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I truly appreciate your paper’s coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them (“Mental health cuts stir controversy,” Oct. 4). However, I was deeply disturbed by information in the article that is incorrect and damaging to people living with serious mental illness (diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, etc.) and the movement to ensure their care. A local CEO/organizer was quoted stating that perhaps 80 percent of her clients with mental illness could become violent if off their medications. It’s very disheartening that such misinformation persists even in people who serve this vulnerable population. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people disabled by SMI are, in fact, 10 times more likely to be the VICTIMS of violent crime than the general population. Only 3 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with SMI diagnoses. Multiple peer-reviewed academic journal articles have replicated these statistics. I have worked clinically with people experiencing SMI since 2004, and the vast majority of them have violent trauma backgrounds (histories of being abused/neglected in childhood, raped/


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sexually assaulted, experienced domestic violence, muggings/beatings, etc.) They are not scary or dangerous people, but they often have survived scary and dangerous assaults. We should not ensure the funding to provide their care because we fear being victimized by them, but because it is the just and human thing to do. If we are looking for fiscal reasons to do so, paying for emergency room visits and homeless shelters is far more costly than providing regular outpatient mental health care. And while it’s true that prisons are the largest providers of “inpatient” mental health care in our country, that is due to systemic deficiencies in the mental health system, not because people living with mental illness are violent. The vast majority of people with SMI in prison are not there for a violent offense. It’s also important to note that with appropriate treatment, people with SMI diagnoses can lead productive and fulfilling lives, with the same family, employment and citizen participation as everyone else. Katie Logan Little Rock

Really? In his comments on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Sen. John

Cornyn (R-Texas) said attempts at “mob rule” by left-wing protesters to disrupt the Kavanaugh hearings cannot become the “new normal.” Really, senator? Consider the new normal your party has brought to the White House and America in the form of Donald J. Trump. Consider the rise of very ugly elements in this country embodied by various white supremacy groups, groups emboldened by this administration.Please tell us all about the “new normal,” senator. RL Hutson Cabot

An open letter to Boozman, Cotton This is the last communication that I will ever issue to your office. In the past, I have sent the occasional online message or even telephoned to discuss certain concerns with your very helpful and respectful staff. I have had the belief, perhaps wrong, that your staff actually entertained my concerns and understood them to be valid, even if you yourself later voted contrary to my wishes. However, I cannot maintain any longer the fiction that you actually respect your constituency,

and thus I see no purpose in contacting your office and sharing my concerns in the future. The catalyst for this decision is your vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Let us dispense with the compelling allegations against him regarding both reported sexual assaults and his documented history of drinking alcohol to excess. Let us focus, instead, upon his opening statement at the Sept. 27, 2018, hearing, during which he made unfounded accusations against people on the left end of the political spectrum and asserted, without proof, that the Clinton family had orchestrated a campaign of revenge against him. In that moment, he signaled to the whole United States that, as a judge, he would be serving not the interests of all Americans but, instead, the interests of the Republican Party only. By voting for him, you, too, signaled your approval of the idea that the mechanisms of justice are likewise to be reserved only for members of the Republican Party. As a political independent, this means to me that you have no interests at all in representing me or other Arkansans who are not members of your political party. I have, for perhaps longer than was realistically feasible, believed that peo-

ple of different viewpoints could come together and actually implement policies that would make the lives of ordinary Americans better. I was raised by military parents with values that could generally be described as conservative and cast my first presidential vote for Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. Even though I had significant disagreements with President George W. Bush’s policies, I could admire his creation, like President Bill Clinton before him, of a Cabinet that “looked like America,” as well as the respect with which he treated his political opponents, as when he turned to Nancy Pelosi during a State of the Union address and expressed pride in being the first president to say the words “Madame Speaker.” In my own line of work, I labor greatly to get input from people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, to represent a world beyond my own ideas, to not only change minds but allow my own mind to be changed when new information arises. In short, I believe that there are a variety of ways in which we can make this world a better place and that attaining anything like the abstract concept of justice entails being willing to listen to one another and being open to a wealth of evidence. You, however, do not, as you have

made clear with your vote for Kavanaugh. By putting on the bench someone who operates as such a rank partisan, with no interest in justice beyond how it serves his own narrow, privileged clique, you have demonstrated a willingness to pollute, with your own partisan anger, an institution that once had as its central concern the benefit of all Americans. Too, by holding up the nomination of Merrick Garland for more than a year, and by threatening to hold up any nomination for the next four years had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election, you made public your private conviction that democracy only “works” when it is working for Republicans. You have demonstrated that because I am not a Republican, someone like me should not expect justice at the Supreme Court — and thus, I should not expect representation by you in your official capacity as a senator, even if my concern touches upon matters personal rather than political questions. As I mentioned, I was born to military parents. They met at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where my father (U.S. Marine Corps) was studying Thai, while my mother (U.S. Army) was studying Czech. Both of them had the aim of serving in military intelligence,

and although my mother had to leave the Army after marriage, my father continued his service. I was born in the 1970s at the Naval Air Station on the island of Guam during a period of great tumult for Southeast Asia. My parents told me that the language instructors at DLI were often refugees now working with the U.S. government with the hope of aiding in the defeat of those regimes then ruling their respective home countries. In the eyes of communist-run Czechoslovakia, my mother’s teacher would have been considered a traitor, but he, as you might expect, viewed his “betrayal” in a different light, hoping to see his nation freed from partisan tyranny and made whole again with a government that could represent all of its people. I have lived under several different presidents in my life, and never have I agreed with all of their policies. However, even in my darkest hours, I have never entertained the thought that I could one day turn traitor upon this country. But now is different. Now, we have a president who openly encourages white supremacists and who mocks survivors of sexual assault. Now, we have government agencies rolling back protections for individuals in the name of removing “burden-

some regulation,” even though American companies are reportedly doing better now than they have in the past decade. Now, we have an internal policing agency placing immigrant children in cages and deporting their parents. And now, we have a Senate that has eagerly embraced a nakedly partisan hack and promoted him to a job that should be reserved only for those who believe that justice and truth just might lie beyond the narrow prescriptions of a political platform. In other words, you have de-legitimized the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the process you have also de-legitimized your own position as a U.S. senator. You have made it clear that the interests of Arkansans and Americans as a whole do not lie within your purview, and thus you have made it clear that you only represent members of the Republican Party. I therefore see no reason to appeal to you in the future. Goodbye, senator. You will not hear from me again. Guy Lancaster Little Rock

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“I sponsored a balanced budget amendment in the House. We need a balanced budget ASAP! We do not need the higher taxes and greater spending of the DC Democrats who support my opponent. #arpx #AR02” — U.S. Rep. French Hill (@ElectFrench) talking about a balanced budget after championing a tax cut that has added a trillion dollars to the deficit and heaped comfort on the ultra-rich.

Reorganization plan

Governor Hutchinson ha s announced his plan to reduce the “umbrella agency,” but said regulatory Banking and Finance departments. TOURISM: Parks and Tourism number of Cabinet-level state agencies agencies would retain rulemaking and the Department of Heritage authority and special revenue. from 42 to 15. HOMELAND SECURITY: All law wou ld b e combi ne d u nder t he He said the plan would improve delivery of services and save money as enforcement and protection agencies plan. But dropped was an idea to merge t hem w it h t he A rka nsa s well as time for people who deal with will be together. ENERGY: The Public Ser vice Economic Development Commission the agencies. He offered a number of general examples of combinations, C o m m i s s i o n , D e p a r t m e n t o f (Hutchinson confirmed the idea was but lacking are lines of authority in Env ironmenta l Qua lit y a nd the discussed). The State Library and the agencies he proposes to create. Oil and Gas Commission would be Capitol Zoning District Commission would go under tourism as well. In short, who’ll be the new boss of together. Hutch inson env isions t hat INSPECTOR GENERAL: Internal bosses? Asked to estimate cost savings, he audit at Finance and Administration c o m b i n a t i o n s w i l l p r o d u c e and the Medicaid inspector general savings in office rents and shared wouldn’t offer a figure. Ideas include a number certain to would come toget her. The Fa ir s e r v i c e s . H e p r o m i s e s m o r e Housing Com m ission would be respon sive ma na g ement . Some produce some comment: past combinations have produced EDUCATION: He’d combine the placed there, too. JUSTICE SYSTEM: As previously complaints about the opposite result Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education a n n o u n c e d , t h e D e p a r t m e n t — more difficulty navigating large into “one Cabinet group.” Colleges of Cor re c t ion a nd Com mu n it y bureaucracies. The governor said the changes and universities remain independent Correction would be merged. would be made without additional TRANSPORTATION AND MORE: because the Constitution mandates it. positions. Will it include any pay The Department of Transportation AGRICULTURE: He’d combine increases for lead agency bosses? and Shared Services would include the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources agency, the latter the Office of Personnel Management, He also said no one would lose jobs, of which deals with soil and water Division of Procurement, Employee though some positions may be cut Benefits Division, the Division of through attrition. conservation. Much, if not all of this, requires HEALTH: He’d put the Department Building Authority, the Department of Health and 15 health-related boards o f I n f o r m a t i o n S y s t e m s a n d legislative approval. That approval also will require easing concerns of Geographic Information Systems. and commissions in one agency. COMMERCE: It would combine the constituencies of each of these REGULATION: He said he’d bring 200 boards and commission into one t h e E c o n o m i c D e v e l o p m e n t , agencies. For now, the governor Workforce Ser v ices, Insura nce, ca n ca mpa ig n on a prom ise to 6

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make government leaner, cheaper a nd easier to use. Hutchinson’s D e m o c r a t i c o p p o n e n t , Ja r e d Henderson, commented: “Arkansans deserve bold leadership that solves our problems, not rearranges them. It’s clear Gov. Hutchinson is still stuck in the 40-year-old political debate of bigger government versus smaller government rather than tackling our state’s most critical problems.”

Teacher of the year

Stacey McAdoo, communications and Advancement Via Individual Determination teacher at Little Rock Central High School, has been named the Arkansas Teacher of the Year. A news release announcing the selection said McAdoo incorporates rap and slam poetry in the classroom among other ways to encourage creativity. A graduate of Hall High School and UA Little Rock, she has a master’s degree from UA Monticello. She’s been teaching for 16 years. She’d already won $2,000 as a semifinalist. As teacher of the year, she’ll get a year’s paid sabbatical and a $14,000 award. She’ll be a contestant for national honors, as well.

