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Make America Great Again? Compared to when? When black Americans There’s a brave new world ahead. were being denied their civil rights, in I’m probably too old to witness the end some cases being lynched, during the result, but I don’t think it’s going to era of Jim Crow? When Americans of be good. Japanese descent were having their Plainjim property stolen from them and being forced into prison (internment) camps? This nomination needs to be put on How about when women couldn’t vote? hold until after the midterm elections When slavery was legal? Or, when our since Trump is still under investigation. nation was actively pursuing the dis- A traitor to this country shouldn’t have placement, or actual extermination, of the power to appoint a new judge who Native American populations as policy? No, America’s greatness rests not in an imagined glorious past, but in the hearts, minds and actions of citizens from each generation standing up for what is right. R.L. Hutson Cabot
Human torturers Our grandfathers fought and died to protect the world from people like Gina Haspel. On May 16, Haspel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to be the new director of the CIA. Unfortunately, Haspel has a reputation for participating in human torture. Her activities in places such as “Detention Site Green” in Thailand reveal that Haspel made the poor decision to participate in human torture over and over. One can only feel sorry for the last of the Greatest Generation, who will soon leave this world knowing that our leaders, our soldiers and our citizens are now seen by the world as human torturers. Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War veteran who was tortured, is dying from brain cancer knowing that the cleverest human torturer is now being promoted and the need to protect him from human torturers is no longer necessary. America has been taken over by human torturers. Why fight it? The problem is not that we have forgotten the lessons we learned at Geneva and Nuremberg. The problem is we no longer possess the national character to value and appreciate international law. The various Geneva conventions taught us not to torture, and the trials at Nuremberg taught us that we will be punished for allowing human torture. Haspel should be punished, not promoted. Gene Mason Jacksonville
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will rule on the Russia investigation and the crimes Trump has committed. NeverVoteRepublican plainjim, there’s a new world ahead, but I don’t see a lot of courage in it. Perplexed
tion hearings until after the midterm elections? Barring that, is it possible that Mueller wraps up his investigation before then? Otherwise, we need a miracle of some sort. Olphart
Cato is correct. In most of the world, the appointment of jurists does not receive the attention it does in the United States. In Britain, the House of Lords is the ultimate “supreme court” and, of course, those “jurists” Is it possible to stall the confirma- receive their titles by birth. I don’t know how the other European democracies appoint their “ultimate” jurists because we never hear about the procedure. Supreme Court justices don’t always act like their handlers thought they would. The point is, I believe, in a democracy whoever wins the election should be able to make the appointments he or she wants. I thought that when Obama was president, and, despite the fact that the Republicans refused to even consider that appointment, I can’t say that it should change the traditional system for confirmation. In that vein, the Republicans should not have unseated Our sister paper El Latino is Arkansas’s only Abe Fortas, and the Democrats should weekly – audited Spanish language newspaper. not have blocked Robert Bork. We have Arkansas has the second fastest growing Latino population in had “good” Supreme Courts, and we the country and smart businesses are targeting this market as have had “bad” Supreme Courts, but they develop business relationships with these new consumers. the country is still the symbol of freedom throughout the world. That is D A U N ID I S CO M T why thousands of people risk everyTR A m GR A S E E N U a n s a s .c o OZ D rk L A V .e ll a ti n o a thing to come here. Our system must www have worked pretty well throughout N7 the years. DICIÓ 7•E EN 1 M U We may have a conservative Supreme VOL • 7 01 YO 2 E MA Court for years, but things change. Pres25 D idents lose their office; people die, and not always the ones we expect to. We had a liberal Supreme Court during the Earl Warren years, followed by a polarized court that depended upon one person to make the ultimate decisions on laws, first Sandra Day O’Connor and then Anthony Kennedy. That was not a good situation. I think we may see a moderating influence in the years ahead by Chief Justice John Roberts. He has 4 . PÁG NOS a sister who is an admitted lesbian, so MEXICA ON LA YA NO S DE LOS El Latino is a free publication available at ÍA MAYOR MENTADOS he cannot be deaf to the concerns of U INDOC 185 pickup locations in Central Arkansas. the LGBT community. He found a conPÁG. 13 www.ellatinoarkansas.com L DAY: S IA voluted way to uphold the Affordable R O O M ME TIN DOS LA 9 SOLDA IERON EN Facebook.com/ellatinoarkansas 1 Care Act, which shows me he wants to T A S g COMB AS GUERRA L . Pá provide health care for all. Though he S TODAS O T PÁG. 2 Contact Luis Garcia today for more information! VEN is Catholic, he is also a firm believer in E E D AR L 201 E. Markham suite 200 • Little Rock precedent, so I don’t believe he would A MAN (501) 374-0853 • email@example.com E vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. S RIO A The bottom line is, don’t panic. We D EN have lived through some very bad CAL Supreme Courts, as Cato will attest to, and still we survive and even prosper. Can anyone think of another country where the nomination of a judge raises so much consternation and debate? Cato1
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“The event in the ’50s was never completed. It is a lesson which keeps on giving in many areas. Nine teenage children went to Central High in a fight against 1900 white children. They were tormented for a whole year in a hostile atmosphere. That behavior still lies beneath the surface. It appears in the desire to create charter schools; it appears in all of the reversals of fair housing, fair jobs, protection for our water and air, etc. It isn’t just about Central High alone. That torment affected the quality of education in Little Rock forever. It set a tone and established that separate can never be equal and yet still Little Rock insists on separate and unequal. Little Rock has never resolved the decision of Brown vs. Topeka and has never taken it seriously. Until they do they must relive the lessons of the ’50s. Little Rock demonstrates a deepseated fear. It is about a fear of sharing; a belief that there is not enough for everyone and I must therefore hang on to what I have and clamber for more because it might disappear. It is also about a belief that I’m better than others but the fear that maybe I’m not. I might find that out if you had the opportunities I have. I might find out who I truly am.” — Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of the Little Rock Nine, in a recent Q&A posted to the website Quora.com.
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New at the zoo The Little Rock Zoo has added a pair of 2-year-old male cheetahs to its Laura P. Nichols Cheetah Outpost. They join a 7-year-old female that has been at the zoo since 2012. For now, males and female will be kept in separate yards. The males were born at the Cincinnati Zoo Mast Farm, which is dedicated to cheetah conservation. The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is considered vulnerable. The population has declined to about 8,000 in the wild because of poaching and loss of habitat, the zoo said.
with a contract that provided $1 million-a-year severance payments. The UA put total severance at $4.6 million, but said it could be “mitigated” by outside earnings. The UA obligation should be fully mitigated because Long, 58, reportedly will be paid $1.5 million a year for five years.
Long to KU Jeff Long, fired as University of Arkansas athletic director before the end of a disappointing football season along with head coach Bret Bielema, has been hired as athletic director at Kansas. He was making almost $1.3 million a year at the UA when he was booted
Governor Hutchinson filled two seats on the state Board of Education last week, naming Dr. Sarah Burks Moore of Stuttgart to replace Joseph Black and Kathy McFetridge of Springdale to succeed Mireya Reith. Both will serve seven-year terms. The appointees replace Gov. Mike Beebe appointees, particularly Reith, who occasionally broke with growing board favor of the school “choice”
agenda, particularly charter school growth, advanced by the Walton Family Foundation, other wealthy Arkansans and key Republicans such as Hutchinson. Moore, who has a doctorate in education policy, has a resume as a classroom teacher and administrator that includes time at the University of Arkansas Office of Education Policy, where Walton-supported faculty have produced a steady amount of publications to support their agenda. More recently, she has been an education policy adviser to the governor. She’s published work praising charter schools. McFetridge, co-owner of a film and video production company, resigned recently from the Springdale School Board after 27 years. Hutchinson said the two provide a “well-rounded perspective” to the board. Reith was the only Hispanic member of the board in a state with a significant Hispanic population, but McFetridge brings experience from a district with one of the largest populations of Hispanic students. Black’s replacement with Moore will reduce the number of African
he potential for exciting Novem- another tax cut for ber elections grew last week with the wealthy. How filing of petitions for three ballot much money will initiatives to add to two already cleared it produce? Backby the legislature. ers are throwing Three groups submitted sufficient the number $120 signatures to qualify for the ballot. But million around, but MAX BRANTLEY the signatures still must be verified. And this includes exist- firstname.lastname@example.org court opposition is always a possibility. ing revenue from The proposals: the current track casinos, which pro• CASINO GAMBLING: Here’s duced $64 million in the year ending the amendment to finally and clearly June 30. Sports wagering WILL mean make casino gambling legal at the Oak- more money, and quickly, though both lawn and Southland racetracks (not just tracks already do significant off-track euphemistic “electronic games of skill”) wagering business on dogs and horses. and, with local approval, allow casinos Are Arkansas voters ready to end in Jefferson and Pope counties. Indian resistance to casinos? Church groups tribes underwriting the amendment will will voice some opposition, but they’ve seek the two new casino franchises. The cut deals with gamblers before. racetracks are all for writing their pro• MINIMUM WAGE: Some dotected status into the Constitution and gooders managed to get signatures to add bookmaking on sports. together for an initiated act to increase The state tax take will go to general the current $8.50 minimum wage to $11 revenue. Backers want you to think the by 2022. Attorney General Leslie Rutmoney will go to highways. Or some- ledge would have blocked it, but the thing. Many legislators will covet it for Supreme Court finally told her to stop
Punishing the poor
t behooves nearly every generation of Arkansas political leaders to write another chapter in the enduring and simple annals of punishing the poor. Governor Hutchinson is writing the current one, with the help of his merry Republicans in the legislature. By next year, they will have cut off medical insurance for 100,000 or more of the poorest and most desperate citizens because they won’t or can’t prove they are working or otherwise can’t climb over the confounding bureaucratic hurdles erected by the state to hold on to their insurance. If Attorney General Leslie Rutledge gets her way, with the help of other Republican attorneys general, President Trump and his Supreme Court appointees, another 250,000 will lose their coverage when the court voids the Affordable Care Act. Working people will lose their premium subsidies and those with preexisting conditions or whose age, sex or health profiles make them questionable risks for insurance companies will be out of luck. Arkansas has always been better at punishing the indolent poor because we have more of them, proportionally, than almost every state and poorer publichealth and education systems that pro-
duce more adults with mental, physical and emotional disorders. Every society has had to deal ERNEST with its vagabonds, DUMAS and our European ancestors, like the current generation of politicians, often adopted a tough-love rationale: We’re doing it to force them to make better life choices. As Governor Hutchinson says, they’ll thank us later. Toward the end of the Middle Ages, when the Black Plague depopulated the continent, England passed the poor laws to force the beggars and bums to refill the labor force. Parliament passed a law putting them in stocks for three days and three nights with only bread and water and then giving them the bum’s rush out of town if they had not gotten a job. When that didn’t work, Henry VIII ordered regular whippings to take the place of stocks. No studies of its effectiveness in building the workforce exist. In Arkansas, the popularity of the poor has waxed and waned. A century ago, Gov. Charles Brough got the legislature to authorize free medical care for the poor who were sick or crippled, a small subsidy for poor women with dependent
obstructing ballot measures. Minimum wage increases are generally popular. The state is at full employment, but wage growth hasn’t reflected it. This is a measure that might encourage some Democratically inclined voters to the poll. • TERM LIMITS: This amendment was several years in the making. It would upend the legislatively crafted “term limits” amendment of 2014, which loosened term limits. Where lawmakers once could serve no more than six years in the House and eight in the Senate, for a total of 14, the new amendment allowed for 16 years of service, all in one chamber if desired. This change alone was of monumental structural significance, allowing legislators to build power bases in one chamber. Also, a quirk in the amendment — two-year terms drawn by senators after each Census – don’t count as service. So Sen. Cecile Bledsoe is running this year for a term that would give her 20 years in the legislature. With one more lucky draw, Sen. Jason Rapert could serve in the Senate 22 years. Term limits were invented by Republicans to oust veteran Democrats nationwide. It’s been suc-
cessful, particularly in Arkansas combined with Obama hatred. This could encourage Democratic voters, too. These initiatives add to legislative ideas that only the Republican-majority legislature and their corporate enablers could love. One would constitutionalize the vote-suppressing voter ID requirements struck down by the Supreme Court a few years ago. Nominally meant to address nonexistent vote fraud, the scheme discourages poor voters and has been cited as critical in hair-breadth Trump victories in a batch of swing states in the 2016 presidential election. Then there’s Issue 1. It devalues human life by placing a $500,000 limit on noneconomic damages and discourages lawsuits further by a cap on attorney fees. What’s worse, it strips the Arkansas Supreme Court of court rulemaking power and gives it to the often corrupt and always corporatecontrolled legislature. A fortune will be spent on Issue 1 by corporate interests. Look to Texas for the sorry state of the nursing home industry after Texas insulated nursing homes from negligence lawsuits.
