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From the web In response to the Oct. 16 Arkansas Blog post “UA Little Rock picks firm to study football”: I guess UALR has money to waste. This study will probably conclude with the same results the 30 Crossing [study] did, i.e. this is a “have to” idea. Then UALR can follow the ASU model of funding it, charge the students, use tax dollars, and borrow from the budgets of other departments. arkdemocrat
Great idea. Then let big daddy UA give them Bielema to finish out his contract as their coach. He’ll probably last about a month in that job given the “talent” that surely exists at UALR. That should be enough to save UA the cost of firing him or buying out the contract. Razorblade If UALR is fortunate enough to gain a marching band, I pray that they’ll have saucy majorettes instead of those whiney flag squads. louie
No no no no. Who thinks this is remotely a good idea? With the growing evidence of health concerns combined with the vast majority of schools losing money on football, what the what? Their AD answered the question — don’t waste money, especially if it’s a veiled excuse to try and save the crappy War Memorial Stadium. That ship has sailed and so should any serious thought that money should be spent to discover something already answered. yapperjohn
Look for a “study” that says, “It’s Time For Some Big-Time Collegiate Football in War Memorial Stadium!” Schools don’t puke up big bux for studies that say, “Naw, You SmallTime Colleges With No On-Campus Student Body Would Be Pissing Money Down a Rat Hole If You Ponied Up $5M a Year for a Top Rated Coach Like Bret Bielema to Put You in the Alabama-Buckeyes Big Time.” Claude Bahls Well, it’s a good thing they aren’t wasting any of that money on expanding academic programs or scholarships for underrepresented populations. tsallernarng
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A feasibility study does not actually give a recommendation. It puts numbers on start-up and annual costs. Those numbers are based on things like what stadium will be used, what conferences the school can play in, and what the average revenue and expenses of programs in those conferences are like. LRreporter In response to the Oct. 16 Arkansas Blog post “Fort Smith legislator paid almost $700,000 on port concept. A waste, says one evaluation.”:
Conservative welfare at its finest. was not. What is it about Fort Smith elected Arbiter of All Things AOAT officials? Jake Files and now this guy. I think the finances of all our legislators [He said] he has had to pay taxes need to be examined. on his income and bear the cost of his Poison Apple “family’s benefits package.” Oh, wow! Just imagine if everyone Does [Mat] Pitsch have ANY pro- had to do that! And on an average of, fessional qualifications in the freight what, about $80,000 a year — not transportation area? The Arkansas including his income, etc., from his Department of Transportation has legislative boondoggling, er, work, of multimodal planning responsibilities course. and actually has qualified consultants Doigotta on retainer for river port studies. This should have come through them IF Fort Smith and Sebastian County there was a need to study, which there seem to be most eager to allow members of the legislature to rip them off for projects that never get built. I guess that is the conservative ethic at work. Plainjim In response to the Arkansas Times’ Oct. 12 profile of attorney Mike Laux, who has sued the Little Rock Police Department five times over police-involved shootings. Yes, there are criminals that should be arrested for breaking the law, but glossing over unjustified excessive force and fatal shootings is making the city of Little Rock more violent. Mr. Laux explained what he sees happening in Little Rock and I agree with his comments. You can pray about the violence until you are blue in the face, but nothing will change until the state government, city officials and the police department show the public that they take police shootings seriously, want the truth and will pursue justice, so everyone else involved will take it seriously. If they don’t, the violence will get worse and it will be their fault. ShineonLibby In response to the Times’ Oct. 12 story “DHS rule change threatens disabled care: ARChoices algorithm inspires state and federal lawsuits.” Now how did DHS “lose the data” for the algorithm that determined the level of care? This is not believable. Either someone is lying or incompetent. Legal Services needs to depose Tami Harlan, the deputy director of medical services under oath. Let us see what Tami Harlan says. Orval Falsebus Choosing levels of care by the use of the abacus is the same as length of the rope vs. body weight to insure a successful hanging. Medical care is
not Moneyball. This is the situation of getting what you want but not wanting what you get. Going for the record again Why can’t DHS or any state agency answer questions? This attitude of we don’t have to account to anyone for why or what we do is increasing and it is approved of by the governor. It sounds like they are covering up something they don’t want the public to know. I consider lying a sin, even if it isn’t on Charlton Moses Heston’s Ten Commandments chart. What happened to the Arkansas government’s morals, integrity, and common decency toward other human beings? You would almost think they want people who are elderly, disabled, sick and poor to die so they won’t be a liability to the state budget. If that were true, they should not be governing or in charge of people’s lives. They practice fetus worship but kill off people they think aren’t important to their voter base. They are really pro-death. There is nothing pro-life about them. Are they getting their orders from Donald? Or has he allowed them to finally show their true natures? ShineonLibby
From Facebook In response to the Oct. 16 Arkansas Blog post “Judge objects to trainer’s reference to Black Lives Matter,” about Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen’s complaint that during a recent training for courtroom personnel an instructor called BLM a hate group “like the KKK”: But which of these groups have a history of murder, intimidation and government sanctioned terror? Reginald Ford One group wants to wipe out all others who are not white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants, though it is sometimes vague on just HOW they plan to accomplish that ... as they hold their AR-15s. The other group is protesting the injustice that allows police to kill blacks at a very high rate, with the judiciary further allowing it. Their implementation to accomplish that is peaceful protest, and to continue to bring the blatant injustice to light through video and publicity of cases. HOW is BLM a hate group, again? Betty J. Rousey
violent deceitful hate group, little different than the old-time KKK. Steve Estrada
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Black Lives Matter was begun by grieving mothers of sons slaughtered by police. So this guy equates moms w/the KKK??? Denise Parkinson I am so pleased that Judge Griffen spoke out. Margaret Ann Gibson Niven In response to the Oct. 15 Arkansas Blog post “Talking Turkey, Yellville Turkey Trot Style: This is godawful and cruel - what kind of a person would participate in this? Fran Owens Few People up here take pride in their barbarism. Look who they vote for. As for AG&F’s sponsorship, I believe they have a turkey calling contest at the Kelley Slab site. Don’t expect Chamber sponsors to effect much change. Remember the Klan exists quite openly just over the county line in Boone. Institutionalized animal cruelty is par for such a community. J.R. Pinky
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Arkansas, you’re proving your ignorance by keeping this tradition going another year. This is barbaric. Stop! These turkeys don’t always land safely when being thrown from an airplane at 100 mph and the people who think this is funny and entertaining are ridiculous. Jessica Garrison Animal cruelty should be EVERYONE’S business. Ditto child abuse, elderly abuse. Arkansas has become the laughing stock of the country, thanks to Yellville. This gene pool needs to be drained, and fast. Such an embarrassment to the State. Elizabeth Wood Maybe you should visit a chicken/ turkey processing plant and watch the hang them upside down it a dark room and cut their throats so they will bleed out. Then steam their feather off before the suck their guts out with a vacuum. Then dropping them from a plane won’t seem so bad. Sonny Bell
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Quote of the week “Continuing the trend of adding massive amounts onto our national debt and doing nothing to change programs that are in dire need of reforms hurts hardworking Americans both today and tomorrow who will have to pay for this unfunded package.” — Arkansas 2nd District U.S. Rep. French Hill in a statement explaining his vote against a bill that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, the flood insurance program and wildfire response. The vote was 353 in favor, 69, with all the nays coming from Republicans. Hill said earlier he was “proud” to vote for the aid package for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas and Florida because “America is strongest when neighbor supports neighbor.”
Law stopped that would halt Planned Parenthood from providing abortions In a surprise ruling, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a federal district judge’s injunction against a new Arkansas anti-abortion law to remain in effect while Planned Parenthood seeks a U.S. Supreme Court review of whether Arkansas Act 577 of 2015 is constitutional. The law requires abortion providers to have a physician with hospital admitting privileges if they prescribe the pills used to induce miscarriage in the first 8 to 9 weeks of pregnancy. Doctors, fearing reprisals from anti-abortion advocates, have been unwilling to sign on. The pharmaceutical abortion is safer than natural childbirth, but the legislature passed it under the pretense it was aimed at protecting women. Its real aim was to put Planned Parenthood 6
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out of the abortion business and end the availability of medical abortion in Arkansas. That’s the only type of abortion provided by Planned Parenthood at clinics in Fayetteville and Little Rock. It is also included among services of the state’s only other abortion provider, Little Rock Family Planning, which also provides clinical abortions. Those abortions are not covered by the law. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker earlier ruled the law unconstitutional as an undue burden on women. But the 8th Circuit sent the case back to her for more specific testimony on the burden that the closure of Planned Parenthood clinics would mean to women. The 8th Circuit also initially refused to back off its order lifting Baker’s injunction. Planned Parenthood made another plea for a stay while it seeks U.S. Supreme Court review. Similar laws have been struck down in other states. Last week, the 8th Circuit said the preliminary injunction could remain in effect, something of a surprise given the strong anti-abortion and conservative bent of a court dominated by Republican appointees.