Talking ethics



MAX BRANTLEY state Senate committee this the intent is.” week began firming up new The disclosure ethics rules to govern mem- rule would take aim, fairly, at the longbers. Call me wary. rumored practice of powerful lobbies First, lawyers, a handy whipping boy, paying retainers to key legislator-lawyers. are targets. The committee favored disBut this concern has lingered for closure of specific payments by lobbyists decades. What’s worse, today’s ethics cruor a company that employs a lobbyist to a saders sat silently for years as the likes of law firm. It would be required whether the Michael Lamoureux and Jeremy Hutchinpayment was for a senator’s work or not son — Governor Hutchinson’s nephew and regardless of any pre-existing busi- and cousin of newborn ethics champion ness relationship between client and firm. Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Sulphur Springs) Sen. Will Bond (D-Little Rock), a law- — openly pursued legislative agendas for yer, said he had no problem with disclos- paying clients from a telephone company ing clients and even payments in general and tort reform lobby (Lamoureux) to a ranges. According to the Arkansas Dem- slot machine manufacturer and a mattress ocrat-Gazette, he added: peddler (Jeremy Hutchinson). “But if you are going to have them disSens. Jonathan Dismang (R-Searcy) close to the penny what they were paid in and Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) the prior year for legal service unrelated spoke for getting tough on lawyers. OK. to governmental affairs, you are knocking But Dismang is an accountant. Should out a group of possible people who could he disclose his firm’s clients and the speserve in the Legislature, and which may be cific amounts they pay for services if they the intent. I get it. That’s what I feel like have business with the legislature? Irvin’s

No courage


olitical courage — doing what irritating anyone. needs to be done even if it is not He says he and the wildly popular — is a vanishing legislature will ask commodity. voters someday to ERNEST Our own state government is a good choose a tax to pay DUMAS laboratory to study this phenomenon, for them. although Washington, D.C., would serve Highways have always been popular as well. What passes for courage in both and people still seem willing to bear any tax places is cutting taxes, over and over to build them. Arkansas went bankrupt in and mostly for the well-to-do. No one the 1920s and 1930s trying to finance them ever puts his re-election at risk by taking and had to be bailed out by Franklin Roosa stand for lower taxes, but politicians evelt. Every time a governor has proposed boast about it like they expect a medal a tax or a bond issue to build highways, the of honor. It always comes with reduced legislature has gone along, even though it services for people or else staggering nearly always takes a three-fourths vote debt, the latter an option only in Trump of each house. When road taxes or bond Washington. issues have been referred to the voters, they Highways are a good specimen for a approve them by landslides. study of political courage, because we For 20 years, no legislator got beat after have a history in Arkansas for measuring it. voting for taxes. In 1965, at Gov. Orval FauAlthough every legislator wants high- bus’ last legislative session, John Harberways improved in his or her district and son, a lawmaker from Howard County, every sign points to universal demand voted against a penny increase in the gasfor improvements, Governor Hutchin- oline tax. A year and a half later, he led a son has been reluctant to propose rais- delegation of county and city officials to ing motor fuel taxes, the common and the state Highway Commission to plead for rational way to fund them because the improving the highway through the county users of the highways — motorists and seat. The chairman cut him off. commercial haulers and shippers — pay “Wait a minute, Mr. Harberson,” he said. for them. Hutchinson is not going to risk “Your county doesn’t need any highways.

husband is a doctor. Should she disclose specific payments from the governmentfinanced Medicaid or Medicare programs or reveal details of arrangements, if any, with hospitals, medical clinics or insurance companies? The new financial disclosure will also apply to senators who set themselves up as consultants. Good. This was a ruse some set up to reap money from friends of the legislature. But it was no secret. Corruption has been an everyday occurrence. Former Sen. Jon Woods reportedly once offered a bribe to Hendren. Hendren said he didn’t take it, but he also refused to help the FBI sting Woods. Woods would serve four more years alongside Hendren, reaping kickbacks from unconstitutional pork barrel distributions. Nobody in the Senate made a peep. They were gorging on pork, too. But this is the main flaw in this public relations exercise: The proposed rule allows complaints only by other senators — who depend on their colleagues for votes on matters large and small every single day — or by Senate staff, whose jobs and pay raises depend on the senators. An ethics rule that doesn’t consider all complaints isn’t much of a rule, particularly when it will

be judged by other senators. Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) said he worried about frivolous complaints should the process be open to all. No wonder. He’s raised money for his personal ministry and for a putative nonprofit to erect a Christian monument on the Capitol lawn, all without disclosing specific sources or expenses. Consider: Might a lobbyist arrange a counseling session with Rapert at his prayer ranch thinking more than God’s grace would result? Rapert, who’s being sued for blocking people on social media, has accepted taxpayer-paid legal defense though he claims he’s acting as a private citizen in his censorship. You think a senator or staff member might file an ethics complaint about THAT? In short, history says to hold low expectations for legislative ethics. Hendren not only suffered Woods as a colleague for years, he didn’t even discourage his Uncle Asa from headlining a campaign fundraiser for the alleged briber in 2016. Hendren also loaned money once to another senator who had the shorts despite his public thievery. Confidence-inspiring it’s not. But kill the lawyers, by all means.

You said so yourself last year. You voted Arkansas is now building a few big against the gas tax. Next delegation please.” roads, thanks to the federal government The voters turned Harberson out of office and a 10-year, half-cent sales tax lopsidthe next election. edly approved by the voters in 2012 — a Gov. Dale Bumpers in 1973 wanted to measure referred to them by the less-thanpave more rural roads throughout the state. courageous Gov. Mike Beebe and a legislaHe had a couple of rural representatives ture effectively controlled by Republicans. in his office to brainstorm about it. One, If voters across the state knew what Wayne Hampton of Stuttgart, had been was being done with their temporary on the Highway Commission for 10 years. sales taxes, which were supposed to build Bumpers suggested that the legislature pass and improve “four-lane highways” in an act putting a gasoline tax dedicated to their areas, we might see the first examrural roads before the voters. ple of buyers’ remorse on a tax increase. “Governor,” Hampton said, “you asked A huge part of the sales taxes and fedfor this job. People trusted you to make eral match, a billion or so dollars, is being the decisions about how to fix the state’s used to build 6- to 12-lane superhighways problems, not to turn around and ask around downtown Little Rock so that job them what to do. And they elected me commuters from bedroom communities in Arkansas County to do the same. We around the metropolitan area can get to asked to be leaders, not followers.” and from work a few minutes faster (and, Bumpers never forgot the lesson. The of course, to rebuild a poorly designed legislature adopted his fuel tax for rural bridge over the Arkansas River). Most of roads, along with income and other excise Little Rock opposes it, dreading both the taxes, and not a single legislator who voted environmental deterioration and another for any of them lost his job. In the next 10 years of hair-raising driving through election, Bumpers defeated by a landslide construction. Voters might have a case that a 30-year U.S. senator who was backed by it is all illegal, since the act and the ballot every major interest group in the state. limited the spending to four-lane roadways. Now, neither the governor nor any You would have to guess that the curmember of his party is willing to lend rent Supreme Court would construe his name to any fiscal measure that does “four lanes” to mean whatever the Highnot give some benefit to a large class of way Commission says, “four lanes more taxpayers, chiefly the wealthy. or less.” Follow Arkansas Blog on Twitter: @ArkansasBlog OCTOBER 11, 2018


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or somebody like me, the Major League Baseball playoffs serve as a splendid diversion from the squalor of partisan politics. For serious fans, the drama of an October Red Sox-Yankees series provides the kind of emotional release others derive from a night at the symphony or a hike through a national park. Escapist? You bet. But you can’t, thanks to the nation’s influential cadre of humorless racial grievance specialists. So it was that the New York Daily News delivered the following sports headline: “Ron Darling uses slur in reference to Masahiro Tanaka on TBS broadcast of Yankees/Red Sox Game 2.” Here’s what happened: Masahiro Tanaka, the brilliant Yankees pitcher, was making Red Sox hitters look futile. Up in the broadcast booth, Ron Darling, the former New York Mets pitcher doing commentary for TBS, thought he detected Tanaka’s pinpoint control lessening. Lacking overpowering stuff, i.e. velocity and movement, Tanaka needs precise location to be effective. “Chink in the armor for Tanaka here,” the announcer said. “It’s the first inning he has lost a little of his control.” Whoop, whoop, whoop! Clang, clang, clang! Racial grievance monitors at the Daily News, Yahoo Sports and a few other media outlets signaled a red alert. An opportunity to wreck the announcer’s career with an absurd allegation of bigotry presented itself. To the Daily News, Darling’s “boneheaded comment” was made worse because the announcer “did not appear to realize that he had used the slur in reference to Tanaka, who is Asian.” Actually, it’s the cliche alarms that should have gone off. Like every phrase I’ve used to describe Tanaka’s performance — “pinpoint control,” “overpowering stuff” — the expression “chink in the armor” is a familiar sports expression. Maybe it’s possible to describe an entire baseball game in witty, original phrases, but I don’t believe I’ve heard it done. Indeed, the very familiarity of baseball jargon is part of its appeal. Everybody knows what it means. Except the aforementioned grievance specialists. So let’s go to the dictionary, shall we? The word “chink” is defined as “a crack, cleft or fissure,” such as “a chink in a wall.” It is derived from Old Norse. The phrase “chink in the armor” to describe vulnerability dates to the 17th century. It’s what George Orwell called a “dead metaphor” — that is, one whose original vividness died with suits of armor. Alas, “chink” has in latter days evolved

into a homonym. That is a word spelled and/or pronounced the same with divergent meanings — “horse/ GENE LYONS hoarse,” “deer/ dear” or “clink,” which is both a noise and a jail cell. Context is all. The other meaning of “chink” is, of course, offensive — a derogatory reference to a Chinese person dating to the late 19th century in America In context, what Ron Darling, himself an excellent pitcher for the Mets back in the day, was saying — and ALL he was saying — was that Masahiro Tanaka appeared to be tiring, and that if his precise control faltered, the Red Sox might light him up. Nothing more or less. Any other reading is both perverse and malicious. Because here’s the rest of the story: Masahiro Tanaka isn’t just “Asian,” he’s Japanese. The best pitcher the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ever had. He once won 26 consecutive games in the Nippon Pacific League. Calling him a “chink” would be like calling a Brit a “frog.” As somebody who grew up in the shadow of World War II, I certainly heard anti-Japanese slurs in my youth. But “chink,” as one of my Arkansas country boy friends likes to say, “Not never one time.” It gets worse. You see the imaginary bigot Darling is himself of racially mixed heritage. Specifically, he was born in Honolulu to a mother of Hawaiian/Chinese descent. His father was French Canadian. You’d have to think he’d be just about the last guy in the broadcast booth to use an anti-Asian slur. Nevertheless, and probably wisely under the circumstances, Darling, a Yale graduate who has written actual books, took the easy way out. He apologized. “Earlier [Saturday night],” he said in a statement to Yahoo Sports, “I used an expression while referencing Masahiro Tanaka’s recent pitching performance. While unintentional, I apologize for my choice of words.” Now me, I’d have wanted to confront the fake-outrage machine over something so egregiously stupid. Darling, however, does baseball. To him, it’s the Red SoxYankees series that’s important. Why risk professional suicide to defend an aged sports cliche? This has happened before. ESPN once fired somebody for using the phrase with reference to Chinese-American NBA player Jeremy Lin. And every time it does, a few more guys vote Republican.