kids and a school for feebleminded kids. At the depth of the Great Depression in 1934, Gov. J. Marion Futrell slashed state spending and refused to put up a dime of state money to match federal dollars for relief of a starving population beggared by devastating floods, drought and the Depression. On the theory that people didn’t need so much education to find honest toil, he cut school spending and tried to end high schools altogether. In March 1935, the Roosevelt administration ended all federal dollars to Arkansas because, alone of the states, it refused to pay even a piddling amount for food commodities and other relief or to pay schoolteachers. Futrell feared mobs attacking the Capitol and begged the legislature to pass a sales tax, end prohibition and tax liquor to pay for the stuff Roosevelt wanted. Even then, Futrell had the state give the relief money to the big landowners, who rarely shared it with sharecroppers and tenant farmers, especially blacks. A Futrell disciple from down the road at Jonesboro, Gov. Francis Cherry, had some of the same instincts in 1953, after he had beaten the liberal Sid McMath. Cherry promised to rid the welfare rolls of “deadheads” and sent the legislature seven bills to give him that power. Cherry said he was doing it for the deadheads’ benefit — they would get a job and be happier. One bill required everyone enrolled
in “welfare” programs for the elderly, disabled and dependent children to give the state a lien on their real property and give up any savings as a condition of continuing their benefits. That bill was too much even for the legislature, but Cherry did manage to lop 2,300 deadheads from the rolls before the 1954 election. Young Orval Faubus, who would beat him, accused Cherry of making a poor widow give up the $200 she had put aside for her funeral. Cherry’s penury would be piddling today, when the health care of 350,000 poor Arkansans is at risk. Hutchinson’s work requirement and other administrative waivers he has sought to end coverage under the Affordable Care Act run counter to the law, which says waivers can be made only to increase coverage and to improve health deliveries. The governor says all his reforms are intended to provoke people into getting a job, increasing their happiness and prospects for getting health insurance on their own. So, why didn’t it work before they got insurance? The actual results of ending medical coverage for so many people, in addition to the private suffering, will be the loss of billions of dollars of federal stimulus to the economy and, for the state government, the loss of millions of dollars in premium, income and sales tax receipts. But who is counting?
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Soccer and the world
s I write, the first of two World “Serious sport,” Cup semifinal games, Belgium he argued, “has vs. France, is set to kick off in nothing to do Moscow, and as soon as this column is with fair play. It finished and filed I’ll be enjoying the is bound up with spectacle on TV. Largely for the sake of hatred, jealousy, GENE my old friend Alain in Montpellier, I’ll boastfulness, disLYONS be pulling hard for France. regard of all rules During the thrilling France vs. Argen- and sadistic pleasure in witnessing viotina match last week, my wife wondered lence: In other words, it is war minus aloud if Alain was watching. the shooting.” A visiting professor at the University It’s a characteristically brilliant line, of Texas at Austin, he’d spent his first but seriously misleading. “Minus the afternoon in America watching NBA shooting” is no small distinction. It’s basketball on TV. So, yeah, if there’s a the most crucial difference imaginable. ball involved, Alain’s definitely watch- A man of his times, Orwell had no way of ing. Not to mention a tricolor French flag. imagining today’s world of fluid national Although pessimistic about this year’s identities, mixed loyalties and open borteam — I’ve tried with limited success ders. Of the four semifinal teams, only to persuade him that France looks to me tiny (and recently independent) Croatia the most athletically gifted World Cup resembles the kind of ethnically unified team — he’s both a great patriot and a teams Orwell wrote about. passionate supporter of the national side. Virtually all World Cup players are My friend Lawrence on the Isle of professional athletes, many of whom Wight is similarly leery about England’s play outside their native countries. chances. Indeed, he claims to believe French striker Antoine Griezmann told that World Cup success would be a bad reporters he’d deliberately restrained thing, as it could enhance the popularity himself from celebrating a crucial goal of Prime Minister Theresa May, a dread- out of respect for Uruguayan players ful outcome to him. Grumble, grumble. who are his teammates on Atletico Nevertheless, I’m confident he’d Madrid — one his son’s godfather. Belnever miss England’s semifinal match gian star Romelu Lukaku (Manchester with Croatia. Also, regardless of who’s United) was shown on TV responding playing, the World Cup final on Sunday to reporters in French, Dutch and Por— along with me, Alain, and billions of tuguese. He’s also fluent in English. fans worldwide. Here in the U.S., ratings Indeed, if World Cup futbol has an are down due to the American team’s not overriding political message, it’s that competing, but the 2014 World Cup final all racial and ethnic theories of athletic reached an estimated 3.2 billion viewers. superiority are bunk. The player most For all the scandal and corruption often called the world’s greatest is Lionel dogging FIFA, professional futbol’s Messi, an Argentine of Italian descent worldwide governing body, no other who plays professionally for Barcelona. sport save possibly the Olympics can Others favor Cristiano Ronaldo, a handmatch the tournament’s international some Portuguese rascal (Real Madrid). appeal. Their teams are gone. France’s emerging Because, you see, George Orwell was star during this World Cup is 19-year old badly mistaken. Back in December 1945, Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). with World War II just ended, Europe I saw an article somewhere belaborin ruins and a brutal winter coming on, ing the obvious: That strong presence of Orwell wrote a column about the con- ethnic African and North African playtroversial visit of Dynamo, a Russian ers on France’s World Cup team belies professional team, to England. the reality that French society is not Characteristically blunt, he argued uniformly color-blind. that “sport is an unfailing cause of illAs if we didn’t have Marine Le Pen will, and that if such a visit as this had to tell us that. any effect at all on Anglo-Soviet relaNo, but France’s futbol team appears tions, it could only be to make them to embody the national ideal of liberte, slightly worse than before.” egalitie and fraternitie (liberty, equality Orwell blamed nationalism, which and brotherhood) as closely as one can he defined as “the lunatic modern habit imagine. So do the English and Belgian of identifying oneself with large power sides, an ironic residue of colonialism. units and seeing everything in terms of Maybe it’s an optimistic illusion, but competitive prestige.” then, that’s what sports are for.
Power: not for the people
onday night, I joined around for creating fake social media accounts 40 people in a small room on in order to offer support and praise for the third floor of the Fayette- himself online, has been accused of falville City Hall for an emergency meeting sifying a survey, manipulating statisof the Fayetteville Housing Authority. tics and flat-out lying. Monk claims in The issues facing the housing commis- his PowerPoint presentation that stopsioners are complicated but boil down to ping an active shooter doesn’t take any the fact that many residents are living in special training or terrible conditions with major plumbing skills. It only takes problems and no air conditioning while willpower. He also the breaks are being put on a plan to sell dismisses the valid Willow Heights, a public housing unit in argument that an downtown Fayetteville. The unit would armed teacher AUTUMN be sold to an investor without taking may shoot the TOLBERT any bids or getting an appraisal on what wrong person. He seems to be some of the most valuable claims that a teacher mistakenly shootproperty in the area in order to relocate ing two innocent people would be better the residents to a yet-unbuilt addition to than a school shooting. What he doesn’t an apartment complex in south Fayette- account for is that not every mistake ville. This plan is in direct contradiction will be made in the prevention of an to the housing authority’s stated goal to actual shooting. But logic, facts and peeravoid concentrating poverty. The com- reviewed studies aren’t really the forte munity is rightfully concerned. of this crowd. Fayetteville’s own GOP I was disappointed by the attitude of gun nut, Republican Rep. Charlie Colsome of the commissioners toward the lins, when asked on Twitter to point to citizens who came to speak, including any independent study showing arming public housing residents, advocates for teachers makes schools safer, tweeted veterans and the homeless, and people out a pro-gun editorial in the Arkansas who are concerned about their neigh- Democrat-Gazette. bors. First, we were subjected to a disAfter the legislators in Little Rock cussion about limiting public comment decided they didn’t need to hear any or not allowing it at all. Then the crowd input from those who traveled to the was given a lecture about all the other meeting except for their handpicked opportunities we had to speak up at pre- NRA sycophants, Garner was dismisvious meetings, some of which were sive to the crowd. Turns out, public held during the day when people were comments will only be allowed after at work. Eventually audience comments the committee has already made a deciwere allowed, but it’s almost as if the goal sion. Down with the civic process. Up of the entire thing was to discourage with more smug paternalism. public participation. Well, the people But that’s the nature of power. It were not having it. Within minutes a live likes to be held close and guarded, espevideo of the meeting was streaming on cially if that power is used to implement social media, and an audience member unpopular policies that have little basis passed around a piece of paper collecting in logic and reason. Like some of the names and email addresses in order to commissioners at the Fayetteville Housform a grassroots group right then and ing Authority meeting, I guess Garner there. A large number in attendance and his gang figure if they ignore the offered the commissioners their opin- concerns of constituents long enough ions about the current living conditions they will give up and go away. That may and the long-term plans for housing. have worked in the past, but it is a new At least we were given the chance to day in politics. From city halls to the speak. The same was not true for those state Capitol, people are showing up. who attended the Legislative Joint Per- I’ve already heard of car and childcare formance Review Committee in Little pools forming in anticipation of the 2019 Rock earlier in the day. The committee legislative session. So save up your vacawas to review the recommendations tion days and get your Twitter accounts from Governor Hutchinson’s School ready, because regardless of how the Safety Commission. November elections pan out, come FebThe legislators, including Sen. Trent ruary, we are going to need as many eyes Garner (R-El Dorado), prohibited pub- as we can get on the Arkansas legislature. lic comment from teachers, parents We may not be able to stop them from and other concerned citizens, but they passing more asinine laws, but we sure did hear from their pro-gun “experts,” can let them know we are not going away John Lott and Ed Monk. Lott, known anytime soon.
