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Cyclists should stay off the road A plague has descended upon Little Rock and beyond. Not locusts or frogs but the helmeted, multi-colored, spandex-wearing, two-wheeled variety of pest, hundreds of which spill out of every park and back road and onto our major highways. It would appear that the many miles of special cycle-ways so generously afforded them are not enough. Entirely self-absorbed, they are concerned about no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety and comfort but their own, even though they are clearly at greater risk of death or injury than the more legitimate road users. Of course, it would not occur to these selfish fools that their presence on major roads constitutes a grave hazard to motorists as well as to themselves. Driving is dangerous enough these days without adding swerving cyclists to the lethal mix. The law should insist that all cyclists confine themselves to the many designated cycle paths in the city and surrounding area and to stay well away from motorways. Many years ago, when few cars existed, it was relatively safe for cyclists to share the roads with the formerly much slower motorists. These days it is sheer MADNESS. Finally, I should add that cyclists are almost as much a menace to pedestrians as they are to motorists. William G. Carlyle Little Rock

A new day in Arkansas Apparently, a new era in Arkansas will soon begin. For the first time in Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political history, since â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Family,â&#x20AC;? there will be no Democrats in constitutional offices or in our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal delegation. Such offices will be held by Republicans.

The state legislature will be Republican, except for a handful of districts where no Republican candidates could be fielded for the election cycle of 2014. National Republicans will also control our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda. Think about it. The most expensive party of any kind in the history of the world will be in control of Arkansas. Republicans will be allpowerful and immune to responsibility in Arkansas, which makes this the perfect time to consider amending the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Constitution to allow for deficit budgeting. Just think how much money Republicans could make. The feds do it. John Maynard Keynes convinced Franklin Roosevelt in an open letter that the United States could spend more than it collected. The sky was the limit. Ronald Reagan was the first president to budget for over a trillion doallars. Who cares? Reagan is a super icon. The Bush-Cheney government spent over $30 trillion. So what? Voters do not really care about deficits. CNN Sunshine Review lists most states in the U.S. as mortgaged to the hilt. Why not Arkansas? Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Constitution demands that the state budget be balanced. Balance is for Democrats. Republicans can call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amendment 91.â&#x20AC;? Gene Mason Jacksonville

Wrong about Zimmerman trial Mr. Lyonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self-congratulatory little article (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zimmerman trial: tragic, but correct verdict,â&#x20AC;? July 18) is pure nonsense. Nowhere during his back-patting superior dance does he make a case that the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin was correct. Mr. Lyons does state that the verdict was predictable and he seems quite proud of himself for being on the correct side of that prediction. Predictability, however, does not equal

correct. Nor does his being â&#x20AC;&#x153;a father of sonsâ&#x20AC;? have any relevance to the trial in question nor any testimony given in that trial. The simple-minded conclusions drawn by Mr. Lyons about what is or is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;common senseâ&#x20AC;? about the confrontation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin ignore the fact that Mr. Lyons was not present for that confrontation. Mr. Lyons was not in the car with George Zimmerman when he drove around carrying a loaded handgun looking for trouble. Mr. Lyons was not present when someone shouted for help. Mr. Lyons was not present when George Zimmerman managed to aim his loaded handgun at Trayvon Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest and pull the trigger. Mr. Lyons posits an example of â&#x20AC;&#x153;obvious questionsâ&#x20AC;? that were unasked because they would lead to â&#x20AC;&#x153;forbidden territoryâ&#x20AC;? by assuming that Trayvon Martin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; young athlete that he was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had an obligation to outrun George Zimmerman rather than stand his ground. Another obvious question, like exactly why a black teenager would see a need to defend himself from a 200pound older white man pursuing him with a handgun, never got asked. Perhaps because the most obvious answer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that all young black males still need to defend themselves from older white men â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would have taken the conversation into territory in desperate need for exploration. Mr. Lyonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most egregious insult to Trayvon Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory was saying that his â&#x20AC;&#x153;own impulsive actions appear to have had as much to do with his fate as George Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Which â&#x20AC;&#x153;impulsive actionsâ&#x20AC;? were those, Mr. Lyons? Was it walking to a convenience store at night? Was it wearing a hoodie? Was it buying Skittles? Was it defending himself against an older, heavier, white adult who pur-

sued and confronted him? Perhaps the only â&#x20AC;&#x153;correct verdictâ&#x20AC;? would have been that Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman both are guilty of killing Trayvon Martin by their impulsive, foolish, unnecessary, overreactive responses to each other. The tragedy, and foolishness, of that conclusion is only one of them has been convicted and is serving a sentence for the crime. The other has avoided responsibility. Mr. Lyons may have a motive other than self-congratulation for penning his article; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Mr. Lyons does appear quite willing to make assumptions about othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; motives, however. Perhaps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because not doing so would take Mr. Lyons into his own forbidden territory. He would have to say: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. David Stedman Damascus

From the web In response to Gene Lyonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; column, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zimmerman trial: tragic, but correct verdictâ&#x20AC;?: Part of the worry of everyone was the female jury might be harder on Zimmerman because, as mothers, they may sympathize with the Martin family. On the whole, though, the racial aspect has been overdone to the detriment of the facts. There are folks who still believe it was murder, even thought there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a single, lonely fact that can back up that claim. Compounding the tragedy with hysteria is insane. Steven E.

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EYE ON ARKANSAS

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he media try to keep an eye on government, to expose official misdeeds, but sometimes the best work in this line is done by citizen watchdogs such as Matt Campbell of Little Rock. Campbell has turned his steely gaze on Secretary of State Mark Martin. Madly partisan and ethically challenged, nobody needs watching more than Martin. One of the Republican secretary of state’s immediate aims is strict enforcement of the new Vote Republican or Don’t Vote Act, passed by Republican legislators to discourage voting by minorities, the elderly and the poor, all often inclined to vote Democratic. Martin seeks the shadows, but a fellow Republican, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, memorably called for light on the dark corners of state government, to set the “rats and roaches” scurrying. Campbell, a Democrat, seems to share Huckabee’s view. Campbell was forced to file suit against Martin after his office failed to provide documents as required by the state Freedom of Information Act about his office’s frequent use of outside counsel. Naturally, Martin hired outside counsel to defend him in the FOI suit. (The money used on outside attorneys would be better spent on an ombudsman who’d advise Martin to follow the FOI and let the people know what their government’s doing.) Martin already has lawyers on his secretary of state’s payroll and the state attorney general is charged with representing state officials too. Martin has no legal authority to hire private lawyers, according to Campbell, who’s filed a motion in the FOI lawsuit contending so. (If he does have it, he shouldn’t. State agencies all too often hire full-time attorneys at high salaries, then spend even more money on private attorneys whenever the agencies have to go to court.) Campbell says Martin is the first secretary of state to hire private counsel. He should be the last. 6

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here’s troubling news from Florida for state Rep. Debra Hobbs of Rogers, who’s seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination and says she has God’s backing in the race. Another candidate alleging endorsement from above didn’t do well in the Sunshine State. “North Miami mayoral candidate Anna L. Pierre claimed that Jesus Christ himself endorsed her campaign. Her campaign posters carried a picture of Jesus and in huge letters boasted of her endorsement from on high. Pierre came in last of seven candidates in the primary on May 14.” The Almighty have a lot on Their plates, of course — war, famine, global warming — leaving Jesus with little time for personal appearances in the Pierre campaign. It’s possible that if He’d had been able to get out on the campaign trial and politick actively for Her — make that “her” — she might have done better, possibly finishing as high as fourth or even third with a little luck. (“It’s good to have Jesus on your side,” the late Earl Long used to say, “but Jesus and luck is even better.”) Still, the results in Miami cannot have been encouraging to Rep. Hobbs, suggesting as they do that divine sanction is of little benefit to a candidate. Reportedly, she’s beseeching God to take a more pro-active part in her campaign, possibly sponsoring a catfish fry. “Nobody has more fish than He,” she told reporters. A spokesman said God is considering the request, but “He gets a lot of these things.”

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rkansas has at least four too many statewide “constitutional officers.” A governor? Can’t do without. An attorney general? Yes. The rest are up for grabs. Should we really elect a steward of state money, the treasurer, by popular vote? The example of Martha Shoffner is one answer. Should we elect an auditor to cut paychecks? A land commissioner, whatever that is? Then there’s the secretary of state. You could make an argument for a statewide ministerial overseer of state records and elections. Making an argument for the current holder of the office is another matter. Secretary of State Mark Martin combines arrogance with a mean spirit. Remember his angry outburst to a Nashville newsman about the “bastards” in the press? He’s stocked his staff with political hacks and wasted money on a staff retreat. His foreign junkets are pointless, but at least take him out of town. More recently, Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer, has focused attention on Martin’s use of outside legal counsel for various purposes, despite well-paid lawyers on staff and a statute that requires the attorney general to represent his office. His hires include a tall-tower Little Rock lawyer who serves with Martin on the state Board of Election Commissioners. How cozy for Martin, should contested votes arise. Then there’s lieutenant governor. What with phones and computers, the governor should rarely be more than a nanosecond away. The No. 2 can do little but cause trouble. The current governor-in-waiting, Mark Darr, demonstrated last week his (un)suitability for the job. Darr was among the Republicans triple-stamped for statewide office in the 2010 anti-Obama wave. Since then, between junkets and personal financial problems, Darr has mostly played the court jester. Last week, for example, Darr bragged that his office had come in more than 11 percent under budget for the fiscal year ended June 30. Big whoop. The constitutional officers

are traditionally overbudgeted. Darr spent $354,433 on an office staff with no official duties. None. His predecessor, Bill Halter, spent $301,739 in the last full budget year he was in office, in 2010, doing nothing. So Darr spent 17 percent more doing nothing than Halter. He should have stopped with that empty boast. But Darr doubled down on Twitter by saying he intended to push for reducing ALL government by 13 percent. Fortunately, not even a Republican MAX BRANTLEY majority legislature will listen to maxbrantley@arktimes.com

Mark Darr when the 2014 session rolls around. The state of Arkansas spends $21 billion each year in general revenues, cash funds and federal money. Cut $2.6 billion? Not pretty. It would be no easier for Darr if he only set out to reduce the state’s $4.5 billion in general revenue spending by $585 million. The Constitution prevents him from touching the $1.9 billion allotment for public education. The Constitutional amendment that established the lottery also said the legislature couldn’t reduce spending on higher education. He COULD cut the $1.5 billion Department of Human Services, but every general revenue dollar spent there is matched by $3.50 in federal money, so you’re talking catastrophe — both financially and in human terms — swinging an ax there. The 13 percent isn’t an easy cut anywhere. Would he lay off dozens of state troopers? Would he cut $40 million from the state Correction Department budget by releasing some 2,000 of the state’s 15,000 inmates. The legislature could cut 13 percent from Darr’s office budget and lose nothing by way of public benefit. Otherwise, his cheap talk is so meaningless as to be surreal. Unfortunately, the Arkansas Constitution is all too real in encouraging the likes of Darr to run for a job a heartbeat away from the governorship.

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his column is about matters of little moment, unless petty waste and vanity aggravate you inordinately. It is of little moment because it is about two minor state offices, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Both made some news recently and, as is nearly always the case, the news was trifling or embarrassing. Although there is no earthly reason for it, we elect the lieutenant governor and secretary of state as if they exercised some of the most important discretionary functions in government. To hear candidates and officeholders talk about it, they do. John Burkhalter, a rich businessman who spends hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year pretty much at his discretion as a member of the state Highway Commission, announced that he would run for lieutenant governor next year so that he could realize a burning ambition to help Arkansans. As lieutenant governor, he said, he will create jobs and

develop the state. That is a familiar refrain, but the lieutenant governor is not supposed to and can’t ERNEST do those things, at DUMAS least beyond the reaches of the current lieutenant governor, Mark Darr, who has put more people on his Capitol payroll at higher pay than his predecessors. They perform no public services but form a taxpayerpaid campaign team to help Darr get elected to an important office some day. Everyone knows Burkhalter has no yearning to be lieutenant governor. He wants to be governor, but the job looks out of reach for him in 2014, as it does for Darr, so Burkhalter will take a job that involves no heavy lifting and will take scant days out of his busy life while he waits for a better moment, maybe 2018. Manservant in waiting is the office’s only purpose. Except for a short spell after the Civil War, Arkansas did not

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f insanity is defined as doing the same mation and sabothing over and over and expecting tage are all they’ve got left. a different result, it’s tempting to observe that congressional Republicans In that spirit, have gone stark, raving mad. My own Griffin quoted The GOP congressman Rep. Tim Griffin re- Washington ExamGENE cently delivered himself of an opinion iner, one of those LYONS column boasting about having “voted tycoon-funded more than 30 times to repeal all or parts right-wing propaganda publications of Obamacare.” reporting that “cost estimates from 17 Only in politics does somebody expect of the nation’s largest insurance compraise for sheer futility. panies indicate that health insurance Characteristically, Griffin’s column premiums will grow an average of 100 began by misrepresenting Senator Max percent under Obamacare, and that some Baucus. No, the retiring Montana Dem- will soar more than 400 percent.” Yeah, well the results are starting to ocrat didn’t call Obamacare a “train wreck.” In context, Baucus was com- come in. In California and New York, plaining about Congress’s refusal to ade- the nation’s two most populous states, quately fund programs helping people which have set up health care exchanges, understand the law. With so much disin- premiums have dropped sharply below formation out there, he feared that public Congressional Budget Office projections. ignorance would lead to citizens initially According to the New York Times, missing out on its benefits. “State insurance regulators say they have But then fostering public igno- approved rates for 2014 that are at least rance is the whole GOP game plan at 50 percent lower on average than those this point. Having been defeated in the currently available in New York. BeginHouse and Senate, failed to have Obam- ning in October, individuals in New York acare declared unconstitutional by the City who now pay $1,000 a month or Supreme Court, and rejected by voters in more for coverage will be able to shop the 2012 presidential election, disinfor- for health insurance for as little as $308

have a lieutenant governor until 1927. Owing to the confusion and bickering after governors in 1909 and 1913 quit only days after taking office — the first after a nervous breakdown and the second after the legislature installed him in the U.S. Senate — voters amended the Constitution in 1914 to create a parttime lieutenant governor, someone who could serve the remaining days of a governor’s two years if he died or quit. It needed to be someone who had been elected statewide, but if you designated one of the other constitutional officers as the temporary successor then someone would have to replace that person in his old office. So they authorized a lieutenant governor and gave him one piece of make-work — presiding over the state Senate when he wanted to. When he doesn’t want to, the Senate functions just as smoothly with a senator on the dais. The Supreme Court said the amendment did not pass but changed its mind a decade later, so we elected the first lieutenant governor in 1926. Here is what the lieutenant governor does to earn voters’ esteem: He issues press statements, like the one the other day in which Darr praised Exxon Mobil for its handling of the Mayflower oil spill.

