-fanatics, with citrus and pine accenting the bite. In addition to that, they’ll be pouring Horny Toad Blonde, Native Amber and DNR — a Belgian-style dark ale. DR
CROWN VALLEY BREWERY
A small operation out of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling is a favorite tourist spot in the quaint Mississippi River town just south of St. Louis, but their beers — with a lineup featuring porters, pilsners and ales — aren’t just for window dressing. For the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, they’ll be pouring six brews, including their Big Bison Ale, Gunslinger XX IPA, Coffman Coffee Porter, Farmhouse Lager, Sleigbell Spiced Ale and, for you apple drink fans, their strawberry-infused cider. DK
Tiny Krebs, Okla., is home to a fantastic old-school Italian market and several great restaurants, including Pete’s Place, which in 1995 began brewing beer (though founder Pete Prichard
Eight years ago this Gulf Coast brewery starting cranking out Mississippi’s first commercial beer since Prohibition. For such a benighted beer state, the brews are downright freaky. The Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale pioneered the use of roasted pecans in beer, and went on to win a bronze
at the 2006 World Beer Cup. The Jefferson Stout folds in sweet potatoes and lactose. The Timber Beast pours rye and four kinds of hops into an 8.9 ABV pale ale. All will be at the festival, plus a couple of stragglers to be determined soon. SE
MUSTANG BREWING CO.
Tim Schoelen, then a healthcare executive, was sitting in a boardroom one day in his suit and tie, looked around, and thought, “Wait a minute, this isn’t exactly what I wanted life to be.” He sold his house, cashed out his 401k, moved into a rental house and started learning to brew beer in the garage on a 5-gallon turkey fryer. “As soon as the neighbors realized I wasn’t cooking meth, we became popular,” he said. “The neighborhood would come by and try out the beers.” Mustang Brewing Co. served its first pint in the summer of 2009 and has been growing rapidly ever since. After “gypsy brewing” for several years (doing its brewing at the facilities of other microbreweries), it opened its own facility in Oklahoma City in January 2013. When the tragic tornado struck Moore in May, Mustang shut down the warehouse operations for two weeks to become a designated drop site for the Red Cross for tornado relief efforts. The night before Mustang was set to begin beer production again, another tornado hit Oklahoma City, destroying the brewery. With some help from the craftbeer community and their know-how in gypsy brewing, Mustang has kept up production and plans to open a new brewery in Oklahoma City later this year. Among the beers Mustang will be pouring is Washita Wheat, which has won gold at the World Beer Championships the last three years, beating out Sam Adams, among others. It’s made with Oklahoma red wheat, giving it a slightly sweeter and less floral taste profile than white-wheat brews. DR
than 13,000 barrels a year and is well on its way to making the transition from microbrewery to regional brewery. They’ll be pouring four of their everyday beers — Wheach, 5-Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, and Smoked Porter — as well as their award-winning seasonal, O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Pumpkin, which was the first pumpkin beer to be distributed in St. Louis. O’Fallon uses more than 100 pounds of pumpkin puree in every batch, setting the beer apart from other “pumpkin” brews, which often just use spices and no actual pumpkin. DR
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you probably think of Adolphus Busch, even if Budweiser and co. are property of multinational overlords across the pond these days. But for the last 20 years, Saint Louis Brewery, which brews a large variety of beers under the Schlafly brand, has become a regional favorite, and now they’re the largest locally-owned brewery in St. Louis. They also hold the distinction of being Missouri’s first new brewpub after Prohibition, after the state allowed microbreweries in 1990. In addition to their standbys, they serve up interesting seasonal options that are only available at their brewpubs — word is, we’ll get to sample a few at the festival. DR.
one of the beers that helped pull America out of its mid-century addiction to macrobrews, take a tug off an Anchor Steam, from a San Francisco brewery that first brewed the robust caramel lager in 1896. Bottling arrived in 1971, and patiently waited for American tastes to catch up. Joining it in Little Rock will be the ’70s throwbacks Liberty and the English-style Old Foghorn. Also along for this trip: California Lager, last year’s Christmas and this fall’s seasonal, and Big Leaf Maple, the newborn babe of the bunch. SE
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When Texas inevitably secedes from the Union, leaving the rest of the country to wonder whether it means we’ll be deprived of more Rick Perry presidential campaign bloopers, beer drinkers will rue the loss of suds from Shiner, Texas. The 104-yearold flagship brew, Shiner Bock, last year claimed one of Spoetzl Brewery’s three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival; its Bohemian Black Lager, which will also be in Little Rock, captured one as well. You can also toast with the Holiday Cheer and the Blonde, which we must presume will always remain a favored Texan export. SE
TALLGRASS BREWING COMPANY
This sixyear-old Manhattan, Kan., brewery was started by a former geologist who has made the packing material a point of pride, jettisoning bottles two years ago in favor of 16-ounce cans that shut out light, keep beer fresher and, perchance to dream, deliver a third again as much beer as your traditional 12-ounce bottle. Its 8-Bit pale ale is some of the smoothest drinking in flyover country. Also on hand will be its Buffalo Sweat stout, Ethos IPA, spanking-new Zombie Monkie porter, English-style Pub Ale, and Velvet Rooster, which purports to be the world’s first canned Belgian-style Tripel. SE
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The largest craft brewery in the country, and the fourthlargest overall, carries a ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange that nods to its ever-expanding line of Samuel Adams beers. Business is good: If you’d bought a share of SAM 10 years ago, when its price was equivalent to half a case of Sam Adams Lager, you’d have $240 today, or about three kegs’ worth. You can taste prosperity at the festival via Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA, the stiff Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red, and Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout. SE
Opened in 1990 by home brewer and self-described “ski bum” Richard Squire, Breckenridge Brewery has grown to a 32-state distribution area, including Arkansas. Known as much for their food as for their beer, the five operating ale houses in Colorado draw thousands of visitors every year, as does the original brew pub located in historic Breckenridge, Colo. MR
Finally a brewer that combines my favorite thing (Belgian-style brewing) and my wife’s favorite thing (“Game of Thrones” novelty items). Among the beers that Brewery Ommegang will be pouring: Take the Black Stout, inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch from the hit fantasy novels and television series. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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Bosco’s ❑ Bombay IPA_ _____________________________________ ❑ Famous Flaming Stone_ ___________________________ ❑ Hefeweizen_______________________________________ ❑ London Porter____________________________________ ❑ Oktoberfest_______________________________________ Core Brewing and Distilling ❑ Black Lightning 2xIPA _____________________________ ❑ ESB______________________________________________ ❑ Hilltop IPA________________________________________ ❑ Imperial Chocolate Stout_ _________________________ ❑ Imperial Red IPA__________________________________ ❑ LegHound Oktoberfest_ ___________________________ ❑ Oatmeal Stout____________________________________ ❑ Pumpkin Pie Lager________________________________ Dark Hills ❑ Creamy Buckwheat Amber_________________________ ❑ Lemon Ale Chandy_ _______________________________ Diamond Bear ❑ Pale Ale__________________________________________ ❑ Presidential IPA___________________________________ ❑ Rocktoberfest_ ___________________________________ ❑ Southern Blonde__________________________________ ❑ TBD______________________________________________ Dog Towne Brewing Company ❑ Bock, Paper Scissors Helles Bock__________________ __________________________________________________ ❑ Hurt Me, She Almost Kilt Me Scottish Ale_ __________ __________________________________________________ ❑ No Dog Like the Moedog IPA_______________________ __________________________________________________ Flyway Brewing ❑ Migrate Ale_______________________________________ Fossil Cove ❑ La Brea Brown____________________________________ ❑ Black IPA_________________________________________ ❑ Pumpkin Ale______________________________________ ❑ Paleo Ale_________________________________________ Rebel Kettle ❑ “C” Street India Pale Ale___________________________ ❑ Dirtbag India Brown Ale___________________________ ❑ Coffee and Coconut Cream Stout___________________ __________________________________________________ ❑ Red Rum Pum_____________________________________ ❑ Black Reign Bourbon-Oaked Imperial Stout_________ __________________________________________________ Refined Ale ❑ Refined Ale Brewery Beer__________________________ ❑ Arkansas Premium Craft IPA_______________________ ❑ Arkansas Premium Craft Irish Stout________________ __________________________________________________ Saddlebock ❑ Arkansas Farmhouse Ale_ _________________________ ❑ Chocolate Stout___________________________________ ❑ Dirty Blonde______________________________________ ❑ Hefeweizen_______________________________________ ❑ Oktoberfest_______________________________________ 24
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Stone’s Throw ❑ Amer Belge Belgian IPA____________________________ ❑ Renes Descartes Dunkelweisse____________________ __________________________________________________ Vino’s Brew Pub ❑ Arkansas Outside Amber__________________________ ❑ Slaughterhouse Saison____________________________ ❑ Vino’s Pumpkin Ale________________________________