Doubling up


eing an inlander, everything I know about surfing comes from William Finnegan’s award-winning (but overly detailed) surfing memoir, “Barbarian Days,” and a hiking buddy who grew up on a California surfboard. I have picked up that when two big waves come together, they can create a double-up wave; physics means that an extra potent wave is created by the combination of the two. Similarly, national Democrats who are focused on retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives are banking on not one, but two gender gaps to propel them to control of that body. If both happen at rates suggested by much of the recent “generic ballot” polling, it could produce a win of fairly unprecedent size for Democrats; if either gap fails to fully emerge, Democrats could be sitting on a surfboard without a wave to ride. Until the 1980 elections, male and female voters tended to vote similarly in national races in the U.S. In that year — Ronald Reagan’s entrance onto the national political scene — a significant gender gap emerged, creating a flurry of political science research trying to explain the phenomenon. The 1996 Clinton/Dole race saw a jolt upward in the gender gap and it has consistently been in double digits since in presidential elections, with 2016 matching the record gap from 20 years previous. While present, the partisan gap in voting tends to shrink somewhat in nonpresidential election cycles. All signs are, however, that this is about to change in 2018. The most recent Quinnipiac Poll, for instance, showed a 14-point overall margin for Democrats in the so-called generic ballot: Although Democrats were only marginally ahead among men, they led this ballot by 20 points (55 percent to 35 percent) among women respondents. While it takes both men and women to create a gender gap, most of the divergence is created by the thoroughly negative reactions by women to President Trump and his political party. A distinctive driver of the gender gap is the degree to which Trump’s brand of governing is repelling independent women. While we are just getting our first surveys taken after the culmination of the thoroughly gendered battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, all signs are that

the gap has only grown as a result of those events. There is a second gender gap in voting, however. JAY BARTH During the past generation, women have also turned out at slightly higher rates than their male peers. In nonpresidential years, this turnout gap has been consistently around 2 percent. (In presidential years, the turnout gap tends to be a little higher, peaking at just over 4 percent in 2008.) While less consistent than the partisan gender gap, polling has generally shown women among the groups most fully engaged in the news of the election cycle and the possibility of voting next month. The key to this second gender gap is likely the degree to which women under 30, one of the groups most deeply antagonistic to President Trump, turn out to vote. Around the country, we see candidates working to take advantage of a doubled-up gender gap through gendering of their campaigns. In some cases, of course, these are some of the record number of female candidates, driven by their distinctive perspectives as women. Indeed, many of the most powerful ads of the season (such as Texas congressional candidate M.J. Heger’s “Doors” ad) emanate from these campaigns. But we see other campaigns across the nation gendering their campaigns to take advantage of these electoral dynamics. A particularly good example can be seen on the airwaves in the Little Rock media market where 2nd District Democratic candidate and state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock) has gone all in on a distinctly womancentered campaign. While Tucker’s commitment to protect health care has been the substantive lead of his messaging, the messengers have been women in his lives discussing Tucker’s dedication on issues (some of which that do have a gendered element). Increasingly the star of the show as a messenger is Tucker’s 97-year-old grandmother Kathryn Bost. They are strong, positive ads, but they are also ads with an identifiable audience: women of all ages. It’s a smart strategy for Tucker. The odds remain against him, but if the doubleup arrives, it may be just enough to get him over the tipping point in the purplish-red 2nd District.

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ielding 65 points to the nation’s lost fumble as well, unquestioned elite would not but given all atten- BEAU WILCOX normally allow a coach to ef- dant factors, the fuse much pride or confidence, but young man was tough and composed yet Arkansas Coach Chad Morris, in the again, and delivered some truly excellent wake of another thrashing by Alabama, balls to both open and well-covered tarstill was able to check some boxes in gets. Most encouraging of all in the passthe blowout loss. There’s accordingly ing game? Against a fiendishly athletic, if a sporting chance to win games in the somewhat untested, Alabama secondary, back half of a season that once seemed Storey was able to locate 10 different destined for infamy. receiving options for his 25 completions. No Arkansas running back had crested The Razorback special teams also the 100-yard mark against the Tide since posted a mostly error-free day, even if Darren McFadden — who, mind you, is Reid Bauer’s punts weren’t exceptional now retired — did it in a 2007 loss at Tus- and Limpert elected to pooch-kick after caloosa during Nick Saban’s first season Arkansas scores to mitigate Alabama’s as Crimson Tide coach. That game also dynamic speed. Speaking of that, for all represented the last time the Hogs scored the obscene talent Saban has amassed more than 30 points against Alabama in these past few seasons, it seemed cruel to a game until this Saturday, when Connor deploy a receiver like Jerry Jeudy against Limpert’s PAT after a final score pushed the Hogs’ rather shallow secondary. On the Razorback ledger past that mark (the a couple of occasions, the Tide’s sophoHogs did lose 49-30 in a shootout of sorts more receiver — the latest in a lineage in 2016 thanks to Austin Allen’s 400- that has boasted Julio Jones, Calvin Ridyard game). Rakeem Boyd bolted for 102 ley and Amari Cooper — was inexplicably yards on only 15 runs to break the former settling into a deep curl route 20 yards skein, and the Hog offense looked more from the line just as Tagovailoa had setcreative and spirited generally. tled into the last step of a three-step drop. Cheyenne O’Grady had another qualTagovailoa throws a beautiful, preity outing as Ty Storey’s safety valve, cise ball and turns all of his options into catching a career-best seven balls for viable weapons by never seeming to 48 yards and two touchdowns, one of be remotely off with his timing or his which came on a gimmick goal-line play delivery. When he’s not firing darts to where Cole Kelley deked the defense into the likes of the speedy Jeudy, he’s got thinking he was barreling forward and a stable of physical yet shifty backs to instead flicked a short throw to the junior pitch or hand off to, and they chew up tight end as he got behind a linebacker. If yardage in such sizable patches that O’Grady and his fellow healthy tight ends, the defense never really can settle in Grayson Gunter and Austin Cantrell, can for favorable down-and-distance plays. continue to be reliable outlets for Storey, This is evident in a box score where it may dissuade some aggressive defen- Arkansas, playing cleanly save for the sive coordinators from being quite so turnovers, actually managed to conzealous with the pass rush. vert six of 12 third downs, win the time As for Storey, what else can you say? of possession battle handily, and comIn unthinkably difficult circumstances, mit only two penalties. Bama adeptly the redshirt junior quarterback again seizes on big-play shots, and capitalshowed mettle in posting career-best izes on your every failing, so categoricompletion and attempt figures while cal triumphs are reduced to meaningaccounting for two fine TD passes. The less nuance. drawback of the day, sadly, was that Hog fans seemed to extract enough when the Hogs registered a big fourth- hope from the never-say-die effort — condown stop and took two plays to get trasted starkly with the almost immediate inside the Tide 5, trailing only 21-7, Sto- laydown they saw against North Texas in rey made a desperate lunge for the goal the same confines three weeks earlier — line on a designed run and got popped that it may bode well for the less forebodright on the ball. The ensuing fumble was ing final sextet of games. Starting with a smothered by the Tide, and that absurd nighttime clash against Ole Miss in Little Bama offense led by quarterback Tua Rock, the team has a legitimate chance to Tagovailoa went on a 99-yard march the capitalize on incremental improvements other direction to re-establish control. and get back in the win column sooner Storey later was victimized by a bad than maybe anyone envisioned after that bounce for a pick-six, and had an early debacle against the Mean Green.



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ike all states, Arkansas has two statues selected by the legislature to represent our state in the U.S. Capitol. Uriah Rose, a successful and innovative lawyer, and James P. Clarke, a former governor and U.S. senator, have represented Arkansas in National Statuary Hall for approximately 100 years. Clarke died during his third term in the Senate, and the legislature adopted a resolution to erect his statue within four months of his death. He also happens to be my greatgreat-grandfather. Our family has looked back fondly on Clarke’s service to Arkansas. As families tend to do, we have focused more on his personality than on any particular policy positions, particularly since it all took place before we were alive. While he fought passionately for the causes he believed in — whether it was rooting out corruption from the state Capitol, protecting children from inhumane labor laws, or Philippine independence — we have always known him as someone who was fiercely independent and did not mince words. Of course, families also tend to view their own family members first as just that, rather than as whatever their careers consist of. As a child, I remember going with my grandmother to place a wreath on Clarke’s grave every Christmas, and not because he had been a senator. We did this because he was her grandfather, and we did the same for her grandmother, parents and aunts and uncles. My family is now aware of a statement Sen. Clarke made when he was running for governor in 1894, when he reportedly said: “The people of the South looked to the Democratic Party to preserve the white standards of civilization.” Obviously, my family and I condemn this statement and reject it in the strongest possible terms. The process of learning about this statement has been painful for us. Regardless, in my opinion, it is important for us, as a family and as a state, to be aware of our history so that we can learn from it and determine the best path forward together. From slavery to Jim Crow to present-day racial disparities in the criminal justice system — as just a few of the most egregious examples — African Americans have endured far too much for far too long in this country. I, of course, strongly believe it is incumbent on each of us to work as hard as we can to build trust and to eradicate the evil of racism from our society. This is one of the most important reasons why I have offered my own life to public service, to

help implement policies that ensure that all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, have the CLARKE TUCKER right to the American creed that we were all promised — that of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Part of this work necessarily entails having conversations about what we as a state celebrate. Regardless of the time in which Clarke lived, his statement regarding race was inexcusable, and the time has come to have a conversation about who should represent Arkansas in the U.S. Capitol for the time in which we live now. As Clarke’s great-great-grandson, it is important for me to say that the time has come for Arkansas to be represented with new statues in the U.S. Capitol. It is a decision ultimately for the Arkansas legislature. As I am leaving the service of the legislature, I will leave that discussion for my friends and colleagues in both parties that will continue to serve. I must say, however, that I strongly hope that one of the new statues will be Daisy Bates or a member of the Little Rock Nine. In my opinion, these icons were among the greatest American heroes of the 20th century, and the desegregation of Little Rock Central High represents what is likely Arkansas’s greatest contribution to the country and the world in the history of our state. For 40 years — from 1957 to 1997 — Little Rock largely hid from the important history that took place at Central High, as many thought it too painful to discuss. Fortunately, we took a new direction in 1997, and the Visitor Center at Central High is one of the most visited places in Arkansas and one of the most important civil rights destinations in the South. My dad played a key role in charting this new direction; as a teenager at the time, this experience had a profound impact on my own development. The lesson for me was self-evident: Even when painful, we must have open and honest conversations about our history so that we can properly learn and grow from it. In the context of who represents Arkansas in Statuary Hall, the time has come to move in a new direction. I recognize and support that that time has come, and I hope to play a meaningful role in the larger effort to build a society in which we all have a shared future together. State Rep. Clarke Tucker is the Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District.