Last week, Darr’s publicist (salary: $58,935) announced that he did not spend 19 percent of his appropriation for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Lieutenant governors always turn back money because they devise their appropriation with that in mind. Darr spent $312,770 in fiscal 2012 and his budget for the current year is $398,405. His own salary, $41,896, is paid from a separate appropriation. Compare Darr and his predecessors. Keep in mind that the lieutenant governor has not been given one new duty since 1927. He presides over meetings of 35 senators for perhaps 200 hours a year, on average, recognizing which senator is in line to speak. For this, he and his four executive assistants knock down about $350,000 a year in pay and retirement matching. The exemplar for the job was Nathan Gordon, the Medal of Honor winner who presided over the Senate for two decades after World War II. He practiced law at Morrilton and never came to Little Rock when the Senate was not meeting except on rare occasions when the governor was out of the state and some ministerial function was needed, like signing commutations for inmates

monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.” Similar savings have been achieved in California. They can be expected anywhere that large numbers of Americans can be persuaded to buy into the program and quit playing health care roulette. But then that’s how insurance works — auto insurance, life insurance, homeowners’ insurance, ALL insurance. By spreading the risk, you lower the cost to individual customers. That’s the basic insight that led Benjamin Franklin to found the Philadelphia Contribution for Insurance Against Loss by Fire back in 1752. The more people purchase private health insurance through Obamacare, the lower their premiums and the lower the eventual cost to taxpayers. Not to mention the enormous gain in personal freedom to individuals who can no longer be denied coverage due to “pre-existing conditions,” bankrupted by unexpected medical conditions, or forced to keep a job they dislike for fear of losing health insurance. Under Obamacare they can take it with them. A certain kind of Republican, however, still doesn’t get it. Here’s GOP patriarch Ronald Reagan in 1961 inveighing against the dangers of “socialized medicine.” Unless Americans rejected it, he

predicted, “one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” And what was Reagan talking about? Medicare. Should it be enacted, he warned, the plan to provide for Grandma’s medical bills would lead to government seizure of all doctors’ offices and hospitals. An all-powerful state would dictate where Americans would live and what their jobs would be. Of course the Gipper was only an actor, reading a tycoon-approved script. After he became president he vowed to protect Medicare, already one of the most popular and successful government programs in U.S. history — along with Social Security, another threat to freedom as the scripted Reagan saw it. Some still do. A local Republican politician of my acquaintance once suggested that if I liked Obamacare so much I should leave the country. I responded that as the losing party, maybe he should emigrate. And good luck finding a country without universal health insurance and with indoor plumbing. It’s true that with Red State politicians dragging their feet and Republican

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Hostile overtake “They were sued with the reasoning that they were negligent, allowing terrorists to board airplanes and overtake their crews before plunging the planes into the trade center complex. ...” “In this classic serial a Russian count uses Cossacks to try to overtake 1840s California and form his own empire.” ... Michael Klossner writes: “Wiktionary. org says ‘overtake’ means to catch up with or to pass something. It specifically says ‘do not confuse with take over’.” In the first example, even take over wouldn’t be correct, I think, although it would be closer. It was the planes, not the crews, that were taken over. The crews were overpowered. You can lead a balloon to water ... Something that is being overtaken, unfortunately, is the correct spelling of the past tense of the verb lead (“to go before or with to show the way”). As here: “He lead them to the Promised Land, but they found it not so hot.” The noun lead (“a heavy, comparatively soft, malleable metal”) is endangered also, apparently, but in the opposite direction: “Returning from the margins of American politics, the Bush family is reasserting itself. This week, Monkey Bush surfaced from a self-imposed politi-

cal exile to prod reluctant Republicans toward a broad immigration overhaul — which went over like a led balloon.”

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The use of action as a verb went over like a lead balloon with Larry Frost of Bismarck. He sends this item from The Tennessean of Nashville: “If we don’t action now to reduce our impact on the climate, we will see dryer lake beds and rivers. The billion dollar hunting and fishing industry could be at risk.” Action is indeed still a noun, as far as I can determine. George W. Bush might be interested to know that the speaker quoted in The Tennessean is a Democratic member of the Tennessee legislature. Bad usage is bipartisan. Paul Nations writes: “In the foreign press, I read ‘in hospital’ while the US seems to prefer ‘in the hospital.’ I infer that both are correct but it’s strange and a little jarring to miss the ‘the.’ What is this kind of difference called?” I have no idea. Theology is already taken.

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FORGETTING ABOUT A PAY RAISE. After several weeks of discussion by the Little Rock City Board about whether to give Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola a pay raise, the mayor asked Director Brad Cazort to withdraw the ordinance that would’ve boosted his pay. Cazort proposed the ordinance after City Attorney Tom Carpenter said the city might be viewed as noncompliant with state law by paying Stodola a salary not comparable to other city officials. City Manager Bruce Moore makes $179,000. Stodola currently takes home $160,000. FAMILY TIES. At a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson said he’d push for tort reform as governor to “compete in this coming jobs war.” A tort reform amendment put forward last session by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, Asa’s nephew, was the most important factor in the ultimate defeat of tort reform. Hutchinson submitted his amendment, a less aggressive measure than the amendment that ultimately failed, on behalf of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. It sufficiently muddied the waters to delay and ultimately defeat the more draconian tort reform amendment.

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SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN. He’s been sued for unlawfully withholding documents requested by the Blue Hog Report blog’s Matt Campbell in a Freedom of Information request. Campbell was seeking info on Martin’s frequent and unprecedented use of outside counsel. Martin’s response to the lawsuit? Hire outside counsel. REP. TIM GRIFFIN. After staking his 2012 election almost entirely on the Keystone pipeline, Arkansas’s 2nd District congressman got caught in a pickle when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in his district, spilling all sorts of nasty tar sands crude in a residential neighborhood in Mayflower. So Griffin pivoted. He’s been meeting with residents. He’s joined other local leaders in requesting that Exxon move the pipeline outside of the Lake Maumelle watershed. He’s recently filed a largely meaningless bill to give the handful of people to whom ExxonMobil eventually deigns, maybe, to pay any money, a little tax exemption on the payment. And! He and other House Republicans have proposed to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by one third. Because who needs environmental regulation? Certainly, no one in the 2nd District.

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Thrilling moment THE OBSERVER IS A PARENT TO A TODDLER who’s in that phase of toddlerhood, when, though we know he is constantly changing — from walk to run, blank stares to a sort of ability to carry on conversation — it still happens incrementally enough that we rarely, if ever, catch the change in the moment. Most days, Junior seems stuck in the same damn loop: Watching volume one of “Lots and Lots of Trucks” on DVD, which is essentially B-roll of various trucks doing truck things over a soundtrack of someone going to town on a drum machine. Drawing pictures of various trucks exclusively using black and turquoise crayons. Lining his fleet of trucks in front of an imaginary starting line and examining them at various angles. Reading Richard Scarry’s “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go,” or rather, demanding it be read to him. You get the idea. All of that is to say, we got a thrill the other day, when we happened to witness one of those momentous developmental occasions. Or at least we decided it was. Junior told his first made-up story. Here’s how it went: “Mommy was on a walk and saw a waterfall that was coming down and her feet was a firetruck that went ‘BOOM BOOM.’ ” Gentle nudge from The Observer: “And then what happened?” “She got a big cantaloupe and she hitted the frogs that burped. Mommy saw the waterfall and the water was in the waterfall and there was a frog burping under the water.” “And then what happened?” “There was a bear there and a horse and tractor and a firetruck and a BIG cement mixer ran up and a BIG garbage truck ran up.” “And then what happened?” “They saw a cow, a pig and a frog burping under water. And the burp sounded like a BURP!” Watch out, Richard Scarry. THE ARKANSAS BLOG noted last Friday that a rack of Walmart-supplied T-shirts in a U of A campus store read

“Arkansas” and, underneath, “established 1837.” Faculty in the history department, which unlike the education department and the business school has not yet been bought by Walmart, were both amused and appalled. Unlike the pancake-shape theory of earth-shape argued hereabouts, it’s not really up for debate that Arkansas gained statehood June 15, 1836. Depending on your T-shirt for important information is fraught with danger. Along with the great Walmart shirt debacle, historians have detected another sartorial error, this time a map purporting to show which of Arkansas’s counties are wet, with the slogan “Know Before You Go!”, on a T-shirt made by AR State of Mind. The T depicts a number of counties as wet, when in fact only a few towns in the counties are. Imagine a poor thirsty traveler, with only his shirt as a guide, searching desperately for a beer in Barling (Sebastian County). Or for whiskey in Woodruff County, where according to the Department of Finance and Administration, there’s only beer and the beer’s only in Augusta. And so forth. Even worse — the shirt shows Benton County as dry! What if someone who was thinking of going to dinner at Eleven in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was led to believe, on the basis of the T-shirt, that they’d be drinking Dr. Pepper? A solution: Businesses should hire copy editors. (There are bound to be a few around looking for work these days.) Like the Arkansas sign company that sold the street signs to Florida with the state’s name spelled Flordia. Not that the Times never makes a mistake. We’re not perfect. We beg your pardon. www.arktimes.com

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U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been working hard to act like a defender of the public against damage from the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, in part because of his long record as an advocate for the pipeline industry. TV stations have obliged with warm coverage of his bill to exempt anyone who might receive a payment for damages from Exxon — none so far — from income tax on the payments. This is more complicated than it appears, beginning with the fact that Exxon has signaled a readiness first only to pay people in the neighborhood where oil sloshed. Then there’s the matter of how much they’ll pay. If a homeowner doesn’t think the amount is sufficient and sues for more, any additional recovery will NOT be deductible from income taxes, Griffin’s office confirmed. Nor will any other awards that arise from legal action. Exxon, by the way, can deduct any payments it makes to homeowners from its income tax bill as an operating expense. It has done so in past spill cases, to the tune of millions. It remains unclear how much money Exxon will pay to how many Mayflower homeowners, if anything. The damage process took years in some past episodes.

Gay marriage gets a boost A federal court ruling in an Ohio case challenging that state’s constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage holds a lesson for Arkansas. A Cincinnati judge issued a temporary restraining order that will allow the death certificate for a terminally ill Ohio man to reflect that he was married, and thus his surviving spouse entitled to treatment equal with those of other married couples. The men were married recently after a medical flight to Maryland. The judge’s ruling, though not applicable in Arkansas federal courts, nonetheless deals directly with a fact circumstance identical to Arkansas, which has always recognized marriages entered legally in other states even though Arkansas law might not have permitted them (such as by reason of age or relationship.) Wrote the judge in Ohio: “This is not a complicated case. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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Private option hits speed bump Health centers raise objection to Medicaid waiver. BY DAVID RAMSEY

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rkansas’s community health centers are strong proponents of the private option plan for Medicaid expansion, but they have lodged some of the loudest complaints against one of the proposed federal waivers to enable the policy, saying they won’t be reimbursed well enough to stay open. With both Republican lawmakers and health-center leaders digging in their heels, the controversy has the potential to pose trouble for the implementation of the private option. The state’s 12 federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), which operate 83 health center sites serving more than 160,000 patients, are reimbursed for Medicaid patients at a higher rate than other providers under what’s known as the prospective payment system, or PPS. The enhanced reimbursement is necessary because the centers are required to offer services to all who come in the door, many of whom don’t have any insurance at all. The private option plan, which requires the waiver of certain federal rules to proceed, would expand coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Arkansans who do not currently qualify for Medicaid. The plan would use Medicaid funds to fully subsidize their purchase of private health insurance, paid for in full by the federal government for the next three years, with the state eventually picking up 10 percent of the tab. One of the proposed waivers drafted by the state Department of Human Services requests permission from the feds to let the private carriers negotiate their own reimbursement rates with the community health centers for this new expansion pool. These rates would likely be significantly lower than the enhanced PPS rate. The centers would continue to get the PPS rate for existing Medicaid eligibles and for the medically frail,

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who will go to the traditional Medicaid program rather than the private option. “We want to let the private market work on its own, and let the private carriers pay the private-carrier rates,” DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb said. “We want to be consistent across the board. We don’t want to be making exceptions. ... The bottom line is we don’t want to be telling private insurance carriers who they have to contract with and how much they have to pay those providers. That’s for the carriers to work out.” The reimbursement waiver is “really critical,” said Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison), one of the key Republicans behind the expansion plan. “It goes straight to the heart of the private option.” Located in underserved areas, federally qualified health centers offer comprehensive primary and preventative care, and by law must offer their full range of services to anyone who walks in the door, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The FQHCs charge

a sliding-scale fee based on income. They offer coordinated and holistic care using a “patient-centered medical home” model, said Sip Mouden, chief executive officer of the Community Health Centers of Arkansas, and they provide services that are in many cases more extensive than the plans on the marketplace will be required to provide. “We take exception to trying to be put inside of a box to look like everybody else when we’re not,” she said. “Our model of care, our provision of services, is different.” Currently 40 percent of the state’s FQHC patients are uninsured and another 28 percent are on Medicaid. Because of their unique mandate to serve everyone regardless of ability to pay, the centers receive federal grants to help cover the cost of treating the uninsured (as well as funds from state general revenue). Congress created the special enhanced reimbursement rate for the FQHCs because Medicaid rates weren’t covering the cost of treating Medicaid patients, and the centers can’t shift the money allotted to covering the uninsured to subsidize Medicaid patients. According to Mouden, even with the enhanced rate, the average reimbursement for FQHCs is just 80 cents for every dollar in cost. The centers project that private carriers may average a reimbursement of 59 cents on the dollar. Mouden says that by law, if the centers get private reimbursement rates for the private option pool, it’s up to the Medicaid program to make up the difference between that rate and the enhanced PPS rate. Also, she said that if a carrier doesn’t include the centers in its network, private option recipients should still be covered to go to the centers. Regulations released from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) this month appear to indicate that access to the centers is indeed a mandated Medicaid service and that the centers must be reimbursed at the PPS rate. Prior CMS guidance was clear that private optionstyle plans would need to cover the cost of mandated services not covered by the private plans (commonly called “wraparound services”). On the surface, though DHS and CMS officials have been working together closely, it would appear that DHS’s request runs afoul of CMS rules. “We have spoken with CMS,” Webb said. “Thus far, they have not taken an CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

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orty years ago, we started the Arkansas Times out of a little railroad house on 2nd Street with a couple of hundred dollars. I told potential staff members that if they wanted to live indoors, they would need to have a night job because it would be years before we could pay them a salary. From our improbable beginnings in 1974, the Times has always shown a survivor’s talent for adaptation. We were a glossy magazine for 17 years, but when the state’s progressive voice — the Arkansas Gazette — went under in 1992, we responded by converting to a weekly paper and hiring much of the Gazette’s senior editorial staff. When we started the Arkansas Blog in 2004, we were one of the first newspapers in the state to get serious about the web. In recent years, we’ve evolved into a daily news website with a weekly print edition. Our four blogs put out dozens of news and cultural stories every day. Our six-person editorial staff devotes nearly 70 percent of its time to producing daily news for the web. When news that matters breaks, we cover it as it happens, no matter the time of day. Ten years ago, we subsisted entirely on advertising. But like most print publications, we’ve lost advertisers to the web, where five companies — AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo — get 64 percent of all money spent on digital advertising. While we’ve largely been more successful in selling web and print advertising than our peers, we’ll likely never make up print losses with web advertising dollars. Newspapers across the country are shriveling up and dying. Yet even in these challenging times, among our peers who publish similar weeklies and websites across the country, we spend almost double the norm on our editorial budget. Why? Because I believe Arkansas needs a strong progressive voice. We can’t continue to produce aggressive, trenchant, independent reporting and analysis without increased reader support. A new model for funding, in which readers bear a share of our costs, is vital to the future of the Times. That’s why, on Aug. 1, Arkansas Times will introduce a digital membership plan. Access to our daily content — on four blogs, the Arkansas Blog, Eat Arkansas, Eye Candy and Rock Candy — will be metered. All readers will receive 10 blog views per month for free, after which only members who pay $9.99 per month will have access. Access to the rest of the site — the calendar, dining listings and what appears in the print edition of the Times — will continue to be free.

We follow many other respected media in adapting to changes in our business with a digital membership, from the New York Times to many Arkansas newspapers. We take a page, too, from the much-lauded Texas Tribune, which has become an online political news source solely from reader and charitable contributions. I hope you value the voice of the Arkansas Times in the public life of Arkansas and that you’ll view your membership as an investment in strong, independent journalism. In addition to unlimited online access, membership will bring added value as well. SPECIAL DEALS Members will receive monthly discount offers from local businesses that support the Arkansas Times. The first premiums come from the likes of Hillcrest Artisan Meats, The Italian Kitchen, Krebs Bros. Kitchen Supplies, Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge, Snap Fitness and UCA Public Appearances. MEMBER PARTIES Members will also be invited to monthly cocktail gatherings, often tied to special events such as concerts and lectures. There, members will have a chance to meet other readers and Times contributors. PREFERRED ACCESS Finally, members will have first shot at tickets to our ever-increasing lineup of events. This year, they’ve included a Farm-to-Table Dinner, a Heritage Hog Roast and a Wine Festival. We take group tours every year to the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Johnny Cash Music Festival, and have begun group tours to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In September, we’ll host our second annual Festival of Ideas. In November, we’ll reprise our popular Craft Beer Festival in Argenta. If you believe the Arkansas Times represents a unique voice in the state, I hope you’ll become a digital member and invest in our continuing voice. We believe in our mission to give voice to the voiceless, speak truth to power and advocate tolerance and equality. I hope you will show your support by joining us now. Become a member today at arktimes.com/subscribe. Thanks for reading, Alan Leveritt Publisher

issue is whether the State of Ohio can discriminate against same sex marriages lawfully solemnized out of state, when Ohio law has historically and unambiguously provided that the validity of a marriage is determined by whether it complies with the law of the jurisdiction where it was celebrated.” A married same-sex couple is poised to raise precisely that argument in a pending federal case in Little Rock.