Abita Brewing Co. ❑ Abbey Ale________________________________________ ❑ Amber____________________________________________ ❑ Andygator________________________________________ ❑ Jockamo_________________________________________ ❑ Restoration_______________________________________ ❑ Save Our Shore___________________________________ Bayou Teche ❑ Acadie Bier de Garde______________________________ ❑ Cocodrie IPA______________________________________ ❑ LA 31 Biere Pale___________________________________ ❑ Miel Savage_ _____________________________________ Boulevard ❑ Unfiltered Wheat__________________________________ ❑ 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer________________________ ❑ Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale_____________________________ ❑ Saison-Brett______________________________________ ❑ Reverb Imperial Pilsner____________________________ ❑ Long Strange Tripel_______________________________ ❑ The Sixth Glass ___________________________________ ❑ Westside Rye_____________________________________ ❑ Mid Coast IPA_ ___________________________________
❑ Sleighbell Spiced Ale ______________________________ ❑ Strawberry Cider__________________________________ Lazy Magnolia ❑ Jefferson Stout___________________________________ ❑ Southern Pecan___________________________________ ❑ Timber Beast_____________________________________ Marshall Brewery ❑ Atlas IPA_________________________________________ ❑ Big Jamoke Porter________________________________ ❑ Oktoberfest_______________________________________ Mustang Brewing Co. ❑ Sixty-Six Lager_ __________________________________ ❑ Winter Lager______________________________________ ❑ Washita Wheat_ __________________________________ ❑ Firkin TBD________________________________________ O’Fallon Brewery ❑ O’Fallon Wheach__________________________________ ❑ O’Fallon 5 Day IPA_ _______________________________ ❑ O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye____________________________ ❑ O’Fallon Smoked Porter____________________________ ❑ O’Fallon Seasonal_________________________________ Piney River ❑ Black Walnut Wheat_______________________________ ❑ McKenney Eddie Amber_ __________________________ ❑ Missouri Mule IPA_________________________________ ❑ TBD______________________________________________ Prairie Artisan Ales ❑ Funky Galaxy_____________________________________ ❑ Merica___________________________________________ ❑ Standard_________________________________________
Cathedral Square ❑ Abbey Ale ________________________________________ ❑ White Ale_________________________________________ ❑ Hail Mary IPA_____________________________________ ❑ Repent Rye _ _____________________________________ ❑ Holy Moly Imperial Stout___________________________
Schlafly ❑ Schlafly Pale Ale__________________________________ ❑ Schlafly APA______________________________________ ❑ Schlafly TIPA_____________________________________ ❑ Schlafly Kolsch___________________________________ ❑ Schlafly Tripel____________________________________ ❑ Schlafly Seasonal_________________________________
Charleville ❑ Half-Wit Wheat___________________________________ ❑ Hoptimistic IPA___________________________________ ❑ Tornado Alley Amber ______________________________ ❑ Box of Chocolate Belgian Quadrupel________________ __________________________________________________
Shiner ❑ Black_ ___________________________________________ ❑ Blonde___________________________________________ ❑ Bock_____________________________________________ ❑ Holiday Cheer____________________________________
Choc Beer ❑ OPA______________________________________________ ❑ Winter Stout______________________________________ ❑ Oak-Aged Quad___________________________________ Coop Ale Works ❑ Horny Toad Blonde________________________________ ❑ Native Amber_____________________________________ ❑ DNR_ ____________________________________________ ❑ F5 IPA____________________________________________ Crown Valley Brewing ❑ Gunslinger XX IPA_________________________________ ❑ Big Bison Ale_ ____________________________________ ❑ Farmhouse Lager_ ________________________________ ❑ Coffman Coffee Porter_____________________________
Tallgrass Brewing Company ❑ 8-Bit_____________________________________________ ❑ Buffalo Sweat_____________________________________ ❑ Ethos_ ___________________________________________ ❑ Original Pub Ale___________________________________ ❑ Velvet Rooster____________________________________ ❑ Zombie Monkie___________________________________
Anchor ❑ Big Leaf Maple____________________________________ ❑ California Lager___________________________________ ❑ Christmas________________________________________ ❑ Liberty___________________________________________ ❑ Old Foghorn______________________________________ ❑ Steam____________________________________________
Breckenridge Brewery ❑ 471 IPA___________________________________________ ❑ Agave Wheat_ ____________________________________ ❑ Vanilla Porter_____________________________________ Brewery Ommegang ❑ Hennepin_________________________________________ ❑ Abbey____________________________________________ ❑ Three Philosophers_ ______________________________ ❑ Take the Black Stout______________________________ ❑ Rare Vos_________________________________________ ❑ Witte_____________________________________________ Craft Brew Alliance ❑ Widmer Hefeweizen_______________________________ ❑ Widmer Alchemy Ale_______________________________ ❑ Omission Ale______________________________________ ❑ Redhook ESB_____________________________________ ❑ Redhook Audible Ale_ _____________________________ ❑ Redhook Longhammer IPA_________________________ Finch’s Beer Co. ❑ Threadless IPA____________________________________ ❑ Secret Stache Stout_______________________________ ❑ Cut Throat Pale Ale________________________________ ❑ Golden Wing Blonde Ale_ __________________________ ❑ Fascist Pig Ale____________________________________ ❑ Sobek & Set______________________________________ Evil Twin ❑ TBD______________________________________________ Fort Collins Brewery ❑ Doppel Bock______________________________________ ❑ Double Chocolate Stout_ __________________________ ❑ Major Toms American_____________________________ ❑ Rocky Mountain IPA_______________________________ Goose Island ❑ 312 Urban Wheat__________________________________ ❑ Bourbon County Stout_____________________________ ❑ Honkers Ale_ _____________________________________ ❑ IPA_______________________________________________ ❑ Matilda___________________________________________ ❑ Mild Winter_______________________________________ Green Flash ❑ Double Stout_ ____________________________________ ❑ Green Bullet______________________________________ ❑ West Coast IPA___________________________________ Hermitage Brewing ❑ Hoptopia Double India Pale Ale_____________________ ❑ Maltopia Double Scottish Ale_ _____________________ ❑ Ale of the Imp Imperial IPA_________________________ ❑ Ale of the 2Ton Imperial Stout______________________ ❑ Single Hop Series IPA_ ____________________________ Laughing Dog ❑ Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete________________________ ❑ LD Dogfather Bourbon Stout_______________________ ❑ LD Dogzilla Black IPA______________________________ ❑ LD Alpha Dog Imperial IPA_________________________ Mendocino ❑ Eye of the Hawk___________________________________ ❑ Red Tail Ale_______________________________________ ❑ Whitehawk IPA___________________________________ New Belgium ❑ 1554_ ____________________________________________ ❑ Accumulation_____________________________________ ❑ French Aramis____________________________________ ❑ Ranger___________________________________________ New Planet ❑ Amber Ale________________________________________ ❑ Belgian Ale_______________________________________ ❑ Blonde Ale________________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale__________________________________________ ❑ Raspberry Ale_____________________________________ North Coast Brewing ❑ Brother Thelonius_________________________________
❑ Le Merle__________________________________________ ❑ Old Rasputin______________________________________ ❑ Old Stock_________________________________________ ❑ Pranqster_ _______________________________________ ❑ Scrimshaw_ ______________________________________ Samuel Adams ❑ 13th Hour_________________________________________ ❑ Fat Jack Pumpkin_________________________________ ❑ Grumpy Monk_____________________________________ ❑ Stoney Brook Red_________________________________ Shipyard ❑ Shipyard Export Ale_______________________________ ❑ Shipyard IPA______________________________________ ❑ Seadog Blueberry ________________________________ ❑ Seadog Apricot_ __________________________________ Shocktop Brewing ❑ Belgian White_____________________________________ ❑ Honeycrisp Apple_________________________________ ❑ Raspberry Wheat_ ________________________________ ❑ Seasonal_________________________________________ Sierra Nevada ❑ Celebration Ale_ __________________________________ ❑ Flipside Red IPA__________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale__________________________________________ ❑ Torpedo Extra IPA_________________________________ Stillwater Artisan Ales ❑ TBD______________________________________________ Tommyknocker Brewery ❑ Fresh Hop IPA_ ___________________________________ ❑ Maple Nut Brown_ ________________________________ ❑ Small Batch Pumpkin Harvest Ale__________________ __________________________________________________
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port of the Argenta Friends of the Arts, supports the Little Rock Film Festival, the Argenta Film Series, the Thea Art Festival, Tales From the South, the Argenta Farmer’s Market, 3rd Friday Art Walk, the Arkansas Sculptors Invitational, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Main Thing at the Joint. The AAF also produces other cultural events such as Celebrate the Grape, a Mardi Gras parade, the Argenta Tulip Festival, Argenta Restaurant Weeks, the Arkansas Times Latino Food & Music Festival and the Big Dam Bridge 100 Finale Fest. Located in the historic heart of downtown North Little Rock, the Argenta Arts District is committed to the visual, performance, landscape and culinary arts as evidenced by the district’s 11 arts organizations, eight performance art venues, 10 visual arts venues and 10 dining and drinking establishments.