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Don’t arm teachers
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t’s been roughly five months since tions of educations 14 high school students and three professionals — the staff members were shot and killed National Education in their school in Parkland, Fla. Since Association and the then, states around the country have American Federaturned their attention to preventing tions of Teachers — gun violence in schools. While 16 states are against allow- EVE JORGENSEN have passed gun violence prevention ing guns in schools, Guest Columnist bills that will undoubtedly save lives, a position both orgapolicymakers in Arkansas are consider- nizations reiterated after the Parkland ing a different ap proach. shooting. After the Parkland shooting, GovEducators aren’t the only ones voicernor Hutchinson formed the School ing opposition to this dangerous policy. Safety Commission to study a broad Law enforcement organizations have range of school safety topics. The com- also taken a stand against arming edumission was charged with providing an cators, recognizing that doing so actuinitial report and recommendations to ally increases the risk to children. On the governor by July 1 and a final report the topic of arming teachers, the presiof findings and recommendations by dent of the Major Cities Chiefs AssoNov. 30. The legislature also tasked the ciation, which represents sheriffs and Joint Performance Review Committee police chiefs across the country, has with providing recommendations for a said, “The more guns that are coming legislative package to the full legisla- into the equation, the more volatile and ture in advance of the more risk there the 2019 legislative is of somebody getsession. ting hurt.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t agree the initial report Instead of pursuing more. from the goverArming teachnor’s commission shortsighted policies like ers is a farce that didn’t recommend allows us to feel following the lead arming teachers, we should like we’ve done of the 16 states that something about have passed gun be listening to the experts. g un violence in violence prevenschools when tion bills over the we’ve really just past few months. amplified the risks Instead, the memto children. Armbers recommend that no Arkansas cam- ing teachers enables us to pass the buck pus should ever be without an armed without considering real change. It’s presence when staff and children are like we’re saying, “Here, teachers, you there and they endorsed the dubious deal with this.” Our children and their practice of arming teachers and other teachers deserve better. school staff. What we should be doing is keepAllowing teachers to be armed ing guns from getting into the wrong around our children ignores an over- hands to begin with, because if somewhelming amount of research that one intent on doing harm is able to get shows having access to a gun increases on school grounds with a gun, we’ve the risks of gun violence posed to chil- already failed our children. dren. While we may think children Change isn’t always easy. And, won’t access guns or don’t know where true change requires real leadership. adults keep them, they do. The bot- If members of the Joint Performance tom line is that there is no research to Review Committee and School Safety show that arming educators will pro- Commission want to provide real leadtect schools. ership to make our schools safer, they Instead of pursuing shortsighted should focus on what experts say and policies like arming teachers, we should what research shows. Neither point be listening to the experts. School to arming teachers as the solution. safety and education experts, including teachers, school resource officers Eve Jorgensen is the volunteer and law enforcement organizations, leader with the Arkansas chapter of oppose arming teachers and school Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense staff. In fact, the two largest organiza- in America.
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Game and Fish ponders banning turtle harvest
eastern states impose limits, including Georgia and South Carolina. Texas bans all commercial harvests on public waters and is considering expanding that to private waters. Arkansas does ban the commercial taking of three species: alligator snappers (Macrochelys temminckii), box turtles (Terrapene spp.) and the chicken turtle (Deirochelys reticularia). While Game and Fish has gathered Suspends licensing on importing venomous snakes. information on turtle harvests, it has not been able to do population studies BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK to determine the extent of the threat to t the urging of conservation bers of the International Union for the the species that may be harvested. Bengroups, the Arkansas Game Conservation of Nature sent a letter to nett, however, is particularly concerned and Fish Commission has the commission supporting the ban. The about the threat to the razorback musk sought public comment on letter cited Arkansas trappers’ figures turtle, because its harvest was recently whether it should ban the combanned in Louisiana, and turmercial trapping of freshwater tle trappers there will no doubt turtles. States around Arkansas — look to Arkansas. Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, TenMost of the turtles taken are nessee and Mississippi — either sliders, which go to the pet trade. limit or have banned trapping Others are being exported to altogether. In Arkansas, comChina, Bennett said, where they mercial trappers are allowed are used both for breeding and to take an unlimited number of traditional medicine. Male tur14 species/subspecies of turtles tles are canned for food. from the wild. (However, two Game and Fish spokesman of those species aren’t found Stephens said of the number of in Arkansas and one does not people who responded to the survive shipping and handling fisheries survey, 34 percent and is not harvested, reducing supported a ban, 37 percent the number of harvested speopposed it and 29 percent had cies to 11.) no opinion. The commission included a Turtle harvest licenses have question on the ban in an April declined sharply since 2007. survey seeking public comment That year, there were 146 turon changes to state fishing regtle harvester and dealer permits, ulations. The survey ended in Stephens said. There were only May, and results will be pre35 permits issued in 2017, only sented to the commission at its six of which reported harvestJuly 19 meeting. ing turtles. The Center for Biological In any case, a ban on comBEING SNAPPED UP: Snapping turtles are just one of 11 species being taken from the wild in Arkansas. Diversity petitioned the agency mercial harvest isn’t imminent. to consider the ban in August In an email, Stephens wrote, 2017. Signing on to the petition “We don’t have enough current were the Arkansas Sierra Club, data on overall populations to the Arkansas Watertrails Partnership, that said more than 120,000 turtles were were taken over a 15-year period, a Mis- propose such a ban, but if it appears to the Audubon Society of Central Arkan- harvested between 2014 and 2016 from souri study shows, Bennett said. be a significant concern with Arkansans, sas, the Environmental Resources Cen- Arkansas, most of them large and sexuTurtles “just cannot withstand any then we will definitely begin devoting ter and two individuals. The petition ally mature. source of removal. We’re just losing resources to look into the status of those cited declines in turtle populations from Keith Stephens, communications them,” said Janine Perlman, one of the species further. If it was determined other factors — pollution, habitat loss, division chief for Game and Fish, said signatories of the IUCN letter and a from the research that it is detrimencar strikes and incidental takes from data from years 2004-17 showed 1.3 mil- comparative nutritional biochemist and tal to the population of those species, fisheries — and said commercial harvest- lion turtles were taken from the wild in wildlife rehabilitator in Alexander. then biologists would then come to the ing was contributing to the decimation Arkansas. Missouri banned all commercial har- commission with proposed regulation of populations. Elise Bennett of the Center for Bio- vesting of turtles this year, and Alabama changes, which would then be submitOn June 20, dozens of scientist mem- logical Diversity, who met with Game and Florida also have bans. Other South- ted for public review as well.”
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and Fish officials and trappers two weeks ago to talk about the issue, said she was told that it’s likely only 60 percent of the take is being reported, so that the harvest numbers are likely much higher. The problem with harvesting turtles is that it’s not sustainable. Turtles, because they have few predators, are slow to mature, and the females lay eggs only once a year. There are many predators of eggs and hatchlings, so only a few survive predators and grow into mature, breeding individuals. For example, because of their slow reproduction rate and egg/hatchling predation, snapping turtle populations could decline by half if only 10 percent
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*** If you were planning on importing, breeding or selling venomous snakes anytime soon, don’t. At its June 21 meeting, the commission decided to suspend its Wildlife Importation and Wildlife Breeder/Dealer permits for venomous or poisonous wildlife species for 120 days. Game and Fish spokesman Randy Zellers said the suspension comes as the agency is revising its caging requirements for captive wildlife. The suspension does not affect persons already in possession of exotic or venomous species. Nor does it apply to people collecting native venomous species: If someone catches a copperhead and wants to keep it, “I wouldn’t advise it, but it’s not illegal,” Zellers said. With the exception of birds, bats, alligator snapping turtles, ornate box turtles, hellbenders, Ouachita streambed salamanders, collared lizards and cave-dwelling or endangered species, people may handcatch and keep up to six animals of native nongame wildlife species. “We do have caging requirements for large carnivores and things like that, but nothing for the poisonous or venomous animals that are coming over,” Zellers said. Rattlesnake researcher Dr. Steven Beaupre, who is an ex-officio member of the commission, advised commissioners that the University of Arkansas, where Beaupre is a biology professor, must meet certain standards in its facilities for venomous or poisonous creatures “to prevent escapes or mishandling that could cause a dangerous situation.” Beaupre has often been called by public safety officers to help remove venomous snakes from people’s homes. In what might be the weirdest story having to do with imported snakes in Arkansas, in 2004, Garrick Wales of Scotland, U.K., was found dead in a rental car at the Little Rock Regional Airport after receiving a shipment of four venomous snakes: a 14-inch twig snake, a 6-foot green mamba, a 4-foot black mamba and a 5-foot forest cobra in a wooden box. The state medical examiner confirmed he’d died of snakebite, though he didn’t identify which snake bit Wales. (Oddly, the box of snakes was not in the car; a truck driver found the box about a halfmile from the car.) Arkansas has required importation permits since 2001; Wales had no permit.
Inconsequential News Quiz:
‘Thou Shalt Not Grab Balls in Anger’ edition
Play at home, while realizing that there’s a TON of weird stuff in the Bible. 1) Quora, a website that poses questions to interesting and famous people, recently posted part of a Q&A with Little Rock Nine member Melba Pattillo Beals. Which of the following were among the answers Beals gave about her experience helping integrate Central High School in 1957? A) Not a single person who was cruel to her in 1957 has ever stepped forward to apologize. B) Her day-to-day existence at Central was like walking through hell, with nine teenagers “in a fight against 1900.” C) She believes the forces at work in 1957 still control Little Rock, saying: “It appears in the desire to create charter schools; it appears in all of the reversals of fair housing, fair jobs, protection for our water and air, etc. It isn’t just about Central High alone … . It set a tone and established that separate can never be equal and yet still Little Rock insists on separate and unequal.” D) All of the above. 2) CARTI, the Little Rock-based cancer treatment center, recently reached an agreement with the city over having clear-cut 39 trees on the road leading to its complex without city approval. What’s the agreement? A) Those humanoid trees from the “Lord of the Rings” flicks get to crash there any time they’re too high to drive. B) The executive who OK’d the tree cutting has to wear underpants made of woven tree bark. C) Three raccoons, two marmots and a family of squirrels displaced by the tree cutting will be given free condos in the nearby Woodland Heights Retirement Center. C) It will replant 45 trees and contribute $63,000 to the Little Rock Tree Fund. 3) State Rep. Mickey Gates (R-Hot Springs) was recently arrested. Why, according to police, has he been charged with six felonies? A) Lookin’ so damn fly. B) His naturally punchable face incites otherwise law-abiding people to violence. C) After his wife grabbed a dude’s testicles in anger, he refused to allow her hand to be cut off, as required by Deuteronomy 25:11-12 D) Investigators say that Gates failed to file state income tax returns from 2012 to 2017. 4) Bekaert, a major manufacturer with a plant in Rogers, recently announced it is canceling a planned expansion that would have increased production by 50 percent and added 100 jobs. According to a company spokesperson, why was the proposed expansion halted? A) There’s been a severe decline in the number of gullible idiots buying “Make America Great Again” hats. B) NASA canceled its contract for a six-wheeled rover designed to search for evidence of intelligent life at President Trump’s rallies. C) Undocumented immigrant children sent over by I.C.E. to work the assembly lines staged a sit-down strike demanding access to regular diaper changes and their mothers. D) The particular grade of steel wire they use to make tire-reinforcing cords isn’t made in the U.S., and importing it has become cost prohibitive because of Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. 5) Police say a Fayetteville man who was allegedly caught breaking into an apartment there fought with officers and then led the cops and a K-9 dog on a brief chase before being apprehended. What, according to officers on the scene, were things the man told them during and after the altercation? A) That he was God. B) That he owned their souls. C) That he’d “eaten some marijuana and done six lines of cocaine.” D) All of the above Answers: D, D, D, D, D
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NOBLE RUFUS: The winner of the Greatest Dog in Arkansas contest poses with his master, Charles Zook.
THE GREATEST DOG: Rufus von Schmufus, and yours, too.
BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
he Greatest Dog anywhere, One hundred eighty-eight dogs Plus, “he’s woke.” Gentle Oliver, found to anyone who has a dog, were entered in the Times’ contest, tied to a porch at a meth house, is now is that person’s own dog. which ran June 14 to July 4. Little healthy, happy “and shares his posiWe who love dogs love dogs, medium dogs, big dogs. Thor- tive outlook and philosophies on life” them immoderately. We let them lick oughbreds and mutts. All had a modi- with his friends on Facebook. Bulldog our faces, sleep in our beds. After all, cum of greatness: Ember is “a whole lot of woman.” they catch our ducks. Little Daisy Claire “has a way of But it was apparently the story of So just because the Arkansas Times getting the Hillcrest/Heights roaches Rufus von Schmufus’ devotion to helpis naming the Greatest Dog in Arkan- belly up.” Benelli “can cover a couch in ing his master navigate life in a wheelsas doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t dog hair in under 60 seconds.” Smug- chair — along with his handsome and deserve the title. Every dog has its gly B. Park Waller “regulates the intelligent face — that made more than day. What it does mean is that read- sleeping hours at our house.” Clever 1,000 people cast their votes for the ers of the Times voted in our first- Eddie escaped a bad home for Little service dog as the Greatest Dog in ever contest to identify a great dog Rock, taking the Main Street bridge. Arkansas. and came across a photograph of a Zeus (his owner claims) “once lifted a Rufus was born in Tennessee 11 red and white border collie named burning car to save a basket of kittens.” years ago come August. He was a resRufus von Schmufus, read his story, Wolfman Hotdog is “the best at what cue dog, brought to Arkansas from and fell in love. he does, and what he does is stupid.” Memphis by trainer Joe Laughlin.
Laughlin thought he might make a good member of his flyball team — a racing sport for dogs. But, unlike most border collies, who Laughlin joked “only have one speed,” Rufus was a little laid back for flyball. Charles Zook, who is in a wheelchair because of a fall he took, began to think about getting a service dog about nine years ago, but hesitated because his wife, Kelly Simon, was not a “dog person.” But a friend, Georgann Freasier, convinced him and Simon to check out K-9 Camp Laughlin in Mayflower, where Lynda Laughlin and her son, Joe, train dogs. The Laughlins put Zook through
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FLEET: When Zook saw Rufus run to him across a baseball field, he saw a happy, fast dog. Here, Rufus runs at K-9 Camp Laughlin.
his paces — not everyone is suited to have a service dog — and told him they’d start looking for the right dog for him. It took a year. Joe Laughlin put Rufus through some tests, too. He was taller than most border collies, so he could reach Zook easily. He didn’t mind cats. He didn’t mind other dogs. “If there was a confrontation [between other dogs], he didn’t want any part of it,” Laughlin said. The Laughlins agreed: Rufus and Zook might be a good match. Zook met Rufus at the Laughlins’ place in Mayflower. “He cocked his head and looked at me. Then he plopped down and started licking the front wheel of my wheelchair,” Zook said. “It was an emotional experience.” Still, the Laughlins warned him, there could be “deal-breakers” down the road, while Rufus was in training. Joe Laughlin took Rufus to his home in Maumelle, got a wheelchair, and trained the collie, always from the wheelchair, for six months. Training a service dog is an expensive proposition, but Zook got some help with that, thanks to Drs. Kendall Stafford and Chad Rogers, who work at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and
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knew Kelly Simon from her time there. Zook said his students at Central stantly on alert for his owner’s needs. They put together a fundraiser, “Raise don’t try to pet Rufus — you don’t want “After dinner, he kills Mr. Bill or the the Rufus,” and brought in enough to distract a working dog — though ducks,” Zook said. “He loves his toys.” that there were funds left over to help “occasionally a kid will try to whistle or Zook learned that Rufus is as swift with another dog’s training expenses. see if they can mess with him. But he’s as the wind. At a park near his home, Laughlin took Rufus to Zook’s too focused. … It’s the teachers” who Zook told Rufus to lie down as Zook house for bonding time, so that when want to pet him. “He has these classi- went to the other side of a baseball the time came, Rufus would stick cal markings and a really loveable face, field from the dog. Then he called by Zook. It was hard on Zook’s wife, and that has made it more challeng- Rufus, and the dog flew to his side. Laughlin said, because here was this ing” to keep people from interacting “Just watching him — he was so happy. handsome, sweet red and white border with Rufus, Zook said. But Zook has He’s really fast.” They also have a trail collie and she couldn’t “love on him.” run over Rufus’ foot in his 500-pound to go to where Rufus can run. “That’s Since then, Rufus has accompanied wheelchair because someone in a res- part of his greatness,” Zook said. Zook to his substitute teaching jobs taurant has tried to get Rufus’ attenBut if Zook says, “Lie down,” Rufus at Central High School and Parkview tion, causing Rufus to squeal and the does immediately, even in mid-chase Magnet High School. If Zook drops restaurant to turn and look at Zook after a cat. a pen or a pencil, Rufus picks it up like he’s cruel. “People will say, it’s “I ran track and cross country growand places it in Zook’s lap. Rufus can OK, I’m a dog person,” but it’s not OK. ing up,” Zook said. “I was a mountain pick up Zook’s phone (he mouths it Until Rufus came along, Zook got biker, hiker. … When he runs, it’s like gently) and his car keys. He can push other “super awkward” comments I’m running.” the panic button at home. “When- from perfect strangers. “They’ll find Rufus, at 11, is near retirement age. ever Rufus does something awesome, a cure!” and so forth. But now, the first Zook is thinking of retiring, too. That which is daily, [Zook] will give me a thing people notice when Zook comes way, Rufus can slow down. call,” Laughlin said. Zook dropped his around is Rufus. “Once you get a ser“You can feel helpless when your credit card at a restaurant and peo- vice dog, that’s the focus. They don’t health is a house of cards. … He helps ple started to get it, but Zook said, no even see the chair. It’s very liberating me keep things in perspective. He’s thanks, I have a dog for that. Rufus to go through your day and have posi- silent and he demands my best every picked up the credit card and “handed tive interactions with the majority of single day. His benevolent nature and it to him,” Laughlin said. Rufus is also people you encounter.” his focus are the guiding forces in my a public servant — he and Zook pick Rufus does get playtime, which is life. I am blessed beyond belief. My up trash at Allsopp Park. important for a service dog who is con- wife and I both are.”
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attached to his gate with the words “Erik’s Story” at the top, is “a simple but necessary process.” As pet owners, we often expect our canine and feline companions to be blank slates and easy keepers; no baggage, no health issues, no phobias, nothing inconvenient. Often, that means “special needs” animals end up here on Colonel Glenn Road, awaiting a home in which they’ll be cared for by someone with the means to do a little extra. Meet Charlene, rescued by the dogged efforts of the Meanwhile, funding from donors and HSPC. bequests allows HSPC and its team of volunteers to rescue, rehabilitate BY STEPHANIE SMITTLE and care for animals under a “no-kill” policy; animals are never euthanized due to lack of space. Howell emphasizes that HSPC is just one part of a larger picture. Open admission shelters affiliated with the city of Little Rock, for example, play what Howell calls a “public servant role.” “There are the critics out there that say, ‘Why would you hang on and invest so much in Charlene when there are so many healthy animals out on the streets that you could adopt and turn right around?’ ” Howell said. But, she added, that’s what makes HSPC different from government-funded animal control and rescue services. “That’s what makes us special.” Sometimes that means animals end up staying at HSPC too long. Charlene, for example, gets overlooked by potential adopters not only because of her medical history, but because she tends to flip and jump around a lot when she’s viewed in the kennel. When Howell brought her home for the pool party, though, “she actually modified her own behavior” to match the chill demeanor of Howell’s dogs. “We haven’t cattested her, but I can’t imagine that she wouldn’t do well.” Charlene, as if to prove herself, had by this time sprawled out lazily near Howell’s feet, ears still alert for any magic words like “treat” or “walk.” (Or, WHAT MAKES THE HUMANE SOCIETY SPECIAL: It cares for dumped dogs, like maybe she was tuckered out from all Charlene, despite the expense. the swimming the day before.) “They get enrichment here. We have dog parks and we have playgroups, so it’s there. There’s Drake, a massive, mus- and emotions in a dog who, essentially, not like they get thrown in a cage and cular Lab mix with floppy-tipped ears, needs a loving, temporary hospice-sort ignored,” Howell said. “But nothing quizzical eyes, lightning-sharp intelli- of home. Then there’s Erik, an amiable beats a home.” gence and a repertoire of tricks at the striped cat with his own room in the ready. There’s Cleo and Ivan and Mario, HSPC lobby area. Erik’s spinal fracCharlene, Drake, Bearsley, Ivan, a trio of black cats countering eons of ture means he scuttles toward you for Mario, Cleo, Erik and many others are witchy/superstitious stereotypes with a snuggle using only his two front legs, available for adoption at the Humane soft meows and gentle purrs and major the other two legs tagging along behind. Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel cuddle savvy. There’s Bearsley, a playful Like Charlene, Erik isn’t an easy adop- Glenn Road. Shelter and adoption desk black Lab with thyroid cancer and an tive. He’ll require a family willing to hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 expected few months to live, a hard sell “express” his bladder three times a day, a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. See warmhearts.org for anyone looking to invest their time which, according to a laminated sheet or call 501-227-6166 for more information. BRIAN CHILSON
hen I asked Debbie Howell, president of the board of directors at the Humane Society of Pulaski County, if there might be a dog in the HSPC shelter we could meet and write about, she didn’t have to look far. In fact, Charlene was sitting right beside Howell at that very moment. A black Lab mix with doe eyes and an elegant build, Charlene had stayed overnight with Howell following an Independence Day pop-up pool party Howell hosted for a few dogs in foster care who she thought might benefit from what she called “hydrotherapy.” The pictures from the pool party are the stuff of sunny Instagram hashtags: #summervibes, #dogsofsummer, #poolparty. Charlene was outfitted with a bright red doggy life jacket. She needed encouragement at first, then paddled through the blue water like a champ, weaving a path between a beach ball and an inflatable alligator twice her size. You’d never know it from that series of photos, but when Charlene was dumped at the Humane Society’s shelter on Colonel Glenn Road in December 2016, as a 9-pound, 2-month-old puppy, she had an incredibly rough road ahead. Diagnosed with a disease called immune mediated hemolytic anemia — IMHA, for short — Charlene’s immune system was attacking its own red blood cells, thinning her blood to dangerous levels and causing her to be lethargic and listless. She’d lost her appetite, something that was hard for me to imagine as I watched Charlene deftly sniff at a trunk-sized doggie-treat lockbox in a conference room corner at HSPC last week. “This is her paperwork,” Howell said as she dropped a thick packet of records on the table. “We never have this on a dog. It’s usually one sheet.” In September 2017, vets at the Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists conducted test after test and, eventually, a major blood transfusion. It’s a lifelong disease but, as Howell told me, “Right now, she’s two months into the six months [that must pass] before we call it remission. At that point, she won’t be on daily medication at all, but she will still need to have regular checkups to make sure it doesn’t take her by surprise, and we’ll give the owner advice on what to look for.” By this time, Charlene had rested her chin on my knee, lifting it when an HSPC volunteer poked his head in the door with a “Charlene in here?” She’s clearly loved at HSPC, but then, so are a host of other animals up for adoption
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A THOUSAND SECOND CHANCES
Paws in Prison gives dogs, inmates and owners a new leash on life. BY BENJAMIN HARDY
t’s not uncommon for an animal lover to say she was “rescued” by her dog, but Natalie Johnson has a stronger claim than most. Twelve years ago, Johnson was tending bar at the American Legion in downtown Little Rock when a man walked in with a gun. Johnson complied with his demands for money, but he shot her anyway — and pistol-whipped her so severely she lost vision in one eye as a result of the head trauma. He turned out to be a repeat violent offender who had been released from state prison months earlier. “I was a survivor of domestic violence … and that was the breaking point,” Johnson recalled recently. “It was just a game changer. … I had to go on disability. I mean, I couldn’t leave my house.” The sight of the American Legion building — only blocks from her apartment at the time — would bring the memories back again. “Moving helped,” she said, “but things didn’t really start to change, and I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, until Paws in Prison came along and brought Mugsy into my life.” Mugsy, a 6-year-old boxer/Lab mix trained as a service animal, has been by Johnson’s side for about 4-and-a-half years. He’s also the runner up in the Arkansas Times’ Greatest Dog contest. He now accompanies Johnson almost everywhere in public, serving as friend, guardian and emotional bulwark against post-traumatic stress. “I went through a lot of ups and down trying to find my courage and my power again,” Johnson said. “He helped me. He just really did save me. I’m not sure that I’d still be here, you know?” Mugsy is one of about a thousand dogs that have graduated from the Paws in Prison program since it began in 2011, according to director Victoria Vander Schilden. Six rescue organizations provide the dogs. The Arkansas Department of Correction provides the trainers, in the form of a corps of prison inmates trained by professional instructors. To participate, inmates must have had no behavioral infractions for one year, no history of animal abuse or cruelty and at least a year left on their sentence. For eight to 10 weeks, the dogs live alongside their inmate-trainers virtually around the clock. They learn basic commands while becoming better socialized with both humans and other dogs — in other words, more adoptable. The rescue organizations then work to pair the pups with adoptive families. Equipped with their new obedience training, most quickly find homes. The program benefits the inmates as well, Vander Schilden said. “Not only do
PARTNERS: Before Mugsy entered the picture, Natalie Johnson was barely able to leave her house; today, they’re inseparable.