Playing arithmetic with Lt. Gov. Mark Darr

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr popped off a bit recently, and we think his comments are worth more than 140 characters. Darr said (and the Arkansas Republican Party duly cheered) that he’d “cut” his fiscal 2013 budget and said his office had “11 percent left of the FY 13 budget.” His office said Darr’s budget for fiscal year 2013 was $399,991 and total expenses were $354,433, or more than $45,000 under budget. Sounds good. But by way of comparison, in Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s last full fiscal year in the lieutenant governor’s office, FY 2010, actual expenditures were, according to DFA, $301,739. Thus, it would appear Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is spending almost 17 percent more a year than Bill Halter did three years ago. OK, so there’s been some inflation. Your pay went up 17 percent during that period, didn’t it? But it puts in some context Darr’s boast about coming in under budget. If the budget is inflated, it has little meaning. For another day, we can argue whether ANY dollar spent by ANY lieutenant governor is a dollar well spent. What’s that old Arkansas saying? “Teats on a boar hog?”

CORRECTIONS In last week’s cover story about director Jason Moore (July 18), we reported that his film “Pitch Perfect” was released by Paramount Pictures. The film was actually released by Universal Pictures. In last week’s editorial (“Onward, upward,” July 18) Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Grant Tennille’s name was misspelled. www.arktimes.com

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GOODS AND SERVICES SHOPPING CENTER Promenade at Chenal RUNNERS-UP: Park Plaza Mall, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Midtowne

GROCERY STORE Kroger LOCAL WINNER: Edwards Food Giant RUNNERS-UP: The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Argenta Market

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or the 18th year running, the readers of the Arkansas Times have spoken. From tattoos to toy stores, they’ve voted on just about every aspect of life in Central Arkansas. Besides those results, as usual, we’ve included our own personal picks for the best stuff in life. Like the new purse museum on South Main Street, a piquant sausage from Farm Girl Natural Foods and the temple to vinyl that is Arkansas CD and Record Exchange. Elsewhere, Leslie Peacock explains artist Stephen Cefalo’s embrace of tattooing, David Ramsey offers pro-

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tips for dipping your toe into Wild River Country, David Koon meditates on Savers’ place in our national obsession with forever accumulating “more stuff,” Rep. Warwick Sabin explains what it means to be a progressive in a reddening state in an interview with Ramsey, we get to the bottom of what makes Big Orange’s fries so special and local bakers suggest what a $6,000 pie might look like in honor of former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who voters said was most emblematic of Worst Misuse of Taxpayer Funds this year.

WOMEN’S CLOTHING Dillard’s LOCAL WINNER: E. Leigh’s RUNNERS-UP: Box Turtle, Cato, Ember

MEN’S CLOTHING Dillard’s LOCAL WINNER: Mr. Wicks RUNNERS-UP: The Independent, Baumans, Greenhaw’s

HIP CLOTHING Box Turtle RUNNERS-UP: Scarlet, E. Leigh’s, Rue21

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING The Toggery RUNNERS-UP: The Children’s Place, Dillard’s, Gap

VINTAGE CLOTHING Savers RUNNERS-UP: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Mid-Towne Antique Mall

ANTIQUES Fabulous Finds RUNNERS-UP: Mid-Towne Antique Mall, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Clement/Sweet Home Antiques

FURNITURE I.O. Metro RUNNERS-UP: Hank’s Fine Furniture, Havertys, Ashley Furniture HomeStores CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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From sausage to steak and purses to political TV shows, the Times offers its favorites. BEST VIRAL ‘NEWS’ Did you see the one about the Little Rock guy who overdosed on Red Lobster biscuits after eating 400 of them? In attempting to break the record for most Cheddar Bay Biscuits in one sitting, local food writer Kevin Shalin fell to the ground convulsing after eating number 413, according to the Rock City Times. “Doctors believe the butter from the biscuits has blocked signals coming from Shalin’s brain. In an early morning update hospital officials state that they have drained approximately 2 gallons of butter already and expect him to make a full recovery once the rest is clear. Shalin is expected to be released in time for his visit to Golden Corral’s chocolate wonderfall later next week,” the site reported. The story went viral. Semi-reputable British papers like The Daily Mirror picked it up. Folks decried Shalin’s gluttony on social media. Of course, those people are morons. Like everything on Rock City Times, which bills itself as “Arkansas’ 2nd most unreliable news source,” “Local Man in Coma After Eating 413 Red Lobster Biscuits” was a joke. Sample headlines from the site: “Local Woman Dead After Brain Freeze from Area Ice Cream Shop” and “Miss Arkansas’ Crown Stolen Following Brutal Attack on Shoes.” Props to Rock City Times’ founder and head writer Greg Henderson and Shalin, who’s got a nice food blog himself at themightyrib.com and comments regularly on the Times Eat Arkansas, for pulling the wool over on the gullible. BEST COMBINATION OF FASHION AND HISTORY Anita Davis, the patron of SoMa who gave Little Rock the unique Bernice Garden, has opened the Esse museum of women’s handbags, a sort of What They Carried look at women’s culture in the 20th century as spoken by their handbags. Any fan of fashion will love looking at these purses, artfully displayed along with the small items that would have been in them (mirrors, dance cards, lipstick, prophylactics) in a renovated building next door to The Root

Walker, and specially balanced, GMOfree grains.” They’re doing something right — their pork is a knockout, and their move to add some international flavor was a welcome addition for sausage fans looking for something a little different. You can find Farm Girl at the Argenta and Bernice Garden farmers’ markets, and their meats appear on the menus of several of our favorite restaurants, including Hillcrest Artisan Meats, The Root Cafe, Ashley’s and the Capital Bar and Grill.

‘BUMP’: Chair makers Leon Sutton and Dallas Bump star in the short documentary.

Cafe. This sort of iconoclastic collection adds to what Little Rock is sorely lacking in: Personality. The museum shop is terrific as well, filled with vintage bags, new creations, jewelry and more items you won’t find anywhere else. BEST LOCAL POLITICAL TV Roby Brock and Fox 16’s David Goins have teamed up for a Sunday morning political talk show on Channel 4 that is worth the buzz it’s getting from the Under the Dome crowd. They typically match politically polar opposites for a Q&A, wrapped with some highlights of the week’s political news, livened by video clips. It’s tightly focused and scripted and now and then produces a few rhetorical fireworks, not to mention the odd scrap of news. Nobody else is doing anything like it. BEST FARMERS’ MARKET TREAT Farmers’ market regulars are likely

familiar with Farm Girl Natural Foods, which offers up a variety of delicious beef, chicken and pork products (freerange, sustainably grown, etc.). Everything Farm Girl has is good. But let us now praise a new offering they introduced this season, the Hmong sausage, which has put a serious pep in our breakfast step. Modeled after street-vendor sausage in Southeast Asia, the tender little links are packed with ginger, red pepper and two kinds of cilantro. Subtle, complex, nice little kick. You can get as ambitious in the kitchen with them as you like, but part of what we love is that if you’re feeling lazy in the morning, you can quickly pan-sear a couple of links and each bite gives you a meal’s worth of flavor and texture. According to Farm Girl’s website, they respect the “pigness” of their pigs, who “eat a smorgasbord of lush forages and gleanings from the woods, fresh whey from artisan cheese producer Kent

BEST DOCUMENTARY A short film on an elderly Arkansas chair-maker may sound sleep inducing, but in the hands of filmmaker Joe York, it’s a fascinating study of craftsmanship passed through the generations. “Bump” is the story of Dallas Bump, of Royal, a 95-yearold maker of rocking chairs who was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council earlier this year. He’s the fourth generation of his family to make chairs, and even at 95, he’s still turning the wood that becomes the chairs’ posts and rungs. The 15-minute film deftly weaves his family’s story — Dallas’ nephew and his nephew’s wife, Leon and Donna Sutton, are carrying on the tradition; Leon, who’s been making the chairs for six years, says he still has “a lot to learn” from Dallas — with process footage from the ancient, sawduststrewn family chair shop. You can see the film at the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Arkansas Made website, arkansasmade. org. (Full disclosure: Caroline Millar, wife of Times editor Lindsey Millar, works on the Arkansas Made program and is a producer on the film). Films on other state Living Treasures are in the works. BEST MEAT Hillcrest Artisan Meats gets better all the time, with a growing lineup of cured and fresh well-raised meats, but also with a selection of gourmet grocery add-ons — fancy ketchup and the world’s best jerky, for example. But we’d go there for no other reason CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 www.arktimes.com

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AT: What’s the role of a progressive voice in a reddening state? Sabin: I look at myself as a pragmatic progressive. I think there’s a strong tradition of that in Arkansas, in both parties. When you look back at the legacy of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, even when you look at some of the things that Gov. Huckabee did while he was governor. That speaks to one of the points I would make — the truth is, Arkansas has always been a moderate state. The people here care about common-sense, practical values as they’re applied to politics and how we run our government. We tend to resist extremes or radical politics on either side. Arkansas obviously resisted the trends that brought the rest of the South to the Republican Party over the last few decades. There have been a lot of indications that Arkansas would go Republican several times in the past and those never panned out. … That tide receded. We’re in another position right now, obviously the Republicans have made some gains. What we saw happen during the last session, I think CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 14

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ormer Times writer Warwick Sabin is our readers’ choice as Best Liberal and the runner-up as Best Politician. Not hard to see why: Sabin was one of the strongest (hell, at times one of the only) progressive voices in the legislature, and was one of the most active and effective freshmen in either party. We sat down with Sabin to get his take on what progressive politicians can do in a state that seems to be trending dead-red conservative.

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GARDEN STORE OR NURSERY The Good Earth RUNNERS-UP: Hocott’s Garden Center, Cantrell Gardens, Botanica Gardens

HARDWARE/HOME IMPROVEMENT Lowe’s LOCAL WINNER: Kraftco Hardware and Building Supply RUNNERS-UP: Home Depot, Fuller and Son, Cantrell Ace Hardware

EYEWEAR Burrow’s and Mr. Frank’s Optical RUNNERS-UP: Kavanaugh Eye Care, LensCrafters, Walmart

FRESH VEGETABLES Little Rock Farmer’s Market RUNNERS-UP: Argenta Farmers Market, Hillcrest Farmers Market, The Fresh Market

OUTDOOR STORE Ozark Outdoor Supply RUNNERS-UP: Gene Lockwood’s, Gander Mtn., Academy Sports + Outdoors

BICYCLE SHOP Chainwheel RUNNERS-UP: Spokes, The Community Bicyclist, Arkansas Cycling and Fitness

GUN STORE Fort Thompson Sporting Goods RUNNERS-UP: Don’s Weaponry, Bullseye Guns and Ammo, Arkansas Armory

COMMERCIAL ART GALLERY Gallery 26 RUNNERS-UP: Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery, Cantrell Gallery, Boswell Mourot Fine Art

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tephen Cefalo (pronounced seFA-lo), 37, has spent two decades painting figures, his main interest “representing skin.” Now, says the Times’ Readers Choice for Best Arkansas Artist, “I get to not only represent skin but get to use skin as a medium.” Skin as a surface, that is — for tattoos. If it seems odd to Cefalo’s many admirers that the artist — inspired by the way Rembrandt and Carravagio and Titian used paint and who is known for his classically rendered oils of voluptuous Madonnas (with his wife as a model) — has become fascinated with tattooing, it seemed odd to him at first as well. He was confounded by the number of tattoo artists who began following him on social media and contacting him about tattooing a couple of years ago. He felt pursued. “I kept pushing it away,” Cefalo said, “and it kept coming back.” At an artists’ conference earlier this year, Cefalo ran into a couple of friends who are “award-winning” classical portraitists and who were going on about tattooing. They’d started tattooing and were having a great time, Cefalo said. He told the artists — Kate Stone and David Gluck — that he’d been offered an apprenticeship and turned it down. Cefalo left thinking, if their careers had not “taken a nose dive” by their new interest in tattooing, maybe he could pull it off, too. Cefalo has begun an apprenticeship with Mark O’Baugh at Black Cobra Tattoos, where he’s in what he calls “tattoo kindergarten,” learning how to compose on the body rather than a flat rectangle. “Everything I knew about composition is out the window,” he said. But it’s Cefalo’s composition and painting that has won him the accolades of the readers of the Times. Cefalo and his wife, Amy, didn’t expect they’d be living in Arkansas CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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est to begin with what Wild River Country is not. It is neither wild, nor river, nor country. Dear readers, despite your vote, it is not the “Best Place to Swim.” Actual swimming, while possible, borders on downright rude. The pools are packed with teenagers screaming, flirting and doing the Dougie. Wild River Country is for them. It is not for people seeking summer relaxation. It is not for grumps, scolds, cynics or agoraphobes. WRC is not the place for caution or quiet. Grownups are welcome, but a grownup state of mind is not. On a recent Saturday, my wife and I braved the hordes and spent an afternoon at the Country. It had been years

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ally wearing a tank top? WRC PRO-TIP ONE: Bring water shoes. Flip-flops are liable to fly off on the rides but good Lord, the concrete is unrelentingly hot if you go barefoot. We kept thinking we’d get used to it. Nope. On the plus side, the goal here is to get in touch with your inner child, and few things are as infantilizing as hopping from shadow to shadow, screaming “ouch” every time your feet hit the sunlit ground. THE LINES: This is the core problem with water parks. It’s hot, so you want to go on a ride and get wet! But so does CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

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that most of us in Arkansas tend to resist and tend to be repelled by.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 it has thrown up some red flags about what kind of governance may come with a permanent Republican majority in the legislature. That is more extreme than most of us are comfortable with. I feel like, as a progressive in Arkansas, I’m actually standing up for the pragmatic moderate political values that most of us here in the state want and tend to agree with, whether that’s on economics or other issues. AT: So part of your role as a progressive is to push back against more extreme voices? Sabin: I would say so. I consider myself a Democrat in the mold of Dale Bumpers, Bill Clinton and David Pryor. These are people who gained the trust of people in the state and they stood up for moderate progressive political values in the face of, many times, extreme attacks on basic government services that most of us agree ought to be in place. AT: The Republican party of today is not exactly the party of Win Rockefeller. Sabin: Not at all. Not even close. All of us in Arkansas tend to care less about party than about the person, the candidate, the public official and what values they embody and promote. Being a Democrat or a Republican becomes less relevant. The only time it becomes relevant is when people try to attach themselves strongly to a party identity with the intention of pushing an ideological agenda. I think that’s something

AT: What about the role of the minority party in the legislature? Sabin: The 51-vote majority only becomes relevant if all 51 votes can be held together on any given issue. I think the role of the minority party is to be very active and look for areas of compromise and middle ground. Because that’s where a lot of the real work can get done. This is not like the U.S. Senate where you have a filibuster and it takes 60 votes to pass something and therefore the minority can just hold things up. When you have a 51-vote majority, again you have to assume it’s very difficult for that party to keep the 51 together, so there are always opportunities to propose compromises and middle-ground solutions and allow the moderate forces in both parties to drive the ultimate outcome of any piece of legislation. AT: Obviously there are situations where the 51 does hold together. What about when you just don’t have the votes? Sabin: I think it’s important to always adhere to whatever values that you care deeply about and to articulate those values, and make sure that your constituents and the people around the state understand that there’s more than one voice and more than one opinion. No one ever wants to lose a vote or lose on an issue, but if it’s inevitable, then it’s important for your side to be strongly advocated for, because the issues are going to come back. You’re going to have another opportunity to address

those issues in the future. Even the most controversial issues — we know that they re-surface. A lot of the legislative process is about time and hard work and it can take more than one session sometimes to make progress on any given issue. It’s really important to talk about them and make sure people understand that there’s not the unanimity of opinion. And also to hold people to account when they may be making an expedient decision — even members of your own party who maybe think they’re doing what they have to do, but if it’s not right then those people need to be called to account. AT: What were your biggest frustrations and challenges being in the minority? What were your biggest successes? Sabin: One of my biggest frustrations was that there were certain issues that I brought forward and others brought forward that really never had a fair hearing, because certain people in the majority didn’t want to allow that to occur. Specifically I would talk about the tax-reform bill that I proposed that never even got a hearing in the Revenue and Tax committee because the chairman of that committee, Rep. Charlie Collins, was adamant about passing his tax cut intact and would not really even consider compromise, and wouldn’t even allow my bill to come before the committee. And there were other issues like that throughout the session. When you have a 51-vote majority, to rule in a way that basically represses other voices is pretty short sighted and undemocratic. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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As far as accomplishments go, I feel very proud about passing one of the most serious and comprehensive pieces of ethics legislation that has come in the last couple of decades. I’m proud that I was able to call attention to the need for GED funding, to continue to make that test available to people who are seeking high-school equivalency so they can get out into the workforce. I was proud that we were able to address Medicaid expansion. Obviously there were things about that process that were beyond frustrating but the result in the grand scheme of things was positive for the state. And I also think there were those of us in the minority who played very serious, key roles in all of the most important legislation that came before the body, whether it passed or it didn’t pass, or whether we were on the winning or losing side. I think we were able to play very serious roles, and that our opinions and voices were heard for the most part. I think that what it’s done is motivated me and others to want to be in the majority the next time, and to work hard to make sure that happens.

new governor who, no matter which Democrat it may be, doesn’t come in with the same amount of experience as Mike Beebe had with the legislature. It’s going to be very difficult for that governor to manage against both houses of the legislature. But if we give that governor a Democratic House, we offer support for vetoes and just become a really solid partner in the legislative process. It’s key. The other aspect to this is obviously because it’s only a 51-vote majority, it’s a very achievable goal for the Democrats to take the House back. If you look at which members are term-limited this time, how many open seats there will be, how many vulnerable seats there are on both sides — the calculation tilts slightly toward the advantage of the Democrats. But it’s going to require a lot of hard work, a lot of recruitment, a lot of fundraising. All of those things are very achievable. After having been through what we went through, everyone who observed how the legislature performed this last session, I think there’s a greater understanding of the importance of the House of Representatives, and the need — certainly from the perspective of Democrats and progressives — to take the House back.