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Arkansas. The company’s four-pack pint cans are certainly eye-catching, and the beer contained in them has earned some accolades at competitions. All of the company’s flagship beers will be available, including the Threadless IPA, Secret Stache Stout, Cut Throat Pale Ale, Golden Wing Blonde Ale and Fascist Pig Ale. Also being poured: the seasonal Sobek & Set, named after the Egyptian gods that represented the boar and the alligator. RB
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According to Ommegang’s website, it’s “made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north.” Ommegang, from Cooperstown, N.Y. (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame), will also be pouring its Hennepin, Abbey, Three Philosophers, Rare Vos and Witte. DK
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If a game of touch football breaks out at the festival, onlookers can grab a Redhook Audible Ale, which the CBA teamed up with radio and TV sportscaster Dan Patrick to create. It’s sessionable — or, in CBA lingo, “crushable” (a more manly word, says sales rep Steve Engleman) — so you can enjoy more than one before the fourth quarter. (If the festival had Audible on tap, you’d see that its tap is microphone-shaped, giving a new meaning to open mic.) CBA, of Washington state, New Hampshire and Oregon, was formed when Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery merged in 2008. The Widmers’ claim to fame rests with their introduction of an American hefeweizen, a wheat beer. Since the CEO of CBA and his wife both have celiac disease, the brewery has created a gluten-free ale called Omission. LNP
FORT COLLINS BREWERY
Some of the best craft beer in Colorado (and that’s really saying something) has distribution in some 20 states and Sweden, a reach that has yet to impinge on its sense of quirk. Consider the titles of some of Fort Collins’ one-off brews: the Carl Weathers As Dillon In Predator Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale. The brewer described it as “strapping, black and highly hopped.” That won’t be making the trip to Arkansas, alas, but Major Tom’s American Wheat, the fruit beer winner at the 2009 U.S. Beer Tasting Championship, will be, along with its Rocky Mountain IPA, Double Chocolate Stout and FCB Doppel Bock. SE
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EVIL TWIN BREWING
One of the big success stories of the “gypsy brewing” subcategory of craft brewers, Evil Twin is unique in that it doesn’t have a brickand-mortar home brewery. Instead, founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Denmark creates unique beer recipes, then brews all over the U.S. and Europe. Recently, Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs offered a “Taproom Takeover” weekend featuring Evil Twin brews, and beergeek friends who hit it were well pleased by the interesting beers on hand. Sure to be a musttaste at the Craft Beer Festival. DK
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FINCH’S BEER CO. Chicago brewer Finch’s Beer Co. is one of the newer arrivals in
Chicago’s most renowned craft brewery, b. 1988, has become an institution in a part of the country that would be known as the Schlitz Belt if so much rust hadn’t sprung up in the past few decades. Cubs fans know its Wrigleyville brew pub as the pre- (and post-) game local flavor of choice; the rest of the country knows its Honkers Ale and IPA, in particular, as approachable, unassuming craft staples. Try those or the Matilda, still aglow from its 2011 gold at the World Beer Championships in the Belgian Style Amber Ale category. Also: 312 Urban Wheat, Mild Winter and Bourbon County Stout. SE
Six months ago, I was in Colonial Wines and Spirits wandering aimlessly in the beer aisle carry-
ing an IPA from a craft brewer that’ll go unnamed. An attendant strolled by, saw what I was carrying and told me I didn’t want that, I wanted Green Flash’s West Coast IPA. Even though it was the same price for four bottles as the other brand’s six-pack, I took his advice. Glad I did; it’s the best beer I’ve ever had. I can’t isolate “notes” or anything like that, though a description on the brewery’s website mentions “grapefruit zest” and a “floral aroma.” But it’s not fruity, not heavy like a lot of IPAs, not funky like others — just damned delicious. The San Diego brewery is relatively new to the Central Arkansas market. At the festival, in addition to the aforementioned greatest beer ever, they’ll be pouring their Double Stout Black Ale and the newly bottled Green Bullet, a triple IPA named for a New Zealand hop. LM
HERMITAGE BREWING CO.
This San Jose brewery (which uses the French pronunciation of its name, so ask for ermee-taj) is known for its “over the top” hoppy IPAs, says spokesman Thomas Keim. Its Ale of the Imp Imperial, for example, has twice the bitterness units that the typical IPA has. The brewery, which employs three master brewers, all of whom trained in Munich, also makes single-hop ales with distinct flavors, from grassy to floral. HBC made only 3,000 barrels last year of its own label, but produces beer for about 10 other California brewers. Because this is California, HBC has hung a disco ball over its bottling line; it starts to rotate and ABBA’s greatest hits start to play when the line is turned on. LNP
LAUGHING DOG BREWERY
OK, this family brewery in Northern Idaho calls its brews “fetchingly good,” and the puns don’t end there: Its labels include Alpha Dog Imperial IPA (it’s “ahead of the pack,” the brewery says); Dogfather Bourbon Stout, Dogzilla Black IPA and so forth. Laughing Dog (named for Ben, the family Labrador) brews most IPAs in the West Coast style — using aromatic hops that recall Northwestern forests and citrus scents — with water drawn from Lake Ponderay, one of the deepest lakes in the country and said to be pristine. It’s a small brewery, making
only about 5,000 barrels a year, and most of its brews are sold in glass 22-ounce bombers. One of its labels might become your new best friend. LNP
MENDOCINO BREWING CO.
When a home brewer and two partners started this venerable company in Hopland, Calif., in 1983, it was only the second brewpub in the country and first in California since the repeal of Prohibition 50 years earlier. So the brewery has been crafting beers — all named for raptors, by the way — for a long time, and they’re sticking to the well-balanced brew that brung ’em (as opposed to “off the chart” hoppy California beers, as salesman Jon Scutt put it). The first beer the company served at the Hopland Brewery was its Red Tail Ale on draft, and, according to the company website, then it “rolled out the ‘World’s Largest 6-Pack’ featuring 6 magnums of Red Tail … an OSHA nightmare tipping the scale at a brutal 42 pounds …” The company was bought by an Indian concern, United Breweries Group, which also made beer named for a bird: Kingfisher, “the Budweiser of India,” Scutt said. Find Kingfisher at Indian restaurants, but amber ales Eye of the Hawk and Red Tail and the IPA Whitehawk at the festival. LNP
With 40 beers on tap and 30 bottles, Mellow Mushroom knows craft beer like we know craft pizza. Come in and join our free beer club to be rewarded for drinking our liquid gold. While you’re here, prepare for summer with a large Maui Wowie pizza! Happy Hour M-F, 3-6 pM $1 oFF all draFts, wells and House wine. 16103 Chenal Pkwy • West Little Rock 501-379-9157 • mellowmushroom.com
This Fort Collins, Colo., brewery has bloomed into one of the finest craft destinations anywhere (the tour was ranked tops in the country by TripAdvisor in 2011), with beer to match. As it prepares to expand to Asheville, N.C., in a couple of years, you’re probably going to meet some of the cheerier workers at its stand. Did you know that every employee is sent to Belgium for a week after five years at the company, to brush up on Belgian culture? See if you can taste their expertise in the Accumulation, Ranger, 1554 and French Aramis they tote in from the base of the Rockies. SE
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Planet after being diagnosed with celiac disease and searching unsuccessfully for a gluten-free craft beer that tasted good. I can’t vouch for it, but someone on a site called weareglutenfree.com gave the brewery’s pale ale five out of five stars and compared it favorably to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. In any case, someone is drinking New Planet. Last year, it established a long-term partnership with the established, nationally distributed Fort Collins Brewery to increase capacity. Now, you can find its beers in every state in the county save Alaska, Mississippi and West Virginia. LM
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Beginning as a brew pub in Fort Bragg, Calif., in 1988, North Coast Brewing has become famous for its award winning Scrimshaw Pilsner, Old Rasputin Stout and Red Seal Ale, as well as resurrecting the historical Acme label that was popular in San Francisco in the 1860s. Distributed worldwide, North Coast brews are a staple of the Little Rock bar scene, appearing at the Flying Saucer, Big Orange, and ZaZa Pizza and Salad. MR
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One of the tastier minor moons in AnheuserBusch’s beery galaxy (the behemoth sells about one of every two beers Americans drink) is Shock Top’s wheat offerings, out of Fort Collins, Colo. They’re spicy, accessible and feature fruitslice heads on the labels, so you don’t assume the barkeep is trying to poison you with nutrients when she slides a slice of orange on the rim of the pint glass. You’ll have your pick of the Belgian White, Raspberry Wheat, Honeycrisp Apple or the seasonal offering. SE
celebrated beers in its category, after incorporating a new method of integrating hops into the brew. You’ll also find Flipside Red IPA and Celebration Ale, another top-flight IPA, on tap at the festival. SE
SHIPYARD BREWING CO.