they get a job skill for successful reenThere are about 90 inmate-trainers try — if they’re going to get out — but spread across six prison units, Vander they improve their social skills and their Schilden said, along with a handful of self-esteem. They have to keep a daily additional “babysitters” who watch dogs journal of their dog’s progress, and that when both their trainers are occupied. helps with their writing ability.” (Those But the benefits of the program spread journals are passed on to whomever beyond its direct participants. adopts the dog.) “I mean, dogs just make people happy. Each animal typically has two inmate- When the staff ... and the other inmates trainers who alternate duties. “We try get to see the dogs, that’s something that to pair them with someone who they changes the environment in a positive wouldn’t normally interact with … so way,” she said. it teaches them teamwork and also to Ashley Younger, the director of Litget outside that comfort zone,” she said. tle Rock-based CARE for Animals, said Solomon Graves, a spokesman for Paws in Prison helps her rescue organithe ADC, said participating in Paws in zation find homes for shelter dogs that Prison “gives these inmates hope.” were likely bound for euthanization. Not “When you see an inmate cry because every animal is well suited for the corhis dog is getting adopted, it does some- rectional environment, so CARE first thing to you,” he said. “This big, some- performs a behavioral assessment to times burly, tattooed inmate getting see if a dog is Paws in Prison material. choked up because that dog is going to “The ones I won’t send in are very shy, a good home. Or you see that inmate timid, nervous dogs,” Younger said. “But beam with pride talking about the tricks you have perfectly smart, sweet dogs they teach.” who are just young and hyper. … That
training can make that animal significantly more marketable.” The organization charges a $250 adoption fee for Paws in Prison dogs, which covers a portion of the cost of veterinary bills and sterilization. (A list of adoptable animals can be viewed at careforanimals.org.) Mugsy was rescued from the Little Rock Animal Village in 2013, when he was just over a year old. Andrea Salsberry, a professional trainer, quickly recognized him as being unusually intelligent, calm and attentive. She steered him into the Paws in Prison program at the Ouachita River Unit in Malvern, where she was training inmates at the time. Months later, at her sister’s suggestion, Johnson came searching for a service dog. She recalls the day vividly. “They just set me down in the middle of the cafeteria, and the warden and Andrea and some administrators were in chairs against the wall. The inmates would come to an entry door and they would just let the dogs loose. I met three German Shepherds who were real stoic, and a little too serious for my personality. … And then in bounds Mugsy, and he’s just, like, so full of energy — he tackled me, licking my face. I could hear Andrea say from a distance, ‘Well, I think that’s going to be the one.’ ” Salsberry remembers the scene as well. “It’s just one of those wonderful, stories, because he was a throwaway dog … found wandering, belonging to nobody, and I think he has changed her life.” (Paws in Prison stopped training service dogs a few years ago, Vander Schilden said, because doing so requires such a large investment in a single animal. That meant fewer slots available for the long list of “normal” rescue dogs. The 39 dogs enrolled in the program as of July 9 are destined to be family pets, not working dogs. Paws in Prison operates on a budget of about $60,000, almost all of which comes from private donations.) The irony isn’t lost on Johnson that Mugsy, who has been so instrumental to her recovery, was trained by prisoners. She’s met several of the inmate-trainers herself, she said. “At first my anxiety was through the roof,” she said. “But once I [met them], and I could see how they were with the dogs, oh, my gosh. … As a survivor of violent crime, it just made me feel so good that they had found a way to give back. One of them was a lifer … so he’ll never see the light of freedom again, but here he is in there doing this wonderful work.” “All the dogs, you know, are rescues. So it’s a huge program about second chances — for the dog, for the inmate and for people like me.”
while we have been on a walk. She is beloved among the people.” For “Game of Thrones” fans, Deal adds, “I should have named her Khaleesi. Y’all would all end up Jorah.”
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Jasper is a 5-month-old Blue Heeler, aka an Australian cattle dog. He loves playing catch, “has super wiggle butt powers” and “loves giving kisses to humans, cats and other doggies,” owner Molly Oman reports. Plus, when he swims, he loves to blow bubbles.
Because puppies deserve special attention.
Only the darkest of souls doesn’t love a puppy dog. If a person who sees your puppy doesn’t say, “Awwwwwww,” back off. That person might be a sociopath. We mean, look at the president of the United States. He can’t stand them. But back to puppies. When they’re not whining piteously in the middle of the night, ripping your new sneakers to shreds or teething on your finger, nothing’s more lovable than a pup. In that spirit, here are our six favorite dogs under 6 months who entered our Greatest Dog in Arkansas contest.
Frances “Frankie” Pancake North Little Rock
Frances Pancake, “Frankie” for short, is a 4-month-old Golden Retriever/Pyrenees mix. “Only small for now,” dog mom Natasha Deal notes. She’s “the cutest, softest, sweetest best.” Deal rescued her recently from the North Little Rock Animal Shelter and the pup “has won the hearts and minds of all who meet her.” Deal took her to a craft fair a couple of weeks ago, “but couldn’t ever shop because we were met with one after the other delighted can-I-pet-your-puppy cocustomers the whole time. When she sees anyone approach on the street, she sits in the middle of the sidewalk and wags her tail and gently puts her head out, patiently awaiting incoming pets. Two people have jumped out of cars to meet her — one woman in a late-night Uber, one 16-year-old on her birthday whose mom won’t let her have a dog —
Max Little Rock
We generally resist nepotism here at the Times, but when it comes to Max, the unofficial staff dog of AT HQ, all scruples go out the door. Because, just look at him! Jason Ho, our art director, adopted Max from some friends from Russellville. He reports that the 4-month-old half-Corgi, half-Australian Shepherd likes “to sleep on his back with his feet in the air and some kind of toy on his mouth.” Ho says, “He can swim really well, but hates water like a cat.” A mouse-chasing app on the iPad keeps him distracted for long stretches. Keep an eye out, downtown dwellers. He often takes walks with Daniel, the safety-vest-clad dog walker.
with her great big hazel puppy dog eyes!”
Herk is scared of everything. Once, when the 6-month-old Pug’s owner, Kristina Mulhollen, took him out back to do his business, he heard the neighbors’ Yorkie barking behind a fence and ran straight back inside. But in the house, where he can chase toys and Mulhollen’s three daughters, who adore him, he’s “the king,” she says. “He gives us joy daily!”
Bridget Kay Foster wanted a therapy dog for her 10-year-old who suffers from severe anxiety, but couldn’t afford the expense. Oakley, a 4-monthold Lhasa Apso and Chihuahua mix, doesn’t have the formal training of a therapy dog, but he’s working wonders Stella nonetheless. Foster’s daughter’s dermatophagia — chewing on her fingers Benton out of anxiety — has subsided because Stella, a 3-month-old chocolate Lab, Oakley is always by her side wanting was rescued along with her seven sib- attention. Foster reports that Oakley lings from under an old house in Baux- “likes to sleep on her [daughter’s] head, ite. “She chews on everything and her and he sleeps on his back with his feet favorite exercise is chasing our Roomba in the air.” vacuum around the house!” owner Bailey Clark says. But Clark says, “She can get pretty much anything she wants
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Arts Entertainment AND
TWO THINGS AT ONCE Redneck cinema podcast zooms in on ‘White Lightning.’
BY GUY LANCASTER
ee Haw” meets H.P. local production of a musical based Lovecraf t. That ’s upon the life of Junior Samples. It’s how I’d describe hard to summarize for folks not in the “Red State Update.” know (which becomes its own running A YouTube sensation turned podcast gag), but it’s consistently hilarious. series, “Red State Update” follows Travis and Jonathan have recently the lives of Jackie Broyles (played by launched a new podcast, “Redneck Travis Harmon) and Dunlap (Jona- Matinee.” Keeping with the Jackie than Shockley), two good ol’ boys from and Dunlap personae they have culMurfreesboro, Tenn., who spend half tivated for more than a decade, the their episodes ranting about politics duo spends an hour or so each episode and culture and the other half on local surveying some of the classics of redgoings-on, be it the rise of prostitute- neck cinema, opening their series with turned-businesswoman Tee Tee Slott 1973’s “White Lightning.” Filmed in to the position of mayor or that time Central Arkansas, especially around a group of demon dogs attacked the Benton, “White Lightning” tells the 20
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story of Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds), who makes a deal with federal authorities to get out of prison, promising to report back on local moonshining operations but really working to take his revenge against J.C. Connors (Ned Beatty), the sheriff who murdered Gator’s little brother. “White Lightning” is one of the most well-known movies made in Arkansas, and not just because of Reynolds’ star power. Stuntman Hal Needham, who had lived in Arkansas earlier in his life, did some amazing work, including jumping a car onto a moving barge. (The car did not land perfectly, as the
barge was going faster than expected, but the imperfection lends a sense of verisimilitude to the stunt.) Needham and Reynolds became fast friends during the shooting of “White Lightning,” leading to a partnership that resulted in several exemplars of redneck cinema, most notably three “Smokey and the Bandit” movies, which Needham directed. But in “Redneck Matinee,” Jackie and Dunlap do more than just recap the story of the movie. They also uncover a wealth of strange trivia about the people behind it. For one, Steven Spielberg was originally slated
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to direct “White Lightning,” but was reluctant to have his first feature film be such a lowbrow genre piece. More interestingly, the film’s writer, William W. Norton, had joined the Communist Party in his youth and was later convicted of smuggling guns to the Irish National Liberation Army. And the same year Burt Reynolds appeared in “White Lightning,” he also released his only musical album, “Ask Me What I Am,” which was rather poorly received (unlike William Shatner’s “The Transformed Man,” this one was just bad enough not to be good). Jackie and Dunlap also do a fair bit of hilarious exegesis on some of the movie’s stranger lines of dialogue. For example, when Lou (Jennifer Billingsley), while fooling around with our main character, says, “Now I know why they call you Gator,” what on earth does that mean? “Is he scaly down there?” asks Dunlap. Harmon and Shockley talked about “Redneck Matinee,” up now on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast outlets, in a joint email to the Times. What movies do you have in the queue? “White Lightning” and “Gator” are in the can. “Breaker! Breaker!” “Macon County Line.” “Walking Tall” I-III, “Billy Jack” and its sequels, the “Smokey and the Bandit” trilogy (all these sequels, by the way, are legitimately bonkers.) “Any Which Way You Can,” “Every Which Way But Loose.” “Convoy.” “Road House.” “Black Dog.” AND MANY MORE. CONTINUED ON PAGE 29
A SMALL CROWD gathered Monday morning along the shoulder of a stretch of state Highway 49 in Monroe County outside Brinkley to officially dedicate the Louis Jordan Memorial Highway, which runs from Brinkley to Marvell. “Arkansas Highways are truly the backbone of tourism and economic development in the state,” Arkansas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Danny Straessle told us last week. “We are pleased to continue our support for promoting the rich music heritage found among our more than 16,400 miles.” Brinkley native Louis Jordan had more than 50 Top 10 hits during the 1940s, influenced the likes of Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and James Brown, and is considered a major forefather of rock ’n’ roll and R&B music. Jordan, a vocalist, saxophonist, songwriter and bandleader, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. State Rep. Chris Richey (D-Helena-West Helena), who sponsored the legislation for the signage last session, noted that the previous day had marked Jordan’s 110th birthday. Also part of the legislation: signs memorializing Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Cash and Levon Helm. RAJENDRA RAMOON MAHARAJ’S “Little Rock,” an off-Broadway production about the desegregation crisis in 1957 at Central High School, garnered some positive attention in The New York Times last week. The Little Rock Culture Vulture notes that Maharaj, who had a residency at the currently suspended Arkansas Repertory Theatre 11 years ago, was inspired by the story even then, as he created “It Happened in Little Rock” for a 2007 performance, part of the programming commemorating the school crisis’ 50th anniversary. THE OXFORD AMERICAN Literary Project’s board of directors announced this week that it retired all remaining debt owed to the University of Central Arkansas, which at one time totaled $700,000, provided to the magazine as advances and loans between 2004 and 2008. In 2012, with the help of the Massey Family Charitable Foundation, the OA pledged to repay half of the debt within five years, and did so, with the remaining $286,000 retired Tuesday, July 10. “We’re incredibly excited to share this news with the community,” OA Executive Director Ryan Harris said in a press release. “The retirement of these loans builds upon the positive trajectory of the organization over the last several years, and furthers the progress we’ve made toward creating a sustainable future for the Oxford American.” Follow Rock Candy on Twitter: @RockCandies
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KAI COGGIN 6:30 p.m. Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea & Roastery. Free.