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But the bad feelings will linger and A rap concert at the Metroplex affect City Hall politics at a minimum. scheduled for Oct. 13 in Little Rock In a Facebook post, Rep. Charles Blake was canceled after city officials (D-Little Rock) suggested race was a expressed concerns about public factor in the city leaders’ statements. safety. Two people had been shot at Mayoral candidate Frank Scott also past concerts of Moneybagg Yo, the criticized Stodola for pushing to cancel Memphis rapper slated to perform at the show. the Metroplex. Police Chief Kenton Buckner had expressed concern to concert promoters last week about the sufficiency of security for the show. The promoter increased the number Speculation that another Donald of Little Rock police to be hired to 15, Trump Cabinet shakeup could send in addition to its own security, plus Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton to head the planned metal screening. The City CIA continues. The latest comes in an Board and Mayor Mark Stodola learned article on the website Axios. Oct. 12 of the chief’s concern and blew Apart from the obvious peril to a gasket. Why hadn’t they been told the well being of the United States before? Why was only City Manager in such a move, Arkansans might Bruce Moore in Buckner’s loop? An take local comfort in believing that unhappy Stodola was overheard by an Governor Hutchinson would have a Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter hard time finding someone colder or after a City Board budget meeting less compassionate as an interim U.S. pressing City Attorney Tom Carpenter senator until the seat could be filled by phone to go to court to enjoin the by election. concert. Carpenter apparently relayed Cotton’s good relationship with some First Amendment prior restraint Trump is cited as one reason for his concerns. Win or lose, Stodola emergence as a top candidate. Another wanted to forge ahead. The show and double-edged sword. emergency meeting were scrapped.
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have several government targets this week: PRISON MANAGEMENT: The state of Arkansas has already been turned into an illicit drug junkie to obtain chemicals to kill death row inmates. Now, to cope with an outbreak of violence in prison units (filled to overflowing thanks in part to ill-considered parole policies), it is going to increase the number of solitary confinement cells. Arkansas again is on the wrong side of a national trend. Other states are using fewer punitive isolations cells because of the mental damage they cause. More guards, higher pay, better parole procedures, realistic sentencing instead? Not in Arkansas. MAYOR’S RACE, YO: Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, facing re-election opponents next year, had an over-thetop reaction to a scheduled rap show at the Metroplex by Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo. Police Chief Kenton Buckner was aware that there’d been violence at two club shows at which Mr. Yo performed and that Mr. Yo’s own van
had once been shot up in New Jersey. MAX Buckner talked with BRANTLEY firstname.lastname@example.org the promoter, who agreed to hire 15 Little Rock officers as security, along with a private staff of 30. Buckner apparently also had other plans to use additional uniformed and nonuniformed officers. He felt he could provide adequate security and indicated he was reluctant to get into the business of deciding who can and cannot play club dates in Little Rock. Not Mayor Stodola or a number of other members of the City Board. They flipped their collective lid and were on the brink of an emergency City Board meeting to authorize a legal attempt to shut the concert down when the promoter canceled it. The City Board and mayor need to stay out of day-to-day management of the police department, for one thing. For another, they shouldn’t be making calls on acceptability of entertainment. If the police chief isn’t capable of deciding whether he can adequately
The casting couch
K then, #Me Too. Long ago and far away, I had an academic superior who enjoyed sexually humiliating younger men. There was unwanted touching — always in social situations — but mainly it was about making suggestive remarks, hinting that being a “hunk” was how I’d got hired. My “pretty little wife,” as she was insultingly called, got to stand there and watch. We had no idea how to defend ourselves. There was a second guy in my department, also an administrator with power over one’s career, who made a practice of inviting younger men on manly hikes in the woods and making aggressive passes. It was a thoroughly poisonous atmosphere. I knew that to complain would invite ruin: first through what’s now called “gaslighting” — claiming I’d imagined everything — followed by accusations of sexual panic and homophobia. A definite no-win situation. Ironically, life in a New England college town had been among my Arkansas wife’s girlhood dreams. Instead, she found herself patronized to her face when she opened her mouth — always by academics, never ordinary New Eng-
landers, I should stipulate. I quit before they could fire me. But it was a real learning experience. In consequence, although definitely not Mr. Sensitive, when it comes to sexual abuse I’ve always understood what women are talking about. GENE Much of the LYONS time, it isn’t even about desire — apart from the desire to put you down and keep you there. That said, my situation was far less threatening than the women preyed upon by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. First, there was no possibility of physical force. Second, my antagonists’ power was limited to the precincts of one provincial academic department. All I had to do was walk away. No harm, no foul. Not so Weinstein. As the head honcho at one of the most successful movie companies in the world, he had the wherewithal to advance or ruin an actress’ entire career. Based upon first-person accounts in Ronan Farrow’s lengthy New Yorker expose, he was a
secure events in the city, Little Rock has complex in Ward; improvements to the a problem. Stodola defends his decision. community center in Guy; renovations to Shutting down a rap show is a winner in emergency operations centers in Conway a certain segments of the population. Not and Little Rock; a marketing study for the so with many others, including mayoral Saline County fairgrounds; water safety opponent Frank Scott Jr. and state Rep. classes for disabled people in North Little Charles Blake, both of whom happen to Rock; a beautification project for private be black. When a white politician says Shorter College; sending kids to a Salvasomething isn’t about race … it’s about tion Army summer camp in Oklahoma; a race. ballfield for College Station; body camPORK BARRELING: Mike Wilson’s eras for Conway police; police departlawsuit put a legal stop to a legislative ment renovations in England; a pavilion money-laundering scheme in which state for Two Rivers Park in Pulaski County. money was run through regional planThe list also included $100,000 for ning agencies and then spent as legisla- an affiliate of the wealthy and powerful tors directed. It was an end-run around Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, earlier Wilson victories relying on the the lobby for the state’s biggest businesses. state Constitution’s bar on state spend- About half has been paid out. This, arguing on purely local projects. ably, had a statewide purpose – paying for The planning agency that was focus staff and a tour of the state to encourage of the suit, the Central Arkansas Plan- people to train for skilled trades with ning and Development District, still sits manpower shortages, such as plumbing. on about $1 million it had allocated as But … the chamber is a lobby with enough legislators requested, but not yet spent. money to get the legislature to cut workIt likely is to be returned to the state trea- ers comp and unemployment benefits sury. The unpaid projects illustrate the and to support constitutional changes problem Wilson sought to correct: that make it hard to sue for injuries and A warning siren for Little Italy; side- easier to get taxpayer-financed corporate walk work and a generator for the animal welfare for businesses. Can’t they pay shelter in Cabot; restrooms for a sports for their own job recruitment effort?
calculating predator who set the same trap repeatedly in luxury hotel suites in New York, Hollywood, London and Paris. He’d invite a young actress to meeting in his hotel suite, greet her with drink in hand wearing nothing but a bathrobe, and then pounce, sometimes violently. A big time Democratic donor, Weinstein followed the script as written by Donald J. Trump. You remember how it goes: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” If certain of the New Yorker allegations could be proved — alas, they probably cannot — Weinstein belongs not in some luxury European rehab, but an American penitentiary. He’s more than a sexual harasser; he’s a rapist. Also, apparently, a bully in other ways. “Lucky me,” commented the British actress Kate Winslet. “I somehow dodged that bullet. The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened, and I’m sure the feeling is universal.” Of course, Weinstein didn’t invent the concept of the Hollywood casting couch nor the louche sexual ethics of the movie business generally. Trading sexual favors for sought-after parts is as old as the theater. The ancient Greek dra-
matists Sophocles and Euripides were famous for their adventurous love lives. Indeed, one of the most interesting articles to emerge from the Weinstein affair was Slate’s recounting of a British fan magazine’s 1956 expose entitled “The Perils of Show Business.” Incongruously illustrated with cheesecake photos, it featured the following rules from actress Marigold Russell that working women everywhere would be well-advised to heed: “One: When you have to talk business, stick to offices — and office hours. Two: Refer invitations and offers to your agent. Three: Don’t give your home phone number, give your agent’s.” Me, I’m so vain that I can’t imagine wanting intimacy with somebody that didn’t want me back. Which in the final analysis makes a bully like Weinstein seem almost pathetic to me, although not to his victims, I’m sure. That said, there’s also something smug and ugly about these ritual media stonings. For a columnist like the New York Times’ Bret Stephens to write that Weinstein’s “repulsive face turns out to be the spitting image of his putrescent soul” strikes me as seriously over the line. We sinless pundits hide carefully behind our bylines.