From the rocky coast of Maine comes Shipyard Brewing Co. Started in Kennebunk in 1992, Shipyard moved its operations to Portland, Maine, in April 1994 and has since grown to be among the top 20 biggest craft brewers in the U.S. Its spinoff Sea Dog Brewing Co. brewpub chain has five outlets in Maine and Central Florida. For the AT Craft Beer Festival, they’ll be pouring Shipyard Export Ale, Shipyard IPA, Seadog Apricot and Seadog Blueberry Wheat Ale, which won first place honors at the California Brewer’s Festival in 2007. DK
STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES
The product of another roaming brewer, Stillwater Artisanal Ales are the love projects of Brian Strumke of Baltimore. Featuring some of the most lovely tear-’em-off-andframe-’em labels in craft brewing, Stillwater beers are also works of art inside the bottle, with a lineup that leans heavily toward traditional, Belgian-inspired recipes. Some of the best are their saisons — spicy, hop-heavy beers with creamy heads and high alcohol content. The proof of the “Artisanal” is in the tasting, with most Stillwater brews rating 95 or above on ratebeer.com’s 100-point scale. DK
TOMMYKNOCKER BREWERY From high
Among American craft brewers, only Sam Adams sells more of its flagship lager than Sierra Nevada sells of its Pale Ale. The home brewers who founded this Chico, Calif., brewery more than 30 years ago kickstarted the American craft revolution, and they’re still cranking out world-class brews. More recently, its Torpedo Extra IPA became one of the most
in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado comes Tommyknocker Brewery, named for the gremlins said to play havoc with the area’s historic mining industry. As difficult as it is to stand out in the famed Colorado craft beer scene, Tommyknocker has managed to do just that, growing from its home in Idaho Springs into a nationally distributed brewery that made its Arkansas debut in 2013 with excellent craft brews and a tasty line of non-alcoholic sodas. MR
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t will not be necessary to know who Mark Rothko was, or Frank Stella or Roy Lichtenstein, or New York abstract expressionism, to understand what motivates the characters in “Red,” the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production. Though its dialogue is heavy on the philosophy of art, the men who play the 90-minute production’s two characters say the play is about the evolving relationship between mentor and apprentice and the inevitable replacement of one by the other. Rothko’s paintings won’t even be part of the set; director Robert Hupp is leaving the art up to the audience’s imagination. But will be possible to know who Mark Rothko was, as well as what his art looked like, because The Rep’s production opens the same day as the Arkansas Arts Center’s exhibit, “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade,” an exhibition of Rothko’s work prior to the color-field paintings that put him in the pantheon of the New York School gods. John Logan’s play, the winner of six Tony Awards (including best play) in 2010, will feature Joseph Graves as Rothko and Chris Wendelken as his assistant, Ken Graves, who is the artistic director of Peking University’s Institute of World Theatre and Film, has appeared in a number of Rep productions, including roles as Prospero in “The Tempest,” Iago in “Othello,” Willie Stark in “All the King’s Men,” Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” and others. Wendelken is making his debut at The Rep; he has performed on stage nationally and on television. The play is set in Rothko’s studio in an old gymnasium at 222 Bowery St. in New York. He’s working on a commission for the nascent Four Seasons restaurant, in the Seagram’s building designed by Mies van der Rohe, a name he’s obviously proud to be associated with. Rothko is proud (“I’m a noun. A Rothko”), passionate, brilliant, opinionated, self-absorbed and dark — an anti-hero. Ken is timid, praise-seeking, youthful, forwardlooking. Their free-association exchange over
the color red: To Ken’s “red wine” Rothko responds “Dresden firestorm.” To Ken’s “Persimmons,” Rothko responds “Lava. Lobsters. Scorpions.” Ken: “Traffic lights.” Rothko: “Slash your wrists. Blood in the sink.” Though the characters speak in the language of art, using Caravaggio and Jackson Pollock as a kind of shorthand, the action “is really about the relationship between these two guys” and the evolution of Rothko’s assistant from apprentice to knowing his own mind, Graves said in a sit-down with a reporter. By the end of the play, which takes place over two years, Ken comes to realize that Rothko’s harsh bravado is merely fear of becoming irrelevant. The Rep and the Arts Center have scheduled special events around the performance. Hupp, Graves and Wendelken will talk about the play at the Clinton School of Public Service at noon Oct. 25. On Oct. 29, Arkansas Arts Center Night, theatergoers can use the code word “ART” to get half-price tickets to the play. Hupp and Arts Center Director Todd Herman will host three special “postshow salons” with audience members after performances Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in Foster’s, the bar on The Rep’s second floor. Little Rock artist Matt McLeod will paint at The Rep before the show on Nov. 2 and will be joined by other Little Rock artists. The Rep will also host Craft Beer Night on Halloween at Foster’s, serving $2 to $4 brews; folks who wear red will receive a “special treat,” the theater’s publicity says. The Oct. 30 production will be sign-interpreted. The play runs Wednesday through Sunday through Nov. 10. Tickets run $30 to $35 depending on show dates and times; those who’ve bought the $10 ticket to see “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade” at the Arts Center will get $5 off their tickets and those who’ve got tickets to see “Red” will get $5 off their admission to the exhibition. Read more about the Arts Center’s exhibition on page 38.
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ARKANSAS-BORN BILLY BOB THORNTON dished to the British paper The Sun earlier this month that it was jealousy over sex scenes that was at least partially to blame for wrecking his three-year marriage to Angelina Jolie. Not his, if you can believe it. Hers. Thornton recalled for the paper a moment in 2001 during the filming of “Monster’s Ball” in which he told Jolie that he’d spent the day filming a sex scene with Halle Berry. “You are then asked if you actually touch her,” he said. “I say: ‘I had to. It’s in the scene.’ ” “That’s already hard, with areas of doubt,” Thornton said. “But if you are a thousand miles from home on a film set simulating sex with a beautiful woman, it’s even tougher.” www.arktimes.com
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BY ROBERT BELL
THURSDAY 10/24-SUNDAY 10/27
OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL
Various times and venues. Eureka Springs.
Wednesday, the 66th annual Ozark Folk Festival kicked off in Eureka Springs. It’s one of the oldest continually observed folk celebrations in the country — the oldest actually, according to organizers. This year’s lineup is highlighted by a Saturday evening taping of folk singer Michael Johnathon’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” (even just typing that out, I can hear the trademark roaring crowd chant that introduces the show: WoodSongs … Old-Time … Radio Hour!). Johnathon and crew will be recording two one-hour programs at The Auditorium downtown. The first features The Clark Family Trio, Clancey Ferguson, Martin Johnson, David Kimbrough III, Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews, Mountain Sprout and The Ozark Alliance. The second show includes performances from Leroy Troy and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and veteran country-rock figure Michael Martin Murphey. Of course, the festival also includes plenty more good times, with the Queens Contest Thursday night, free music Friday and Saturday in Basin Spring Park (including a performance from Johnathan on Friday), the Folk Festival Parade through downtown starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and a Sunday Gospel Brunch with Brick Fields Sunday at noon at Basin Park. Check OzarkFolkFestival.com for more.
COWBOY TUNES: Michael Martin Murphey performs Saturday at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs.
‘LITTLE ROCK AND A HARD PLACE’ 8 p.m. The Joint. $20.
It’s a classic comedy conceit: The protagonist dies and arrives at that big pearly-gated community in the sky only to learn that in order to enter, he or she will have to go back to the mortal plane and make things right. Such is the story at the heart of “Little Rock and a Hard Place,” an original comedy by The Joint’s in-house comedy team, The Main Thing (Steve and Vicki Farrell and Brett Ihler). The show ran last fall and earned raves from our publisher, Alan
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Leveritt, who described it as “a witty and at times hilarious tour of the twin cities’ downtowns during their nadirs as Steve [Farrell]’s character tries to win holy points by saving Argenta. The writing shows a real knowledge of the political and cultural nuances of the relationship between the two cities, which is a surprise, because the couple and their extended families are fairly new to Central Arkansas. And it’s real funny.” “Little Rock and a Hard Place” will have a limited run — Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Nov. 16 — so don’t dawdle.
8 p.m. South on Main. Free.