ing the ceiling with clouds, shifting ten on the morning of her death, a love ence, miming a Messianic redemption weight on my hips back and forth like letter to an abuelita sitting nearby on to the tune of “Total Eclipse of the a constant ocean, thinking of what a plane ride, a love letter to the wom- Heart.” I’ve yet to read the Houstonname I will call you that means: EV- an in the “constant ‘before’ picture” by-way-of-Bangkok, Thailand, eduERYTHING.” There’s a love letter to a with “thick tree-trunk thighs” and a cator’s book “Wingspan,” let alone new spark kindled by a chance meet- “monolith head that can be seen from “Incandescent,” her forthcoming coling, “Moment (for Joann)”: “she swal- space.” There’s a love letter to the nar- lection from Sibling Rivalry Press, but lowed my heart for an instant, tasted rator’s 17-year-old self — “a chubby I presume she’ll read from both at this the fruit of me in a lingering hand- girl — almost a woman, a closeted newish poetry series at Guillermo’s. shake, then planted the seed of who I maybe young lesbian” playing the part Expect to be moved; Coggin’s words am, back inside me to me flourish … .” of Jesus in front of 2,000 people at a impart heat on the page and fire in the There’s an ode to Maya Angelou writ- Catholic church group youth confer- vocal delivery.
Kai Coggin’s 2014 deeply feminine, sometimes political, often erotic “Periscope Heart” is 125-some-odd pages long, and it’s mostly love letters. “Valentine for a Vacant Womb,” a love letter to a future child and a sort of less twee cousin to Loudon Wainwright’s “Dilated to Meet You,” enumerates the phases and wonders of gestation: “I am readying a temple inside ((my vacant womb)) lighting a single candle, turning poems into lullabies, paint-
BABY BLUES: Adia Victoria returns to the White Water Tavern on Thursday night, with an opening set from Joshua Asante.
ADIA VICTORIA, JOSHUA ASANTE 9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $12.
On July 4, Adia Victoria tweet- transmission from Victoria’s ac- sonically as far removed from tra- from Victoria’s South Carolina ed about being recognized in the count a few days later evokes a ditionalist blues, but it’s neverthe- birthplace, Campobello. Victoria candy aisle of a Walgreen’s. The kinship with Robert Johnson that, less cut from the same clear-eyed, sold out the White Water Tavern script went like this: “man: you’re from anybody else, might well elic- incisive cloth as Johnson and Skip last February. I’ve no doubt that, adia victoria./me: *clutches armful it an internal skeptical eyebrow James and Scrapper Blackwell. especially as prefaced yet again of haribo gummi bears* yes./man: emoji, it doesn’t. I believe her. Vic- And Johnny Cash! And Nina Sim- with a set from our own poet/phoi heard you on the radio tell every- toria’s music (which is to say noth- one, for that matter, another Caro- tographer/multi-instrumentalist one in nashville they’re gonna die ing of her extramusical projects; lina wailer too often typecast as Joshua Asante, you will underone day./me: guilty. #PRtraining- dig her stellar animated film series, sullen and bitter — and one who stand exactly why. needed.” So, look, when another “howdoyoudo,” for example) reads grew up about 20 minutes away
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‘LAST CALL’: Singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin comes home to Arkansas for a show at the Old State House Museum as part of 2nd Friday Art Night festivities.
5:30 p.m. Old State House Museum. Free.
Inspired by the likes of Wil- conditioning vents in the build- seum exhibits “A Piece of My Soul: liam Faulkner and “Murder, She ing they both occupied. Maybe Quilts by Black Arkansans” and Wrote,” Conway native Erin there was something in the tap “Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures Enderlin sent a bunch of songs water. Enderlin channels Emmy- from the University of Arkansas out into the world as an aspiring lou Harris and Matraca Berg at Museum Collections” will be up country songwriter. One of them turns with a plaintive soprano, a for viewing, Core Brewing Co. came back to her — in Alan Jack- knack for turning phrases like will serve Arkansas-crafted beer, son’s voice. Enderlin was on her “Last Call” on their heads and an and light snacks will be on hand. spring break as a senior at Mid- understated — but nevertheless Metered parking near the hotel is dle Tennessee State University commanding — stage presence. free after 6 p.m., and the museum when she got word that Jackson She’s here as part of the 2nd Fri- can validate your parking at the had cut her song “Monday Morn- day Art Night festivities, which, if DoubleTree Hotel. For more on ing Church” with Patty Loveless. her career path continues its cur- other 2nd Friday Art Night hapSince then, she’s moved to Nash- rent trajectory, means this could penings around town, see Leslie ville where, in her earlier years, be a rare chance to hear her in her Newell Peacock’s Art Notes colshe’d hear an up-and-coming native Central Arkansas for free; umn on Page 28. Chris Stapleton through the air don’t miss it. Old State House Mu-
3 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Free.
“We were so scared after Pearl a history of racial tension, violence to view the extensive camp art colHarbor that we let our fears get the and segregation. It’s also about the lection she’d acquired from a bequest. better of us. Sometimes that’s the ul- generation born after the Rohwer and Rohwer native Vivienne Schiffer’s timate victory in an act of terror. It’s Jerome internment camps in Arkansas “Relocation, Arkansas,” funded by the what they do to your mind and your closed, the complicated experience, in Department of Arkansas Heritage, heart.” Those are the words — spoken one interviewee’s words, of visiting the Arkansas Humanities Council, by President Bill Clinton — that open “where we had been involuntarily such the National Endowment for the Huthe trailer for “Relocation, Arkan- a long time ago,” and about the seren- manities and by private foundations sas,” a film about the incarceration of dipitous preservation efforts of Rosa- and donors, explores this bitter corner 120,000 Japanese people in Arkansas lie Santine Gould, the longtime mayor of Arkansas’s racially divided history during World War II and the lives they of McGehee, who opened her home to with a timely screening at CALS Ron led as exiles in a state already rife with former camp prisoners who wished Robinson Theater.
The late Sonny Burgess’ long-time band, The Legendary Pacers, performs at South on Main, 8 p.m. The Film Society of Little Rock hosts a free screening of “Big Trouble in Little China,” sunset (8:24 p.m.), Crush Wine Bar. Ralph Wilcox gives an onsite lecture on the history of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center as part of the “Preservation Conversations” series, 6 p.m., with a reception preceding, 5:30 p.m., 501 W. Ninth St., free. Country superstar Kenny Chesney takes the stage at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, $50$99. Violinist Michael Barta gives a concert at Wildwood Park for the Arts with pianist Carl Anthony, 7:30 p.m., $15. No Remorse, Shoe and Past Comfort mix metal and punk sounds for a bill at Vino’s, 7 p.m., $6. Tragikly White entertains at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come earlier and catch Brian Ramsey at happy hour, 5:30 p.m., free. A.J. Marlin’s Comedy Bowl kicks off at The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Travelers face off against the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 6:10 p.m. Sat., $7-$13. Austin-based Lake of Fire shares a bill with Hot Springs’ The Violet Ultras at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m. “Boriqua Beast of Comedy” Alex Ortiz goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12.
FRIDAY 7/13 Memphis chronicler John Paul Keith takes his tales to the small-but-mighty stage at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $7. Janet Jackson’s “State of the World” tour lands at the Walmart AMP, 8 p.m., $35-$500. Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders kick off a set at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. East End (Saline County) country rockers The Zac Dunlap Band take the stage at the Rev Room, with Cory Jackson, 8:30 p.m., $7. Swingin’ Hammers play an intimate show at The Undercroft at the corner of Scott and Fifth streets, 8 p.m. Griffin & Friends host a summer jam at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack hosts a dance party with Bad Habit, 8:30 p.m., $5. Rob & Tyndall duet at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and Lipstyck Hand Grenade takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. CosmOcean plays a funky set at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Brandon Riley, 8:30 p.m., $5. The John Calvin Brewer Band entertains at Silks Bar & Grill inside the Oaklawn Racing & Gaming casino, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. Dirty Fuss, New Motto and Dangerous Idiots share a bill at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5.
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KOOL KEITH 9:30 p.m. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack. $15.
Kool Keith, hip-hop provocateur of a mil- Into Modern Day Horripilation” is the first unlion aliases, is back with another project under der the Dr. Octagon moniker in 22 years, and the the Dr. Octagon moniker, and this show is gonna lyrics are layered and clever enough that a spin make us all remember how gloriously slimy and (or five or 10) of the album before this show at weird ’90s radio could be. With turns of phrase Stickyz won’t spoil all their filthy wordplay strathat drew from sci-fi and horrorcore, medical ta: “Frank Fallujah see inside pink fuschia/DNA anomalies and scatology, Kool Keith’s bizarro vi- drop the birth control on computer/You wait olins and spooky grooves were those born of an for X-rays having sex with a neck brace/She on outlier, better suited on a playlist with Cibo Mat- the autobahn speeding with a tampon/Hexagon, to and Flaming Lips than alongside their peers pulling over whilst she drinking a john/I’m Don in the rap milieu. “Moosebumps: An Exploration Juan, catching panties like Lynn Swann.”
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7 p.m. Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs Theme & Water Park.
‘THINGS HAVE CHANGED’: Soul singer Betty LaVette gives a concert at Pulaski Tech’s Center for Humanities and Arts Saturday evening.
What I wouldn’t give if I could trade in all of its time — “Crocodile Rock,” for one. If there’s the times “Slow Ride” and “Burnin’ For You” a throwback show to catch this season, this is were played on the classic rock radio station of it, especially for fans of “Heavy Metal,” weirdo my youth (now 93.3-FM, KIGL “The Eagle”) in ’70s space rock, and anyone willing to raise their exchange for deeper cuts from Foghat and Blue cans of beer on high to the tune of “Golden Age Oyster Cult. Not that those songs aren’t solid of Leather” from within the walls of a water jams; they are! How my mind would have been park. Ticket options for Magic Springs are a bit blown, though, by “Astronomy,” with its revi- of an enigma, so make sure and suss out your opsionist extraterrestrial-guided history, or even tions for park passes (required) at magicsprings. “Chateau Lafitte 59,” which would’ve been my com beforehand. grittier alternative to the squeaky-clean boogies
7 p.m. Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHARTS), Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. $20-$75.