Symbols matter


was 15 years old when I stepped E. Lee from the into the halls of Little Rock Central MLK holiday or CHARLES J. BLAKE High School in 1998. Attending recognizing and that historic school as a young black taking action on man was a surreal experience that both the racial biases in our criminal jusinformed my identity and illuminated tice system. And I’ve read the guest regrettable aspects and actions in our column that appears in this issue of nation’s history and culture. the Times. Central High is also where I met I commend Tucker for his thoughtful and became friends with Clarke words on the matter. He has managed Tucker, a man I have been honored to balance always standing with your to serve with the last four years in family, even at the times when they the state legislature. Then, at Central, are wrong, but still doing what is right and now, in the legislature, Tucker over what is personally comfortable, has been a leader on tough issues that convenient or expedient. If you look for often do not have racism in the hiseasy answers. tory of the South, One of these you will find issues has it, likely in the Racism is a difficult plagued our history of every subject for us to talk country since its family. If every founding, and family today about, especially here that is the issue had a leader like in Arkansas; people of race in our Tucker, doing the often say, “Oh you’re society. Racism right thing even continues to perwhen it is tough, just using the race card” vade our culture then we would when I bring it up. But today in blatant all have bright ways, such as hopes for a colI have to bring it up. white supremalective future. cist rallies, and I do agree also in more with the stance subtle ways, like Tucker has implicit biases. taken. It is time for us to pursue putRacism is a difficult subject for ting up new statues in the U.S. Capitol us to talk about, especially here that represent Arkansas. If we truly in Arkansas; people often say, “Oh want to create progress on this issue, you’re just using the race card” when we must come to these conversations I bring it up. But I have to bring it up. with an open mind, a humble attitude I am the type of person that when I and a sincere motivation to do what see something, I say something. is right. Like Tucker, I believe that But it can’t just be me. It can’t a member of the Little Rock Nine just be someone of my background, would be an exceptional choice as a someone who looks like me. If we monument in the U.S. Capitol. are going to change the perception To me, words matter, symbols matand dialogue around the issue of race, ter, and yes, monuments matter. So, we have to have allies step up and this is a step we can and should take not only be a part of that conversa- to show tangible evidence of change tion, but help drive that conversation. we can create by working together That is why I am fortunate and on a common goal. As Tucker will no proud to have a partner like Clarke longer be in the Arkansas Legislature Tucker to lead with on this matter. next year, I look forward to moving I’ve heard Tucker speak out on this conversation forward in the 2019 this issue numerous times over many legislative session with colleagues years. I remember his speech in 1999 who have this shared interest and a as a student at Central High School, sincere motivation to do what is right. commemorating the Little Rock Nine. I’ve heard him speak to the issue with State Rep. Charles J. Blake of Little our colleagues in the legislature, Rock is the Democratic House Minorwhether around separating Robert ity Leader.







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len Schwarz wants to be the the next few decades as sea levels rise next mayor of Little Rock, in Louisiana and Florida. but he has a few conditions: “I think in the next 30 years this He will be a “part-time city has the destiny to grow to a major mayor” and work maybe 20 hours a week, metropolis of 4 to 5 million people,” he because, according to Schwarz, “it’s a said. “Why? Because if those sea levvery ephemeral kind of position. The els rise, there will be tens of millions of only real job of mayor is to run the city American refugees. Not those poor refudirector meetings. I know I can do that.” gees — these will be people that are on When Schwarz leaves the office every retirement and have bank accounts or day — at 2 p.m. — he plans on depart- jobs. If we wait for this to happen like a ing in style. victim, we’ll be looking at all these peo“You know what I’m going to do every ple we’ve got to assimilate and house and day when I leave the office?” he asked feed, but instead, we should look at it as a reporter. an opportunity. Little Rock could grow “What will you do?” she replied. to be a major metropolis, and we would “Ride down the bannister at City Hall,” assimilate them, and they’d become prohe said, laughing. “They’ve got the best ductive citizens in their new homes. The bannister.” Louisiana and Florida coast are all going *** to be under water.” Schwarz travels with a small wooden Schwarz’s strategy to capitalize on gavel in his car to demonstrate that he this potential influx of wealthy, climate can, in fact, run the meetings of the change refugees is his “metropolitan City Board of Directors. “I know par- village plan.” High-rise condos, office liamentary procedures from running parks and supermarkets will form these the NORML chapter,” he said. villages, and each will occupy a single Schwarz has been president of square mile. the Arkansas chapter of NORML, the “And here’s the kicker,” he said. “You National Organization for the Reform build these every three miles … and then of Marijuana Laws, for 25 of the last 30 you can connect them. My mass transit years, and he helped establish the chap- idea is to connect them with a roller ter here in the late ’80s. Schwarz strongly coaster. Get on on the 60th floor, take a advocates for marijuana law reform, and roller coaster over. People would come its decriminalization is one of the three from all over the world to ride the roller major issues of his campaign. Others are coaster mass transit. If you build it, they giving all Little Rock residents access to will come.” recycling receptacles, and his plan to As Schwarz explained this idea, he ensure that Little Rock, and Arkansas at moved his hand through the air, mimlarge, is prepared for what he said will be icking the path of the mass transit roller “spectacular, exponential growth” over coaster. When a reporter asked if he

OUT OF THE OFFICE BY 2 P.M. VIA THE BANNISTER: Mayoral candidate Glen Schwarz says his bid for office isn’t “dubious,” and he’ll win if his message “rings true with the voters.”

had any ideas for how to implement his metropolitan village plan, he said, “No, I don’t have any experience in government. … I would have to research that. It’s urban planning.”

betting on 10 consecutive football games during their senior year. Upon graduation, Schwarz headed to Reno, Nev., to try and follow up that success. “After about three years, I went broke there, so my mother sent me a ticket *** here,” he said of how he ended up in Schwarz, 64, grew up in Cape Canav- Little Rock. “Compared to Reno and Las eral, Fla., where his father worked as a Vegas in Nevada, this is a beautiful city.” high-pressure-gas mechanic. He earned He arrived in Little Rock in 1982 and his bachelor’s degree in physics at Flor- worked as a busboy at Slick Willy’s and ida State University, where he and a as a sales clerk at Ace Hardware. He’s friend had a streak of luck successfully since worked as a recycle center manager

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and a professional petitioner. Schwarz lives in the Wakefield neighborhood of Southwest Little Rock, and he said he hasn’t been successful in running for election in the ward because the causes at the heart of his campaigns are “citywide issues.” Schwarz has run, unsuccessfully, for office nine times. He ran against Mayor Mark Stodola when Stodola sought re-election to his second term in 2010 because “I don’t like people that are unopposed,” he said. “That’s what was so fun about 2010, and that’s how I knew that the mayor’s race will get you in a lot of debates. I like debates. I have messages for the people of Little Rock.” Schwarz continues to run for public office because he considers it to be “an honor and a privilege,” but also because “I’m really focused on the future. … I’m not the candidate of the future, I’m the candidate from the future,” he said. “Sent here from the year 2055 to warn the people of Little Rock that your fate is not another 30 years of linear growth. It could very easily be exponential growth, even explosive growth. And we should be prepared for that.” So what if he doesn’t win? “Oh well,” he said. “Ask the Florida State Seminoles in 1973.” He was referring to the 1973 football season at Florida State, when the Seminoles lost every single game. They did win in a later season. “I can do this job,” he said. “It’s a fouryear job. I’m 64 years old. If I need to serve as mayor, I need to do it now. And I’m going to continue to run for office as long as I’m healthy and breathing.” And, he added, “I might put some ideas in people’s heads,” he said. “Maybe I’ve planted some seeds.” Would running be enough? “Well, no, I want to actually win one,” Schwarz said. “I do want to win one before I get too old to run.” Given Schwarz’s unusual approach to running a city, he acknowledged why some would call his effort a “dubious battle.” “Is it a dubious campaign? Am I in dubious battle?” he asked. “And the answer is no. In regard to the money, my spending of a couple hundred [dollars] compared to a quarter-million by the leading candidates, those cannot buy elections. If my message rings true with the voters, I will score a stunning upset.”



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Play at home while untangling the giant wad of Christmas lights you stole from Saline County. 1) Which of the following is true about Glen Schwarz, one of five candidates for Little Rock mayor? A) He has advocated for a roller coaster-based mass transit system. B) He said that as mayor he’d like to see the installation of dozens of wire Faraday cages on the War Memorial Golf Course to act as emergency shelters during lightning storms. C) His campaign slogan is “Mayor Schwarz Be With You,” a reference to director Mel Brooks’ 1987 sci-fi spoof “Spaceballs.” D) All of the above.

2) It has been revealed that Craighead County Justice of the Peace Billie Sue Hoggard accepted a free trip, including lodging and a private plane ride, to the 2016 Republican National Convention from the owner of a correctional services firm that has a contact with Craighead County, and later failed to disclose the gift as required on her financial disclosure statement. How did the state Ethics Commission punish Hoggard for engaging in a clear conflict of interest? A) They allowed her to amend her disclosure forms, twice, after a complaint was filed about the trip. B) The director of the Ethics Commission released a statement in which he said, in part: “There was no indication that [Hoggard] intentionally omitted the gift or intentionally miscalculated an estimated value.” C) They fined her 50 whole bucks. D) All of the above.

3) A friend of the Arkansas Times’ Arkansas Blog recently pointed out something ironic about Governor Hutchinson’s touting of the state’s record of job growth as one of the big achievements of his administration. What’s weird about Asa!’s claim? A) Ninety-seven percent of the jobs created so far this year have been in the field of methamphetamine production and distribution. B) Most of the state’s job growth is due to Republican legislators hiring criminal defense attorneys. C) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between August 2017 and August 2018, Arkansas ranked 47th in the nation in job growth. D) After crowing about his record on jobs, Hutchinson bragged that doing 200 squats every morning has helped him develop a “truly epic ass.”

4) Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Golden Calf) got sued in federal court recently. Why was Rapert sued? A) He was seen eating fried catfish, in violation of Leviticus 11:9. B) He got a little fresh with a Handmaid. Under his eye. C) Rapert blocks from his social media account those who disagree with him, a move the American Atheists group says constitutes viewpoint discrimination by a public official and is prohibited by the First Amendment. D) Impersonating a deity.

5) Something happened in Benton recently that’s sure to put a damper on Saline County’s Christmas Spirit. What happened? A) Santa got hauled in for possession of OxyContin with intent to deliver. B) A deputy winged the county judge during live-fire training in preparation to beat back the liberal hordes in the upcoming War on Christmas. C) The local Christmas tree farm was found to be infested with rare Mexican Face-Jumping Spiders. D) A trailer containing $4,200 worth of Christmas lights and tools used to light the Saline County Courthouse every year was stolen by persons unknown.