This sounds like a sure thing for fans of top-notch acoustic guitar playing and songcraft: Artistry of the Guitar features four guitarists performing in the round, exchanging tunes and providing some insight to the audience about how the songs came to be. Most of the music is of the American Fingerstyle variety with other influences woven into the overall sound. The guitarists include Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison, Danny Dozier and Micky Rigby, all of whom are accomplished players and will likely be familiar to longtime observers of the Arkansas scene.
FRIDAY 10/25-SATURDAY 10/26
VARIOUS HALLOWEENRELATED EVENTS
Various times, venues and cover charges.
Seeing as how Halloween falls midweek rather than on Friday or Saturday, much of the spook-season stuff is happening in advance. Here are a few of the terrifying highlights: White Water Tavern hosts a cover-up show with The Danger32
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ous Idiots as The Joy Formidable, plus renditions of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals (by Phillip Rex Huddleston, Mandy McBryde, John Willis, Alex Piazza, Ryan Hitt, Thom Asewicz) and Hall & Oates (with Tyler Nance, Gaines Fricke, Charles Lyford, Lucas Murray, James Szenher, Joe Yoder and Justin Hicks), Friday, 10 p.m., $5; ImprovLittleRock’s “Night of the Living Dead” spoofs the George
Romero classic, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m., $8.; The Political Animals Club brings in Mike Huckabee, The Little Rock Club, Friday 7 a.m., $20. There’s a Halloween Sock Hop, with costumes, dance contests, games and more, Unitarian Universalist Church, Friday 8 p.m.-midnight; Magic Screams brings the horror to Magic Springs, Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.-close. For more, see In Brief.
SATURDAY 10/26SUNDAY 10/27
REASON IN THE ROCK
9 a.m. Wyndham Hotel. Free.
Supposedly, there’s gonna be this “Reason in the Rock” event this weekend, offering a platform for “atheists” and “agnostics” and “skeptics” and various other “free thinkers” and whatnot to spread their non-beliefs to the gullible masses. I don’t know, I guess I buy it. They’ve got a pretty good website and all. Ah, I’m just joshing. I honestly do believe that a good crowd of non-believers will gather this weekend at the Wyndham Hotel in Little Rock to discuss how everything is just a big sham. Featured speakers include: Lecia Brooks, outreach director of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience and Non-Prophets Radio; Skeptics in the Pub founders Kyle Sanders and Ben Bell (no relation to me), and American Atheists president David Silverman, among many others. There are some really excellent-sounding presentations, including: “Can My Employer Take Religion into Account in Making Employment Decisions?”; “Breaking The Cycle: How to Help Kids Out of Religion,” and “Taking Control of Your Atheist Sexuality.”
7 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $45-$90.
Good lord, speaking of skepticism, “psychic medium” John Edward will be at Robinson Center Music Hall, doing his shtick in a make-up show for a canceled date from June of this year (which begs the question: Why didn’t
he know ahead of time that the show would have to be canceled?). Anyway, as I put it back then, “If for some reason you’d like to observe a charlatan hoodwinking the bereaved and credulous live and in-person, you’re in luck, because ‘psychic’ and TV host John Edward will be at Robinson Center Music Hall.”
‘PSYCHIC MEDIUM’: John Edward will perform his act at Robinson Center Music Hall Sunday evening.
Heavy alt-rockers 10 Years perform with Girl on Fire at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15 adv., $17 day of. Sw/mm/ ng, Twelve Tone Elevator and Tropical Body are at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan bring their “Grits and Glamour” show to Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. Verses & Flow Open Mic Night features Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and Sean Fresh, The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. The Big BOO!seum Bash Downtown is a Halloween celebration with games, trick-or-treating and more at The Old State House Museum, Central High Visitors Museum, MacArthur Military Museum, Curran Hall Visitors Center, Museum of Discovery, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Downtown Branch of Central Arkansas Library System and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6-8:30 p.m., free.
The Stiff Necked Fools are back in town for a show at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. The 20th annual Haunted Hayride includes a ride through a haunted forest, kids’ activities and chili cook-off, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Oct. 2526, 7 p.m., $5-$8. Power of the Purse luncheon is the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’s annual event honoring grant award winners and Woman of the Year, Statehouse Convention Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Market Street Cinema begins screening a six-day run of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (see calendar for times). “Tiny Hands Monster Bash” Costume Party benefits UAMS Family Home and neonatal intensive care unit, Next Level Events, 6:30-11:30 p.m., $60 adv., $65 at the door.
PROG WARRIORS: Coheed and Cambria play at Revolution Wednesday night.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $28 adv., $30 day of.
Having a complex, long-running scifi storyline as the core of your band’s concept albums is part of a grand tradition in a certain batty, literate corner of prog rock, from wooly ’70s weirdos like Gong and Magma and Hawkwind up through ’00s nutters such as The Mars Volta. Speaking of Mars Volta, if you thought they had some crazy multi-part concept albums, you have got to check out Coheed and Cambria. These guys arguably have taken the idea further than any of their peers, with something like eight or 10 albums telling the tale of “The Amory Wars,” which concerns a system of planets called Heaven’s Fence.
It’s written by the band’s frontman Claudio Sanchez (not the dude from NPR) and has been turned into a comic book series and a novel. It’s about a couple named Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, and Coheed can turn his arm into a gun or a blade but he’s got this virus that turns him into a monster so his wife (Cambria, who’s clairvoyant) has to kill him to save Earth III, but then she kills herself and then their son Claudio Kilgannon teams up with his uncle (who’s not really his uncle?) so they can destroy the planet system but then he runs into Ambellina, a Prise whose purpose is to tell Claudio that he’s actually The Crowning, the messiah who’s gonna save everything or something. I don’t know, there’s approximately 1.4
billion other things going on too and it all seems a bit like “Dune” by way of Henry Darger, only more complicated. But you know what? That’s awesome, and it’s such a welcome antidote to the typical band-dude approach of “uh, man, I don’t know, I guess we’re gonna write some songs about like normal stuff until we get 10 or 12 of ’em and then we’ll put them on an album and then do that over and over again until most of us get married and have kids and finally realize we can’t support our families doing this shit and then we break up.” Anyway, yeah, Coheed and Cambria. Without a doubt, this will be one of the more interesting shows of the year. Openers at this allages affair are Balance and Composure and I The Mighty.
The Mud Run, billed as Little Rock’s dirtiest 5K, starts at Two Rivers Park, 9 a.m., $25-$35. Halloween at Discovery has DJs Big Brown, Sleepy, Rufio and Brandon Peck, with a costume contest and special Halloween drag performance, Discovery Nightclub, raging until 5 a.m. Author Jane Hankins will read from her new book, “The ThirtyFoot Elvis,” WordsWorth Books & Co., 3-5 p.m. Aristo-crunk innovators Lord T and Eloise are at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of.
Progressive polka veterans Brave Combo play at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.
Avant hip-hop producers Blue Sky Black Death (they’ve collaborated with Little Rock’s Pepperboy) perform at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. www.arktimes.com
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AFTER DARK Improv show based on George Romero’s classic. The Public Theatre, 10 p.m., $8. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Little Rock and A Hard Place.” Original comedy by The Main Thing. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Paul Hooper. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
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10 Years, Girl on Fire. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15 adv., $17 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. revroom.com. “Aliens Invade Opera Scenes.” Performances from operas by Puccini, Mozart and more with spooky interruptions. The Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. 870-972-3471. www.yourfowlercenter.com. Damn Arkansan, Swampbird. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Gideon. With Close Your Eyes, Sworn In, Altars. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. “Grits and Glamour: Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “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. Just Sayin’ (headline), Brian and Nick (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks.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. Runaway Planet. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Sw/mm/ng, Twelve Tone Elevator, Tropical Body. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Verses & Flow Open Mic Night. With Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and Sean Fresh. The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Paul Hooper. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
“3 Lives” Blood Drive. Drive to recruit minority blood donors in particular. Remington CollegeLittle Rock, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 19 Remington Drive. 501-312-0007. www.remingtoncollege.edu. 34
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Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. www.blsdance.org. 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.
HIGH TIMES: Texas singer/songwriter Charlie Robison performs at Revolution Friday night, on tour for his recent album “High Life.” The Mallett Brothers Band opens the show, 9 p.m., 18-and-older, $12 adv., $15 day of. 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, www.OzarkFolkFestival.com for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs, through Oct. 27. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Big BOO!-seum Bash Downtown. Halloween celebration with games, trick-or-treating and more at The Old State House Museum, Central High Visitors Museum, MacArthur Military Museum, Curran Hall Visitors Center, Museum of Discovery, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Downtown Branch of Central Arkansas Library System and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Old State House Museum, 6-8:30 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Core Brewing Company Pub Crawl. Pub crawl to four local bars with representatives from Core Brewery. Argenta, 6-10 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Jake Wood. Presentation from the “Team Rubicon” president and co-founder. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu. “National Security vs. the People’s Right to Know: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks.” With director Rick Goldsmith and screening of “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” Arkansas State University, 6:30 p.m. 2105 Aggie Road, Jonesboro. 870-972-2100. astate.edu.