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olitical junkies without a real nance in the state, Cotton’s appointelection to overanalyze fill the ment would appear not to risk a safe void with “what if?” scenarios. GOP seat. It would also likely create a With the Arkansas State Fair underway, factionalized battle in a GOP primary, consider this column a helping of cotton however. As in the candy for such readers. recent Alabama The tensions between President race, two clear Trump and Secretary of State Rex Til- lanes would likely lerson are now known in colorful detail. show themselves: While the principals claim the conflict one for the estabJAY to be overstated, with the secretary lishment wing BARTH of state providing us the unnecessary and the other for detail that he’s yet to be gelded, most the populist wing. Hutchinson would assume Tillerson’s days to be num- have first dibs on the establishment lane bered and CIA head Mike Pompeo as and a decision by the former congressthe leading possibile replacement. In man to return to Washington might recent weeks, with the Trump admin- well reduce the populist lane to more istration needing to determine ways to fringe candidates, like GOP gubernatolimit chaos with an easy confirmation rial nomination challenger Jan Morprocess, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton has regu- gan, unless the Steve Bannon faction of larly been mentioned as a replacement the national GOP engaged in pulling a for Pompeo at the CIA. higher profile populist into the race. A This set of moves would have major pass on the race by Hutchinson would implications for U.S. foreign policy. It create a battle royale with Congresswould also have implications for Cot- men Steve Womack or French Hill as ton’s ultimate presidential ambitions. prospective establishment candidates, While a shift from the U.S. Senate to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge or the CIA is anything but typical (indeed, State Sen. Jason Rapert vying for the it’s never occurred), it would further populist lane, and the rare candidate deepen the foreign policy section of like Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin trying to merge Cotton’s resume, would likely invigo- the two lanes. The race might even be rate him intellectually and would for- tempting enough to lure Floridian Mike malize his connection to Trump, whose Huckabee, who remains popular in the voters will be of outsized importance in state, back to make another Senate run. election cycles to come. The downsides While Democrats lack an obvious are that, most days, Cabinet officials are viable candidate, as shown by the parlower profile and that it would remove ty’s challenge in fielding a gubernatorial him from the debate over immigration candidate to this point, this race might reform, where Cotton has dedicated mark a space for a moderate candidate — significant energies and is a topic more like former House Speaker Davy Carter naturally invigorating for Trump voters. — to run as an Independent with DemThe real fun for Arkansas politi- ocratic backing. (That strategy is not cal junkies comes back home, where feasible in a governor’s race because this set of events would create a mon- the Democrats must gain 3 percent of strous domino effect in Arkansas poli- the vote for governor to maintain their tics. That’s because in the last legisla- line on the ballot.) tive session election law was tweaked Of course, several of those potential to make any appointment to the U.S. GOP candidacies would open up other Senate by the governor a short stint, seats down below. The Hutchinson lasting until only the next general elec- decision would be most consequential tion. Governor Hutchinson would be in this regard, creating a premature able to appoint a caretaker to the spot battle for governor between several of — likely a low-frills business type like those listed above. Sen. Kaneaster Hodges, who filled that Because of its dramatic rise to domrole for just over a year after Sen. John inance, the Republican talent pool McClellan’s death in 1977 — but there remains shallow for higher profile would be a full-scale election in 2018 races, creating unpredictability and for the important post (assuming the fresh faces for Arkansas’s electorate vacancy occurred before early July). to consider. While Democrats have even The appointee would not be able to run more challenges with their relatively for a full term under Amendment 29 of empty political bench, this would crethe state Constitution. ate new opportunities for inroads for Based on the party’s sudden domi- the out party.
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eems like a bad prescription for identity and stabilbeating the All-Pro assemblage ity, the defense is just of talent that dons Alabama garb doing everything it year in, year out, but the Arkansas Ra- can to avoid embarzorbacks started their third quarterback rassing itself, which in three years against the Crimson Tide, is a tragic objective and the end result was predictable. This in and of itself. The BEAU WILCOX 41-9 beating unquestionably could have safeties were wildly been worse: The Tide stormed out to a out of position much of the night, but 17-0 lead a few minutes in, racing 75 yards most plainly illustrated on the opening for a touchdown on the opening play from play from scrimmage, when Damien Harscrimmage and then taking advantage of ris bolted 75 yards through a crease that short fields thereafter. more closely resembled a pasture. Everybody’s new favorite lumbering Alabama tailbacks make a living off signal-caller, Cole Kelley, was anything Arkansas defenders’ bad instincts and but the problem. In fact, but for a misread flinches. Alabama defensive backs make in the final minutes, he would have been a living off Hog quarterbacks’ overthrows the first Arkansas quarterback to make it and underthrows and off-target heaves. through a game against Alabama without Alabama linebackers smother Razorback an interception in — get this — 19 years. tailbacks if the linemen don’t turn them The big guy got chased around a lot, obvi- onto their backside first. These are staples ously, and he went down a few times, but of this alleged rivalry, and Bret Bielema he also showed a penchant for hanging spoke a couple of years ago at a springin a shrinking pocket and delivering the time meeting of Razorback supporters ball with appreciable accuracy. at how proud he was to have recruited, Kelley’s problem is the same as that of and landed, players that had offers from his similarly framed predecessor, Ryan Alabama. Mallett. He’s trying to hum some slant For Bielema to be targeting the types routes so hard that it makes life tough for of players that Alabama is targeting is, in a bunch of receivers who lack experience principle, the kind of thing that should altogether, much less under the constant pay dividends on the field. And therein blanket that Alabama’s array of high-level lies the aggravation that Hog fans are now defensive backs provide. A little more strongly voicing toward the embattled touch should come with repetition, but coach: The roster that is in Fayetteville the positive thing about Kelley — and this right now is not one bereft of talent. No, is not to degrade Austin Allen — is that it’s not comparable to Bama’s in terms of he was generally unflappable in his first sheer depth, but those deficiencies can collegiate start, on the most hostile turf be negated through effective game-planpossible, and that bodes well for his future. ning and smart personnel moves. HalfOf course, it remains anyone’s guess as way through what is shaping up to be a to who will be overseeing Kelley’s devel- forgettable 2017 season, such acuity has opment. The offensive line continues to not been witnessed. betray the Hogs against all competition, Losing the likes of cornerback Ryan great and small, and some shuffling this Pulley and wide receiver Jared Cornelius week didn’t pay any extraordinary divi- certainly has harmed the team, but their dends. No Razorback tailback has come presence would not change the ugly 2-4 close to reaching the 100-yard mark (overall), 0-3 (SEC) record that hangs onto against the Tide since Darren McFadden the Hogs, albatross-style, at the moment. did it against Nick Saban’s first, rebuild- They return home to face Auburn, a team ing squad back in 2007, and the rushing that simply kicked, punched and walresults were flat-out ugly again Saturday loped them to the tune of a 56-3 loss last night at Bryant-Denny: 29 carries for 27 fall that may have signaled the dark times total yards, which is skewed downward that have followed. Arkansas entered that by lost yardage on sacks. With that said, game 5-2, and is 4-8 since, with every when your leading rusher has 18 yards loss being progressively more discour(Devwah Whaley’s output on five car- aging. The Tigers were upended by LSU ries) and the guy who has run the hardest in a surprise at Baton Rouge last weekall year, David Williams, gets all of three end, failing to score another touchdown opportunities, the running game again after taking an early 20-0 lead, so they’re constitutes a disappointment, irrespec- teetering enough that the Hogs might be tive of the competition. able to reconnoiter and breathe life back If the offense is struggling to find an into a dying season. 10
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We are where you are. THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE
his whole “raising a kid” thing is closing up shop now, Junior somehow 18 years old this coming December and graduating soon after that. His Dear Old Pa has to keep reminding himself that by this time next year, that child we once held in the crook of an arm as he stared in goggle eyed wonder at the Christmas tree will be off to college, no longer filling our little house on Maple Street with the sound of his increasingly loud footsteps, no longer cleaning out the cabinets like a starving refugee, no longer the boy we knew but a man, God bless him, grown from not bigger than a minute to 6-foot4, with his whole life unspooling before him like a silver ribbon. It all seemingly took no more time than a ray of morning sunlight, creeping across the floor. If you don’t believe us, have a child and see. His mother and Her Loving Man have entered the alternately beautiful and sorrowful Country of Lasts now: last first day of school, last time signing up for classes, last football game, last trip to the music store to replace the umpteenth lost flip folio or lyre or tuba-specific whatsits, last performance in the drafty auditorium at Central High, home of the mighty Tigers, ever true to the black and gold. We trekked to Bryant last night around dusk for the last of his marching band competitions, the Central High School Stereophonic Storm of the Mid-South not as sizable as it was when he started was crisp and fluid in their movements, Junior out there in the back line with his tremendous, muchwrassled Sousaphone wrapped around him like the trunk of a mechanical elephant; the Sousaphone that will rattle the glasses and plates in the cabinets when he practices in our little house on Maple Street. Midway through Central’s performance, The Observer turned to his mother there in the cold and windy bleachers to remark on how their competition show last year seemed to have more movement in it, and found the woman who went down and knocked at the very door of death some years ago
to give Junior life silently crying. The Observer, who has never in 25 years known what to do when Our Rock sheds a tear, put an arm around her and told her that it would be OK, that I am proud of her. It was, after all this, the only thing we knew to do. As you know if you’ve watched this space, there is almost exactly — to the month and day — the same amount of time separating Junior from his Old Man as separated The Observer from our late Pa, him almost 16 years in his grave now. Junior is 17, and The Observer is 43, which means that when The Observer was 17, our own Pa was exactly at the same spot on the wheel as we are now, his life quickly winding down to zero at a young 51, though he didn’t, of course, know it at the time. The coincidence or serendipity has always made The Observer feel something that we can’t quite put a name to. A thankful amusement, maybe, that the Universe would have such a sense of humor as to so specifically rub our nose in what we put Pa through all through the years, or maybe an awed suspicion that, if you look closely enough, our lives are not floating collections of debris on the tide, but the perfect, tiny movements of unfathomably complicated clockworks; wheels within wheels, spinning in darkness, chance meshing with faith, the pendulums of wonder and happenstance swinging and swinging, counting out the days of these lives. The Observer thought of all this as we watched Junior glide across the field with some of the best friends he’ll ever have in his life, their steps as perfect and measured as ticking clocks. Like a lot of The Observer’s thoughts, it wasn’t something we could put into words and make sound sane without putting pixels to screen, as we are now (we’re not doing so hot, come to think of it, even with the help of modern technology). So instead of saying anything, we just hugged the love of our life a little tighter there on the cold bleachers as she dabbed at her eyes, both of us trying to make this Last last, if only just a little bit longer.