AT: Good segue! What’s the future of the Democratic Party and progressive causes in the state of Arkansas? Can the Democrats take back the House? Sabin: There’s so many dynamics and forces at play here. In the short term I think the Democrats have a great chance at taking back the House of Representatives. And I think that’s a very, very important goal because regardless of who wins the governor’s race in 2014, the Democrats need the House. Obviously if a Republican wins the governor’s race, then a Democratic House would be the only bulwark against anything that party would like to push through legislatively. But even if a Democrat wins, if you consider the fact that we had the most experienced, most talented governor when it comes to the legislative process that we’ve probably ever had in the state, in his final term — and he had a lot of frustrations and problems with this Republican legislature — you could imagine how difficult it would be for a brand

AT: Long term, is Arkansas moving inevitably toward a Republican majority like the rest of the South? Sabin: I absolutely do not think that. I realize I may hold a minority view. Again, we have been hearing these predictions for decades. Arkansas has resisted it for some pretty solid reasons having to do with our demographics, and our economics, and our culture. The truth is, if the Republican Party was a more moderate party, and if they governed more responsibly, and if they had people at the highest levels of elective office who embodied that moderate, pragmatic approach to governing — then I think they’d have a better chance. But inevitably they nominate and promote the most extreme people and policies and ideologies. I think when you look at where we’re heading, not only as a state but as a nation, I just don’t think that’s a winning calculation. Certainly there’s a huge responsibility for the Democrats to also acknowledge this history and this culture and that we continue to put forward the kind

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down to context. It may be that in my district somebody comes to the issue just because they are generally inclined to support the environment. But what you see happen maybe in other parts of the state, when certain issues arise, all of a sudden people who might have never considered themselves environmentalists all of a sudden become more vocal on those issues than anybody else. Two recent examples: the oil spill in Mayflower and the hog farm on the Buffalo. These are issues where I have found common cause with my Republican colleagues. Especially in the case of the Buffalo River, I put forward a bill to try to have a moratorium on those concentrated animal feeding operations. We had to scale the bill back a little bit so it mostly addressed notification procedures. But my co-sponsor on that bill was Kelly Linck, a Republican state representative from Yellville. And the reason is because everyone up there is up in arms about the effect of possible damage to the Buffalo River on tourism and their livelihoods. A lot of Republicans and conservatives who are business owners and members of the community up there have joined forces with so-called environmentalists to try to protect the Buffalo River. And again, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the same thing happen in Mayflower. Whether or not you consider yourself an environmentalist or whether or not you see the importance of protecting the environment and not degrading what we have here in Arkansas, it really sometimes comes down to whether issues are presented in the abstract or whether issues are presented as practical reality. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, when I call myself a pragmatic progressive, I talk about issues in terms of reality. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not working in the abstract. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not pushing an ideological agenda. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to talk about things in real terms that people can understand that effect our day to day lives. And for me, if we did that more often, I think we could probably make even more progress. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly the way I approach politics. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident that these issues where maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the minority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not, maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way the issues are presented, or assumptions that people are making that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily accurate.

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longer than three years when they moved here in 2006 so the Indianaraised artist could take an artist-inresidence position at the University of Arkansas. He thought academia was his future. The economy, however, made that a difficult proposition and he quit looking for jobs outside Arkansas to try his hand at making a living as an artist. Amy became a midwife. Cefalo teaches only part-time, at the Arts Center this summer and at UALR in fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying has helped us realize our dreams,â&#x20AC;? Cefalo said. The couple lives in the country, outside Sheridan, with their six children, who range in age from 5 to 15. Cefalo, true to his desire to recreate the look of the great artists of the past, makes his own paints from dry natural pigments and his own gesso from a product called â&#x20AC;&#x153;marble dust.â&#x20AC;? He treats his linen canvases with rabbit skin glue before laying on the gesso and then sketches in the image with brown pigment thinned with gum spirits. His palette is limited to black, white, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and vermillion red. Never blue. Never cadmium yellows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what gives it that ancient look,â&#x20AC;? he explained. Like the palette, the subject matter of his most recent exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

World is Flat,â&#x20AC;? at Gallery 26, refers to the archetypical. It included a portrait of himself as a centaur, and nude images of himself and his wife loosely joined with a cloth, the way the bride and groom are tied with a tallis in Jewish tradition. His goal is for the work to have a kind of â&#x20AC;&#x153;timelessness,â&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;remove the distance between you and the painting.â&#x20AC;? Most recently, Cefalo has left the studio to paint in the bedrooms of friends: Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focusing on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hidden messagesâ&#x20AC;? couples portray in their body language and expression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as you put two people in a room and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking at each other, there is a story,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as interested in the thing known as contemporary art,â&#x20AC;? Cefalo said, but in creating the depth he finds in Old Masters. He counts among his influences figure painter Steven Assael, with whom he studied when he lived in New York. Cefalo says Assael and other contemporary representational painters are often seen by art critics as somehow quaint, rather than talents who are keeping painting alive. Coincidentally, the advertising for a workshop Assael is leading in Salt Lake City in August features his painting of a woman with elegantly tattooed arms. Cefalo does not think tattoo art is quaint. Rather, he thinks had the technology been available, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt many of the great painters of the Renaissance would be delving into tattoo and doing poignant things with it.â&#x20AC;?

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to dumping them on some dead-end road down by the airport (while giving you coupons for donations that can cut way into your bill if you decide to drop nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shop), those things are soon up for grabs to anyone who ever lusted for such goodies, often at a fraction of the cost you paid for them in the first place. Bonus: Savers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose corporate motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good deeds, great dealsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; forms a â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-profit allianceâ&#x20AC;? with a local charity, with the charity collecting donated items, which are then sold to Savers. In Central Arkansas, Savers is partnered with the Arc of Arkansas and uses the money it makes selling donated items to help provide housing assistance, advocacy and other assistance to people with disabilities. Both Central Arkansas Savers stores (one on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock, the other on Shackleford Road in Little Rock) are big olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; places, more like a thrift department store than a plain olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thrift store, with thousands of items that can change daily. This writer must admit that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a devotee. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think less of me, Dear Consumer, but the shoes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wearing as I write this came from there: a pair of stylish, name-brand, all-leather loafers with barely a nick or scuff anywhere on them when I bought them for under $15 clams. (And yes, I sprayed them down with no-see-um destroyer before I wore â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a small price to pay for a much smaller price.) Strolling the aisles of the NLR Savers on a recent Friday, the whole of the fickleness of the American consumer

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Requires 3’ x 5’ baking tray and approx. 40 lbs. of puff pastry — now that’s a lot of dough! This is a rich dish; serve with plenty of lettuce. Poor man’s version: Serves 6-8. Use a deep pie dish or quart-sized casserole. “Rough puff” pastry: 2 cups organic unbleached plain flour ½ tsp. sea salt ½ cup cold water 1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter 1 tsp. vinegar Filling: 60 clams, or about 6 pounds with shells on ½ onion, roughly chopped ½ bell pepper, roughly chopped 1-2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 6 slices of bacon 2 tbsp. unsalted butter

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To make the pastry: Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix to partly combine. Mix the water with the vinegar and gradually add this to the floury mixture. As soon as the pastry comes together, turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll out into a rectangle and fold in thirds like a letter. You will see streaks of butter marbled through the pastry. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Remove from fridge and roll out (but don’t stretch). Repeat the letter-fold and rolling process until the pastry reaches a uniform thickness. Wrap and chill until ready for use. Preparing the clams and stock: Rinse the clams, place in a large pot, and cover with two inches of water. Roughly chop and add half an onion, half a bell pepper, and 1-2 stalks celery. Bring to a boil, then give the pot a good shake and reduce to a simmer for an additional minute. Remove from heat. Pull meat from open shells and chop; discard unopened shells. Strain the stock and reserve. Preparing the filling: In another pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp; transfer to a lined plate to dry. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat and add the butter. Add the onion and potatoes and cook until tender. Then add the 3 tbsp. of flour and cook the roux, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the reserved stock (or clam juice) and simmer for 15-20 minutes (until the potatoes are cooked). Add the cream, milk, and Worcestershire sauce and cook the mixture, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until it is thickened. Finally, add the chopped clams, crumbled bacon, parsley, and thyme. Finish with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Bake: Preheat the oven to 375. Divide the puff pastry in two. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a circle, 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. Drape the first circle across your rolling pin to lift and carefully lay it into your pie pan. Pour in the filling and brush the rim with egg wash. Drape the second circle across the top of the pie. Trim the excess with a knife; use whatever crimping method you like to press the layers together. Make a slit in the middle of the pie for steam to escape. Brush with egg wash and bake for 35 minutes. If the crust browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil. The juice will bubble through the slits when it is done.

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Serve with a large stack of festive dead-president “napkins.” Pie crust: 3 cups organic unbleached wholewheat flour 1 cup icing sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. lemon zest 1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter 1/3 cup ice water Pie filling: 2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh blackberries 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, cubed Directions For best results, use a 9-by-9-by-2inch (deep-dish) pie pan. For the crust: Place the flour, sugar, zest and salt in a large bowl. Use your hands to rub the butter into the dry ingredients

By Autumn Hall of Big Orange and Local Lime until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Make a hole in the center of the mixture, pour in some of the ice water, and gently mix and add water until the dough comes together. Divide the pastry in half, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20-30 minutes. For the pie: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the berries and toss to coat. On a floured surface, roll each piece of pastry into a circle, 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 -1/4 inch thick. Drape the first circle across your rolling pin to lift and carefully lay it into your pie pan. Spoon in the berry mixture and dot with cubed butter. Drape the second circle across the top of the pie. Trim the excess with a knife; use whatever crimping method you like to press the layers together. Make a slit in the middle of the pie for steam to escape. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes. The juice will bubble through the slits when it is done.

You pick the whiskey. The three tablespoons used in this one would run you about six grand. Crust: 1 1/2 cups of chocolate graham cracker crumbs 5 tbsp. melted butter Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine crust ingredients and press into pie shell. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crisp. Filling: 3/4 cup cream 1/4 cup whole milk 5 oz. dark chocolate 60 percent-72 percent cacao, finely chopped 5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate, finely chopped 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk 1 tbsp. flour 2 tbsp. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955

simmer until just barely bubbling around the edges. Add both chocolates to milk and stir until smooth. Set aside. Beat egg, egg yolk, flour, and whiskey. Slowly add the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture while whisking briskly until well blended. Pour filling into crust and bake for 20-25 minutes. The edges should be set, but the middle of the pie should jiggle slightly. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes then refrigerate for at least two hours. Whiskey Whipped Cream: 1 tbsp. Glennfiddich JSR Reserve 1955 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 4 tbsp. powdered sugar Using a hand or stand mixer, beat all three ingredients until soft peaks form. Spoon onto pie. Garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

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If you don’t have the dough or the time to drive 10 hours to the Redneck Riviera, though, there are options. Recently, we hooked back up with an old friend from childhood: the manmade sand beach on Lake DeGray at the Caddo Bend day use area. Just an hour’s lovely drive from Little Rock and situated on a peninsula that juts out into the body of the lake, the long, gently-curving beach is a great place to catch some rays, and the swimming ain’t half-bad either. PRO TIP: If you go, bring some shoes to wear into the water. While the beach is sand, a lot of the lake bottom is tiny bits of shale that hurt like hell on tender, citified feet. BEST ROADTRIP TO NEW ORLEANS MYSTERY OK, technically, this is (by 10 miles or so) in Louisiana, but any Arkansan who has ever road-tripped down Hwy. 65 has likely passed by The Dock, a little Cajun seafood shack right on Lake Providence (roadside markers let you know it’s coming for miles; you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the friendly crawfish on the big white sign). There’s something eerily familiar about the decor and the layout and the tables and the smell of the place — and what you’ll realize, after a minute or so, is that you’re standing in a Subway. And there, lo and behold, is a Subway menu on the wall and the familiar array of Subway chips and cookies, etc. Only there’s also a Dock menu, offering up fried seafood and gator tail and po boys and the like. And beer. Turns out you can order from either menu, but the wait staff will look at you funny, and all sorts of confusion will ensue, if you order from the Subway menu. So you get a po boy. And their po boys are pretty good, only there’s one problem: the perfectly fried shrimp is heaped between what is undeniably Subway bread, topped with Subway fixins. And folks are getting good and drunk, and wandering out to the dock outside to take in the sun, and generally having a decidedly non-Subway time. Here’s the thing. There’s probably a perfectly reasonable explanation for the half-Cajun, half-Subway vibe. But when we asked a waitress, she looked at us sternly, said “we’re not a Subway,” and started backing away slowly. Refused to answer any follow-up questions. What kind of racket are they running in Lake Providence? Are they on guard against narcs from Subway CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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BEST PLACE TO CATCH UP WITH WOMEN FRIENDS Rosaliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery on a Saturday morning is packed with friendly groups of women who are recovering from early morning walks, talking politics or just catching up on life while enjoying the Brazilian goodies, strong coffee and what the bakery calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvestâ&#x20AC;? tea, iced black tea sweetened with oranges and other fruits (addictive). What makes this place so attractive to noshing and plotting? The comfortable corner with plush chairs and a sofa? The nearness of lovely pastries and the deliciousness of breakfast empanadas? The wonder of yucca puffs? The bandying about of unabashedly liberal political ideas? The proximity of a great park? The neighborhood vibe? The cute puppies you see there? All of that, of course. Guys allowed, by the way. BEST BROWNIE While people do love their pie and cobbler and cake for dessert, our go-to guilty pleasure in the sweets department is the brownie at Whole Hog Cafe in Riverdale. Often an inch thick and three inches square, moist and fudgy to the point of sticking to your fingers, the Whole Hog brownie is indescribably good, and the perfect, instantly regrettable meal ender after a downing a big olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; barbecue sammich (we figure if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to blow your diet, you may as well go all the way). Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve clearly got a little Satan in them, or at least â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our group of loyal Whole Hog devotees has decided â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a smidgen of the yummy pork renderings ladled out of the smokers in the kitchen. Whatever the case, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hog wild good. BEST NEW AND PRE-SPUN RECORD STORES Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve beaten this drum loudly and often, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to keep on pounding as long as these places are around. Little Rock is very fortunate to have two great record stores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Arkansas Record & CD Exchange in Levy and Been Around Records on South University. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take these places for granted, vinyl hounds. There are many much larger metro areas in the country that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even close

to as good as either of these places. The Record Exchange, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known to regulars, has a staggering amount of vinyl, ranging from dollar-bins scores to brand new records to the most coveted collectibles in nearly any genre you could imagine. And all of it has been organized and curated by owner Bill Eginton with the utmost attention to detail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the sort that comes along with passionate-bordering-on-obsessive loving care. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the other stuff: CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, 4-tracks, all manner of musical memorabilia and a truly impressive selection of vintage toys, with a special focus on Star Wars and toy trucks and trains. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderland, the type of very special place of which there really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too many left, unfortunately. What Been Around might lack in organizational zeal, it more than makes up for with pure, crate-digging pleasure. You never know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nearly guaranteed to find something you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live without. BEST SOULFUL STEAK For some of us here at the Times, there is a hunger that arises every so often (OK, it actually happens pretty regularly) that can only be satisfied by one thing: Chickenfried steak. For some of us, it would be a last meal: A crispy battered cube steak, smothered in gravy, with a side of green beans and mashed potatoes and a tall glass of iced tea. So when we get a bad one, it goes beyond mere disappointment and into some taking-it-personal anger territory. Just a few weeks ago, up in Fayetteville, we ordered what purported to be chicken-fried steak, but which was in fact just a hamburger patty that was battered and deep-fried. This practice is actually alarmingly widespread. And make no mistake: it is nothing less than an abomination. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get us wrong: We ate the thing. But we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t real happy about it. However, there is a place in Little Rock that has never, ever failed when it comes to chicken-fried steak, and that place is Sweet Soul, located in Ottenheimer Hall in the River Market. They serve up a true tenderized cube steak, each one hand-breaded and cooked to order, hot and fresh, smothered with delicious gravy and served with any number of side dishes, all of which are excellent. And their catfish, burgers and pies are all top-notch as well. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep on Sweet Soul; this place serves some of the best food in the state.