“Portraits of Hope” Auction. Benefits the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 5-7 p.m. 701 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith. 479-784-2787. www.fsram.org.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25
“Aliens Invade Opera Scenes.” See Oct. 24. Charlie Robison. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.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. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Halloween Cover Up Show. Cover ups of Ryan Adams, Hall & Oates, The Joy Formidable. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Katmandu, Joe Pitts. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Kick Ass Band (headiner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Mnozil Brass. 7-piece brass ensemble with humor and comedic timing. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. On Call Band. Club Trois, 9 p.m., $10. 4314 Asher Ave. 501-663-7803. Stiff Necked Fools. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. “Superheroes of the Orchestra.” Special performance series for students in the Central Arkansas area. Robinson Center Music Hall, 10 a.m., $5. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tragikly White Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Wade Bowen. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com.
ImprovLittleRock’s Night of the Living Dead.
11th Annual Mad Hatter’s Ball. Auction, dancing and live music. Benefits the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Crescent Hotel and Spa, 6:30-11:30 p.m., $50. 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs. 877-342-9766. www.crescent-hotel.com. 20th Annual Haunted Hayride. Hayride through a haunted forest, kids’ activities and chili cookoff. Presented by The Knights of Columbus. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Oct. 25-26, 7 p.m., $5-$8. 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, NLR. 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, www.OzarkFolkFestival.com for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs, through Oct. 27. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Brown Bag Lecture: “The Battle of Pine Bluff.” With historian Mark Christ. Old State House Museum, noon., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-3249685. www.oldstatehouse.com. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Political Animals Club: Mike Huckabee. The Little Rock Club, 7 a.m., $20 (includes breakfast). 400 W. Capitol, 30th Floor. Power of the Purse luncheon. Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’s annual event honoring grant award winners and Woman of the Year. Statehouse Convention Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. “Red,” a panel discussion. Clinton School of Public Service, noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu. “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.
“The Body.” Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.market-
“Tiny Hands Monster Bash” Costume Party. Benefits UAMS Family Home and neonatal intensive care unit. Next Level Events, 6:30-11:30 p.m., $60 adv., $65 at the door. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. www.nextleveleventsinc.com.
Table for Two: Handmade Ravioli. Includes demonstration by Executive Chef Robert Hall, candlelit dinner and dessert, overnight lodging and continental breakfast. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 5 p.m., $200 per couple. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 501-727-5435. www.uawri.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
Adrenaline (headliner), Karen Jr. (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Afrodesia. With Tricia Reed. Presented by Natural State of Music. Gusano’s, 8:30 p.m. 2915 Dave Ward Drive, Conway. 501-329-1100. www. gusanospizza.com. Arkansas Super Jam. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Artistry of Guitar. South on Main, 8 p.m. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. https://www.facebook. com/SouthonMainLR. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Oct. 25. Don’t Stop Please. CD release show with The Flipoff Pirates and The Ronny Rayguns. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Halloween at Discovery. With DJs Big Brown, Sleepy and Rufio, Brandon Peck, costume contest and special Halloween drag performance. Discovery Nightclub, 12-5 a.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. HAVOK. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.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. The Lone Bellow. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $12. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Lord T and Eloise. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour. Featuring Michael Martin Murphey. The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $38-$85. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. 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. “Scary-oke.” Benefits Open Arms Shelter. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach
Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Sunny Ledford. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Wiley College Choir. From Marshall, Texas, with former Arkansan Stephen L. Hayes directing. Bethel AME Church, 4 p.m. 600 N. Cedar St., NLR. 501-374-2891.
ImprovLittleRock’s Night of the Living Dead. Improv show based on George Romero’s classic. The Public Theatre, 10 p.m., $8. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Little Rock and A Hard Place.” Original comedy by The Main Thing. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Paul Hooper. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.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.
“Nightmare on Markham.” Next Level Events, 9 p.m. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. www. nextleveleventsinc.com. 18th Annual “Howl-o-ween Spooktacular.” Games, food, children’s costume contest, plus the park’s cats will be on display. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 7-9 p.m., $10-$15. 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs. 479253-5841. www.turpentinecreek.org. 20th Annual Haunted Hayride. See Oct. 25. 2nd Annual Delta All Natural Hair Show. Pine Bluff Convention Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of. 500 E. 8th Ave., Pine Bluff. 501372-6822. 2nd Annual Reason in the Rock conference. 17 speakers from the Freethought and Skepticism community will speak during the two-day event. Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, Oct. 26-27. 2 Riverfront Place, NLR. 501-371-9000. www. wyndham.com. 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, www.OzarkFolkFestival.com for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs, through Oct. 27. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. All Day Pop Up in the Rock. All-day festival from Cross to Izard streets. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Bacon Bowl. Teams will compete for best bacon dish, savory and sweet. Northwest Arkansas Mall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 4201 North Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. www.northwestarkansasmall.com. Fall Fest. With games, costume contest, face painting and more. Laman Library, 2 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www. lamanlibrary.org. 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. The Promenade at Chenal, 1 p.m. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-
5552. chenalshopping.com. Green Halloween. Clothing swap and costume exchange. StudioMain, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1423 S. Main St. “Halloween Party at Moss Mountain Farm.” Moss Mountain Farm, 4-9 p.m. 23800 Ross Hollow Road, Roland. 501-519-5793. Halloween Sock Hop. Costumes, dance contests, games and more. Unitarian Universalist Church, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-225-1503. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market Fall Festival. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Magic Screams Halloween. Park open 4-11 p.m. Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. 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. A Night in the Garden: Sculpture at the River Market. Party entrance through Little Rock Marriott. Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden, 6:30 p.m., $100. Riverfront Park. “Pop Up in the Rock.” On 7th Street from Cross to Izard, with food trucks, vendors, live music and more. “Under Attack: Women, Abortion, and Reproductive Justice.” Little Rock NOW’s meeting. First Presbyterian Church, 1 p.m. 800 Scott St. “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City.” See Oct. 25.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
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Baobab Story Time with CC. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 10:30 a.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. hearnefineart.com. Dr. Adam Long and Dr. Ruth Hawkins. Ernest Hemingway scholars will read from their work. Pulaski Technical College, 6 p.m. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR. “The Thirty-Foot Elvis.” Author Jane Hankins will read from her new book. WordsWorth Books & Co., 3-5 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www. wordsworthbooks.org.
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2nd Annual Reason in the Rock conference. See Oct. 26. 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, www.OzarkFolkFestival. com for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs, through. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. thebernicegarden.org. John Edward. “Psychic medium,”of “Crossing Over with John Edward.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $39-$79. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-
centers/robinson. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Magic Screams Halloween. See Oct. 26.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
“Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” Mustafa Akyol, a writer and journalist from Turkey, will speak at the Dialogue Institute’s 2013 Friendship and Dialogue Dinner.
Clinton School of Public Service, 6:30 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
Quilts of Valor Breakfast Fundraiser. Stoby’s, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 adv., $6 day of. 805 Donaghey, Conway. 501-327-5447. www.stobys.com/conway-location.html.
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Brave Combo. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Monday Night Jazz. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. The Punches Family. Collins Theater, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould. “Superheroes of the Orchestra.” Special series of performances for Central Arkansas’ students. Hamburg Middle School, 10:30 a.m., $5. 1109 Cub Drive, Hamburg.
Col. Ann Wright. Col. Wright presents “The Role of Dissent in Democracy: From Working Within the System to Resignation.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
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“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
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.
Picture Show: “The Exorcist.” Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
“Egypt, Syria, What is Next.” Turkish political commentator Mustafa Akyol will speak. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu. Rabbi Dr. Jerold Isenberg. Part of the “Practicing the Jewish Faith” in America series. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
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tour of “the artiStS’ eye: GeorGia o’Keeffe and the alfred StieGlitz ColleCtion” these 101 artworks donated to Fisk university by Georgia o’Keeffe in honor of alfred stieglitz are on exhibit for the first time at crystal bridges, which acquired them in an art-sharing arrangement with the tennessee university. the exhibit includes o’Keeffe’s acclaimed “radiator building — night, new York,” along with 19 stieglitz photographs, work by american modernists arthur dove, Marsden hartley, John Marin, work by european masters cezanne, picasso, renoir, signac and toulouse-lautrec and other noted artists of the 20th century.