In a May interview with NPR’s Don Gonyea, Betty LaVette captured a bit of why we might not know her name as well as we do those of her peers, like Aretha Franklin, perhaps. The soul music industry in the ’60s, LaVette said, “started off by trying to make me sound like a girl, which really played me out of position. I really thought at one point I could sound like Doris Day, and it took me a long time to accept the fact that I sound more like James Brown.” For some, she may still be considered a “musician’s musician,” but at 72, the Motown-era siren is charming audiences with a svelte contralto, physicality that belies her age and sharply potent phrasing. Dig her rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed” from an April session at Paste Studios for an example of how someone else’s song is transformed in her able hands. Clarksdale, Miss., boogie-woogie pianist Lala Craig opens the show.
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‘THE PIANO,’ 25 YEARS LATER: Jane Campion’s acclaimed film screens Tuesday night as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series.
‘THE PIANO’ 7 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema. $9.
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dollars in 2016. It had no working parts, was from a 23-year-old film and wasn’t even the instrument Holly Hunter’s character Ada is seen
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playing — and pining for — over the course of the movie (that is to say, the one the actor herself played: Hunter performed all her own piano pieces in the movie, in addition to serving as sign language teacher to her young colleague, Anna Paquin). The interest in the prop piano, though, is a testament to the way images from Campion’s “The Piano” were etched into audience’s memories; the juxtaposition of that symbol of European parlor culture against the surrounding expanse of gray sand and foggy cliffs, the way a wordless Ada would use it as a stand-in for her absent speaking voice, the way she would bargain for it with carefully meted pieces of her sexuality. Those iconic images added up to “The Piano,” the film that made Campion the first and only woman director in history to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The tale stoked fiery conversation among feminists for its themes of power, imperialism, misogyny and eroticism. It still thrills and disturbs, 25 years later. We’ll screen it as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series this month in partnership with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema. Stick around after and tell us whether, for you, it’s a “feminist” piece or far from it.
Service members Jay Jackson, Summer Vega, David Bair and Big Dre perform stand-up for The Punchline Platoon at Hibernia Irish Tavern, part of the “Veterans of Comedy” series, 8 p.m., $7. Singer/songwriter Miki Gaynor gives a concert at The Roots Art Connection, with host and comedian Brandy SaMone, 8:30 p.m., $10. The Creek Rocks team up with Buffalo Gals for a rowdy bluegrasstinged bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Vocalist Genine LaTrice Perez performs for “Relive. Remake. Remix.” at South on Main, 9 p.m., $15-$20. Fingerstyle guitarist Kevin Blake Goodwin plays a set at Core Public House in Argenta, 7 p.m. The Pat Bianchi Organ Trio takes its Hammond-forward jazz set to the Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville for an intimate show, 2781 N.College Ave., 7:30 p.m., $30. Dazz & Brie charm with a set at Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Mid-America Science Museum pays homage to Nikolai Tesla with Tesla Fest, 10 a.m.4 p.m., see midamericamuseum.org for tickets. Elsewhere in Hot Springs, Low Key Arts presents a solo show from Peelander Yellow (of PeelanderZ) at Maxine’s, with Kaisuku Tokyo and the Violet Ultras, 9 p.m., $7. The She and The Gebharts share a bill at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Rustenhaven performs at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come before dinner and catch Greg Madden, 5:30 p.m., free. Pop Romeos Joan croon at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $12. Rock Town Roller Derby plays a noontime double-header at Arkansas Skatium, free-$12.
MIKE AND THE MOONPIES
If, like me, you like your barroom country best when it leans bluegrass and bolo tie, this one’s for you. Check out the video for Mike and the Moonpies’ “Road Crew,” a brisk rockabilly shuffle with a mean pedal steel solo, twin electric guitar harmonies and a big rig braggadocio that’d make Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen proud. It’s country music at its cleanest and crispest, and it’s bound to make the White Water Tavern feel like it should have swinging louvered saloon doors, if just for the evening.
SUNDAY 7/15 E.J.’s Eats & Drinks hosts a pop-punk show from Slick Grip, Frenchie, AnchorWay, Eyes Up and Lame Johnny, 8 p.m., $6-$8. Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson takes his stand-up to The Loony Bin, 7 p.m, $12-$25.
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WEDNESDAY 7/18 Charlotte, N.C., two-man band Sinners & Saints takes its lively folk set to Four Quarter Bar for a free show, with crooner/guitarist John Burnette, 8 p.m. Brooklyn rockers The Rad Trads get loud at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $5. The “Movies in the Park” series screens “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park, sunset (8:21 p.m.), free.
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SOME SERIOUS PROGRESS has been made on the Jimmy’s Serious Sandwiches eatery going in at CALS’ River Market Books and Gifts, none other than owner Jimmy Weisman himself confirmed Monday. Weisman, who was first detected, tape measure in hand, at the bookstore/ gift shop across from the Main Library last November, said that despite the fact that everything that could go wrong did go wrong (like the soft drink dispenser practically the size of a SubZero fridge we saw over there that had to be returned), the restaurant is planning a soft opening for employees this week and is sure to be open to the public — Weisman hopes — by Monday, July 15. The menu will be the same as that at the venerable Jimmy’s on Markham (est. 1984), including the prizewinning Garden Sandwich. River Market Books and Gifts, nee the Cox Creative Center, is at 120 River Market Ave. CHEF MATT FULLER has embarked on a huge project going in at 215 E. Grand Ave. in Hot Springs: 501 Prime, a restaurant and event space. The first floor will include an upscale wine lounge and ice/oyster bar, and “a la carte dining with a focus on USDA Prime beef, high-end seafood and a wide array of wines,” Fuller tells the Times. A larger event space, which will feature a 34-foot bar with televisions, an outdoor patio with stone fireplace, a private meeting room, and where lunch will be served, will be upstairs. Fuller was chef/owner of Central Park Fusion Cuisine in Hot Springs for 10 years. The opening date will depend on construction, Fuller said: He’s using local craftsmen and reclaimed wood. A NEW TROPICAL SMOOTHIE, purveyor of fruit smoothies with and without extra boosters like protein powder and pressed sandwiches, is going in near the Bass Pro Shop, at 11312 Bass Pro Parkway. The Dyne Hospitality Group of Little Rock, which is the largest franchisee of Tropical Smoothies nationally — 58 by the end of 2018 — is putting in the new Tropical Smoothie, which should be open by late October, Dyne’s Laura McKinney said. Like the Tropical Smoothie in Jacksonville, at 140 John Harden Drive, the new store will have a drive-through window. NEXUS COFFEE AND CREATIVE has taken out a plumbing permit for work in the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System; details on what’s happening there are to come. The fifth floor of the Main Library used to offer coffee, but that has been discontinued. The William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock was the first library locally to embrace the books-and-coffee movement made popular by large bookstore chains and small stores in other cities; that library, at 2801 Orange St., has a small coffee area on the second floor and a sitting area with a fireplace. 26
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FALL-OFF-THE-BONE GOOD: The ribs at Casey’s Bar-B-Cue.
Casey’s is reborn on Cantrell. “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” — Anthony Bourdain
ago was likely attributable to meat fans saluting the return of Casey’s Bar-B-Que to Little Rock. Casey’s has taken over the familiar red-checkered rooftop building “Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful that formerly housed Arkansas Burger woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be Co. on Cantrell Road. If the rooftop hiding something.” doesn’t grab your attention, the meaty — Lyle Lovett aroma billowing from the building will hh, barbecue. The great uniter. do the trick. When your car windows Sure, folks around here are down at just the right spot, you may can fight about barbecue, find yourself making a snap decision but it’s a happy fight. It’s not and turning in to Casey’s parking lot about “should we, shouldn’t we” barbe- for a quick bite. cue. Barbecue fights are about sauces Casey’s offers both counter service and dry rubs. About pork vs. beef vs. (with inside table seating and a patio) chicken. About hickory chips vs. mes- and a drive-through. Every barbecue quite vs. charcoal or gas. About Mem- restaurant worth the name had better phis or Kansas City or North Carolina be good at ribs, and we gave the rib plate styles. Preferences, really. Not deal- ($10.99 regular, $12.99 large) a try on our breakers. Fight all day, but when it’s first visit. Five hot and pre-sauced ribs ready you know you’re gonna eat it, with were soon in front of us, and the smoky, gusto and a heap of napkins. tender meat literally fell off the bone Here in Central Arkansas, that quiet each time we picked it up. Casey’s has “hoorah” you heard a couple of months a signature sauce that is zesty and thin,
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not too messy and a great companion to the meat. Our plate came with two sides — potato salad (ordinary but good) and barbecued beans (delicious). On a return visit, our companion ordered up Casey’s Barbecue Pork Sandwich Combo ($8.99), piled with chopped pork and slaw, and pronounced it delicious. He ordered fries as a side, and they were a treat worth mentioning. They weren’t potato wedges, they weren’t curly fries, but they were somewhere between those neighborhoods — plump, hot and thick, they disappeared quickly. The big hit from this visit, though, was the two pork tacos ($6.99). Served in soft tortillas, the tacos were utterly jammed with seasoned pork, lettuce, tomato and onions, and served with sides of jalapeno peppers and sour cream. We ordered a mustard-based sauce, but our waitress also brought a side of Casey sauce to try — each was wonderful, and the helpings were large enough that we did not clear our plates. A final visit featured four downtown workers escaping for a lunch break and exploring the rest of Casey’s menu.
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SALADS, TOO: Like all the offerings at Casey’s, the BBQ Nachos is generous.
Companion No. 1 bravely ventured into the world of BBQ Nachos ($8.99), a large pile of tri-colored chips, pork, cheese and peppers that he raved about (and finished quickly). Another lunch date ordered up the BBQ Salad with turkey ($8.99), a large offering that she really loved, although she was puzzled that it came in a take-out container instead of plated like the rest of our party. Nevertheless, she said she’d likely order it again — and she had plenty left over. Our table’s order was rounded out by a delicious and plentiful BBQ Beef Combo ($11.99) and a Chicken Plate ($7.99) that stole the show. The halfchicken was hot, crispy-skinned and delightfully tender. Adding some Casey’s sauce raised the flavor even higher; this plate was soon reduced to bare bones. Casey’s offers an array of non-barbecue items as well: burgers ($6.99-$7.99), footlong hot dogs and chilidogs ($4.99 and $6.49, respectively), a grilled cheese sandwich ($2.99) and a smoked potato ($8.99). For those who want to order for home and parties, Casey’s sells its meats by the pound: beef, ham, pork, turkey and ribs. Sides such as beans, slaw, potato salad and macaroni and cheese are also available by the pint,
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as is the barbecue sauce. Casey’s also offers a selection of domestic and craft beers ($3.99-$4.99). The staff at Casey’s is friendly, and the delicious food arrives quickly — a plus for those on a tight schedule who want a good lunch that’s not in a paper bag. Judging from the crowds that arrive around noon, you’d do well to get there a little bit early. So why fight about it? Good barbecue is what you want, and good barbecue is what they’ve got at Casey’s. Bring your friends, order liberally and don’t forget the extra napkins.