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MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER: The original 1913 building at Ninth and Broadway streets was destroyed by fire in 2005 and reconstructed in its entirety. The museum opened in 2008.
What’s in a name?
Plenty, Mosaic Templars supporters say. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
five-year strategic plan’s sugges- the name change idea “came out of the tion that the Mosaic Templars community in part” and from reports of Cultural Center change its name reviews of Mosaic Templars by other to the Mosaic Museum of African Ameri- museum people. “It kept coming up,” she can History and Culture drew the ire said. “I looked and said, ‘Here’s an opporof around 40 people attending a Sun- tunity.’ ” Shutt stressed that the change day community meeting called by the was only a suggestion, and that she had no museum. intention of changing the legislative name Attendees at the meeting, held on the of the museum (the Mosaic Templars campus of Philander Smith College and of America Center for African Amerifacilitated by Philander marketing direc- can Culture and Business Enterprise). tor Jenelle Prim, quickly commandeered Instead, it could keep that name but do the structure of the meeting, refusing business under another — “doing busiPrim’s request that they break into small ness as,” Shutt said — that would make groups to consider several questions put clear the museum’s mission of presenting forward by the museum regarding its role African-American history in Arkansas and future growth. But that idea incensed Sunday’s meetThe name change is included in a doc- ing attendees, who included members of ument drawn up as part of the museum’s the Mosaic Templars Building Preservaapplication for national accreditation. tion Society, which worked for nine years Museum Director Christina Shutt said to get the state legislature on board to
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create the museum; former Mayor Lottie Shackelford; state Sen. Irma Hunter Brown; and Arkansas Black History Commission chair Carla Hines Coleman. The Mosaic Templars of America fraternal organization was founded in 1882 by former slaves John E. Bush and Chester W. Keatts and became an international order. The preservation group’s passion to create an institution that would honor Bush and Keatt’s efforts to create what would become, by 1913, the largest black business in the United States, was such that when the Mosaic Templars office building burned to the ground in 2005, just after work to restore it had begun, the state determined to rebuild the building as it was in its prime. It includes exhibits on African-American businesses at the turn of the century, the history of Ninth Street and urban renewal’s degradation of the neighborhood and a third-floor auditorium, which is entered through the Black Hall of Fame. After meeting attendees persuaded Prim that they wanted to meet as a committee of the whole, she began to go through a series of questions with them: What do you think of when you think of Mosaic Templars? What is unique about the museum? What are its most impor-
tant programs? But no matter the question, the answers took the form of testimony about why the Mosaic Templars should be remembered and honored, rather than casting the museum as about AfricanAmerican history in general. Constance Sarto, who is married to the grandson of Mosaic Templar Founder John Bush and was the museum’s first director, said she’d had no idea “of the power that that organization had shortly out of slavery” when she first arrived in Little Rock and that the fraternity’s history continues to be an “engaging” and rich source of knowledge about African-American entrepreneurship in Little Rock. John Graves, a professor of American History at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and the author of “Town and Country: Race Relations in an UrbanRural Context,” said he became involved with the effort to establish the Mosaic Templars center because “I found out it didn’t matter what race or ethnic group, [people] knew nothing about black history in Arkansas prior to 1950.” He said John Bush had organized in 1891 a protest of the segregation of railroad cars and had successfully lobbied the legislature to block passage of a law Gov. Jeff Davis was pushing that would have limited taxes for black schools to those generated in the black community, “which would have destroyed black schooling.” He expressed surprise that “even now, we don’t have this [history] in the museum exhibits.” “Black civil rights activism did not begin in 1957, and we need more of that history … and certainly not minimizing the history of the Mosaic Templars,” Graves said. Coleman recalled John Bush’s gift to the city of Little Rock of 15 acres for the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery. She noted that five acres of the land is under Horace Mann Middle School, suggesting that the city was repeating history, trying to bury the Bush legacy by changing the name of the museum. Phyllis Brown, a Little Rock native and activist, went so far as to suggest the setup of the community meeting was a disingenuous ploy to distract Mosaic Templars supporters from the name issue. “You are programming us away from the main focus,” she told Prim. “One day we’re going to walk into Mosaic Templars and
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the words of John Bush will have been removed from the wall … and it will say, ‘We was good to our niggers.’ ” In a phone interview later, Brown said that removing the Templars name was a “form of revisionist history. … Templars is the core of the building — the international organization — and I just feel that the current director is trampling that history. She’s being the one to enforce this whiteness, to make it more appealing to white people.” Shutt, an archivist who before taking over the Mosaic Templars in June 2016 was the associate librarian for special collections at Hendrix College in Conway, said the response at the community meeting “took me a little bit by surprise. We had hoped to speak more about the strategic plan.” (The plan can be found on the museum’s website, mosaictemplarscenter.org.) The museum is working to reach more people, Shutt said, noting its #InclusiveArkansas campaign to increase the numbers and diversity of its visitors, including those who are disabled. “It isn’t just a museum for the 72201 ZIP code,” she said. “Black history is Arkansas history,” she added. A question that the group didn’t get to — “What other black history museums can you name” — was meant to address the fact that museum names do change, Shutt said. She gave as examples the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, which began as the Ebony Museum; the Charles H. White Museum of African American History in Detroit, which opened as the International Afro-American Museum; and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, which was opened as the Anacostia as an outreach project to bring more people from that largely black neighborhood to the Smithsonian’s museums. But one person attending the meeting Sunday described some museums as being “a little bit of this and a little bit of that, interesting but not with one major blockbuster piece of history. If we change the name, then what we are doing is divorcing the community from its own history. And there’s no need to do that.” The museum will finalize its accreditation application by January, Shutt said.