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The East Coast Timing Association held its Arkansas 1-Mile Challenge in Blytheville, where racers from all over the country mixed gasoline, steel and passion in the pursuit of raw speed. BY DAVID KOON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON

tanding at the midpoint of the 11,602-footlong runway at the former Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville, you hear the machines long before you see them. At the starting line, a dim burble rises to a howl that soon grows to a roar. Once their drivers row through the gears, the big-engine cars come at you with a sound like a bow drawn across the lowest string of an upright bass: ominous, deep, rising to a T-Rex bellow, until you imagine the sound will make your sternum vibrate like the head of a drum. The motorcycles and sports cars, meanwhile, approach with a whine that will remind any Star Wars fan of the speeder bikes zigzagging through the trees on the Ewok homeworld, the angry, electrified buzz of an enormous, cyborg wasp. Looking up the track on a balmy day in late September, the soybeans ready for harvest in the median of the vast runway complex where the Pentagon’s Strategic Air Command once launched B-52G Stratofortress bombers to targets around the globe, the competitors in the East Coast Timing Association’s Arkansas 1-Mile Challenge emerge out of the haze every few minutes, on you in a heartbeat from the time you first see them, the fastest covering a mile every 15 seconds, passing you in a blur, faster than anything you’ve ever seen that wasn’t shot from a cannon, the sound and fury evaporating back into the lingering summer haze at the far end of the runway. There hasn’t been a lot going on in Blytheville since Uncle Sam pulled up stakes there in December 1992, carving a crucial chunk out of the local economy and leaving a vast, 2,600-acre air base — complete with hangars, maintenance facilities and enough housing to put a good percentage of the French Foreign Legion up for the night — to sit largely vacant. Planes still land there, and there’s a dismantler of large commercial jets on site, turning past-their-prime flying buses into scrap metal. Other than that, the place gives the air of being largely abandoned. That changed earlier this year, though, when the ECTA came to town for the first of three land-speed events held in April, June and September.

SPEEDY CHEVY: Michael Matyjaski of South Carolina cranked his 1971 Camaro to 232 mph in the 1-Mile Challenge at the former Eaker Air Force Base. OCTOBER 11, 2018


The ECTA started on the 6,500-foot, World War II-era runway at Maxton Army Air Base near Laurinburg, N.C., an East Coast alternative to distant landspeed holy ground like the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah and El Mirage Dry Lake in California’s Mojave Desert. This year, it brought its roadshow to Blytheville, with the fastest vehicles in the inaugural trio of events turning in time-slips over 240 mph. The ECTA is planning on making the series annual events. Join the ECTA, pay a fee of between $385 and $485 (depending on which meet you want to attend), pass a vehicle safety inspection by the very strict on-site techs, and log a series of qualifying runs to prove you can follow instructions enough to not die, and you too can spend a weekend genuflecting to the speed gods, whether you’re in a homebuilt hot rod or a brand-new Dodge Challenger Hellcat (there was at least one of those at the September ECTA meet, turning in 170-mph-plus passes like a drive to the corner store, then motoring home with the AC and cruise control on). Those who want to spectate and gawk at the machines on display, meanwhile, need only bring a cooler, lawn chairs and $10. (For full details, including rules for drivers, hit the ECTA website at One of those in Blytheville for the Sept. 28-30 event was Columbus, Ohio, resident Michelle Pettit, who was there with her father, Jon. Michelle, whose 25th birthday fell on the second day of the three-day event, was hoping to celebrate by going over 150 mph in the family racer: a Fiberglas replica of a vintage Bugatti speedster, surrounded by a high-strength steel roll cage that made it look like a rolling jungle gym. Powered by a twin turbocharged General Motors


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crate engine, the car was designed to top 200 mph, but mechanical problems and issues with the safety harness kept Michelle from behind the wheel for much of Saturday. She would eventually turn in a top speed of 140 mph in one qualifying run and a full-mile best of 128.8 mph before mechanical issues forced the Bugatti to withdraw. Jon, an aircraft engineer, who built the Bugatti, builds a different custom car every winter with the help of Michelle and her siblings, and Michelle said she grew up wrenching on cars at his side. “We build custom cars for fun,” she said, “so I’ve been driving our custom cars. This is my first time on a straight track. I did a road race course before with our Blazer that has a Corvette engine, so really it’s just through him.” Later in the weekend, after the Bugatti was sidelined, Pettit would put her stock Toyota RAV4 down the runway at over 100 mph. Across the taxi-way that served as pit row was another car you might not expect to see at a land-speed event: a 1992 Geo Metro, fielded by Cedar Rapids, Iowa, residents Jim Sievers and Tom Bruch. Now in his 70s, Bruch is a legendary builder of high-performance Porsche and Volkswagen racing engines. He set his first record at Bonneville in 1967 behind the wheel of a Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. Since then, his airflow-focused style of engine tuning has become so well known in Porsche circles that motors built using his techniques are called “Bruchrasa” engines. It might seem a long jump for Bruch from high-performance Porsche racing to the Geo Metro — an economy car known more for its 48 mpg fuel mileage than the 52 horsepower under the hood when stock. But he became interested

TURBOCHARGED: A Kawasaki Ninja rider (above) hopes to hit at least 210 mph; Michelle Pettit (below) of Columbus, Ohio, revs up in the Fiberglas replica of a Bugatti she and her father, Jon, built.

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in hopping up Metros when he bought carbon fiber panels by digging through one in the early 1990s to commute back dumpsters behind a company that builds and forth to his Porsche repair shop in components for the military, replacing Iowa City. The hot rod bug bit, and he’s numerous steel parts and pieces to bring been chasing speed in Metros for over the car’s weight down to a feather-light 20 years. 1,300 pounds.   Though fully street legal and wear“It’s a lot of fun, and I like the chaling current Iowa plates — even the lenge,” Bruch said. “This is a hot rod. horn works — the car Bruch and Siev- We built this ourselves. We just try this ers brought to Blytheville is a beast, and that. Just keep changing.” Later in ingeniously hot-rodded on the relative the day, their work would pay off with cheap in every way imaginable, from the a personal-best pass of over 120 mph. smoothie aluminum wheels (originally In addition to high-horsepower drag Ford space-saver spares), to the massive cars and even former NASCAR contendPorsche 911 three-barrel racing carbure- ers in Blytheville, niche racers like Sievtor perched on a custom intake. Bolted ers and Bruch were common at the Sepatop the tiny one-liter, three-cylinder tember meet, chasing lesser-known class engine, the carb looks almost as big as records based on weight or engine disthe motor itself. placement with a mix of mechanical “The mechanicals on a Metro are ingenuity and flesh-and-blood determade by Suzuki,” Bruch said. “The mination. One of those seeking a record Chevy parts aren’t so good. They rust was Eric Roehrle, who had driven over out. But the Suzuki parts are excellent. 600 miles to campaign his 250cc KawaThat’s basically a bike motor with an saki Ninja. Like the Geo Metro, the 250 automotive [transmission] bell housing Ninja was built more for economy than on it. It responds to things like a motor- speed, sold as a low-horsepower “starter cycle motor, too.” bike” for newbies who could learn on it When racing, Bruch said, the Metro before moving up to something more shifts at 8,000 rpm, the little motor powerful. Over the past 10 years, Roehscreaming bloody murder through an rle has slowly built his 250 Ninja into the unmuffled exhaust pipe. Sievers and fastest of its breed on the planet. Bruch sourced parts for the car from as “She’ll run up to 123,” he said. “But I’m far away as New Zealand and Europe. In still trying to get the 125 out of her. I’m a modern throwback that would make hoping today is a good day. It looks like the tight-budgeted teenagers who pio- we’ve got good weather for it.” neered the golden age of hot-rodding While it would be easy to go much, proud, the pair scrounged lightweight much faster on a bigger sport bike (there

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were turbocharged bikes running north SPEEDY STUDEBAKER: Jack Heidel of 210 mph at Blytheville all weekend), reached a top speed of 137.4 mph in this Roehrle said he enjoys the mechanical modified 1963 Studebaker. and engineering challenge. “I’m one of those type A personalities, I guess,” he said. “If I had one of them [higher horsepower] bikes I’d be trying to go for thinking of a different mounting or 300 miles per hour. That costs a lot of something like that to tuck in a commoney, and there’s not too many places ponent out of the airflow. There’s that you can do that. It’s just the challenge of challenge.” making the small bike go fast. … People The second challenge of land speed think it’s exciting and stuff, but once racing, Abraham said, is race day, when you’ve done it and gone fast, that’s done. the goal is to try to keep your vehicle Then all you’re doing is riding down the together long enough to be rewarded by track staring at the tach thinking, ‘This going faster than anyone in your class. isn’t any faster.’ ” It’s all part of a long and sometimes The idea of a mechanical challenge frustrating process. “If you go too much is familiar to Michael Abraham. An in one area, it puts too much stress on Indiana fabricator and custom painter another mechanical area, then it breaks who has worked with racing legends that,” he said. “So then you’ve got to like Mario Andretti and John Force, beef that up. It’s all about these domiAbraham was there to help crew for nos. You’re trying to get all the dominos his friend J.B. Bracken of New Mexico, to stand up at the same time so you can who was racing both Indian and Harley- be successful.” Davidson motorcycles. The pair met at While chasing land-speed records, Bonneville in 2009 and soon became Abraham said he’s met great people and fast friends. made friendships for life. The folks at “The first challenge is to build some- Blytheville for the Arkansas 1-Mile thing that’s going to go fast and push the Challenge, he said, are all driving differenvelope,” Abraham said. “Either the ent kinds of vehicles, chasing different envelope on the rules or the envelope records and from all over the country. on the engineering or whatever. As an But inside, he said, they’re the same: engineer, you’re going to try and build addicted to the quest to go faster than something with an advantage at every anyone before. Standing in the shade of step. Is it going to be lower profile? Is it a tent beside a gleaming, low-slung bike going to have more horsepower? With with lettering that staked its claim as the land speed racing, the beauty there is fastest production Indian motorcycle they have engine classes and then they in the world, Abraham said trying to have chassis classes. If you’re in a car, relate the “why” of that to someone who technically you could run every class doesn’t get it is pretty much impossible. of engine in that same car and have all “It’s hard to explain,” Abraham said, those different records. So there’s flex- “other than the fact that when it’s in your ibility there. … You’re kind of applauded blood, it doesn’t come out.”


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f you are in the neighborhood between Hanger Hill and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at 7:30 a.m., you’ll hear a whistle blow. That’s the steam whistle at Little Rock Crate and Basket Co. signaling the start of the work day. But after 102 years in business, the whistle soon will no longer sound. The basket manufacturer — one of only six in the country — is closing its doors. Little Rock Crate and Basket (LRC&B) has gone by a few different names since owner Dudley Swann Sr. started managing the business in 1957. Swann Sr. was hired from his position at a basket manufacturer in Jacksonville, Texas, and moved his family to Little Rock. He was 27 years old. The company, then called Cummer Graham, had five owners at the time, none of whom knew anything about making baskets. “They needed somebody that had been in the business for a while,” Dudley Swann Jr., who now owns LRC&B, said. Swann Sr. began managing the business, and by 1965 he had bought out all of the owners and gained controlling interest in the company. He changed the name to Little Rock Containers, then later renamed it Little Rock Crate & Basket. Swann Sr. wanted to expand operations, and he needed a million-dollar loan to do so. He was laughed out of the first bank, Swann said. “So he went out of the bank, walked across the street to another bank, walked in, sat down with the teller, and told him what he was wanting to do and how he wanted to do it,” Swann said. “The banker leaned across the desk, extended his hand out, and said, ‘Do you have an account with us yet?’ He goes, ‘Not yet,’ and the teller said, ‘We’ll start you an account, and we’ll just put the money in your account.’ And they shook hands. And that was the deal.” “On a handshake,” Kathy Swann, Swann’s wife, said. “A million dollars on a handshake. But that’s the charisma your dad had.” Within 10 years, Swann Sr. had paid that note off.