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Bobbie Jean’s Soul Food 3201 W. 56th St 501-570-8585 $1 off all dinner plates. Bookends Cafe 120 River Market Ave 501-918-3091 www.cals.org Turkey, Cheese, and Avocado Sandwich with Potato Salad $5. Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 500 President Clinton Ave 501-907-1881 www.boscosbeer.com Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 3:306:30. Enjoy our Happy Hour Menu featuring Appetizer and Drink Specials as well as $1 off pints and $5 glasses of Domino wine. Brave New Restaurant 2300 Cottondale Ln #105 501-663-2677 bravenewrestaurant.com Heirloom BLT Sandwich – Heirloom tomatoes, bacon, and lettuce on toasted Sourdough bread with fresh basil mayo, garnished with fresh fruit, and housemade fries. $10.50. Bravo! Cucina Italiana 17815 Chenal Pkwy 501-821-2485 www.bravoitalian.com Browning’s Mexican Grill 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-663-9956 browningsmexicangrill.com Lunch Special – Quesadillas $6.99. Buffalo Grill 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd 501-296-9535 400 N Bowman Rd #9 501-224-0012 www.buffalogrilllr.com Mahi Mahi Salad $8.99. Butcher Shop 10825 Hermitage Road 501-312-2748 www.thebutchershop.com/littlerock Half price drinks and appetizers from 5-7pm Mon thru Fri. Bar area only. Cafe Bossa Nova 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-614-668 cafebossanova.com Moqueca (regularly priced at $24) for $21.19 during the month of August. $1 off Fejoida on Saturdays.

Cafe Prego 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-663-5355 10% off your entire tab or 20% off bottles of wine. Cajun’s Wharf 2400 Cantrell Rd 501-375-5351 www.cajunswharf.com $35 Prix Fixe 3 course restaurant month dinner menu. Camp David Interstate 30 & 6th 501-975-CAMP(2267) Inside Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center $2 Miller Lt Draft, $3 house wines, $4 house liquors from 4:30 to 6:30 daily. Canon Grill 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-664-2068 www.canongrill.com Free Cheese Dip with purchase of two Entrees, one per table. Cantina Cinco de Mayo 23 Rahling Road, Suite A1 501-821-2740 Sun-Thurs: $3.49 Margaritas, 99¢ Draft Beer - xx & Blue Moon Fri & Sat: $2.99 Margaritas, Small Draft Beer 99¢ . Cantina Laredo 207 N University Ave #300 501-280-0407 facebook.com/cantinalaredolittlerock Wednesday Special – Half price any wine by the glass, 4pm-close Thursday Special – Half price house Margarita for Ladies night, 4pm-close. Capers 14502 Cantrell Rd 501-868-7600 www.capersrestaurant.com $30 Prix Fixe 3 course restaurant month dinner menu. Casa Mañana 6820 Cantrell Rd 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Rd. Little Rock AR 72223 501-868-8822 400 President Clinton Ave, D Little Rock AR 72201 501-372-6637 www.casamananamexicanfood.com 15% off your order. Excluding alcohol.

Cheers in the Heights 2010 N Van Buren St 501-663-5937 www.cheersith.com A complimentary piece of carrot cake with the purchase of two entrees (Cheers in the Heights location only). Chi’s Too 5110 W. Markham 501-604-7777 One free appetizer ($6 value) of your choice with purchase of 2 complete dinner entrees (dine-in only). Ciao Baci 605 Beechwood 501-603-0238 ciaobaci.org 20% off all full and half bottles of wine. Community Bakery 1200 Main St 501-375-7105 communitybakery.com $1 off Iced coffee, iced Latte, Espresso Frappe, Espresso milkshake, fruit smoothie. Community Bakery • WLR 270 S Shackleford Rd 501-224-1656 Free cookie of your choice with any purchase. Copper Grill 300 E 3rd St # 101 501-375-3333 www.coppergrilllr.com $13 Prix Fixe 3 course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3 course restaurant month dinner menu. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 12005 Westhaven Dr • 501-954-7427 2947 Lakewood Village Dr • 501-753-3737 www.corkysbbq.com $1 off all Phil’s sandwiches. Curry in a Hurry 11121 N Rodney Parham Rd 501-224-4567 www.facebook.com/curryhurry Free butter Naan with purchase of two entrees. Damgoode Pies 6706 Cantrell Rd • 501-664-2239 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd • 501-664-2274 10720 N Rodney Parham Rd • 501-664-2239 www.damgoodepies.com $2 off a Large BBQ Chicken pizza. August is the last month for our BBQ Chicken pizza made with our own special blend of Whole Hog Café’s BBQ Sauces. Topped with grilled chicken, Petit Jean bacon, red onions, and roasted garlic.

Dempsey Bakery 323 S Cross St 501-375-2257 www.dempseybakery.com Free Sugar Cookie with lunch purchase. Doe’s Eat Place 1023 W Markham St 501-376-1195 www.doeseatplace.net 80z Filet with Arkansas toast, potatoes & soaked salad $35. El Porton Mexican Restaurant 12111 W Markham St #450 • 501-2238588 5507 Ranch Dr • 501-868-7333 www.elportonmexicanrestaurants.com Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-5 – Regular Margarita $2.95, 25oz Draft Beer $2.95 Lunch Special $5.99 Mon-Fri Entrée with Soft Drink Famous Dave’s 225 N Shackleford Rd 501-221-3283 www.famousdaves.com $5 off purchase of $20. Far East Asian Cuisine & Bar 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd #100 Pleasant Ridge West Shopping Center 501-219-9399 www.fareastasiancuisine.com House wine and beer 50% off. Appetizers 30% off from 4:00 to 6:00, dine in only. Forbidden Garden 14810 Cantrell Rd 501-868-8149 www.facebook.com/ ForbiddenGardenAR $1 off a glass of wine. The Fold 3501 Old Cantrell Rd 501-916-9706 www.thefoldlr.com Check next week’s issue for our August specials. Genghis Grill 12318 Chenal Pkwy 501-223-2695 www.genghisgrill.com Buy one bowl at regular price and get one for half price. Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain 1423 Main St 501-374-1111 www.thegreencornerstore.com Beat the August heat with $1 off anything at the Soda Fountain.

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Attention - You Must Ask Your Server about these specials throughout August Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria 313 President Clinton Ave 501-374-1441 www.gusanospizza.com $7.49 Lunch Special – 8” One Topping Pizza, Side Salad and Soft Drink. Happy Hour 3-6pm - $2 domestic drafts 12oz. $3 well drinks. The Hop Diner 201 E. Markham 501-224-0975 $1 Off A Combo Meal (comes with fries & drink). Iriana’s Pizza 201 E. Markham 501-374-3656 www.irianaspizza.com 15% Off any whole pizza.

Domestic Beer, $4 Margaritas, Wine, Martinis, Cozmo. Thurs: Men’s special happy hour- $2 Domestic Beer, $4 Margaritas, Wine, Martinis, Cozmo. Mellow Mushroom 16103 Chenal Parkway, Ste. 900 501-379-9157 www.mellowmushroom.com/ westlittlerock 1/2 priced appetizers during late night happy hour 9-close. Mexico Chiquito 13924 Cantrell Road • 501-217-0700 11406 W. Markham (Mex-To-Go) • 501-217-0647 www.mexicochiquito.net All you can eat taco dinners $9.99.

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Montego Cafe 315 Main Street 501-372-1555 www.montegocafe.com Monday-Friday 4-7pm: 1/2 off any appetizer & all specialty drinks $5. Next Bistro & Bar 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-6398 www.facebook.com/LRnextbar Packet House Grill 1406 Cantrell Road 501-372-1578 www.packethousegrill.com The Pantry Restaurant 11401 N. Rodney Parham 501-353-1875 www.littlerockpantry.com Enjoy bacon wrapped dates (one per table, dinner only). Pho Thanh My Restaurant 302 N Shackleford 501-312-7498 ½ OFF An order of eggrolls with a purchase of $20 or more.

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The Pizza Joint 6100 Stone Road 501-868-9108 www.thepizzajoint.org $5 Off any purchase over $20 (not including alcohol).

Loca Luna 3519 Old Cantrell Road 501-663-4666 www.localuna.com Mon: Wine Night- ½ off all wine under $28 Tues: $9 large pizza, $2 draft. Wed: Lady’s Special happy hour- $2.

Planet Smoothie 102A Markham Park Drive 501-227-6399 www.facebook.com/ PlanetSmoothieMarkham Combo Special: half wrap, 16oz. smoothie and bag of chips $5.

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Salut Bistro 1501 N. University (In The Prospect Bldg.) 501-660-4200 www.salut-bistro.com Free dessert with purchase of 2 entrees.

Prose Garden Cafe 100 Rock Street • Main Library, 5th Floor 501-918-3023 www.cals.org Turkey, cheese & avocado sandwich with potato salad $5.

Santo Coyote 11610 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Ste. 110 Little Rock 501-658-0140 2513 McCain Blvd., Ste. 1 • N. Little Rock 501-753-9800 www.santo-coyote.com $1.99 Margaritas on wednesday free flan with purchase of $15 or more.

Prost 120 Ottenheimer (River Market) 501-244-9550 www.willydspianobar.com Half-Priced appetizers 4-7pm when you mention restaurant month. Red Door Restaurant 3701 Cantrell Road 501-666-8482 www.reddoorrestaurant.net Mon: Apps ½ Price With Entrée Tues: Wine Night- ½ off all wine under $28 a bottle. Wed: Filet Night- 7oz. Angus Tenderloin Filet $16.95 . Thurs: Ladies Special Happy Hour- $2 domestic beer, $4 margaritas, martinis, wine & cozmo. Revolution Restaurant 300 President Clinton Avenue 501-823-0091 www.rumbarevolution.com Lunch Special: choice of seasoned beef, shredded chicken or fish tacos (grilled, blackened or fried), chips & salsa and soft drink $7.99. The Root Café 1500 S. Main Street 501-414-0423 www.therootcafe.com Weekday Breakfast Special: Try our award-winning weekday breakfast and take 20% off of your breakfast entrée (available Tues-Fri 7-11am). Also featuring Saturday and Sunday brunch and full lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday. Rosalia’s Family Bakery 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-319-7035 www.facebook.com/RosaliasFamily Bakery Free small brewed coffee with purchase of specialty coffee drink.

Sky Modern Japanese 11525 Cantrell Road 501-224-4300 www.skylittlerock.com Sunday-Thursday 5-7pm: $4 house wine, $4.50 house rolls, $4 Drafts, $2 Domestics, $3 Imports. SO Restaurant-Bar 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464 www.sorestaurantbar.com Check next week’s issue for our August Special. Star Of India 301 N. Shackleford #C4 501-227-9900 www.lrstarofindia.com 15% Off dinner entree. Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Avenue 501-372-7707 www.stickyz.com Lunch Special: 4 of our famous hand-cut chicken fingers in 12 different varieties, choice of baked potato soup or chicken & sausage gumbo, 2 dipping sauces and soft drink $7.99. Sushi Cafe 5823 Kavanaugh Boulevard 501-663-9888 www.sushicaferocks.com Sunday-Thursday: Chef’s special, 2 adults for $50 (Sushi Only). Tracy Cakes 10301 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-4243 www.tracycakesar.com Buy 3 cupcakes get 1 free.

Trio’s Restaurant 8201 Cantrell Road #100 501-221-3330 www.triosrestaurant.com Half off any appetizer with purchase of an entree. Offer good at lunch, dinner and brunch. Dine In Only. Dog Days Of Summer – Trio’s partners with Hollywood Feed across the street on Cantrell. All month, doggies dining on our patio receive a free doggy bag. Tropical Smoothie 12911 Cantrell Rd. #19 • 501-224-1113 11900 Kanis Rd. • 501-221-6773 10221 N. Rodney Parham • 501-2242233 524 S. Broadway St. • 501-246-3145 410 S. University Ave. Ste. 140 • 501240-1021 www.tropicalsmoothie.com 99¢ Lemonade smoothie with the purchase of any wrap, sandwich or salad. West End Smokehouse 215 N. Shackleford 501-224-7665 www.westendsmokehouse.net Every Friday: All sandwiches $5.99 from 11am-3pm. Free pool with purchase of $8.99 Or more. Willy D’s Piano Bar 322 President Clinton Avenue 501-244-9550 www.willydspianobar.com Half-priced appetizers 7-9pm when you mention restaurant month. WT Bubba’s 500 President Clinton Avenue #40 501-244-2528 www.wtbubbas.com Free appetizer with any food purchase.

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ing in the form of uncompensated care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to reassess the whole system because uncompensated care is going to go away,â&#x20AC;? Burris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The health centers] are critical, but their whole model needs to change. Their whole model is built around treating an uninsured population. Well obviously thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that simple, according to Mouden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will never achieve 100 percent coverage,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish we could. But realistically, I know that we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always going to be the safety net.â&#x20AC;? Inevitably, some people will remain uncovered even after the health care law goes into effect. Some will simply choose not to enroll in health insurance, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsidized, even if that means paying a fine. Some populations, such as the homeless or the mentally ill, may prove difficult or impossible to enroll. While a significant portion of the centersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; currently uninsured will move to coverage under the private option, the FQHCs predict that this wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put much of a dent in the number of uninsured that they serve because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be gaining new patients too. They point to the experience of Massachusetts; when it moved to near-universal coverage, as Arkansas aims to do, many other providers stopped doing charity work, leaving the centers as the provider of last resort. Even as Massachusetts has dropped all the way down to 2 percent uninsured, the percentage of FQHC patients in the state that are uninsured remains at 21 percent. Mouden argues that when the health care law goes into effect in Arkansas, centers are likely to see a similar number of uninsured patients and an increase in

DUMAS, CONT. Continued from page 7 so the governor would not be blamed. Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last appropriation was $11,054 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; total! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it included his salary, $2,500. The job is exactly the same now, except after Gordon left the Senate slashed the lite governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power and duties. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let me forget the secretary of state, who maintains the Capitol and grounds and many government records. If he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet, Mark Martin will soon announce that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend his entire budget, although the â&#x20AC;&#x153;savingsâ&#x20AC;? wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be much because, as one of his pursuers revealed last week, he spent $100,000 for private lawyers to defend him in civil actions for such things as withholding public records. He likely hired them illegally since the

law requires him to use the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, which is free and was created to do that. His budget always has padding. When he took office in 2011, Martin took his friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; top aides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a deluxe mountain resort at Siloam Springs for a $50,000 retreat, where consultants advised on efficiency. Darr and Martin have saved taxpayers by having foreign interests pay for their junkets to such places as Taiwan and Azerbaijan, where they pretend to perform some lofty function. Inflated self-importance can be the downfall of minor officials. A secretary of state fell into disgrace when he tried to mastermind a â&#x20AC;&#x153;surpriseâ&#x20AC;? high-dollar banquet rewarding himself for his services. We have raised the threshold for disgrace.

Medicaid patients; since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be losing money on each Medicaid patient, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be facing a massive hit if the reimbursement on many of those new patients is even lower. Just what the impact of the private option expansion will be on the centers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether Burris is right, or Mouden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is not a simple equation. There are a number of moving parts, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largely dependent on factors we currently donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, such as how many uninsured will remain in the state and what rates the private carriers will pay. Burris, along with Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Sen. Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), have requested more specific numbers from Mouden; Burris said that one of his main frustrations was the lack of hard data to back what strike him as counterintuitive assertions. Mouden has worked with the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FQHCs to develop projections, which they will present to the legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Public Health committee this week. She has been meeting with lawmakers from both parties on the issue, including the governor. Burris expressed concern about a lawsuit, and said â&#x20AC;&#x153;if they sue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he believes that the legislature would balk at proceeding with the private option if this policy question was tied up in litigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At no time have we ever discussed a lawsuit,â&#x20AC;? Mouden said, saying that she was focused on trying to educate lawmakers and stakeholders about the role of FQHCs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to focus on how we can make this right within the process and system thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been established.â&#x20AC;?