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1) Nine white supremacists were among 35 people rounded up in a series of gun and drug raids in Pope and Yell counties Oct. 11, with state and federal cops seizing 69 firearms, $70,000 in alleged drug money and 25 pounds of methamphetamines. What was law enforcement’s code name for the operation? A) “Operation Make the Trailer Park Great Again.” B) “Operation Chlorinate the Gene Pool.” C) “Operation Family Trees That Don’t Fork.” D) “Operation to the Dirt,” a take on an Aryan slogan for groups whose members proclaim they’ll be in racist groups until they die. 2) A man bicycling in the wilds of southeastern Pulaski County had an interesting experience recently. What, according to police, happened? A) The sun refracted off the seat of his shiny spandex bike shorts, blinding a truck driver, who crashed. B) He got a tip on his stolen bike and took the bus to San Antonio, only to find that The Alamo doesn’t actually have a basement. C) Attempted a Suicide No Hand, but only managed a Toothpick Hangover 180. D) A man allegedly ran him over with his car and then threatened him with a machete after the bicyclist sprayed the man’s dogs with a water bottle when they attacked him. 3) Rumors abound that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is being considered for a possible spot in the Trump administration. What’s the job for which he is supposedly being considered? A) President Trump’s neck fat massager. B) Jared Kushner’s purse dog wrangler. C) Personal bodyguard to the president, which is appropriate, given that Cotton is a remorseless, unfeeling cyborg sent back in time by future racists and reprogrammed to protect Trump at all costs. D) Director of the CIA. 4) Reveal, the website of the Center for Investigative Reporting, recently released a bombshell report about CAAIR, a rehab facility in northeastern Oklahoma that apparently accepted at least some residents of Arkansas after they were sentenced to drug treatment by courts. What, according to the report, was the facility’s big secret? A) It was originally started by a group of chicken company executives who were desperate to find workers for their chicken plants. B) It was a work camp, with those sentenced to attend “treatment” there forced into what amounted to slave labor, working long shifts gutting and processing chickens. C) Former workers said that many of those who got hurt and couldn’t work were soon bounced to prison, with administrators filing for and keeping any worker’s compensation payments. D) All of the above 5) The Arkansas State Police recently released draft guidelines for the eight-hour “advanced certification” course Arkansans will have to pass if they want to take advantage of a new law that allows them to bring their shootin’ irons into bars and college campuses. Which of the following is a proposed requirement of the ASP guidelines? A) Those seeking the certification must demonstrate proficiency in conceiving and delivering an appropriate one-liner before firing, with examples including “Reach for it, Bucko!” “Your move, Libtard!” and “Where’s your science now, Egghead?” B) The ability to shoot a hole through the center of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Vol. 5 at 50 paces. C) Applicants must write, from memory, a complete synopsis of each of the films in the “Death Wish” series. D) Instruction on how to deal with “emergent situations” such as active shooter scenarios. Answers: D, D, D, D, D
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hough the moral character of Arkansas may be found in its churches and its
LITTLE ROCK & NORTH LITTLE ROCK Bar Four Quarter Bar Finalists: Capital Bar and Grill, The Hillcrest Fountain, Town Pump, The White Water Tavern
brains — such as they are — at the state Capitol, the heart of this state is in its
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you know who we truly are, and as anyone who has ever had a ballpeen hangover can tell you, the vulnerability to be had in the confines of a church confessional pales in comparison to that which is found on your average bar stool around 11:59 p.m. on a Saturday night. Our annual Toast of the Town issue gives readers a chance to throw some kisses to the beating heart of Central Arkansas and beyond, bestowing tips of the electronic hat to their favorite local watering hole, dive, joint, taproom, saloon or gin mill, with spotlights
Finalists: Kevin Creasy (White Water Tavern), Richie Dean (The Hillcrest Fountain), Conan Robinson (Four Quarter Bar), Veo Tyson (SO Restaurant-Bar)
on where to get favorite drinks. It’s our way of letting all those owners, bartenders, talent
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bookers, dishwashers, hostesses and bouncers who help bring a little liquid sunshine into
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our lives that their labor wasn’t just about drawing paycheck, at least not to us. This year, Four Quarter Bar in Argenta got the nod for Best Overall Bar and Best Bar Food, while Midtown Billiards — risen like a grungy phoenix from the ashes of a September
Finalists: Cajun’s Wharf, Four Quarter Bar, Revolution Taco & Tequila Lounge, Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack
2016 fire — was a winner for Best Dive Bar. The Hillcrest Fountain said “Won’t you be
my neighbor?” in the Neighborhood Bar category, and took home additional wins for its
happy hour and pool, darts and shuffleboard. Big Orange has something to crow about for
Finalists: Bark Bar, Petit and Keet, Zin West
winning Best Cocktail List, while Lost Forty Brewing hopped on the award for best local brewery, best brewpub and best pale ale.
As usual, the Toast of the Town issue comes just as we’re gearing up for our annual Craft
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Finalists: By the Glass, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar, Zin Wine Bar West
sampling at this year’s event. Also for your perusal (best read with a cold beer at hand), David Koon swaps ghost stories and seeks the spirit of bar greatness with Four Quarter
Bar owner Conan Robinson, while Jacob Rosenberg goes to the dogs at the pooch-friendly
Bark Bar. Chug-a-lug, dear reader. You’ve earned it.
Finalists: Grumpy’s Too, Prospect Bar and Grill, Twin Peaks, West End Smokehouse and Tavern
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Good times — and reports of a famous ghost — abound at Four Quarter Bar in Argenta. BY DAVID KOON
our Quarter Bar, a local favorite since it opened in early 2016, is a place based on a promise. Owner Conan Robinson has worked in Central Arkansas bars for over 20 years, 15 of them at Midtown Billiards. He said Midtown owner Maggie Hinson made him a vow early on in his tenure there, one that panned out when the location at 415 Main St. in Argenta, which Hinson also owns, came free. “She always told me and another guy, Thomas Colclasure, who owns TC’s Midtown in Conway, that for doing what we’ve done for her for so many years, that one day we’d get bars of our own,” Robinson said. “She did make good on that promise. When it came time, and Sidetracks was kind of on its last legs and they were ready to be done, she said, ‘You ready to go?’ and I said, ‘Sure.’ ” Part of the charm of Four Quarter ARGENTA FAVORITE: Four Quarter Bar bartender Jimmy Tolan mixes a drink, the better is the way it looks: a long, cozy bowl- to fortify customers against ghosts. ing alley of a building that seems to be somehow bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. While the joint looks like fortable. They know what you want to Brown Sow. The resulting pulled pork it’s been there for a hundred years, the drink. You feel like you’re at home when makes its way into most of the things interior was actually remodeled fairly you walk in. You get great service,” he on their menu, including sandwiches, extensively before it opened, with an said. “Of course, I’m up there quite a bit nachos, tacos and more. eye toward a sort of classic-watering- behind the bar and in the kitchen, all Being a longtime talent booker, hole-meets-dive-bar aesthetic. over the place. Making friends in the bar Robinson said that when Four Quarter “We wanted to keep the historical scene for 20 years in this town, it’s awe- opened, he knew he wanted live music feel of the building and keep that vibe some. I can see somebody who I knew to be a big part of things, allowing him going, so we hit up a ton of old antique from coming into Midtown 10 years ago to tap his deep list of local music conshops and flea markets between here and remember they used to drink Stoli nections. To that end, he’s expanded and Eureka Springs,” Robinson said. and tonic or whatever. They’ll come the stage and put in a premium sound “That’s part of it. It’s so hard to put your in to check out the new place, and I’ll system. “In my many years at Midtown finger on how you get that look. I guess say, ‘You still drinking Stoli and tonic?’ booking bands, I’ve built so many great I had this thing envisioned in my head, They’re like, ‘Man, how’d you remember contacts and met so many cool people and somehow I was able to transfer that that?’ I think it’s things like that that that play in bands,” Robinson said. “I to the bar.” will keep people coming back.” just had to use that to my advantage. Even more important than the look When they started talking about bar We do everything from bluegrass and of the place is finding the right staff. food for Four Quarter, Robinson said, country to funk music and heavy metal Robinson said it’s one of the things he his mind was on pork. Robinson said shows. We kind of run the gamut.” It’s learned from working at Midtown for one of the first purchases they made all part of making everyone, from the a decade and a half: The personality of for the kitchen was a top-of-the-line suit-and-tie crowd to blue-collar worka bar often depends on the personali- electric smoker that uses wood chips ers, feel welcome. ties behind the bar, at the door and in to impart perfect flavor to the antibi“You want to be able to have people the kitchen. otic-free and humanely raised pigs sup- from all walks of life feel like they can “When you come in, you feel com- plied by Mountain Home’s Brown Chick have a good time at your place,” Robin-
son said. “You have people that could be from the upper echelons of society or in between or on the lower ranks, and they all feel OK to come out, have a drink and socialize. When people can go out to a bar and feel like they can be themselves, and not have to fit into a certain demographic or characteristic of the bar, then you’ve got a good place going on.” Like several other historic buildings in what was once the raucous railroad town of Argenta, Four Quarter is rumored to be haunted; in this case, by the ghost of a young prostitute who was murdered there, when it was a brothel called the Dirt Bar, in the late 1900s, by the owner. It’s a macabre story that’s perfect for late October. “The brothel owner had fallen in love with her,” Robinson said, “and in a fit of rage, because she had fallen in love with one of the patrons, he cut her throat and threw her over the top balcony. They say that years later, the same fate befell him: He got in an argument with somebody and his throat was cut and he was thrown over the balcony. People say they chase each other.” While Robinson said he’s never personally experienced anything at Four Quarter even though he’s spent many late nights there, his employees have shared their own odd tales. The kitchen staff has reported the trashcan lids flipping on their own at times, and bartenders have told Robinson that on occasion, the swivel stools at Four Quarter’s copper-topped bar have twisted sideways on their own and then turned back to their original position, as if an invisible person had just bellied up for a drink. Last year, Robinson was working at Four Quarter when a regular came in as a bluegrass band was onstage playing an old tune from the 1920’s, then went to the upstairs area where the shuffleboard and domino tables are located. “He came downstairs rather quickly,” Robinson said. “I met him on the stairs, and his eyes were huge. I could tell something was wrong. I said, ‘John, man, you OK?’ He was like, ‘Well, I went upstairs and there was a lady in the back corner who was dressed in this oldtimey clothing. I nodded to her, then I thought that was kind of odd. So when I tried to look back to see her again, she sort of dissipated into the wall.’ He said he’d only had one drink, and he was about to leave.” “We’re looking forward to Halloween,” Robinson said with a chuckle.