ROLLING OUT ITS LAST BARRELS: Doug Swann is shutting down Little Rock Crate & Basket.

Swann Sr.’s father, Dudley Douglas Swann, developed the paperliner and form for the round-bottom bushel basket, which was instrumental to the success of LRC&B. The basket was uniquely suited for spinach, as pink parchment paper is stapled into the basket at the same time the bands around the basket are put in place. The spinach is then placed in the basket, the parchment paper folded over it, and ice placed on top

to keep the spinach fresh. LRC&B sold millions of these baskets until the dawn of the reusable plastic container. “RPCs came, and within one season’s time it went from 40 truckloads of spinach baskets to nothing,” Swann said. “So we developed a different kind of basket to sell to fishermen on the East Coast. That’s when we started the crab basket.” The crab baskets are designed with space between

each stave — the individual narrow lengths of wood that make up the basket — that allow the crabs to breathe. Swann Jr. began working at LRC&B full time in 1976, at age 21. His father had just had a heart attack at age 39, and his mother asked her son to put school on hold and join his father at the factory. “There would be times Dad would go to the post office the night before we were doing payroll just to see if there was enough money coming in to meet payroll,” Swann said. With two years completed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, mostly prerequisites in his pursuit of a psychiatry degree, Swann left school to help his dad, and he never went back. “Nobody respected me because I was a little snot-nosed kid, but I could run the machines better than anybody else out there,” Swann said. “I knew how to do it all. I started working when I was 8 years old, sweeping the shop, cutting off parts with a hacksaw. Man, I thought I was really something. Everybody realized, ‘He does know what he’s doing,’ so I started getting everything up and going.” While Swann never did become a psychiatrist, Kathy Swann said it’s his empathetic temperament that makes him suited to manage the factory. “He’s in the perfect place to be dealing with people,” she said. “He knows how to talk to people, how to solve problems. You’ve got to be naturally good at it.” While Swann helped manage the factory, his younger brother, Doug Swann, also assumed a leadership role. He had grown up traveling with their father to visit customers, so he handled the business’ sales, logistics and shipping, and finding their loggers. “He enjoyed it,” Swann said. “He always said he could sell a bag of ice to an eskimo.” At its peak during the ’80s and ’90s, LRC&B employed 130 people and operated five days a week. It produced 10,000 baskets per day. In an eight-hour workday, that’s 1,250 baskets an hour, almost 21 basCONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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A&E NEWS Brinkley native Al Bell — former chairman/owner of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records Group — has been named the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s 2018-19 McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts. Bell will give a talk titled “NOW Is the Season and the Time!” at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the UA’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development. Keep an eye out on the university’s Department of Music link at for additional events featuring Bell and his legacy.



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The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Central Arkansas Library System are calling for written submissions from spoken word artists on “themes of joy, unity and hope” to be performed at the Robinson Performance Hall in February. Selected artists will perform their texts as part of the ASO’s Feb. 23-24 concerts, with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy” as the orchestral centerpiece. “Engaging people with words, music, and creativity lies at the center of our broad library mission,” CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter said in a news release. “This collaborative performance with ASO musicians and library patrons speaking poetry will be an opportunity to express shared hopes and joys through two of our oldest and most emotionally evocative art forms.” Submissions should be no more than 3 minutes long; deadline to enter is Dec. 3. Artists may perform original work or works for which they have secured performance rights. Adults should email submissions to odetojoy@ Artists 18 and younger should submit to Seven Arkansas properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Department of Arkansas Heritage’s Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has announced. They include the Moro Bay Ferry at Moro Bay, built by the Barbour Metal Boat Works of Missouri in 1965 (Bradley County); the Bold Pilgrim Cemetery near Morrilton, with burials dating to around 1880; the 1967-68 Dr. Neil Crow Sr. House in Fort Smith; the western district Clay County Courthouse in Piggott and the eastern district Clay County Courthouse in Rector; the 1968 Cecil M. Buffalo Jr. House in Little Rock; and the 1963 Thomas Gray House in Little Rock. See for more.


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5-8 p.m. Downtown galleries. Free.

LIGHTS AND LIVESTOCK: The Arkansas State Fair kicks off Thursday evening.



4 p.m. Thu., 11 a.m. daily through Oct. 21. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $5-$10 admission, $10 parking, $30 ride armband.

For 11 days, a sleepy field just south of Roosevelt Road and north of Fourche Creek will glow with neon and noise. Tiny particles of fryer oil will mingle with the fine dust from the livestock barns. Lines will form outside funhouses with giant claptrap facades; last year’s offerings included a multilevel course called “Traffic Jam,” themed around classic cars, and another read as a sort of kiddyappropriate Bavarian beer hall called “Cuckoo Haus,” decked out with googlyeyed clocks and accordion music. The Little Miss Rodeo Pageant will pit bow against boot heel, and families will pause momentarily to watch a few moments of bovine-centric illusionist The Moogician. Local FFA chapters will staff the Swine Barn’s folding chairs in shifts while pink piglets mosey around, ankle-deep in fragrant pine shavings. Hair metal ambassadors Ratt will peel out vintage hits that seem predestined for performance in proximity to a Tilt-A-Whirl: “Round and Round” and “Nobody Rides for Free.” It’s

a confluence of demographics, a peoplewatcher’s fantasy and your best chance at consuming anything called a Koolickle. General admission to the nightly concerts is included with your ticket, and the lineup is as follows: Charlie Daniels Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; P.O.D. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; Ginuwine, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14; the fair’s Big Talent Show, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15; Joe Nichols, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16; Ratt, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17; Stokley, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; Pop Evil, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; Mark Chesnutt and Redhead, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; and Twista, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Pro tip: If you’re headed to the fair on the weekend, you can dodge the $10 parking fee and catch the free shuttle that runs 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday from the designated state government parking lots west of the state Supreme Court building in the Arkansas State Capitol Complex at 625 Marshall St. You’ll be dropped off at the fair’s south gate. SS

The Historic Arkansas Museum is offering visitors a new way to time travel to the 18th and 19th centuries with its exhibition “History in Color: The Spectrum of Daily Life in Early America,” which opens Friday. Much as old wallpapers and house styles tell us something today about bygone aesthetic values, so do the hues of pottery, textiles and paint reveal antebellum taste as well as the impact of technological innovations in dyes and pigments. The 2nd Friday reception will feature music by Rena Wren and Arkansas craft beer; also see at HAM the mini-exhibit “Ghost Mothers,” 19th century photo-portraits that betray the tricks used by mothers to keep their children still, such as disembodied hands. The Galleries at Library Square venue, aka the Butler Center Galleries, is exhibiting photographs of Arkansas blues musicians by Louis Guida and Cheryl Cohen, paintings by the Brewer art dynasty and portraits from the Japanese-American internment camp at Rohwer; Karen and Chris provide the music. Across the square at the bookstore find “Two Ships,” works by Meikel Church and Amy Edgington. If you are up for some rural space music on electrified dulcimer (and who isn’t?), head to the Old State House Museum to hear Louisiana’s Twang Darkly and catch the timely exhibition “Our Fair Ladies: Arkansas State Fair Gowns and Rodeo Attire.” Also celebrating the afterhours downtown event: the Arkansas Arts Center, which will screen a film on sexual assault, “The Tale,” at 7 p.m.; the Marriott Little Rock with The Art Group; Gallery 221; the photography studio Mariposa; jewelry store Bella Vita; and Matt McLeod Fine Art, which is showing woodworking. LNP

EARLY AMERICAN LIFE, IN TECHNICOLOR: This glazed porcelain tureen is part of “History in Color: The Spectrum of Daily Life in Early America,” opening Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum.



6:30 p.m. Crush Wine Bar. Free.

Crush Wine Bar, at 318 N. Main St. in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District, closes its Classic Films on the Patio series with “Aliens,” the 1986 sequel to the 1979 sci-fi horror classic “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver as iconic badass Officer Ellen Ripley. The special edition 30

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version of the film to be screened Thursday night is 17 minutes longer than the original theatrical release, with even more opportunities to be thoroughly spooked by deadly extraterrestrials. “Aliens” picks up where the first installment ended, with Ripley waking after 57 years of hyper-

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sleep. Armed with bigger, better guns, and faced with even more aliens, Ripley and a crew of colonial marines head to a deserted space colony and duke it out in this 154-minute gem of the “Alien” franchise. RH





7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun. through Oct. 28. The Studio Theatre. $25-$30.

Opportunities to purchase a ticket in the Splash Zone of a performance can be few and far between. But with “Evil Dead: The Musical,” opening at The Studio Theatre on Thursday, you’ll get to do just that. A comedic take on Sam Raimi’s 1980s horror franchise, the musical follows five college students and their disastrous, deadly, bloody weekend at a cabin in — where else? — the woods. Punctuated with undead song-and-dance numbers and performed by characters and demons alike, this musical homage to the cult classic trio “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness” takes elements from all three movies to teach audiences the perils of accidentally unleashing an ancient evil. Ash and his chainsaw will be present, bloody and singing. Splash Zone tickets for the first two rows are $30 and include rain gear. General admission tickets are $25, and student/senior tickets are $20. RH



8 p.m. South on Main. $10-$25.