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he first thing many listeners will notice about War Chief’s new six-song “Broken Heart” EP is that it’s a really great sounding record — it’s warm and immediate, and tasteful production choices abound. There’s nothing trendy or ofthe-moment going on here. The next thing that will become apparent (and which one might surmise from the title) is that this record isn’t about the happiest of times. Aside from the last track, “Broken Heart of a Mindless Machine,” all of these songs were written with a full band in mind and were penned “after some life changes,” said founder and primary songwriter Grayson Shelton. “And looking back now, I told people I wrote it more about a time and place and not necessarily a situation anymore.” Opener “Wine-Darkened Sea” starts off melancholy before progressing to 56

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a defiant chorus and an uplifting finish. It recalls some of the less jammy tracks by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. “Paper Tigers” is a standout, an understated, propulsive rumination that finds Shelton sifting through the ashes. “Victorians” is a sturdy rocker featuring searing guest lead guitar from Stephen Neeper. The EP’s centerpiece is the dramatic “Rewind (30 Pieces),” which builds on pounding piano and drums and gently strummed guitars, working up the tension to a cathartic release on the chorus. Shelton started in 2011 as a solo singer/songwriter, and recorded his first EP with a group of session players. War Chief — winner of this year’s Arkansas Times Best of Arkansas for best band — has gone through some lineup changes in the last few months, evolving to what is now a quintet with Shelton and Preston Whittenburg on guitars, Chris Brum-

Releases ‘Broken Heart’ EP Friday at Stickyz. BY ROBERT BELL

mett on drums, Blake Lefler on keyboards and Alexander Jones on bass. The band’s previous release, the full-length “Love Letters from Prester John,” had several songs dating from Shelton’s solo days, but the songs on the new EP were written with a full band in mind. “All six of these songs are really big songs,” Shelton said. It’s “an album that would be harder to play by yourself.” The full-band sound has also influenced Shelton’s songwriting process itself. “When I sit down and write I think about how we’re sounding now and what I can apply to that or what direction we want to go next,” he said. Too, every musician has different influences and instincts, and will bring a different sound to the same song. “I think the changes also add to the fact that we have a pretty broad selection of music,” Shelton said. “We’ve got some songs that are really rock

’n’ roll, we’ve got some songs that are more blues based and we’ve got some songs that are more Americana/country based.” War Chief has played several dates outside of Central Arkansas, including spots at Wakarusa, and will likely aim for a short tour in the fall, most likely southwest to Texas or to the northeast up to New York. “We’ve gotten this to the point where we need to make a push and now we have something that’s pushable and we have the lineup that is willing to make the push,” Shelton said. “So from that point we are going to try to do something. There is some interest and the guys are champing at the bit.”

War Chief plays a record-release show Friday night at Stickyz with Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts and Annalisa Nutt. It’s an 18-and-older show, 9 p.m., $7.

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BY ROBERT BELL

THURSDAY 7/25

THE ALMOST

9 p.m. Juanita’s. $13 adv., $15 day of.

OK, it’s time again to learn about a band by watching a couple of that band’s music videos with the sound turned off. The band is The Almost and the video is “Lonely Wheel.” The band is playing in a bar, but nobody is there save for a dour-looking barkeep cleaning up. He picks up a napkin and one of those oldschool label-maker decals that reads “I NEED TO FORGET.” Turns out somebody printed and left a bunch of these labels on the set for this video. One says “CAN YOU HELP ME OUT” and

another one says “I’M SICK OF ME” and then another one says “DRINK” and yet another one reads “I WON’T LET THEM SEE ME NOW.” There are many other labels with other emo-type phrases. “I’LL PUT UP A FIGHT,” says one label bravely. Another one backs up that one: “I WON’T LET US LOSE.” Finally, a label says “IT WILL GET EASIER.” Then it’s over. In the video for “Say This Sooner,” the band has moved from an empty bar to an abandoned gas station in the desert. The singer is a bunch of different people in this video. He’s a hitchhiker and then he’s a cop and then the band is playing

inside a cheap motel room. The singer is looking in the mirror and seeing someone else, which usually doesn’t happen with mirrors. Now there are two of him. One of him is standing in front of the other of him holding a briefcase. What’s inside? It’s a mirror and what looks like a cellphone from 2002. He picks up the cellphone. Whoa! He’s instantly transported back to the hotel room and the video is over. This video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times. Also on the bill: Austin indie rock band The Rocketboys and Central Arkansas pop band The Supporting Cast.

SHE LOVES MONEY: Chanel West Coast performs at Discovery Saturday night.

SATURDAY 7/27

CHANEL WEST COAST

9 p.m.-5 a.m. Discovery Nightclub. $10-$15.

RED DIRT ROCKERS: Jason Boland & The Stragglers come to Revolution Friday night.

FRIDAY 7/26

JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS

8 p.m. Revolution. $12 adv., $15 day of.

Fans of Red Dirt country have it pretty good here in Central Arkansas. Situated on I-40, Little Rock is a natural stop for the constantly touring bands — mostly from Texas and Oklahoma — that make up the scene. Harrah, Okla., native Jason Boland is one of the more popu58

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lar Red Dirt artists, on the strength of years and years of serious road-doggin’ and zillions of shows. Back in aughteight, he had a vocal cord injury that was a serious bummer, requiring him to rest up and to take it easy for a minute. That was right around the time that his album “Comal County Blue” and its single of the same name were proving very popular. It’s a good tune for sure. Boland’s live album “High in the Rock-

ies: A Live Album” cracked the top 30 of the U.S. country charts. The latest from Boland and Co., “Dark & Dirty Mile,” was co-produced by Shooter Jennings and was released in May, hitting No. 25 on the country charts and No. 18 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. The title track was co-written with fellow traveler Stoney LaRue. Also on this bill: Hell-raisin’ upstarts The Dirty River Boys.

There is no pretense whatsoever in the music of Chanel West Coast (born Chelsea Chanel Dudley in the year 1988). The actress and aspiring rapper is certainly not aiming for the cerebral or political or artistically challenging. She pretty much laid out her priorities on her single “I Love Money,” which is a song about how much she loves money. The video finds the young blonde woman and her friends riding around in a Maybach and smoking blunts, hanging out in a hotel room and throwing cash around, laying down tracks in the studio and cavorting with Snoop and A$AP Rocky. Coast recently signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. She described the signing thusly on Billboard.com: “I went to Miami, played him my music, and I just remember him after my one song … I played him a track and he sat back and said, ‘Man that shit was stupid.’ I was like, ‘Yo. Wayne thought that shit was stupid.’ As soon as he said that, I knew I was in.” If you just read all of that and were like, “Huh? What the hell is this all about?” — relax. You’re not having a stroke or anything. You’re just old and out of touch (which, thank God!). However, if you read that and were like, “Hellz to the yeah, get that Weezy money girl!” then you will probably want to grab your good friend Molly and head out to Discovery Saturday for a night of glitter-encrusted debauchery, which also includes Muck Sticky, Taylor Thrash and Dylan Dugger.

IN BRIEF

THURSDAY 7/25

SATURDAY 7/27

THEORY OF A DEADMAN

7 p.m. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater. $50-$60.

You know, sometimes we music critics encounter a band whose lyrics are so achingly beautiful and sublimely poetic that we just need to stand back and let the words speak for themselves, so to speak. Such is the case with Canadian band Theory of a Deadman and their

song “Bitch Came Back.” Just let these nuggets of romantic inspiration wash over you: “I like her so much better when she’s down on her knees / ’Cause when she’s in my face is when I’m starting to see / That all my friends are right for thinking that we’d be wrong / Well she’s so fuckin’ stupid bitch she’s singing along.” Makes Leonard Cohen look like a hack, am I right? Here’s another bon

mot: “There she goes again just always breaking my balls / No matter what I do somehow it’s always my fault / She says I must be cheating ’cause I turned off my phone / But that’s the only frickin’ way she’ll leave me alone.” I don’t think there’s any more I could do to demonstrate the brilliance of this band, so we’ll just leave it there. Opening the show is 9 Miles Ahead.

SATURDAY 7/27

FRIDAY 7/26

Neo-soul/hip-hop favorites Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers team up with singer Bijoux for “We Want the Funk,” a ’70s dance party, 9:30 p.m., The Joint, $10-$15. Cajun’s Wharf has a big night of rock ’n’ roll, with Earl & Them, The Greasy Greens and an acoustic set from Wes Hart, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY 7/27

WIZ KHALIFA, TRINIDAD JAME$, JOEY BADA$$

7:30 p.m. First Security Amphitheatre. $49-$86.

This here is probably one of the hottest hip-hop tours of the summer. Pittsburgh-bred Wiz Khalifa has spent the last several years releasing everything from Euro-flavored pop numbers to sunny singer/songwriter fare to buzzy club bangers and about a dozen other styles, all of it enveloped in a dense-ass cloud of cannabis smoke. I’m very much digging Khalifa’s excellent recent collaborative EP with Curren$y. It’s constructed around long samples from jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey’s 1975 album “Fancy Dancer,” and doesn’t sound like much else I’ve heard. Trinidad Jame$ is a Trinidadian who resides in Atlanta. He’s got a fixation with gold, as evidenced on his single “All Gold Everything” and the fact that he largely wears all gold everything. In a recent interview with pop-savant Nardwuar, Jame$ dished on working at a Waffle House

Downtown Music Hall has an evening of chuggy, palm-muted metal, with Volumes, Once Exiled, From Which We Came, Seamless, Fear the Aftermath, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. Folk-rockers The Fable & The Fury play at Maxine’s, 8:30 p.m. Argenta Community Theater kicks off its sold-out run of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Wiz Khalifa headlines Saturday night at First Security Amphitheatre.

that was next to a strip club: “Porkchop and eggs, that’s the stripper meal.” Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$ is young (born 1995) and super ambitious. He’s been releasing tracks from his “Summer

Knights” mixtape all summer, along with some accompanying videos that function like mini-documentaries. Also on the bill: Berner, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA.

Folk duo Emma’s Revolution brings close harmonies and sharp political comedy to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, McCain Mall Shopping Center, 10 a.m., free. If you dig classic rock, check out Fayetteville’s Basement Brew, who’ll play a free show at Bear’s Den Pizza in Conway, 8:30 p.m. Arkansas folk-rockers Don’t Stop Please play White Water Tavern, with alt-country rockers Kentucky Knife Fight, 9:30 p.m. Russellville native Jason Campbell & Singletree return to Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. Rock for a Reason is a benefit for Arkansas Freethinkers, with The Weisenheimers, InterFaith All-Stars and The Dangerous Idiots, Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5.

MONDAY 7/29

The Arkansas Travelers kick off a threegame series against their in-state rivals the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. Mon.Wed., $4-$12.

TUESDAY 7/30 WEDNESDAY 7/31

‘THE IDENTITY THEFT OF MITCH MUSTAIN’

9 p.m. White Water Tavern.

Back in the early fall of 2006, if you cared about the Razorbacks football team or knew anyone who cared about the Razorbacks football team, the name Mitch Mustain was likely a familiar one. Many a Hog fan’s head was filled with visions of touchdown passes, cheering crowds and maybe, eventually, one of those big Waterford crystal footballs and fond future memories of “The Mitch Mustain

Era.” But it didn’t work out that way for the vaunted Springdale quarterback and 2005 USA Today High School Offensive Player of the Year. There’s probably no need to rehash all of it at this point, as it’s just a painful memory for fans. So why would you want to see a 90-minute documentary about it? I’ll defer to Arkansas Expats writer Doc Harper, who caught the movie at this year’s Little Rock Film Fest: “The story involves most of all the worst parts of college sports. The filthiness of recruiting. Coaches pushing their own agendas at the expense of their players. Inappropri-

ately meddlesome boosters. Media and fans twisting teenagers into demigods. Power, corruption, deceit, influence, ambition. It’s all very ‘Game of Thrones,’ with the Broyles Center taking the place of the Iron Throne and everybody forgetting that the point of high-level college football is the crystal football. And no dragons.” The film, by Matthew Wolfe, was narrated by Nolan Richardson, himself a legendary figure who knows a thing or three about how heated and insane things can get in Hog Country. Loblolly Creamery will be serving booze-y milkshakes.

The mighty riff-warriors of Mothwind play at White Water Tavern with bruisers Jab Jab Suckerpunch and headbangers Enchiridion, 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 7/31

Downtown Music Hall has an evening of music for moshers, with South Carolina melodic hardcore troupes Hundredth and Counterparts, along with Being As An Ocean, Heart to Heart, Something to Stand For and Victim of Pain, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. Jazz in the Park winds down its season with a performance from Dizzy7, 5:30 p.m., free. Movies in the Park screens “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” sundown, First Security Amphitheatre, free. www.arktimes.com

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THURSDAY, JULY 25

MUSIC

The Almost, The Rocketboys, The Supporting Cast. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Dee Dee Jones. Ladies night, $5 after 9 p.m., free before. Montego Cafe, 8 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. An Evening with Nick Moss. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyz.com. The Fable & The Fury. Maxine’s, 8:30 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Josh Green. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-nhowl.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.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. Say It Ain’t So (headliner), Jocko (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. Siversa, The Supporting Class. The Joint, 9:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Volumes, Once Exiled, From Which We Came, Seamless, Fear the Aftermath. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall. com.

COMEDY

Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. 60

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CHI-TOWN SOUND: Chicago blues player Nick Moss comes to Stickyz Thursday night for an 18-and-older solo show, 9 p.m., $7.

EVENTS

FRIDAY, JULY 26

CAMPS

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. DaftMau5 Dance Party. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Dead Celt Society. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Earl & Them, The Greasy Greens (headliners), Wes Hart Acoustic (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. The Escatones, Mainland Divide, The Sound of

NLR Chamber Business After Hours. Includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and more. Museum of Discovery, 5-7 p.m., $10. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www. amod.org. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600. woodlawnshoppes.blogspot.com.

Movement, Masks, and Mayhem! Campers ages 11-15 will design and build their own mask and learn about characterization through movement from instructor Monica Clark-Robinson. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $200. 20919 Denny Road.

MUSIC

the Mountain. Maxine’s, 8:30 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jason Boland & The Stragglers, The Dirty River Boys. Revolution, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers with Bijoux. “We Want the Funk” ‘70s Funk Dance Party. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $10-$15. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Shari Bales Band. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Sweet Mother. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trey Johnson. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Velvet Kente. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. War Chief (album release), Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, Annalisa Nutt. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyz.com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com.

COMEDY

Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

DANCE

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. Juanitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.

EVENTS

Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email artscenter@centurytel. net. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. www.arvartscenter.org. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search â&#x20AC;&#x153;DYSCâ&#x20AC;? on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. No Kid Hungry Bake Sale. Proceeds support the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign. Arkansas State Capitol, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 5th and Woodlane.

CAMPS

Movement, Masks, and Mayhem! See July 25.

SATURDAY, JULY 27

MUSIC

Basement Brew. Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www. bearsdenpizza.com. Ben Coulter. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com. Big Stack. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Brown Soul Shoes. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Chanel West Coast, Brandon Peck, Sleepy Genius, Joel Allenbaugh, JMZ Dean. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10-$15. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See July 26. Crystal Music Festival. Featuring The Marshall Tucker Band and Richie Owens. Board Camp Campground and Crystal Mine, $55. 110 Hickory Ridge Road, Mena. 479-243-0871. www.crystalmusicfestival.com. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Please, Kentucky Knife Fight. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-3758400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revolution. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-225-1503. Falling Awake, Wreckless Endeavor, Pause Potential. Downtown Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Jason Campbell & Singletree. Dentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Karaoke at Khalilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Khalilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Katmandu. Thirst nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. The Railers, Rodge & the Dirt Road Republic, East on 40. Juanitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 10 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Rock for a Reason Arkansas Freethinkers Benefit. With The Weisenheimers, InterFaith All-Stars and The Dangerous Idiots. Vinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Rude King, Stella Luss. Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 8:30 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Theory of a Deadman, 9 Miles Ahead. Magic Springsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Timberwood Amphitheater, 7 p.m., $50$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. The Wes Hart Band (headliner), Bert and Heather (happy hour). Cajunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$. First Security Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $49-$86. 400 President Clinton Ave.

COMEDY

Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

DANCE

Artists In Resonance Dance Concert. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 8 p.m., Free, donations accepted. 2801 S. University. ualr.edu. 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.

EVENTS

Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Made From Scratch: Sizzling Summer Steaks. Cooking class with Chef Brandon Douglas. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $80. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 501-727-5435. www.uawri.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

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AFTER DARK, CONT. No Kid Hungry Bake Sale. Proceeds support the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon. 6th and Main St., NLR. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. International men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. McCain Mall Shopping Center, 10 a.m., free. 3929 McCain Blvd., NLR.