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Off the leash
Bark Bar opens for drinkers, best friends.
BY JACOB ROSENBERG
BOTTOMS UP: Dog owners enjoy libations and dogs enjoy their play area at Bark Bar.
he Bark Bar, 1201 S. Spring St., is a dog park and a bar, where
you can take your dog for varying prices: $5 for a day pass, $20 for a month pass, $150 for a year pass.
Located in a formerly vacant twostory church, Bark Bar extends over two lots. It is part of an increasing tonal and geographic expansion in businesses south of Interstate 630. On the spectrum of millennial bar, Bark Bar places itself in the exposed brick and Instagram-friendly world: More Mylo Coffee Co. than The White Water Tavern. All the tables are wooden, and there is a TV that shows just photos of dogs. It is decidedly friendly. The dog park features a gravel area surrounding a small patch of grass littered with bright, pastel-colored objects. There’s an agility course of colored tires buried in the ground, yellow lawn chairs and a canopy of kite-like cloth. The bar and dog park are open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It seems to be most popular when the sun is out. For $75, you can get a framed photo of your dog on the wall, one of dozens surrounding the Bark Bar logo. This logo, which contains the words “Little Rock” and “Bark Bar” surrounding a crossed bone and champagne flute, is on the beer Koozies for $2, T-shirts with pun-like phrases (“Butt sniffing tolerated, use your judgment,” “Heavy petting encouraged,” “Sit. Stay. Drink.”) for $24.95, and
various other items, including dog toys, sold in the small gift shop at the front of the bar. There are two hip-level wooden gates at the entrance to the bar area. You need to check in your pet before. You need to read the 20-plus rules for your dog (and yourself). Your dog must be vaccinated. Humans can’t smoke (this is bolded). Dogs can’t be unruly or “in heat” or bite someone; “you are responsible” (also bolded). You must maintain eyesight on your dog. You need to clean up your dog’s excrement. Maximum of three dogs per person, etc. Once through the check-in, you can enter and let the beast free. Your dog will be greeted by other dogs. Your dog will begin to bark and the other dogs respond in kind. Because the indoor area is two open stories — with an upper mezzanine — all the dogs’ barks will slightly echo. This scares them. They will bark again. Then they all run outside to the pastel park. You can then grab a drink for about $6. Or some food. Bark Bar serves — what else? — hot dogs. All are listed on a blackboard at a counter where you order. The grub is named for dogs, so you’ve got items like the Schnauzer or the Red Rocket, for around $6. The beer comes in a plastic cup (no glass is allowed so as to not hurt the dogs).
HEAVY PETTING ALLOWED: While you order a hot dog at the Bark Bar counter.
At this point, likely, you’ve lost eye “He’s cute!”). It’s a good way to become contact with your dog. And, also likely, acquainted with a stranger. your dog is not behaving as well as you Dogs are good at intruding in adorthink because you mostly interact with able ways. For example, one dog stood her or him in the hyper-controlled set- upon a wooden picnic table outside as ting of your home. Some things I saw a woman worked on her laptop. Othdogs do while their owners tried to order ers barked at people trying to talk. The food or a drink: poop, bark at nothing, people looked down and smiled. A place jump on another dog, run into a human’s like Bark Bar makes owners to want to leg, bark at a human, jump on a human, photograph their dogs: We saw Instabe involved in a massive five-dog scrum gram posts of lovable beasts (the beer that began when one tried to sniff a butt. placed into the frame, too) in the outdoor You’ll probably turn around and see area of the bar, after the 12-plus times your dog doing something embarrassing the owner had to yell the dog’s name to and go over to the dog and say something get the picture. like, “Come on DOG NAME, are you This sentimental annoyance is the being good?” Two owners will do this at promise of Bark Bar, of drinking with a once. They will meet. They begin chat- dog or owning a dog. They are a burden ting (“What’s y’all’s dog’s name?” and and a treat. arktimes.com OCTOBER 19, 2017
CRAFT BEER FEST PREVIEW Dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food, music and more.
eer lovers, rejoice. The party of in May that included a new brewery the year is just around the corner. and taproom in a former Tyson plant The Arkansas Times Craft Beer at 801 S.E. Eighth St. The new brewery Festival returns to the Argenta Plaza allows Moody and Co. to produce in (Sixth and Main streets in North a day what the setup in the original Little Rock) on Friday, Oct. 27. The — and still open — location along the festival, which benefits the Argenta Razorback Regional Greenway allowed Arts District, has sold out in the past, them to make in a month. Bike Rack so you’d be wise to pause reading this will be pouring its Epic Trail Amber and go to centralarkansastickets.com Ale, Slaughter Pen IPA and Urban Trail and buy your tickets in advance ($35, Golden Ale at the festival. $40 at the door). The festival will serve up samples of more than 200 beers BLUE CANOE from more than 50 local, regional and Come by the Blue national breweries. Canoe table for There will also be eats, included in the ticket price, from a dozen restaurants: Cregeen’s, Arkansas Ale House, Old Chicago Pizza (North Little Rock and Conway), Skinny J’s, Doe’s Eat Place, Damgoode Pies, Vino’s, Flyway Brewing, Southern Table, Burger 21, Santo Coyote and Whole Hog NLR. Plus, sponsor Edwards Food Giant, aka “the meat people,” will be grilling up bratwursts. Bluegrass bands The Creek Rocks and Beste & Clarke will perform. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Read on for a preview of the participating breweries and what they’ll be pouring.
ARKANSAS BREWERIES BIKE RACK BREWING CO. Local beer
nerds are sure to be swarming to this tent to sample what star Arkansas brewer Josiah Moody has been doing at Bike Rack since he joined the Bentonville brewery in February. The former Vino’s and Damgoode Pies brewer, who also has his own Moody Brews label, came to Bike Rack amid a massive expansion
some brew and to hear about the Little Rock beer maker’s massive expansion plans. Before October is out, the nearly 3-year-old brewery plans to move its home base to 1637 E. 15th St., a 20,000-square-foot building that used to house the old PC Hardware. The Blue Canoe taproom at 425 E. Third St. will remain open. Blue Canoe East will have pool, shuffleboard and foosball tables, video games, Baggo, horseshoes and darts. Get more details while you sample Blue Canoe’s Razorback Rye, Whoo Brew and more.
BUFFALO BREWING CO.
The Water Buffalo sells supplies to hobby brewers and winemakers, gardeners, cheese makers and soda makers. Last year, owner Nolen Buffalo (real name) opened Buffalo Brewing Co., a microbrewery and taproom in the back of the store. There you can find beer from local breweries, expert home brewers and Buffalo Brewing Co. Much of what the fledgling brewery will be serving remained to be determined at press time, but you can count on finding the popular Luau Pineapple Wheat.
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BEER, BEER EVERYWHERE: And many drops to drink, at the Craft Beer Festival.
C O R E BREWING CO.
The Springdale brewery’s novel expansion plan has been to put English-style public houses, often with beer and little else on the menu, throughout Arkansas just about as prolifically as Starbucks. They’re in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale and North Little Rock (and there might be more; it’s hard to keep track). For the craft beer festival, head brewer and owner Jesse Core is sending Behemoth Pilsner, Hazelnut Brown, Toasted Coconut Brown and more.