“Every draft of my story was different because the more I told it, the more I unearthed.” That’s what storyteller Denise Donnell says in a press release about her time on stage at last year’s “Out Loud,” an evening of true tales from members of the Central Arkansas LGBTQ community held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day. “Finally,” Donnell continued, “on that stage, the story I told was the most different of all. It had to be the energy in the room. [It was an experience that] led me to become an advocate for LGBTQ people in faith spaces.” That performance was also an expression of a credo from a then-new organization in town, The Yarn, which since its 2017 inception has connected audiences and speakers in intimate listening environments to make good on its professed mission to “amplify voices, break down barriers, and build human connection.” A note on that barrier-breaking: It’s awfully difficult to harbor any ill will for someone who’s just stood vulnerably on a stage and offered a piece of their heart to you in hand, as The Yarn’s storytellers so often do. Maybe that’s why events like this one are such a welcome antidote to the national story right now. SS

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires take blazing poetry to the White Water Tavern, with Dazz & Brie and SA SoloAct, 8:30 p.m. Fassler Hall hosts a show from string band Sad Daddy, 8 p.m. Country star Thomas Rhett takes the stage at Verizon Arena with Dripping Springs, Texas, trio Midland, 7:30 p.m., $33-$78. Lakeisha M. Johnson reads for Poetry Night at Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea & Roastery, 6:30 p.m., free. Fayetteville quintet The Inner Party takes the stage at Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack; Adventureland opens, 9 p.m., $3. Little Rock Winds plays works from “West Side Story” and “On the Waterfront” for a Bernstein Birthday Bash in honor of the late composer, 7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, $15. Iress, Shoe and Alhoon share a bill at Vino’s, 9 p.m. Local comedians Kayla Esmond, David and Wesley Kleitch, Bair the Comic, Russell Rogers, Josh Ogle and special guests bid bon voyage to certain colleagues with “Exit on a Laugh: A Farewell Comedy Show,” 7:30 p.m., The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, donations. Second City graduate Quinn Patterson is at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Mezzo soprano Diane Kesling gives a talk on her career at the Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. reception, $10. Split Lip Rayfield, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth and more convene at The Farm in Eureka Springs for the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival, 6 p.m. Thu., 3 p.m. Fri., noon Sat., 11 a.m. Sun., 1 Blue Heron Lane, Eureka Springs, $60-$500. Mississippi rock quartet The Weeks takes the stage at the Rev Room, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts open, 8 p.m., $12-$15.

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FRIDAY 10/12 A touring production of “Jersey Boys” puts the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on the stage at Robinson Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $28-$103. Comedian Kyle Kinane takes the stage at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $25. Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces charm at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Sad Daddy takes a jug band sensibility to Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $7. Country singer Cody Johnson takes “On My Way to You” and other hits to the stage at First Security Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m., $25-$80. Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s “If/Then” kicks off at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 28, $18-$22. Find Freeverse at Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. Tragikly White entertains at Stickyz, 10 p.m., $10-$12. Just Sayin’ appears at Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5, after Raising Grey, 5:30 p.m. Organist Grant Wareham performs at Pine Bluff’s First United Methodist Church, 8 p.m., free. Monsterboy duets at Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. The Great Whiskey Rendezvous plucks strings at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Khaki Onion brings rock ’n’ roll


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BY STEPHANIE SMITTLE, LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK AND REBEKAH HALL TEN TRACKS TO WEAR OUT YOUR DANCING SHOES: The Rios celebrate the release of the band’s 10-track, self titleddebut album this Saturday night at Kings Live Music in Conway.

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Your favorite Trump-era resistance hero’s life story is at the center of a 2012 musical, and though it may be set in California and Wyoming, it has echoes of Arkansas. George Takei, perhaps known now as much for his political activism as he is for his role as Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu, stars in “Allegiance,” the musical inspired by Takei’s years in a governmentrun internment camp in Rohwer in Southeast Arkansas. It’s Takei’s Broadway debut — which he made at age 78 — and it’s been edited into a film, which is what you’ll see at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater on Friday night. Broadway actors Telly Leung (“Godspell,” “Glee”) and Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon,” “Mulan”) star alongside Takei in the musical that Takei said “can act as a powerful reminder for audiences across America,” helping them to “experience and feel firstperson the devastating impact that the internment had on families like mine, who lost everything for no crime but that of looking like the enemy who had attacked us.” Admission is free, but you’ll need to register to attend, which you can do at SS


7 p.m. Ron Robinson Theater. Free; reservations required.



8:30 p.m. Kings Live Music, Conway. $5.

Thank the gods of the dance floor: The Rios are coming out with an album. Maybe this means I get to have some song in my head that’s not “Smoke and Mirrors?” Even if it doesn’t, I’m pretty OK with that; getting ditched never sounded so delicious: “Turns out that you had other plans for the night/ Said you were just goin’ out/And then I saw his old shitty headlights.” If you’ve not had the pleasure yet, The Rios lay down sugary soul somewhere along the Chi-Lites/The Emotions spectrum. Their vocal lines are from the effortlessly charismatic frontman Hayden Harrington, who Prince and Johnnie

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en-minute symphony that manages to work in muscular drum assaults, an introspective reprieve, twin guitars in thirds and a final section that sounds like it required a vocal assist from The Babadook’s whole family tree. For fans of Neurosis, Rwake (duh) and, evidently, this effusive Bandcamp customer who gave it the best album review I’ve encountered all year, “This new release is like finding your dead pet alive and/ well/i’m just tickled.” Deadbird is joined by Tranquilo and by Terminal Nation, a hardcore outfit that’s putting out some of the most politically relevant punk rock in the state, a la 2017’s “Violator/Violated”: “Bring you from the dark into the light, I hope you will put up a fight/ She’s not your property you macho piece of trash/This time around you won’t get far/I hope your letterman jacket’s made of fucking Kevlar.” SS Follow us on Instagram: ArkTimes

7:30 p.m. Sun. Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway, $32-$40; 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Pulaski Technical College, Center for the Humanities and Arts, $15-$35.


There’s an online ad in circulation for this weekend’s touring Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” that shouts “The Boys Are Back!”, alerting Central Arkansans to a stage-adapted Frankie Valli et al. story at Robinson Performance Hall. For Little Rock metal lovers, though, those four words could just as easily apply to beloved “slow and heavy” purveyors Deadbird. Made up of former members of Rwake and other Central Arkansas metal machines, Deadbird’s latest, “III: The Forest Within the Tree,” comes after a decade without a new album from the band, so it’s something fans have been pining for. “III” is packaged in artwork that looks like the artist who did Ozric Tentacles’ “Erpland” got a commission to reimagine a scene from “Stranger Things,” and the record’s foremost prerelease, “Luciferous Heart,” is a sunless sev-

Taylor are surely smiling down on from the afterworld, bolstered by a beast of a bass player who, in the words of one of our 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase judges, “fills all the holes with magic.” They’re joined by Couch Jackets, fellow Showcase finalists and masterminds of thinky, enigmatic rock songs with multiple movements, electric cello and cited headsprings like Shooby Taylor, Bach and Mild High Club. If you missed Couch Jackets’ Audiotree session from July, it’s required research. Statistical probability this Conway show won’t be tons o’ fun: zero. SS

IN BRIEF, CONT. to the Rev Room, 9:30 p.m., $10. Find The Wesley Pruitt Band at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.



9 p.m. Club Sway.

Floating in the saltwater crevices of the Google results for “Fresh Fish Sway,” just beyond the mountain of pop science articles on reasons to avoid eating questionable swai, are a handful of videos for Club Sway’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”-style drag competition, “Fresh Fish.” Check out Episode Four from February: Shade is thrown, beards are shaved, ponytails are swished and piscine puns are trotted out. (The few seconds of film featuring Hairy Kate Olsen at the 1:38-1:41 minute marks will suffice as a toe into the competition’s campy waters.) The series, inaugurated in 2014, features a cast of queens every second Saturday of the month, who perform for a panel of judges: Sway Nightclub owner Jason Wiest, drag artist Eartha Quake and a rotating group of guests. The winner this Saturday and in subsequent faceoffs will advance to the Winter Semi-Finals, with a chance for audiences to return a (nonwinning) favorite back into the competition by way of a vote. Competing this month are Aria Rye, Bu$ted and Aurora Hiltrude. Lola Colucci serves as guest judge. SS

The state’s professional ballet company is kicking off its 40th year at the barre with a world premiere of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” a fiveperformance staging with 360-degree surround sound; choreography by Michael Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas’s executive and artistic director; and visual projections by Cranford & Co. “Outside of our beloved annual production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ ” Associate Artistic Director Catherine Fothergill says in a press release, “it has been several years since Ballet Arkansas has presented a fulllength ballet, which makes ‘Dracula’ the perfect start for our milestone season.” The ballet runs around 75 minutes, including intermission, and costumes are encouraged at the Saturday evening performance at Pulaski Tech’s CHARTS. See for tickets and details. SS STOKED ON STOKER: Ballet Arkansas Executive Director Michael Fothergill choreographed the upcoming full-length production of “Dracula,” which opens the company’s 40th anniversary season.

SATURDAY 10/13 Blues rocker Shannon Boshears appears at Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5, after Alex Summerlin, 5:30 p.m., free. The Arkansas Razorbacks face the Ole Miss Rebels at War Memorial Stadium, 6:30 p.m. kickoff, $40-$193. Cold Crown performs at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m. Oxford, Miss., rockers The Busty Petites take the stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. South on Main hosts a concert from soul crooner Davison, 9 p.m., $10. Mountain Sprout gets rowdy at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $7. Blues duo Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon entertain at White Water, 9 p.m. In El Dorado, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opens its 2018 season with “Back-to-Back: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel” with vocalist Jean Meilleur and pianist John Regan, 7 p.m., Griffin Music Hall, $15-$40. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Walks Through History” tours the Heber Springs Commercial Historic District, 11 a.m., Cleburne County Courthouse, 301 W.’ Main St., Heber Springs, free. Boom Kinetic returns to the Rev Room, 9:30 p.m., $10.

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The P.G. Ensemble Street Jazz Band, Central High School Jazz Band and the Dunbar Middle School Jazz Band perform for Jazz Brunch in the Garden, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dunbar Garden, free-$25. The Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Festival celebrates all things jack-o’-lantern, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

MONDAY 10/15 The Goat Band fuels the monthly Monday Jazz set at The Lobby Bar, 7:30 p.m., free.

TUESDAY 10/16 Nosferat II and R.I.O.T.S. share a bill at White Water, 9 p.m. Robert Kenner’s 2005 documentary “Two Days In October” gets a screening at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 6:30 p.m., free. The Squarshers jam at Bear’s Den Pizza in Conway, 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 10/17 Way Away joins Amy McBryde for a “Sessions” concert at South on Main, 8 p.m., $10. White Water hosts a StandUp Comedy Showcase with sets from Vance, Blake Lensing, Alexi, Rob Rego, Kayla Esmond and Wan Morgan, 7:30 p.m., $8. Terror Pigeon, The Mad Deadly and Midday Moon Abomination share a bill at E.J.’s Eats & Drinks, 9:30 p.m., $5.