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he Arkansas Arts Center has a includes an introduction and forward by triple-header starting Friday, Oct. Herman. The “Face to Face” exhibition includes 25, when its much-anticipated exhibition “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The self-portraits by such celebrated artists Decisive Decade” opens along with two as Paul Cadmus, Sigmund Abeles, Robother significant shows. ert Arneson, John Himmelfarb, Lawrence The Rothko show was organized in 2009 Finney, James Valerio, Kent Bellows and by Arts Center Director Todd Herman many others. I haven’t seen the show, but when he was chief curator at the Colum- its catalog — written by Brad Cushman, bia Museum of Art in South Carolina. On curator at the University of Arkansas at Thursday, Oct. 24, the eve of the opening, Little Rock — is mouth-watering. The portraits in “Portraiture Now” are University of South Carolina art history professor Dr. Bradford R. Collins will give a on loan from the Smithsonian National talk, “Rothko’s Dilemma: Beauty and Trag- Portrait Gallery. Ben Durham’s portraits edy,” at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall. Members are images created with words; Mary Borgwill get in free to the talk and the reception man creates larger-than-life charcoals; Till afterward; non-members may attend and Freiwald’s watercolors are layered and go to the reception for $15. luminous. There’s more. Also opening Friday: “Face to Face: ArtLittle Rock artist Catherine Rodgers ists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.,” and “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge.” The Rothko exhibition will be in the Winthrop Rockefeller gallery, where the permanent collection normally hangs, and “Face to Face” and “Portraiture” will be in the Townsend Wolfe and Jeannette Rockefeller galleries. The Arts Center is collaborating with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, which opens a play about Rothko and his assistant, “Red,” on ROTHKO AT THE ARTS CENTER: “Untitled,” oil, Friday. There will be ticket deals 21 by 26 inches, 1945-46. and Herman will attend three postproduction “salons” at the theater to talk will lead a workshop, “Paint Like Rothko about the artist. (See Arts & Entertainment’s — Color: Complement, Shade, Tone and cover on page 30.) Tint,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. When we think of Rothko, we think 26, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. of his color field paintings, stacked fuzzy To register, call 372-4000. All three shows will remain on exhibit squares of highly saturated color, sometimes floating in a sea of color. The Rothko through Feb. 9. exhibit includes paintings, drawings and Now for some North Little Rock news: watercolors created by the artist in what you might call the incubation period of The Thea Foundation, 401 Main St. in those color-field masterpieces. Mythol- Argenta, opens the first of four emergogy and symbolic references to the coming ing artist exhibitions, “The Picture Never war dominate Rothko’s work in the 1940s Changes,” printmaking by Dustyn Bork and as the painter edged away from the figura- Carly Dahl, on Monday, Oct. 28. The series tive to the abstract. The works are colorful is called “The Art Department”; a recepeven if the artist’s desired effect was not to tion for young professionals with music cheer but illuminate the human condition. by the Funk-A-Nites is scheduled Nov. 7 (A brief stint as Arshile Gorky’s student ($10). The garage venue Good Weather seems to have had a huge impression on Gallery at 4400 Edgemere opens a collabRothko’s choices of line and color in his orative installation by Lauren Cherry and pre-abstract style; in turn, Rothko seems Max Springer, “Plaza,” with a reception to have influenced Helen Frankenthaler’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The Red stain paintings.) Door Gallery at 3715 JFK Blvd. will hold its The works in the show are on loan from annual “Holiday Open House” from 10 a.m. the National Gallery in Washington. The to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; the Ted Ludwig catalog accompanying the Rothko exhibit jazz group will play.
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tephen King’s lost X-Men prequel “Carrie” has gradually passed so firmly into the canon that the trailer for the latest adaptation didn’t mind giving away the entire shebang. That all hell breaks loose at its climactic prom is fated, at least since the 1974 novel, the 1976 Sissy Spacek movie adaptation, the Broadway musical, the made-for-TV version, and on and on. The quiet girl with the Bible-breathing mom and the tempestuous telekinesis starred in King’s first novel, and as he became a prolific teller of dark fairy tales, it was only fitting that his inverted Cinderella story passed into pophorror lore. The story’s themes — bullying, puberty, pageantry — renew themselves along with high school seniors, so adaptations of “Carrie” might as well keep popping up every 17 years or so, a deadly locust that slaughters teen-agers in taffeta and rented tuxes every time it appears. This “Carrie,” directed by Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”), updates the story to include obnoxious tweaks of the digital age. Now when Carrie, already an outsider, suffers through her first period in the school gym shower, her bratty classmates don’t just mock her bleeding, they post a cell phone video on YouTube. Otherwise, the big development is that star Chloe Grace Moretz, of “Kick-Ass” renown, is still a bona fide teenager, unlike Spacek, who was in her mid-20s during her turn at prom. Moretz leverages her youth and her wide, spooked eyes to make Carrie as frightening as any child suddenly drunk on too much power. Carrie’s discovery that she can sling stuff around with mere will is no more mind-blowing to her than a 1-year-
old’s epiphany that just by manipulating his arm he can sling food off his high chair. As dark as Carrie gets, her foils at school and home are even more fearsome. Portia Doubleday plays the remorseless mean girl whose vendetta against Carrie begets all this carnage. She’s a ruthless, bitter snot, but it’s a weakness of the plot that she hate-stalks Carrie only from afar. By contrast Carrie’s mom, the self-mutilating, scripture-twisting Margaret, played like an affliction by Julianne Moore, is at Carrie’s throat from birth, when she struggles not to carve up the newborn with a pair of shears. It doesn’t take a zealot to see dark forces at work in Carrie’s budding telekinesis, but nor does it hurt. Bedraggled and pinched, Moore hollows out Margaret and fills her with industrial-grade fundamentalist paranoia — to a fault, if anything. “They’re all going to laugh at you,” she says, trying to convince the daughter to skip prom. (As religious prophecy goes, it turns out to be uncommonly accurate.) At least this unrelenting mother gives Moretz a chance to show some range, as the girl tries to reason with and comfort her. “Carrie” doesn’t really work if you don’t get to care about Carrie, and Moretz builds a likable lead. You get to root for her, so by the time she lays waste in epic fashion, you’ve been seduced into cheering atrocity. This might push you to ponder some sort of ethical dilemma, as you try to sort out which brats deserve which punishment. Don’t overthink it. It ain’t high art, but it is cathartic and gruesome and arrives in time for Halloween. There’s a reason we keep revisiting the bloodiest girl at the ball.
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AFTER DARK, CONT. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Dave Landau. The Loony Bin, Oct. 30-31, 7:30 p.m., $7. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.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.
“Highlights from the 2013 Society Training Program Excavations at 3MN298.” Featuring Mary Beth Trubitt of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 7 p.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.
“After the Tsunami.” Film about Indonesian college graduate students who came to U.S. Universities. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Participation strongly encouraged. Includes costume contest with prizes. Market Street Cinema, through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., $10 (includes participation kit). 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
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. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade,” Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Face to Face: Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.,” Townsend Wolfe Gallery; “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge,” Jeannette Rockefeller Gallery; lecture by Dr. Bradford R. Collins, “Rothko’s Dilemma: Beauty and Tragedy,” 6 p.m. Oct. 24, free to members; $15 to non-members, all exhibitions Oct. 25-Feb. 9. 372-4000. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Bill Lewis Retrospective, 1932-2012,” watercolors and oil paintings, opens with reception 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, show through Dec. 31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. GOOD WEATHER GALLERY, 4400 Edgemere: “Plaza,” installation by Lauren Cherry and Max Springer, opens with reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27. www.goodweathergallery.com MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK Blvd.: “Holiday Open House,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26, refreshments and jazz by Ted Ludwig Trio. 753-5277. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “The Picture Never Changes,” works by Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl, first of Thea’s “The Art Department” series of young professional exhibitions, Oct. 28-Nov. 22, reception for 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 7 for young professionals with artists and music by the Funk-A-Nites, $10 ($7 with password to be published on Thea Facebook page and Twitter Nov. 7), Argenta ArtWalk reception 5-8 p.m. Nov. 15. 379-9512. ARKADELPHIA HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY: “The City,” 40
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relief prints by Regan Renfro, Oct. 28-Nov. 6. 870-230-5036. 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. Oct. 24; “Making Change with Art,” live video broadcast by “Creative Time” arts organization in New York, session with curators, educators and local artists afterward, 3-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 479-418-5700. 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. ROGERS ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. Second St.: “Art from the Earth: A Pottery Exhibit,” prehistoric, historic and contemporary ceramics, Oct. 26-Feb. 22; “Historic Rogers Ghost Walks,” 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 26. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479621-1154.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
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; “MidSouthern Watercolorists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition,” through Oct. 27. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 320-5700. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings from the Arkansas League of Artists and Local Colour. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas art-
ists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Equinox,” works by artists published in UALR’s journal of literature and art. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: 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. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St.: “Best of the South,” new work by Sammy Peters, Sheila Cotton, Henri Linton and others. 664-2787. 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. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: 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. 3742848. 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. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s,” 44 paintings, prints and photographs with digital audio tour featuring musical selections by Fayetteville Roots Festival director Bryan Hembree, through Jan. 6; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. CONWAY HENDRIX COLLEGE, 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. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: John Keller, oils; Jim Oberst, watercolors, 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. GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Traditional Art Guild Art Exhibit,” through October. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 501-262-9300. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Work by Rene Hein, Dolores Justus, Emily Wood and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 101 College Drive: “Small Works on Paper: 20062011,” through Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri. 501-760-4222.
ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS
ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “And Freedom for All: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” photographs by Stanley Tretick of the 1963 march, through Nov. 17; “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (1900-1999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “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. Sun. 324-9351. 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. 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.
hearsay ➥ It’s chilly outside, and FAUX PAS BOUTIQUE has a large selection of sweaters to keep you warm and comfy. There’s quite a variety of styles and patterns to choose from. ➥ The Conway location of boutique E. LEIGH’S opened its doors at 830 Front St. on Oct. 19. The store also has locations in Fayetteville and Little Rock. ➥ SCOTT HERITAGE FARM, a community-supported agriculture farm located next to the Scott Plantation, is currently selling whole and half shares for 2014. The share distribution, which consists of fresh, in season vegetables, farm-raised meats and other items, begins in March 2014 and will be every week or every other week, depending on the share purchased. For more information, visit www.scottheritagefarm.org. ➥ Save 20 percent at a huge list of retailers and restaurants in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 by purchasing a UAMS PARTNERS CARD. All proceeds from the card, which costs $50, will go to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Center’s auxiliary to fund grant projects. For more information and to purchase the card, visit www.uamspartnerscard. com ➥ Now is the time to stock up on highend toys for Christmas: THE TOGGERY has all Melissa & Doug products on sale for 25 percent off through Oct. 31. ➥ The $2 entry fee for the BOO-
TIFUL KIDS COSTUME CONTEST, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at THE PROMENADE AT CHENAL, will benefit the Arkansas
Rice Depot. The contest is open to kids newborn to 6 years old. For more information and to register, visit www.chenalshopping.com. ➥ Still looking for Halloween costume ideas and feel adventurous? Check out the offerings at CUPID’S LINGERIE, which has an interesting selection of costumes that might be a little more on the naughty or hilarious side, depending on your sense of humor. ➥ MELLOW MUSHROOM, the new pizza place out in West Little Rock, has started a weekly live team trivia night starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The first, second and third place winners receive “house cash” awards and there are also great drink specials. Mellow Mushroom, the new pizza place out in West Little Rock, has started a weekly live team trivia night starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The first, second and third place winners receive “house cash” awards and there are also great drink specials. www.arktimes.com
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t’s easy to see why autumn is the busiest time of the year in Eureka Springs. The rolling Ozark hills are ablaze in stunning golden colors. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway, you can stop the clock and just be. For those wanting a more activity-filled way to spend a few days, the events calendar is full of interesting events.
A newer, but hugely popular event in Eureka Springs is the Voices of the Silent City Cemetery Tours presented by the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. On the approximately one-hour tour, visitors are guided through the grounds of the cemetery with stops along the way to hear about the history of Eureka Springs from former residents of the city who now reside in the silent city. This year’s tour has musical-themed stories of folks who lived in Eureka Springs during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Historical tales will include The Original Ozark Folk Festival entertainers
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syndicated radio, TV and online broadcast of the WoodSongs OldTime Radio Hour to The City Auditorium. In the tradition of legendary radio shows of the past, WoodSongs has always been produced before an audience. Johnathon brings his live audience celebration of grassroots music to Eureka Springs as part of the Ozark Folk Festival. Fans can be part of two shows, one hour each, taped in one evening. One of the shows will spotlight wonderful artists from across Arkansas and The Ozarks including Mountain Sprout, The Clark Family Trio, Clancey Ferguson, The Ozark Alliance, David Kimbrough III, Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews and Martin Johnson. The second show will feature the legendary Michael Martin Murphy and Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
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SALTY: Pancetta’s shortribs with cheese polenta and greens.
Farm to terrible Local ingredients can’t make up for subpar preparation.
n retrospect, the signs were obvious that our meal at Pancetta might not be a good one: The basically empty restaurant at 6 p.m. on a weekend night, the abandoned hostess station that forced us to actually hunt someone down inside the restaurant to be seated, the way the server at the table next to us explained an item on the menu as just a case of “the chef liking to use big words.” Still, our hopes were high for the relatively new restaurant in the Marriott downtown that opened when the hotel chain took over the former Peabody, jettisoned the ducks from the lobby, and decided to give this whole “farm to table” concept a whirl. To be sure, the menu is festooned with all manner of claims about the restaurant’s commitment to supporting local farms, and it was the first thing out of our server’s mouth as we sat down. To which we reply: When the phrase “farm to table” goes out of vogue, it will be bitter parodies of quality dining with locallysourced ingredients like Pancetta that kill it dead. The sourcing of the food we ate in that lonely, dimly-lit dining room didn’t matter one single bit — and it never will when the preparation is so poor. We began our descent into Pancetta’s menu with the Crawfish-Tasso Gravy & Hoecake ($8), a listless, bland puddle of slightly congealed white sauce dotted with crawfish tails that tasted like small chewy bites of absolutely nothing at all. The tasso
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consisted of a few sad cubes that looked to us more like the small pepperonis that appear on cheap frozen pizzas rather than the spicy pork shoulder we expected. The hoecake portion of the dish was a thin, dry corn-meal pancake that added nothing to this dish other than some extra texture. If the hoecake was disappointing and bland, the Sauteed Mussels ($11) were outright anger-inducing. It’s hard to actually know where to begin with this dish. Maybe with our server, who didn’t think to bring us a side-bowl for our shells? Or perhaps with the shellfish itself, which in addition to being overcooked to rubberball chewiness had the added misfortune of being so fishy tasting that our table
was honestly scared that they might have turned. If that weren’t enough, the wine and butter sauce was so oddly flavored that our normal post-mussel tradition of mopping up the sauce with a bit of bread wasn’t observed for the first time ever. Woeful entrees pushed aside, we moved on to the main course, where we found nothing much better to quell our mounting disappointment. The Gulf Shrimp and Chorizo ($27) suffered from the same freshness issues that our mussels did, and the chorizo brought back the overcooked theme from that self-same dish. The butternut squash bread pudding that formed the centerpiece to this disaster was the most compelling thing on the plate, but it’s hard to recommend bread pudding drenched in an over-salted sauce at this price. For our (thankfully) last dish of the night, we had the Southeast Family Farms Shortribs ($30), a slab of slow-braised beef shortribs served over cheese polenta with greens and a veal jus that suffered from the same saltiness issues as our shrimp dish. The creamy polenta was a nice spot on the plate, with a good texture and flavor that was almost completely ruined by the bitter greens that tasted “earthy” in the exact worst sense of that descriptor. The beef was cooked well, with a fork-tender consistency that was far better than the uninteresting flavor. This was probably the best dish of the night, but one we can’t forgive given that we finished it thinking that we had just paid $30 for a chunk of stringy pot roast. Perhaps Pancetta feels they can get away with this sort of thing because many of the people who eat there will be tourists or business guests who will plonk down their hard-earned cash due simply to not knowing any better. Slapping “we support local” on the menu doesn’t translate into a good restaurant, and repeating assurances to diners about the talent of the kitchen staff — which our server did so many times we decided she must be trying to convince herself — doesn’t make the statement true. In a city where there are true “farm to table” restaurants serving up quality fare at cheaper prices, Pancetta is like someone trying to speak a foreign language by mimicking sounds phonetically without knowing what the words mean: It might pass to someone who doesn’t speak the language, but it’ll be an obvious phony to any native.
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Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL A menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8120019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-2969535. LD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG’S CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387. LD Mon.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. 2807 Kavanaugh
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Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants still in the same location and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads
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are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. PACKET HOUSE GRILL Owner/chef Wes Ellis delivers the goods with an up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. D Tues.-Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously portioned soulfood plate lunches and dinners. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-6639901.
BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are prepared with care. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, Americanized Chinese food in a modern setting. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. www.arktimes.com
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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657. LD Mon.-Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night. 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2279900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.
CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. 915 W.
Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3724227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood restaurant features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.
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KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY The menu stays relatively true to Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
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Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-4447437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-246-5422. D daily.
CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa and a broad selection of fresh seafood. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steakcentered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-
7876. LD daily. EL PORTON Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. THE FOLD BOTANAS BAR Gourmet tacos and botanas, or small plates. Try the cholula pescada taco. 3501 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-916-9706. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. LONCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck in West Little Rock. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-1883. L Mon.-Sat. MERCADO SAN JOSE One of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily.
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