With 19 beers on tap, including 5 house brews you’ve got plenty to choose from. Vino’s Pizza has been award winning since the beginning. Enjoy your pizza and brew on Vino’s back deck this fall.
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Damgoode’s mini empire — with three pizzerias in Little Rock and one in Fayetteville — got into the beer business in 2015, when it moved into the former home of Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. in the River Market district. Check it out at the festival to get a sample of Ready, Set, Gose, a
German citrus saltwater sour beer; Red Ribbon Golden Ale; Arkansas Amber; and Arktoberfest, a German lager.
DIAMOND BEAR Arkansas’s
first production brewery — founded 17 years ago — has embraced one of the trends sweeping through the industry: It’s now canning four of its six year-round brews — Pale Ale, Presidential IPA, Southern Blonde and Strawberry Blonde. Meanwhile, the brewery continues to roll out its Hibernation Series of barrel-aged beers. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a taste at the fest. Guaranteed to be there are the IPA, Pale Ale, Rocktoberfest, Southern Blonde, Strawberry Blonde and Two Term.
F L Y W A Y BREWING Can
we all agree that many, maybe even most, beer names are bad? In that spirit, North Little Rock’s Flyway Brewing deserves extra credit for a cohesive name scheme. Its name is inspired by the Mississippi Flyway, the migration
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Come to the merchandise booth for this cup and other beer paraphernalia! route that takes birds over Arkansas to and from Canada and the Gulf of Mexico, and accordingly all of its yearround beers have migration-themed names: Bluewing Blueberry Wheat, Early Bird IPA, Free Range Brown Ale, Migrate Pale Ale and Shadowhands Stout. At the fest, the brewery will be pouring all those beers, along with its Coffee Cake Stout and Magdalene Tripel.
festival at press time, but considering it’s holding a big launch party for its barrel-aged Nighty Night Imperial Stout on Oct. 21, here’s hoping there’ll be some left over.
OZARK BEER CO. After moving
its brewing operation late last year from the outskirts of Rogers to a historic building LOST FORTY on the square (109 N. Arkansas), Ozark BREWING After Beer Co. has kept growing in 2017. This four expansions summer, it began canning its Ozark IPA s i n c e o p e n i n g and distributing it — along with cans of i n l a t e 2 0 1 4 , American Pale Ale, Belgian Golden and Arkansas’s largest brewery by volume Cream Stout — throughout Northwest expects to produce 15,000 barrels of and Central Arkansas. The brewery beer by the end of the year. We expect also collaborated with Crystal Bridges the expansions will continue. The Lost Museum of American Art on 61 Eyes Forty taproom is constantly packed; California Pale Ale, a beer inspired by the beer is prominently displayed in a recipe Crystal Bridges found among retail stores everywhere. The experts famed architect, inventor and thinker have given the brewery acclaim, too. Buckminster Fuller’s papers. The In October, the judges at the Great beer uses Citra hops that have been American Beer Festival, the largest cryogenically frozen on the vine, which commercial beer competition in the makes them much more potent than world, awarded Lost Forty’s new-this- the dry hops brewers typically use. year Logger Rita Vienna Lager a silver It’s a process that could revolutionize medal in the Vienna lager category. It’s brewing, Marty Shutter, director the first GABF medal for an Arkansas of marketing at Ozark, said. If you brewery since 2008. Lost Forty didn’t know the secret handshake, Shutter know what it would be pouring at the might let you try some 61 Eyes and
WHOLE HOG NORTH LITTLE ROCK
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Pickup bar The Hillcrest Fountain Finalists: 109 & Co., Cache Restaurant, Four Quarter Bar, Town Pump
Gay bar Sway Finalists: 610 Center, Discovery, Triniti Nightclub
GET AHEAD: Of the festival crowd by buying tickets before they’re sold out.
maybe, just maybe, a sip of the muchcoveted Bourbon Double Cream Stout (or BDCS), a 10.1 alcohol-by-volume cream stout that ages over the winter in bourbon barrels. The American Pale Ale, Belgian Golden, Cream Stout and IPA will be in full supply.
REBEL KETTLE BREWING CO.
Rebel Kettle has a lot going for it: a brew-crew led by brewer and part owner John Lee that’s terrifically talented and boldly experimental, a menu of delicious Cajun-flavored pub grub and an outdoor stage and spot to play cornhole and enjoy the weather. Stop by the Rebel Kettle table and hear about the brewery’s grand ambitions to keep growing, and sample Delorean Dynamite, a Berliner Weisse-style sour; Don’t Fear the Reaper; Nightmare on “C-Street” Black IPA; REDRUMPUM Imperial Pumpkin Amber Ale; and Show ’Em Your O’Fest Oktoberfest Märzen.
S T O N E ’ S T H R O W BREWING Little
Rock’s favorite neighborhood brewpub was at the vanguard of the craft brewery explosion in Arkansas when it opened in 2013. It’s grown since — adding in 2015 a 22
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biergarten with six large picnic tables out in front and an annex for added seating inside — but it’s still cozy, a perfect spot for a happy hour pint or a night of Arkansas trivia. Stone’s Throw will be pouring Kavanaugh Kristalweiss, Cran-Apple Cider, Shamus Stout and Amer Belge Belgian IPA.
Arkansas than Vino’s Firehouse Pale? Owner Henry Lee has kept the winning formula largely the same for 27 years: pizza and calzones, beer and live music. We couldn’t get info on what Vino’s plans to pour at the fest by press time.
Midtown Billiards Finalists: Four Quarter Bar, The Hillcrest Fountain, Town Pump, The White Water Tavern
Hotel bar Capital Bar and Grill Finalists: Marriott Lobby Bar, One Eleven at the Capital, Table 28
REGIONAL SUPERIOR BATHHOUSE BREWERY The
first brewery to open in a national park and perhaps the only brewery in the world to use hot spring-fed water to make beer, Superior has become one of downtown Hot Springs’ must-visit attractions. With massive windows across the front and a large front porch, it’s an ideal spot to people-watch the tourists parading down Bathhouse Row. Open with tasty food and beer from other beer makers since 2013, brewer/owner Rose Schweikhart couldn’t begin brewing her own beer until 2015 because of the lengthy federal permitting process. Come see why it was worth the wait and see if her beer cures what ails you. It will include the DeSoto Golden Stout, Fouke-ness Monster and Udder Chaos IPA at the fest.
VINO’S The state’s oldest continually operating brewery, Vino’s continues to brew reliably delicious beer. Is there a more refreshingly delicious pale ale in
A B I T A BREWING CO. Abita’s
brews are made with unfiltered, untreated water from an artesian well in the piney woods of Abita Springs, La., just 30 miles north of the Big Easy. Rigorous environmental preservation standards and a tradition of donating to causes like disaster recovery make it clear that care — both for the Earth and for fellow man — is fundamental to the company’s ethos. Taste two of Abita’s year-round brews, Andygator and Purple Haze, or try a limited release or seasonal beer, like the Peach Lager, from the Harvest series.
A N T H E M BREWING CO.
The brewers at Oklahoma City’s Anthem Brewing Co. are passionate about bringing joy to people’s lives via their taste buds.
Neighborhood bar The Hillcrest Fountain Finalists: Ciao Baci, Four Quarter Bar, The Pantry Crest, Town Pump
Bar for pool, darts, shuffleboard or other games The Hillcrest Fountain Finalists: Rack Um, Town Pump, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Zack’s Place
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They see their menu of distinctive brews that intermingle the flavors of the Old World with the New as their own anthem to the world. Check out their OK Pils, Arjuna Witbier, Uroboros Stout, Golden One Belgian-style blonde ale, and the Anthem IPA; they’re confident they’ll have you singing.
BOULEVARD BREWING CO.
Boulevard Brewing Co. is a household name, with 600,000 barrels rolling out each year. Among the fresh and distinctively flavored products available at the festival will be Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale — a grapefruit-forward ale with a peppery, dry finish — and three examples of the brewery’s Rye-on-Rye series, the creation of which begins with a rich, tawny rye ale that is then mellowed in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks: Rye-on-Rye 2016, Rye-on-Rye Classic Sazerac and Rye on Rye on Rye, which is aged twice.
GHOST RIVER BREWING CO.
product are unseen forces for the many who enjoy the brews. Available to taste will be the Riverbank Red, Ghost River Gold, Grindhouse Cream Ale and the 1887 IPA.