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Having attended the July “Territorial Fare!” celebration of foodways at the Historic Arkansas Museum — when German and Scottish foods and folk were the subject — this writer can heartily recommend that you buy tickets to the November event, “The Legacy of African Americans.” Be forewarned: Tickets ($45) for the Nov. 15 dinner go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, and will sell out faster than free tickets and airfare to “Hamilton” on Broadway would. November’s dinner, prepared by famed retired chef Yvette Brady (of the late, great 1620 Restaurant) and Tim Morton of Cache Restaurant, will focus on the contributions of African Americans to the cuisine of the colonial and antebellum periods. November’s meal is the last of the 2018 series, and if it’s anything like July’s “Territorial Fare!” it will be a unique and delicious wa to learn about Arkansas history. That meal included a talk by HAM Director Swannee Bennett in the historic Hinderliter Grog Shop on the Germans who created the tavern, the oldest commercial building in Little Rock; Stone Throw Brewery’s Ian Beard gave a talk on Arkansas’s earliest brewers and served up a cider he created from an old recipe; and chefs Shanna Merriwether and Capi Peck of Trio’s served a scrumptious dinner that included cock-a-leekie soup. Helena-West Helena is toasting a forthcoming development on its historic Cherry Street: a distillery to be called Delta Dirt Distillery. John Edwards, counsel for the Helena Harbor and Phillips County Economic Development agency, said Harvey and Donna Williams have been working to open the distillery for some time, doing their homework by visiting distilleries all over the country, including Little Rock’s Rock Town. They are renovating an old grocery store at Cherry’s intersection with Rightor Street for the business. Edwards said the agency was “excited and pleased that Harvey and Donna Williams have brought their vision to Helena. … I was immediately impressed with the amount of background and research they had done in preparing for this day.” Renovation should start later this year; the distillery will likely produce vodka first, Edwards said, and then “ramp up to bourbon.” They will have a tasting room in front. Tommy Jamison of Little Rock is the architect for the minority-owned business, which has completed its federal licensing and is working on its state license. Williams is a retired agricultural engineer who returned to Helena, where his family owns a farm. 34

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We didn’t get the goat But Hidalgo’s in Perryville hit the spot.


he guy directing traffic at the Arkansas Goat Festival in Perryville on Saturday suggested, when we inquired about a good place to eat in town, Mustang Sally’s, which he described as a Dairy Queen-type place for hamburgers. Our most charitable interpretation of his question is that we looked Dairy Queen types to him, despite our Chaco-wearing feet and hip T-shirts. Because right there on Main Street, just before Perryville’s charming courthouse square, is Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant, and boy was it better

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than any Dairy Queen — or most TexMexican restaurants in Little Rock, for that matter. In honor of the ruminant being celebrated just down the road — and we do mean celebrated, because the traffic to Perryville’s city park was bumper-tobumper for four miles at one point — Hidalgo’s was offering goat tacos. We demurred, since one of us had actually had a goat taco in the past. Instead, we settled in to our booth with a view of the town and ordered up enchiladas, vegetarian quesadillas and grilled shrimp tacos.

A word about the quesadillas. Would that every restaurant made quesadillas this way. Ours was made with a large grilled flour tortilla folded over a more than generous filling of plump, sliced sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, cheese and — watch out! — thin-sliced jalapeno peppers. Pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole over lettuce came on the side. The quantity was nothing that a human should consume in one sitting, but one works up an appetite visiting zillions of booths and play-


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ing with costumed goats and meeting their owners for hours. Ditto on the tortilla that came with a side of sizzling spicy shrimpers. There were so many shrimps — a dozen! — that it took all three of us to finish the plate. You can’t leave a delicious grilled shrimp behind, even if you are stuffed. So we didn’t. We didn’t even leave the tails behind. So, here’s what else is on the menu: the meat eater’s favorite, parillada Mexicana that includes sautéed steak, chicken, shrimp, chorizo and pork. Molcajete, a parillada with cactus. Shrimp cocktails with avocado and cilantro. Chicken in all its forms — grilled, breaded, cooked in tomatillo sauce. Burritos, chimichangas, fajitas.

Beef tips sauteed in jalapenos, tomatoes and onions. Huevos con chorizo. And for folks who want to stick with an Arkansas menu, specials include catfish and fried pickles. Right there in Perryville. Good iced tea and Jarritos in many flavors. You can’t go wrong here. You won’t find goat parades every day in Perryville, but you’ve got a good reason to go to this little burb just north of town. Even the decor, its chairs carved with agave and caballero images and its ceiling hung with papel picado, charms. Service was a bit slow, but that might be because Perryville, and thus Hidalgo’s, was filled to the gills with goatlovers.











‘A Star Is Born’ remake is anything but shallow. BY SAM EIFLING


Friday Oct. 12 2018 9PM Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces are back to turn up the funk on Friday, October 12 at South on Main! Their music is essentially R&B and Funk, yet it also taps into those umbrella categories of Jazz, Soul, World, Pop, Latin, Blues, and Folk, making their concoction of music play on the heart’s pace with as many dashes of simple fun as there is deep intellectualism. Show starts at 9 pm with a $10 cover. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat at a table. Reserve a table by calling (501) 244-9660.

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f you were skeptical of the trailers for “A Star Is Born,” which gave the re-re-re-revisited classic Hollywood tale a too-pat feel, let the film’s opening sequence reset your expectations. A handheld camera follows swaggering, staggering Western rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper, who also directs) onto the stage before thousands of screaming fans. Jack shakes some prescription pills into his palm and tosses them back, then grabs his guitar and laces into a kind of Black Keys-via-Nashville anthem as you, the viewer, stay planted in the center of the action. Suddenly you’ve forgotten what you know about what’s to come — that Lady Gaga will rise from her divebar singing days to become, as the title insists, a very big deal — and give in to the raw, animal rush of flashing lights, a pulsing crowd and explosive rock ’n’

roll. You inhale, for just a second, the hyperoxygenated air of fame. These are the stakes here: It’s got to be someone, so it might as well be you. Cooper approaches this old Cinderella story with just the right amount of jaundice, and just the right amount of romance. Jack’s a megastar and he’s a drunk, it’s clear real quick, but he’s functional enough to stumble into a drag night at a random bar and see real talent when it sings “La Vie en Rose” to him in close quarters. Gaga’s Ally is the diamond in the rough destined to stay there, working some menial foodservice job and living with her livery car driver father (Andrew Dice Clay), who was sure he could’ve out-sung Sinatra back in the day and who has already resigned her to a life of anonymity. But in very short order, Jack whisks her to a gig he’s playing and drags her onstage to

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Two Days in October In October 1967, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion. In Wisconsin, a student protest marked the first time a campus anti-war demonstration turned violent. Director Robert Kenner tells wrenching parallel stories featuring American and Viet Cong soldiers, students, police officers, and faculty members. Collectively, they speak to the heartbreak of war and the division it wrought. Based on They Marched Into Sunlight by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Maraniss; Winner of the Peabody Award and the Primetime Emmy.



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sing one of her original songs in a scene that would, if not for the direction, be painfully campy. Again we’re on stage, in front of a screaming throng, the lights are up, the band is hot, and Ally — being Lady Gaga and all — has the pipes to absolutely detonate. The song, “Shallow,” is one Lady Gaga co-wrote, and it’s an instant Oscar contender. Ditto Cooper as an actor, and as the director — hell, as the producer, too, because this is almost a sure thing for a Best Picture nomination. (Don’t be shocked if you see cinematographer Matthew Libatique and editor Jay Cassidy in that mix, either.) “A Star Is Born” works as a captivating concert film and as a nuanced celebration and critique of the costs of chasing fame via art. But it also works as an exceptional film on alcoholism, and as a fierce critique of masculinity and family. While Jack and Ally are the heart and the propulsion for the story, the strained relationship between Jack and his older brother (Sam Elliott) is just as searing. Cooper plays Jack with a gravelly rumble for a voice, even telling his older brother that he stole his voice — both a complement and a compliment to Elliott’s famous timbre, which has always sounded like sentient saddle just waking up. In just a half-dozen scenes together, the

two actors convince you they’re family who’ve rarely been apart but still left too much unsaid. Plenty of people will go expecting to see Gaga ignite in her own star turn; you’ve seen her on the silver screen before, but this performance is a leap in weight class, no offense to “Muppets Most Wanted.” Here she’s got to play Ally as a reluctant diva, and if you were going to design a challenge for Lady Gaga, that’s a tantalizing one. Yet even as Ally rides the heady rush of her own rise — fed largely by a cynical-bordering-on-sleazy exec played by Rafi Gavron — she never abandons her love for Jack. Meanwhile, he fights the bottle and an encroaching tinnitus that threatens his career; they fight, and the tension feels earned. The final struggle here, though, isn’t against the trappings of fame so much as it’s against the harsh past that gave them something to say in the first place. Jack likes to tell Ally that she has to protect her real voice, even as she’s morphing from a folky songbird into a Gen Y pop sensation, and in a sense he’s talking to himself. The understated joy of “A Star Is Born” is watching how much she does to protect him along the way. Because when your voice goes, that’s it.

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The Studio Theatre Evil Dead - The Musical


South on Main Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces


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South on Main Davison


South on Main Bijoux with J. Phil


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kets a minute. It shipped baskets by rail car and by tractor-trailer truck. The Swann family also owned a mill in Nashville (Howard County), called Nashville Crate. Doug Swann worked there for a period, but after being shot at by an employee, his uncle, Henry Swann, brother of Swann Sr., ran it. The mill supplied crates and covers — lids for the baskets that are included in the merchandise shipment, so customers can seal up the contents after filling them — and employed 50 people. The Swann family ran Nasvhille Crate from 1972 until 2003. The business had some really good years, Swann said. “We made good money and everything was going smooth,” he said. Then, fighting among his employees caused Swann to begin requiring drug testing, and he lost about a quarter of his workforce. He spent a few years building it back up. In 2011, Swann Sr. died. Business changed, and the Swann brothers developed ways to make the company more profitable, including selling their trucks, letting go of their drivers and hiring out their deliveries. Just as they were preparing to implement those changes in March 2015, Doug stopped to help a driver whose car was stuck on a hill in his neighborhood. “He was a good Samaritan, Doug was,” Kathy Swann said. There had been a ice storm, and roads were slick. Doug fell and hurt

his knee in the process, and a week later, while recovering from knee surgery, he suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was 55. “It was pretty devastating,” Swann said. “He just bought a new truck, a new bass boat. He was still really excited for things to come.” In the years since Doug Swann’s death, the business hasn’t made much money, but it hasn’t lost any, either. Swann has cut his employees from around 90 to fewer than 50 people. And as soon as the last of the logs in the lumber yard runs out, LRC&B is shutting down. The family is in the process of trying to sell the factory, and they’ve had some interest. Swann said they would love to have the business continue operations in Arkansas. After running the factory for his entire adult life, Swann is ready to rest. “I’ve been doing it pretty much on my own and I’m tired,” he said. “It’s taken its toll on me.” Swann Jr. and Kathy have been married for 40 years, and for all those years, Swann Jr. was on call for the factory all day, every day. “I’ve known a lot of hard-working men, but nobody like this man,” Kathy said. “He never gets angry, unless he really needs to. He deserves this break. I think it’s wonderful. I can’t wait. … Hopefully God will give us a good amount of time.”

Swann said they would love to have the business continue operations in Arkansas.


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Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival benefitting Argenta Arts District

Friday, Nov. 2nd 6-9pm $25 Adv • $35 Door

On 4th Street in between Main and Popular in Downtown NLR (Argenta)

Join the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau tent and find out about the Locally Labeled Passport Program — your ticket to learn about and enjoy Little Rock’s 11 craft beer breweries, two wineries and historic distillery

Visit the Ale Trail tent to experience the Ozarks’ finest craft brews! The Fayetteville Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas.

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