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Two for 2nd Friday
Brewer family at Butler, Bryant at HAM. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
uly isn’t usually the high season for major gallery exhibitions, but this July is an exception, with the opening of two shows of work by artists of fame both historically and contemporaneously, on 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. July 13. Paintings by the Brewer dynasty of artists — Nicholas (1857-1949), Adrian (1891-1956) and Edwin (1927-2002) — will be shown together, perhaps for the first time in one venue, at the Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. (The three had shows almost contemporaneously at the Arkansas Arts Center, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Historic Arkansas Museum — then the Arkansas Territorial Restoration — in the mid-1990s.) The Brewers rank among Arkansas’s greatest artists, though neither Nicholas or Adrian were native to Arkansas. They traveled the country painting landscapes and portraits, including the scenery and people of Arkansas. Adrian Brewer met his wife-to-be in Hot Springs, and in 1933 created the (short-lived) Adrian Brewer School of Art in downtown Little Rock. While famed for their portraits of famous people, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt (Nicholas) and Joe T. Robinson (Adrian), it was their landscapes, panoramic vistas in vivid, sometimes hot palette, including Adrian Brewer’s scenes of Texas bluebonnets, that are more stirring. Every baby boomer is surely familiar with Adrian Brewer’s painting “Sentinel of Freedom” of the American flag — reproductions of the painting were hung in every schoolhouse nationwide. Edwin Brewer, grandson and son of Nicholas and Adrian, was a painter of his time, painting still lifes and landscapes in looser brushstrokes and with a Cubist flair. Adrian and Edwin Brewer founded the Arkansas Art League, and Edwin Brewer helped create the Arkansas Arts Center’s Artmobile and was a founder of the Southern Watercolorists Society. “A Legacy of Brewers,” which will be accompanied by a catalog, features work 28
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by the Brewers in Arkansas, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico and Texas from private and public collections. The fourth generation of Brewers produced an artist, a literary one: Edwin Brewer’s daughter Audrey Wood is author of children’s books “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” and “The Napping House.” The Butler Center also opens “A Matter of Mind and Heart: Portraits of Japanese American Identity,” works from the Gould-Vogel Collection of materials from the World War II internment camps at Rohwer and Jerome. The documentary “Relocation, Arkansas,” stories of internment, will be screened at 3 p.m. Friday at the Central Arkansas Library’s Ron Robinson Theater. *** New work by Justin Bryant, whose drawings and paintings of African Americans are more than portraiture, opens at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The show, “That Survival Apparatus,” features portraits — drawings, lithographs and mixed media — portraying only the bottom half of his subjects’ faces. The work was made in response to Maya Angelou’s poem “Mask” about a black person’s survival technique of concealing facial expression and feelings (“We wear the mask that grins and lies./It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes. …”). George Washington Carver’s masked face appears on the cover of a biology textbook, Malcolm X’s on the cover of a biography of the activist. Bryant is also a performance artist and will perform his piece “Laugh a Lot,” also inspired by Angelou’s poem, in HAM’s Ottenheimer Theater at 5 p.m. Gentlemen Jazz will provide live entertainment afterward and Stone’s Throw Brewing beer will be served. 2nd Friday Art Night is packing at least six hours of events into its three hours. Also opening Friday night: The Arkansas League of Artists’ annual “Members Show,” a juried exhibition of work in all media, at Matt McLeod Fine Art; this year’s juror was Hendrix art professor Matthew Lopas. The 2018
OPENING THIS WEEKEND: Work by Justin Bryant (above), including his portrait of George Washington Carver, and by the Brewer family, including “Big Rock” by Adrian Brewer.
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Nexus Coffee Creative, Bella Vita Jewelry, Copper Grill and Stratton’s Market. See the weekly To-Do List for information on the 2nd Friday event at the Old State House Museum, where Erin Enderlin will appear in concert.
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THEATER “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The Studio Theater’s production of Frank Wildhorn’s musical. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., through July 29. $20-$25. 320 W. 7th St. 501-374-2615. “Big River.” Argenta Community Theater stages the Roger Miller musical. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 2 p.m. Sun., through July 28. $20-$30. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. “Birthday from Hell.” The Main Thing’s summer production, a two-act “Fertle Family” comedy. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., through Aug. 31. $24. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-3720205. “Grease.” Murry’s Dinner Theater takes on the ’70s-by-way-of-the-’50s stage musical. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., dinner at 6 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun., dinner at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 25. $15-$37. 6323 Colonel Glenn Road. 501-562-3131.
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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Art After Hours: Gallery Talk with Robert Baines,” reception 5:30 p.m., talk 6 p.m. July 19, free to members, $10 nonmembers, in conjunction with exhibition opening July 20; 60th annual “Delta Exhibition,” works by artists from Arkansas and contiguous states, through Aug. 26; 57th “Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” through July 22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 3724000. ARTS & SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 S. Main St.: “Fire and Fiber,” works by metalsmith David Clemons and fiber artist Sofia Gonzalez, through July 28; “UAPB & ASC: Five Decades of Collaboration,” work by Tarrence Corbin, Earnest Davidson, Fred Schmidt, Dr. William Detmers and others from UA Pine Bluff in the ASC permanent collection, through Nov. 3; “Imaginate,” STEAM exhibit in the International Paper Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 870-536-3375. ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 S. Main St., Springdale: “Our Natural State,” photography by Gary Cawood, Beverly Conley, Mike Disfarmer, Jim Dow, Rebecca Drolen, Ron Evans, Matthew Genitempo, Don House, Tim Hursley, Kris Johnson, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Donna Pinckley, Sabine Schmidt, Jim Simmons, Alec Soth and Geoff Winningham, through Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “A Legacy of Brewers: The Paintings of Nicholas, Adrian and Edwin Brewer,” reception 5-8 p.m. July 13, 2nd Friday Art Night, show through Oct. 27; “Delta des Refuses,” works in all media, through Aug. 25; “Andrew Rogerson: Landscapes,” through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISI-
TOR 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.: “Louder than Words: Rock, Power & Politics,” through Aug. 5; permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 adults, $8 seniors, retired military and college students, $6 youth 6-17, free to active military and children under 6. 374-4242. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Delta des Refuses,” works in all media, through Aug. 25. 918-3013. CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way, Bentonville: “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art,” through Sept. 3; “The Garden,” works from the collection, through Oct. 8; “How Do You Figure?” figurative work, through Aug. 20; American masterworks spanning four centuries in the permanent collection. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.Sun., closed Tue. 479-418-5700. DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, 141 Cherry St., Helena/West Helena: “Over Here and There: the Sons and Daughters of Arkansas’s Delta at War,” commemorating the centennial of World War I. 870-338-4350. ESSE PURSE MUSEUM & STORE, 1510 S. Main St.: “You May Kiss the Bride,” vintage wedding dresses and accessories, through Aug. 19; “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags,” permanent exhibit. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $10, $8 for students, seniors and military. 916-9022. FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: “The Essence of Place: David Halpern Photographs from the Gilcrease Collection,” through July 29. 18. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479784-2787. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: “Justin Bryant: That Survival Apparatus,” opening reception 5-8 p.m. July 13, 2nd Friday Art Night, show through Oct. 7; “Secret Stories: Anais Dasse and Holly Laws,” paintings and sculpture, through Aug. 5; ticketed tours of renovated and replicated 19th century structures from original city, guided Monday and Tuesday on the hour, self-guided Wednesday through Sunday, $2.50 adults, $1 under 18, free to 65 and over. (Galleries free.) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, 503 E. 9th St. (MacArthur Park): Closed through August for renovation. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Don’t Touch My Crown,” artifacts that tell the story of the aesthetics and cultural impact of AfricanAmerican hair, curated by Stephanie Sims; permanent exhibits on African-American entrepreneurship in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President
Clinton Ave.: Interactive science exhibits and activities for children and teenagers. 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 St.: “A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans,” through fall 2019; “Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from the University of Arkansas Museum Collection”; “True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley,” musical instruments, through 2017; “First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture” permanent exhibit including first ladies’ gowns. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. UA LITTLE ROCK, Windgate Gallery of Art and Design: “Works from the Permanent Collection,” including artwork by Herbert Gentry, Juan Logan, Moe Brooker, Mamma Andersson, Heidi Hogden, Helen Phillips, Alecia Walls-Barton, John Harlan Norris and others, Brad Cushman Gallery, through July 20; “More Works from the Permanent Collection,” work by Austin Bowers, Ron Cheeks, Lori Conrad, Corri Bristow and others, Small Gallery, through July 15. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. UA PINE BLUFF, 1200 University Drive: “Live or Not to Live, That Is the Question,” paintings by Markeith Woods, John Brown Watson Memorial Library, through August. 870-575-8896. UA PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE, 3000 W. Scenic Drive: “Champion Trees of Arkansas,” color pencil drawings by Linda Williams Palmer, through July 27, Windgate Gallery, Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHARTS), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 812-2760. WALTON ARTS CENTER, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville: “The Bleak and the Burgeoning,” installation by Amber Cowan, Maysey Craddock, Leonardo Drew, Lauren Fensterstock and Judy Pfaff, through Oct. 7, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 479-4435600. SMALLER VENUES ARGENTA GALLERY, 413 Main St., NLR: “Midlife Crisis — the First 60 Years,” photography by Don Bryam. 416-0973. ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 610A Central Ave., Hot Springs: Paintings by Jan Briggs and Bonnie Ricci. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 623-6401. BARRY THOMAS FINE ART & STUDIO, 711 Main St., NLR: Impressionist paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 912-6302. BOSWELL MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: New works by Hans Feyerabend and Elena Petroukhina. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8208 Cantrell Road: “The Value of Light,” recent paintings by Megan Lewis, through Sept. 1; gallery closed 1 p.m. July 13-10 a.m. July 16. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Small paintings, mixed media by area artists,
reception 5:30-8 p.m. July 13. 375-2342. CORE BREWERY, 411 Main St., NLR: “In Bloom,” group show by artists in the Latino Art Project. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “Art as Speech,” works by area artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 8010211. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave., Hot Springs: Work by artist Bob Snider and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 318-4278. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Summer Show,” work by Robyn Horn, Richard Jolley, Dolores Justus, Kendall Stallings and others, through Aug. 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787.
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HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Identity Theft,” mixed media and fired clay by Chukes, through Sept. 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. HOUSE OF ART, 108 E. 4th St.: “At War With Myself: Uncensored,” work by Aya the Artist, through July 28. JUSTUS FINE ART GALLERY, 827 A Central Ave.: Work by Virmarie Depoyster, Robert Fogel, Matthew Hasty, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Jill Kyong, Tony Saladino, Sandra Sell, Gene Sparling and Rebecca Thompson, through July. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 321-2335.
L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd: “The Wild Ones,” work by Louis Beck, through July, drawing for free giclee 5:30 p.m. July 26. 660-4006. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 420 Main St., NLR: “Fascination,” work by Missy Wilkinson, Tammy Harrington, Louise Halsey, Dawn Holder, Jessica Mongeon, Rachel Trusty and Melissa Cowper-Smith. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. 687-1061. LEGACY FINE ART, 804 Central Ave., Hot Springs: Blown glass chandeliers by Ed Pennington, paintings by Carole Katchen. 8 a.m.-5
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LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Artists collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422.
M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Ink,” printmaking by Evan Lindquist, Warren Criswell and Neal Harrington, with photographs by Linda Harding and Austin printmaker Annalise Gratovich. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Mon. 225-6257. MATT MCLEOD FINE ART, 106 W. 6th St.: “Arkansas League of Artists Members Show,” juried show of drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media and pastels, reception 5-8 p.m. July 13, 2nd Friday Art Night, show through Aug. 24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 725-8508. PEEL MANSION, 400 S. Walton Blvd.; COMPTON GARDENS, 312 N. Main St., Bentonville: “Forms, Past and Present,” glass work by Ed Pennebaker, opening reception 6-8 p.m. July 12 (Peel Mansion), shows through August. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue.-Sat. at the Peel Mansion, dawn to dusk at Compton Gardens. 745-2449.
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