BOOKS

Vicki Botner. Book-signing with the author of “Letting Go of the Reins.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 1-2:30 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www. wordsworthbooks.org. 1900 N. Grant, Little Rock, AR 501-663-8999 www.fantasticchinarestaurant.com

SUNDAY, JULY 28

MUSIC

Flameing Daeth Fearies. Faulkner County Library, 2 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. www.fcl.org. Gorilla Battle of the Bands. With Queen Anne’s Revenge, Little Chief, The Super Smashed Brothers, Charon Creek, Basement Brew. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $7 adv., $9 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. www.lonestarsteakhouse.com. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. The Afterthought Cafe, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.

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COMEDY

Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. thebernicegarden.org. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Watermelon Fest. Includes contests, crafts and more. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden.org.

MONDAY, JULY 29

MUSIC

On the Verge. All-ages. Revolution, 8:30 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Steve Bates. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com.

EVENTS

27th Annual Community Development Institute. Hosted at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, with keynote address by Milan Wall, co-director of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. University of Central Arkansas, July 29-Aug. 2. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-852-2930. uca.edu/cdi.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, July 29-31, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. 62

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CAMPS

KidsCook! Campers ages 8 and older will learn kitchen training and cooking skills from instructor Faith Anaya. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $175. 20919 Denny Road.

TUESDAY, JULY 30

MUSIC

Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Ben and Doug. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Mothwind, Jab Jab Suckerpunch, Enchiridion. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Phavian, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Jason Greenlaw & The Groove. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.

EVENTS

27th Annual Community Development Institute. See July 29. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, through July 31, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.

BOOKS

Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Book-signing from the author of “Mystery Saving Grace.” Hastings, 6-8 p.m., free. 915 W. Main St,, Jacksonville. 501-982-3027.

CAMPS

KidsCook! See July 29.

AFTER DARK, CONT.

MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Endolphins, Double Saginaw Familiarity. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. FreeVerse Duo. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Hundredth, Counterparts, Being As An Ocean, Heart to Heart, Something to Stand For, Victim of Pain. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Jazz in the Park: Dizzy7. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. montegocafe.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. A Work of Art: Art Porter Foundation Benefit. Cajun’s Wharf. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com.

COMEDY

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 Comedians of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.

DANCE

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.

EVENTS

27th Annual Community Development Institute. See July 29.

FILM

“The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain.” White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Movies in the Park: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Coolers allowed, no glass containers. Concessions available, cash only. Movie begins at sunset. First Security Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.

POETRY

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.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555. www.travs.com.

CAMPS

KidsCook! See July 29.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER

Auditions for “Lost in Yonkers.” Productions dates are Sept. 13-29. Roles are for two preteen boys, two males, three females. There will be cold readings from the script. The Public Theatre, Sat., July 27, 2 p.m.; Sun., July 28, 7:30 p.m. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Argenta Community Theatre’s production of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m.; Fri., July 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., July 28, 6 p.m., $30-$40. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Musical version of the hit 2001 film. The Public Theatre — CTLR, through July 28: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu., July 25, 7:30 p.m., $14-$16. 616 Center St. 501-410-2283. www.ctlr-act.org. “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Popular musical comedy from the creators of “Monty Python.” The Weekend Theater, through July 28: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “South Pacific.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Aug. 18: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. PINE BLUFF ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 S. Main: “Dreams and Disaster,” work by David Bailin, through Aug. 1. 870-536-3375. ROGERS ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “Works in Wood: A Folk Art Sampler,” including selection of Roy Harris carvings from the museum collection, July 27-Sept. 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479-621-1154.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Arkansas Arts Council is taking entries for the 2014 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Mary Kennedy, CEOI of the Mid-American Arts Alliance, will be juror. Deadline is July 26. For more information, go to arkansasarts.org or call 324-9766. The Arkansas Pastel Society is accepting entries to its national exhibition, “Reflections in Pastel, “ set for Nov. 8-Feb 23 at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Deadline is Sept. 5. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, including a $1500 grand prize. The show will be juried by pastel artist Richard McKinley. For more information email apsreflections@gmail.com.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” through Sept. 8, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 military, $6 students, free to members; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “Ryan Sniegocki: Museum School Ceramic Artist in Residence,” pottery; “Interwoven: Craft Exhibition,” 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. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29, “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Painting Arkansas,” works by John Wooldridge, through Aug. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings from the Arkansas League of Artists and Local Colour. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: Arkansas League of Artists Signature Member Show, through August. 918-3095. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 9921099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. 64

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GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: “People, Places and Things,” work by Sean Lecrone. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Recent work by John Kushmaul, Erin Lang and Brittany McDonald, through Sept. 7. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “7,” seventh exhibition featuring creations by artists and non-artists from found materials, gallery open Saturdays and Sundays through July to create work. 663-2222. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Jeffrey Phillips and others, through Sept. 14. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings by Aj Smith and Marjorie Williams-Smith,” through Aug. 17. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Baseball Leagues,” photographs tracing black baseball from the 19th century through 1947, through Aug. 24. 758-1720. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The Wild Ones,” paintings of animals, through July. 660-4006. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Relic,” new work by Emily Galusha, also work by Lisa Krannichfeld and Dan Thornhill. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Alaska!”, photography by Cathy Kirkpatrick, also work by Karlyn Holloway, Mike Spain and Jan Ironside. 374-2848. STATE CAPITOL: “Spanning the Century (and more),” photographs of historic bridges by Maxine Payne, drawings, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Highway and Transportation Department, through August. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: Work by Shelby Brewer, Angela Turney, V.L. Cox, John Kushmaul, Cyndi Yeager, Aaron Caldwell, Char DeMoro and Jennifer Wilson. 614-7113. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: Abstract works on paper and board by Emily Mitchell. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Flow,” 29 works using water as a theme by William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud and Neil Welliver, through July 26, Gallery II and III; “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (summer hours). 569-8977. BENTON DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellott, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. BENTONVILLE C RY S TA L B R I D G E S M U S E U M O F AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art,” work by John Singer CONTINUED ON PAGE 66

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AFTER DARK, CONT. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Paintings by Dan Thornhill and Matthew Hasty, through July. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.Sat. 501-321-2335. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 425 Central Ave.: “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” colored pencil drawings by Linda Palmer, through Aug. 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. $5. 501-609-9966. PERRYVILLE SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584.

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ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces,

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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. 3708000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (19001999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 9169022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Jason A. Smith: Stills”; “Arkansas Made,” “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. TaraCasciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History, Vol. 1” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050.

OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. CALICO ROCK CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www. calicorockmuseum.com. ENGLAND TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. HOT SPRINGS MID-AMERICA SCIENCE MUSEUM, 500 Mid-America Blvd.: “Dinosaurs,” robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex and others, through Sept. 2; “SkyCycle,” counterweighted bicycle illustrates the law of “center of gravity,” through Sept. 2; “Tinkering,” new permanent experimental space. 501-767-3461, 800-632-0583.

JACKSONVILLE JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. MORRILTON MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. POTTSVILLE POTTS INN, 25 E. Ash St.: Preserved 1850s stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, with period furnishings, log structures, hat museum, doll museum, doctor’s office, antique farm equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5 adults, $2 students, 5 and under free. 479-968-9369. SCOTT PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. www.scottconnections.org.

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Snail tale fail Animated ‘Turbo’ doesn’t bring much new to the table. BY EMILY WITT

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at the tomato plant that gets both him and his brother fired. Cast out of the garden, the snails face destruction on the mean concrete swaths of Van Nuys, Calif. There they are rescued by a young man named Tito, a taco truck owner whose blood sport is racing snails. After realizing he has a winner on his hand, and to promote his failing strip mall taco business, Tito enters his snail, now renamed Turbo, in the Indy 500. The denouement: “Free tacos for everybody!” A snail is a difficult creature to anthropomorphize. The challenge of determining the gender of a snail provided some weak jokes, and it never felt quite right to watch the snails embrace each other with their eye stalks. As for the animated humans, here there is no deviation from the standard Disney repertoire of the comically furrowed eyebrow, the quizzical look, the pursed lips, the exasperated sigh. Theo’s main rival, a French-Canadian racecar driver named Guy Gagne, is like “Beauty and the Beast’s” Gaston hybridized with Jean Girard of “Talladega Nights”: same French accent, same alliterative Gs, Frieda Kahlo-villain-brows, and cleft chin. The typecast voice actors perform as expected: Ryan Reynolds as the chirpy irrepressible Turbo; Paul Giamatti as his neurotic older brother Chet; Samuel L. Jackson as a leader of a snail racing gang; Michael Peña as the affable Tito. If what one seeks from an animated children’s film is a sequential presentation of rote formulas, then “Turbo” is satisfactory, but there’s little in the way of fancy, or imagination. The most inspired creative choice, after the shadows of the circling crows, turns out to be the strip mall setting, with its nail salon and its hobby shop, the place where immigrant entrepreneurialism meets the Americana kitsch of an Ed Ruscha photograph. Here, at least, was something original.

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urbo” is the story of a snail named Theo who just wants to race in the Indy 500. Theo is an animated snail (both visually and emotionally), who is living a life of drudgery disposing of rotten tomatoes at his job at the tomato plant (both vegetable and factory). His routine life does not appeal to him, nor does his daily commute to the plant, where crows periodically pick off the traffic-bound snails. Death hovers over all snails, in the form of cawing shadows and the rustle of dark flapping wings. Conscious of his fragile mortality, Theo longs to do something. He oozes across a glowing television monitor at night, watching old videos of past Indy 500s. “No dream is too big; no dreamer too small,” he tells himself. You have seen this movie before: the oxymoron that resolves its fatal discrepancy to achieve fame and satisfaction. In “Turbo,” the oxymoron — the accelerative snail — is resolved by magic. One night, after a bad day at work, when Theo’s ambition to snag a prime tomato nearly gets him chewed up by a lawnmower, the young snail goes out for a nighttime ooze. He gazes upon traffic from a highway overpass, where he wishes upon a star that turns out to be an airplane. Tumbled into a whirlwind in the wake of the plane, Theo falls into a sort of arroyo, scene of a drag race. After bouncing around on fenders and hoods, he is blown into the bowels of a retrofitted dragster, falling through its churning pistons and receiving a deep infusion of nitrous oxide. Instead of producing a giggle fit, the nitrous oxide turns Theo’s beating heart a luminous blue. The first indication of his metamorphosis happens when he realizes he can turn his eyes into high beams, that he’s armed with an alarm, and that he can transmit the full array of Clear Channel radio stations. (Note to parents: Theo shuddering through his radio stations was the only scene in this movie that made the children in the theater laugh.) Most importantly, instead of being confined to the slimy locomotory waves of the ordinary mollusk, Theo discovers he can rev and zoom, leaving only exhaust patterns of cold blue light. At first unable to control his newfound power, Theo causes an accident

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Dining CHEF SCOTT RAINS’ IDEA of modern American cuisine is this: A quail lollipop served with Tabasco butter and gorgonzola fondue. Smoked octopus with fava beans and kalamata olives. A spinach and sweetbread salad. A tomahawk ribeye, 26 ounces of aged steak. That’s all coming Aug. 20 to Table 28, the restaurant taking the place of Vesuvio in the Best Western Premiere Governors Suites hotel. About the name: There will be 27 regular tables in the restaurant, which will serve dinner Monday through Saturday, and a 28th special table, where you can reserve a fixed-course meal created by Rains and served with selected wines. The table is a partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital; 65 percent of the tab will go to Children’s. There will also be a full bar serving signature martinis and everything else. THE GROWING ARKANSAS CRAFT BEER SCENE is about to get a little bigger: The owners of Stone’s Throw Brewing, the new “nanobrewery” on the corner of Ninth and Rock streets, have announced that it will officially open on Aug. 1, with regular business hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. THE NEW, SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER BIG ORANGE is open in the Midtowne shopping center on the corner of University and Markham. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday.

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WHAT’S COOKIN’

NACHOS AL CARBON: Not the worst thing at Mamacita’s.

Twice isn’t nice Mamacita’s comes up short.

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eviewing a new restaurant is always a tricky thing: Base an opinion off of a place’s first week and often times things change so much that the review becomes worthless; wait too long, though, and folks lose interest. With a place like Mamacita’s on Kavanaugh, we figured that a quick stop right after they opened was in order given the location’s history of easy-come, easy-go eating joints, but after a sub-par meal we decided to give the place a chance to get its legs under it and correct some of the glaring issues that put a damper on our first visit. The good news? It’s definitely made strides in terms of the poor service and hopelessly misspelled menus we encountered on our first visit. The bad news is that the food still remains bad to mediocre with nothing that makes much of an impression. Our first visit to Mamacita’s was a comedy of errors: a wait staff that seemed friendly but unprepared for business, salsa so salty as to be almost inedible and a kitchen staff that didn’t make the food quite as it was described on the menu. There were some glaring problems with the food. The heavy-handedness with the salt-

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shaker extended to our entrees, with the grilled flavor of our carne asada and chorizo tacos ($3.25 each) being overwhelmed completely by salt. Beyond that, though, there just wasn’t a lot going on with either dish. Furthermore, having requested the tacos be served with just onions and cilantro, there wasn’t a single bit of onion to be found (although the cilantro was nice and fresh). Our dining companion’s chicken burrito ($11.99) wasn’t much better — the chicken was cooked well, but the overall plate was far too salty. In addition, the queso poured over the

top of the burrito was thin and watery, adding very little to the overall dish. Our second visit had us in the mood to split some nachos, so we went for the nachos al carbon with beef. The portion of these nachos was easily big enough for two people, with crisp tortilla chips drenched in a queso that this time wound up being the highlight of the meal. The nachos were covered with strips of fajita beef, grilled onions, refried beans, and a few grilled tomatoes. The onions and tomatoes were nicely cooked and added some good flavor to the nachos, but the beef, while plentiful, was tough and lacked any real flavor, and the refried beans might well have not even been on the dish, as they suffered from this same lack of seasoning and added nothing to the overall flavor profile. We paired our nachos with a plate of chicken taquitos ($7.99), and the resulting plate was easily the worst thing we ate on either trip. The taquitos consisted of dry, completely flavorless chicken (a departure from the relatively tasty chicken from our first visit) wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried to an oily, slightly stale tasting finish. The plate looked huge at first glance, but closer inspection revealed four taquitos surrounded by a pile of mushy rice, iceberg lettuce, and a small helping of cheese and sour cream that did nothing to make these things edible. We’ve eaten better taquitos out of the frozen case at Kroger — and they were a lot cheaper than $2 each. The most positive thing that we took away from our second visit was that some of the most egregious mistakes in service (and those misspelled menus) were corrected by the time we returned. Restaurants are works in progress, and we hope that Mamacita’s can do some tweaking to their recipes in order to justify both their attractive location and relatively high price point. It’s tough for us to leave a place and have nothing food-wise that entices us to return; Mamacita’s managed to do that to us twice. The cuisine may improve and make the place a lasting fixture in the Heights, but as for now, the only thing we can say about the food there is that finally that area of town has a restaurant that can make even Browning’s look gourmet.

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catfish, chicken tenders and such in this trainthemed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called â&#x20AC;&#x153;biscuit mountainâ&#x20AC;? and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles - 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUNTRY COOKINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAR AND GRILL The former Benniganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE A great spot to enjoy lunch with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 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. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2233000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef,

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KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 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 available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-708-7203. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON Dark imitation roadhouse, with cowboy paraphernalia and the soft glow of beer signs. Cowboys will feel at home with the beef, which is good enough, but more like range beef than the rich, marbled stuff of high-dollar steakhouses. Big salads, too. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-8898. LD daily. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Bavarian Reuben, a traditional Reuben made with Boar’s Head corned beef, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, Muenster cheese and marble rye, is among the best we’ve had in town. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily, BR Sun. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7536960. BL daily. NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Gourmet sandwiches, salads and pizzas. 4317 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8826. LD daily. ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PACKET HOUSE GRILL Owner/chef Wes Ellis delivers the goods with an up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment that dresses up the historic house with a modern, comfortable feel. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. L Mon.-Fri., D Tues.-Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat.

RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “allnatural,” “non-fat,” “gluten-free” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 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. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 124 W. Capitol. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. LD daily. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily; 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat.; 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7866555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously-portioned soulfood plate lunches

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and dinners - meat, two sides, corn bread - for $6. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-663-9901. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.

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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, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 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 still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. 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 Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe 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. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer,

Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Court. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-9454802. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.

BARBECUE

CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.

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ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Perhaps the best samosas in town. Buffet at lunch. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.

ITALIAN

DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 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. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. 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. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8683911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily.

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CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-8688822. 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 (LR) 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 — everything from cabeza (steamed beef head) to lengua (beef tongue) to suadero (thin-sliced beef brisket). The Torta Cubano is a belly-buster. It’s a sandwich made with chorizo, pastor, grilled hot dogs and a fried egg. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, CONTINUED ON PAGE 74

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No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. 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. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-1883. L Mon.-Sat. MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla (grilled shrimp in a smoky pepper sauce) or the Cocktail de Campechana (shrimp, octopus and oyster in a cilantro and onionlaced tomato sauce). 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Wed.-Mon. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find one of Little Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;authenticâ&#x20AC;? joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. MOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SOUTHWEST GRILL A â&#x20AC;&#x153;build-yourown-burritoâ&#x20AC;? place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. ROCK â&#x20AC;&#x2122;N TACOS California-style cuisine thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noticeably better than others in its class. Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both pork and beef warrant attention. Street style tacos are small, but substantial, and always helped by a trip to the salsa mini-bar. Burritos are stuffed full, fat and heavy, and more than a respectably sized meal. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. SUPER 7 GROCERY STORE This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-219-2373. BLD daily. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Shiny, large Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-4206. BLD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve â&#x20AC;&#x153;original Mexico City tacos,â&#x20AC;? but

itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that). TAQUERIA Y CARNICERIA GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9991. BLD daily.

AROUND ARKANSAS

BENTON

BROWNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUNTRY STORE AND RESTAURANT The multitude of offerings on Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100-foot-long buffet range from better than adequate to pretty dadgum good. 18718 I-30 North. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-778-5033. BLD daily. SMOKEY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. All CC. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.

BENTONVILLE

THE HIVE The chef describes the menu as â&#x20AC;&#x153;High South,â&#x20AC;? with offerings like pimento cheese, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arkansas Trail Mixâ&#x20AC;? of pecans, soybeans, black walnuts and cheddar straws, grits, etc. You must have the frisee, egg or no. The pork chop is great. 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 479-286-6575. BD daily, L Mon.-Fri. PETIT BISTRO Owner Dario Amini and chef Dane Mane serve haute cuisine in a little cobblestone house transformed into chic eatery outside Bentonville. 2702 N. Walton Blvd. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. 479-464-9278. LD Mon.-Fri, D Sat.

CONWAY

EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-3278445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1665. LD Mon.-Sun. EL PARIAN Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites are offered by this Arkansas restaurant chain. 2585 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-513-1313. LD Mon.-Sun. FABYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT Nuevo Mexican and Continental cuisine meet and shake hands at Fabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The hand-patted, housemade tortillas are worth the visit alone. 2915 Dave Ward. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5151. LD Mon.-Sun. MARKETPLACE GRILL Big servings of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza and other rich comfort-style foods. 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. MIKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PLACE Delicious New Orleansinspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. 808 Front St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-269-6493. LD daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.

DINING CAPSULES, CONT.

EUREKA SPRINGS

CARIBE RESTAURANT & CANTINA 309 W. Van Buren St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. 479-253-8102. DEVITO’S You absolutely cannot go wrong with the trout here -- whether it’s the decadent Trout Italiano, the smoky Chargrilled Trout or the cornmeal encrusted Trout Fingers. DeVito’s housemade marinara is also a winner. 5 Center St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-253-6807. D. ERMILIO’S Great mix-and-match pasta and sauces, all done with fresh ingredients and creativity. Warm service in a classy atmosphere. 26 White St. Eureka Springs. 479-253-8806. LD. GASKINS’ CABIN Solid American food highlighted by the fish specials and prime rib. Highway 23 North. Eureka Springs. 479-2535466. D. MYRTIE MAE’S Hearty country breakfasts, sandwiches and Arkansas-style dinner plates. May be the second best fried chicken in the state. 207 W. Van Buren. Eureka Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 479-253-9768. BLD.

FAYETTEVILLE

A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479-251-1800. LD Mon.-Sat. ARSAGA’S FAYETTEVILLE COFFEE ROASTERS A locally owned and operated chain of Fayetteville-area coffeeshops featuring hot coffee and chai, sweet pastries, sandwiches and live performances by area musicians. 1852 N. Crossover Road. Fayetteville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 527-0690. BLD daily. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. 479-442-9671. MARKETPLACE GRILL Appetizers set on fire, Italian chips, funky low-fat dressings, prime rib and pasta in big ceramic bowls, the fare is a combination of old standbys and new-age twists. Also at 3000 Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. 4201 N. Shiloh. Fayetteville. No alcohol. 479-7505200. LD 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 2120 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479- 443-7546. LD 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.; 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.

FORT SMITH

NEUMEIER’S RIB ROOM They cook up Memphis-style “dry” ribs that some say compare favorably to any in the Bluff City. 817 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith. 479-494-7427. LD. THE LIGHTHOUSE INN Alaskan king crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, snapper, scallops and more. 6000 Midland. Fort Smith. 479-783-9420. LD.

HOT SPRINGS

ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. BLD.

BAMBINO’S An intimate breakfast and lunch place, featuring Italian/American entrees. 432 Ouachita Ave. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-627-0541. THE BLEU MONKEY GRILL High end, artfully prepared pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers are one of the hallmarks. Stay for the interesting dessert menu. 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-5204800. LD daily. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-767-5695. D Tue.-Sat. HOT SPRINGS BRAU HAUS All the usual schnitzels are available, an inviting bar awaits as you enter, and the brick-walled place has a lot of history and coziness. 801 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7866. LD. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD. OHIO CLUB Great atmosphere and a standout burger highlight what claims to be the state’s oldest bar. 336 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-627-0702. LD daily. ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. Lunch specials are a steal, especially the buffet. 3350 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-3212313. LD Tue.-Sun. TACO MAMA Fresh, creative, homemade Mexican treats created with a Southwest flair. The menu is not huge, but there’s not a dud in the bunch. 1209 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-6262. LD Mon.-Sat.

MABELVALE

THREE SAM’S This family-owned barbecue spot by the tracks in “downtown Mabelvale” packs’em in at lunch with huge portions of well-smoked barbecue, 7-ounce handpatted burgers, homemade signs and wide array of homemade desserts. 10508 Mann Road. Mabelvale. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-407-0345. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. (closes at 6:30 p.m.).

CROSSING BORDERS

MAUMELLE

BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8033500. LD daily. SMOKE SHACK BAR-B-Q Another relative of the Shack, a legendary and long-gone Little Rock barbecue place. The beef and pork sandwiches are the best bet. 20608 Highway 365 N. Maumelle. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-8034935. LD Mon.-Sat. WOKA WOKA CUSTOM STIR FRY Chooseyour-own meat, noodles, vegetables and toppings at this Mongolian grill, where you’ll find all sorts of non-Asian options (barbecue sauce, penne pasta to name a few). 1800 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-803-9251. LD daily.

MAYFLOWER

STROUD’S COUNTRY DINER Mismatched dinnerwear and Southern classic cooking. 558 Arkansas 365. Mayflower. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-470-9828. BL seven days, D Mon.-Fri. www.arktimes.com

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Stock Up with Summer Sales

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Paper, Scissors, Little Rock shop girl Macy Madison, with shop dog, Lulu.

Paper, Scissors, Little Rock

“I

New boutique specializes in Arkansas-made wares

’ve always dreamed of being a shop girl,” says Macy Madison, as she stands up to greet a customer. Shop dog Lulu, a Chihuahua mix, follows suit, standing on her hind legs and wagging her tail. Madison’s dream became a reality when she opened Paper, Scissors, Little Rock in the River Market District on June 21. The shop specializes in Arkansasand Southern-made jewelry, house wares and other goodies. “It’s all totally unique and crafty,” Madison says. “I love shopping and I love the idea of me and my dog here and hearing people ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over my stuff. I love the small business and boutique atmosphere.”

BY ERICA SWEENEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON

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Now is the best time to stock up on summer essentials. There are sales galore all over the city, some with up to 75% off warm-weather attire, shoes and accessories. Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest sales around. Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions’ summer sale includes 40% off swimsuits, leisure wear and sundresses, and 50% off summer hats. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Baumans’ sale features 50% to 60% off spring and summer merchandise, including men’s suits, sports coats, sportswear and more. Sale is on through the end of July. 8201 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. B Barnett’s resort and spring clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags are now 75% off. 8201 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Bella Boutique’s summer tunics and beach bags are 50% off through the end of summer. 5623 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. Box Turtle’s summer clothing is now 40% to 75% off, and there are many new additions to the half price sale room. The sale is ongoing throughout the summer. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. Fabulous Finds Antique and Decorative Mall is having its annual anniversary sale in August, celebrating 19 years in business. Storewide, items will be 20% off unless otherwise discounted, but some dealers will have up to 50% off on their items. 2905 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Greenhaw’s Fine Men’s Wear’s summer clearance features up to 75% off on men’s suits, shoes, socks, pants, premium denim and more. Sale is through mid August. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. The Independent has 50% off spring and summer men’s accessories, suits, sports coats, sports shirts, dress shirts and some denim, through mid August. 3608 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. Shoe Connection has 25% to 60% off spring and summer shoes for men, women and children through mid August. 9100 Rodney Parham Road, #105, Little Rock. Shoppes on Woodlawn is having a sidewalk sale this weekend with general merchandise and bargain items, some up to 75% off. 4523 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock. Whippersnappers’ summer sale is ongoing with 50% off all summer children’s clothing. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite I, Little Rock.

hearsay Head over to ERNIE BIGGS for the Hoedown Throw-Down fund-raiser, scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight July 28. All proceeds from the event, which features H&H Modeling, T-shirts, gift baskets and more, will go benefit The Van and The Field, nonprofits that offer food and opportunities for the area’s homeless. A $10 donation is suggested. BOSWELL MOUROT FINE ART will host an opening reception for its new exhibit of works by Hye-Young Go from 5:30-8 p.m. July 25. L&L BECK ART GALLERY’S August exhibit will be “Impersonating the Impressionists,” a series of masters’ reproductions (and some originals!) in the Impressionist style. A piece titled “Windmill at Zaandam” is the giclée giveaway of the month. The exhibit will run through the month of August, and the giclée drawing 76 JULY 25, 2013

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will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. BELLE & BLUSH, a locally owned upscale cosmetic, accessories and gifts boutique, will open at The Promenade at Chenal in the fall. For fall décor and planting ideas, check out GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER’S new Pinterest board, “Finally Fall.” PAPER, SCISSORS, LITTLE ROCk will host its first Hump Day Really Happy Hour event from 5:30-8 p.m. July 31 at the store, located at 300 River Market Ave. #105. It’s a chance to drink wine and make earrings, and the $25 admission includes one pair of earrings and fancy refreshments. Call 501-291-0551 to reserve your spot and receive a $5 discount.

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LIVE AT LAMAN presents the BIG JOHN MILLER BAND. The concert is free and begins at 7 p.m. Laman Library is located at 2801 Orange Street. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.lamanlibrary.org.

AUGUST 2-3

THE ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE presents its junior show: PROJECT ÉLAN, an original musical assembled by a talented team of young musicians. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, August 2 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. For tickets and additional information, visit www.therep.org.

AUGUST 9

OUR HOUSE welcomes you to attend the second annual SHAKESPEARE AT THE SHELTER. Residents and alumni will perform some of the bard’s most famous scenes. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit Our House and the renovation of the shelter’s common area. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. For more information, call 501-374-7383.

VERIZON ARENA hosts A NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS, the opening night of the St. Mark’s Family Conference, on Thursday, August 15. It promises to be an exciting and inspiring night featuring NFL great and two-time Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis as well as Grammy Award winning, multiplatinum recording gospel artist Kirk Franklin. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50, $37.50 and $52.50 and available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Kirk Franklin

AUGUST 3

EVERCLEAR performs at the TIMBERWOOD AMPHITHEATRE at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park as part of their summer concert series. Other performances this month include Peter Furler (August 9); Need to Breathe (August 10); Coco Jones (August 17); and Chris Cagle (August 31). Concerts are free with general admission. For more information, visit www.magicsprings.org.

AUGUST 10

This is sure to be a hot ticket, folks. THE LUCERO FAMILY PICNIC takes place at the FIRST SECURITY AMPHITHEATER on Saturday, August 10. Hosted by celebrity tattoo artist Oliver Peck, the festival-style event will include sets by Wanda Jackson, the “Queen of Rock,” as well as John Moreland and Guy Venable. Lucero will perform their fan-favorite album “Tennessee” from start to finish. Tickets are $27-$47 and available online at lucerofamilypicnic.frontgatetickets.com.

AUGUST 17

Hop a ride on the ARKANSAS TIMES CASH BUS to the JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL in Jonesboro on Saturday, August 17. Vince Gill headlines the show along with special guests Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Joanne Cash Yates, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Tommy Cash. The party bus departs at 1 p.m. from Little Rock. The $99 ticket price includes round-trip transportation, dinner before the concert, general admission to the show, live music en route and beer on board. Seats are still available and can be charged by phone at 501-375-2985.

AUGUST 31

The Little Rock Zoo hosts BREAKFAST WITH GREAT APES. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Café Africa. A zookeeper will lead a discussion all about apes. The cost for members is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. For nonmembers, it’s $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children. The price includes admission to the zoo. Make reservations and pay by phone at 501-661-7218.

AUGUST 29

THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER welcomes you to

“THE ‘ARTIST’S BEST FRIEND:’ THE DOG IN ART FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO TODAY,” a lecture by Dr. Edgar Peters

Bowron, curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 6 p.m. Admission is free to members. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and include extending viewing hours of the exhibit, “REMBRANDT, VAN DYCK,

GAINSBOROUGH: THE TREASURES OF KENWOOD HOUSE, LONDON,” which runs

through Sept. 8. Check www.arkarts.com for details on all the events planned during August including special dinners and late night viewings.

“Mary, Countess Howe” by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, ca. 1764.

THROUGH AUGUST 31

Don’t miss SOUTH PACIFIC at MURRY’S DINNER PLAYHOUSE. This Pulitzer Prize winner spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical island naval base during World War II as two couples - U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, along with Lt. Joe Cable and a young local native girl - fall in love. For tickets and show times, visit www.murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. www.arktimes.com JUNE 27, 2013

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Madison got the idea for her shop after attending an Etsy Little Rock event. She says she was impressed by what she saw and who she met, and thought it would be a great idea for all that creativity and craftsmanship to be housed under one roof. “There is all this amazing stuff right under our noses,” she says. “I like to meet the person behind what I’m selling.” She first reached out to the Etsy Little Rock folks and the sellers who did well and sold things she liked. Now, she said artists and craftsmen all over the South are reaching out to her. The items are displayed on vintage furniture, much of which belonged to Madison’s grandfather. Lulu helps keep the shop’s atmosphere laid back and fun, which is important to Madison. Also, Madison strongly encourages “customer re-grams,” which all started when a customer posted a photo of pillows purchased at the shop on Instagram and tagged Paper, Scissors, Little Rock. “I love seeing how someone has used something out of my shop,” she says. Paper, Scissors, Little Rock has attracted both tourists and locals, which is exactly what Madison hoped for when she chose her spot in the River Market District. She says she wants tourists to know there’s more to Arkansas products than a “shirt with a hog on it,” and to give locals the opportunity to “buy something made up the street, that’s not mass produced.” So far, the “Clinton for Governor” T-shirts have been a hit among both groups, she said. In the future, Madison hopes to expand into the

“It’s all totally unique and crafty. I love shopping and I love the idea of me and my dog here and hearing people ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over my stuff. I love the small business and boutique atmosphere.” PAPER, SCISSORS, LITTLE ROCK 300 River Market Ave., #105 (501) 291-0551 Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

two empty rooms in the back of her shop and host crafting workshops, parties and other events. Starting next month, the shop will participate in Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock. Originally from Fayetteville, Madison moved to Little Rock five years ago for work. After meeting her boyfriend and starting a Master of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock,

she decided to stay. She took her entrepreneurial spirit and started Paper, Scissors, Little Rock with help from loans from family, friends and complete strangers via Kiva, a crowd-funding website. Assistance also came from UALR’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. Having worked for Fortune 500 companies, as well as a business background and nearly completed MBA, Madison knows a thing or two about budgets, balancing expenses and marketing. In its first month, she says Paper, Scissors, Little Rock sales have been better than expected. “It’s fulfilling but scary,” she says. “I’m optimistic. I feel like I have an edge in longevity. I love everything we sell, so trying to sell it is easy for me.”

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