Memphis brewery Ghost River Brewing takes its name from a section of the Wolf GOLDCREST BREWING CO. In River that’s about 2015 a beer was reintroduced to the 50 miles east of the city, where the river world when Little Rock resident Kenn widens into a large, still opening; the Flemmons recovered the recipe for surface looks placid, but a powerful “The Original Memphis Beer,” Goldcrest current cuts a channel beneath — the 51, which hadn’t been produced since Ghost River. In the same way, this 1954, when the Tennessee Brewing Co. brewery’s attention to detail and closed. The 51 will make an appearance its vigilance in creating a consistent at the festival, of course, and so will the
Goldcrest Premium Bock. Don’t miss the chance to have a taste of Memphis history.
GREAT RAFT BREWING
Shreveport’s Great Raft Brewing prides itself on creating “real” and unpretentious beers that play well with the spicy and bold culinary culture of the South. It’ll be pouring Southern Drawl Pilsner, CONTINUED ON PAGE 27
Hailing from Oklahoma City, COOP Ale Works once again brings a lineup that packs a major flavor punch. COOP calls its F5 IPA “a belligerent hop reckoning”; it has a straightforward malt body to ground the citrus, grapefruit and pine notes produced by the unique hop amalgam. Native Amber offers a nuanced malt with an energetic dry-hopped finish. A spin on the year-round DNR, the limited release Cask-it Series Rye Barrel Aged DNR has undergone the aging process to further enrich the character of the Belgian-style dark ale, ripening it into a bouquet of aromas. Spare Rib pale ale is back again, with its late-hopped flavor and mild finish.
D E S T I H L BREWERY
Destihl Brewery knows how to follow a curious hunch and end up with a distinctive and flavorful new product — lots of them. With a beer list as long as it has, its narrowing down what brews to bring to the fest must have been a tough task. What made the cut? Synchopathic Apricot and Here Gose Nothin’, both from the Wild Sour series; Weissenheimer, a south-German style hefeweizen; and a specialty bomber to be determined.
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A R K A N S A S T I M E S C R A F T B E E R F E S T I VA L Here’s your scorecard for the Oct. 27 event.
BIKE RACK BREWING COMPANY (1)
❏ Epic Trail Amber Ale_________________ ❏ Slaughter Pen IPA___________________ ❏ Urban Trail Golden Ale_______________
❏ Razorback Rye_____________________ ❏ Whoo Brew________________________ ❏ TBD______________________________
BUFFALO BREWING CO. (2)
❏ Luau Pineapple Wheat_______________ ❏ TBD______________________________
CORE BREWING CO. (1)
❏ Behemoth Pilsner___________________ ❏ Hazelnut Brown____________________ ❏ Toasted Coconut Brown_____________ ❏ TBD______________________________
DAMGOODE BREWS (1)
❏ Arkansas Amber/Arktoberfest_________ ❏ Ready, Set, Gose____________________ ❏ Red Ribbon Ale_____________________
DIAMOND BEAR (2)
❏ IPA_______________________________ ❏ Pale Ale___________________________ ❏ Rocktoberfest______________________ ❏ Southern Blonde____________________ ❏ Strawberry Blonde__________________ ❏ Two Term__________________________
FLYWAY BREWING (1)
❏ Rye-on-Rye 2016___________________ ❏ Rye-on-Rye-on-Rye_________________ ❏ Rye-on-Rye Classic Sazerac__________
COOP ALE WORKS (3)
❏ F5 IPA_____________________________ ❏ Native Amber_______________________ ❏ Spare Rib Pale Ale__________________ ❏ DNR Cask-It Series Rye______________ DESTIHL BREWERY (5) ❏ Synchopathic Apricot_______________ ❏ Here Gose Nothin’___________________ ❏ Weissenheimer_____________________ ❏ Specialty Bomber (TBD)_____________ GHOST RIVER BREWING CO. (7) ❏ Riverbank Red______________________ ❏ Golden Ale_________________________ ❏ Grindhouse Cream Ale_______________ ❏ 1887 IPA___________________________ GOLDCREST BREWING CO. (6) ❏ 51_________________________________ ❏ Premium Bock______________________ GREAT RAFT BREWING (3) ❏ Southern Drawl Pilsner______________ ❏ Commotion Pale Ale_________________ ❏ Reasonably Corrupt Black Lager_______ ❏ Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Creature of Habit________________________________ ❏ Grace and Grit Double IPA____________
❏ Coffee Cake Stout___________________ ❏ Free Range Brown__________________ ❏ Early Bird IPA______________________ ❏ Magdalene Tripel___________________ ❏ Migrate Pale Ale____________________ ❏ Shadow Hands Stout________________
INDEPENDENCE BREWING CO. (7) ❏ Stash IPA__________________________ ❏ Power + Light Pale Ale_______________ ❏ Austin Amber_______________________ ❏ Liberty Lunch IPA___________________ ❏ Redbud Berlinerweisse_______________
LOST FORTY BREWING (2)
LAZY MAGNOLIA (4) ❏ Southern Pecan____________________
OZARK BEER CO. (1)
MOTHER’S BREWING CO. (5) ❏ Uncanny___________________________ ❏ Oktoberfest________________________
❏ American Pale Ale___________________ ❏ Belgian Golden_____________________ ❏ Cream Stout_______________________ ❏ IPA_______________________________ PINEY RIVER CO. (6) ❏ Float Trip__________________________ REBEL KETTLE BREWING CO. (2) ❏ Delorean Dynamite__________________ ❏ Black Walnut Wheat_________________ ❏ Don’t Fear the Reaper_______________ ❏ Missouri Mule IPA___________________ ❏ Nightmare on “C-Street” Black IPA_____ ❏ River Access_______________________ ❏ REDRUMPUM Imperial Pumpkin Amber PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES (6) Ale__________________________________ ❏ Apricot____________________________ ❏ Show ‘Em Your O’Fest Oktoberest ❏ Birthday Bomb______________________ Märzen______________________________ ❏ Flare______________________________ ❏ Twist______________________________ STONE’S THROW BREWING (1) ❏ Vape Tricks________________________ ❏ Amer Belge Belgian IPA ❏ Cran-Apple Cider THE SAINT LOUIS BREWERY (SCHLAFLY BEER) (3) ❏ Kavanaugh Kristalweiss ❏ Shamus Stout_____________________ ❏ Pumpkin___________________________ ❏ Kolsch____________________________ SUPERIOR BATHHOUSE BREWERY (2) ❏ White Lager________________________ ❏ DeSoto Golden Stout________________ ❏ Fouke-ness Monster_________________ SHINER BEER (8) ❏ Udder Chaos IPA____________________ ❏ Shiner Bock________________________ ❏ Shiner Light________________________ VINO’S (2) ❏ Shiner Cheer_______________________ ❏ TBD______________________________ ❏ Shiner Golden Ale___________________
REGIONAL BREWERIES ABITA BREWING CO. (8)
❏ Andygator_________________________ ❏ Purple Haze________________________ ❏ Peach Harvest______________________ ❏ Bourbon St. Limited Release__________
ANTHEM BREWING CO. (7)
❏ OK Pils____________________________ ❏ Arjuna Witbier______________________ ❏ Uroboros Stout_____________________ ❏ Golden One________________________ ❏ Anthem IPA________________________
BOULEVARD BREWING CO. (8)
❏ Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale_______________
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National brewery Lagunitas Finalists: Boulevard, New Belgium Brewery, Stone Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Co.
Locally brewed pale ale Diamond Bear Pale Ale Finalists: Flyway Migrate Pale Ale, Lost Forty Pale Ale, Ozark Beer Co. American Pale Ale
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a mild, traditional session lager; Commotion Pale Ale, a hop-forward, slightly sweet pale with a pleasant finish; Reasonably Corrupt Black Lager, a black lager with dark malt sweetness; Buffalo Trace Barrel-aged Creature of Habit, a coffee brown aged in Bourbon barrels; and the Grace and Grit IPA, which has tropical aromas and bitterness balanced by honey malt.
Joleen and Brian Durham are the hearts and minds behind Piney River Brewing Co. From their 80-acre farm, brewery and taproom “BARn” in Bucyrus, Mo., they are bringing a few of their bestloved brews for all to taste. Float Trip is a blonde ale that took home the gold in the “Best American Wheat Beer” category of the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Black Walnut Wheat INDEPENDENCE is an American-style wheat with the BREWING CO. aroma and finish of black walnuts, Austin’s o w n and at the 2017 Open it won silver in I n d e p e n d e n c e the “American Wheat Dark” category. Brewing Co. presents Hopheads will want to head straight a lineup of its indie- for the Missouri Mule IPA, and River spirited, smooth, Access lager will satisfy others who full-flavored brews — just in time to want an easy-drinking beer. celebrate its 13th anniversary. Stash IPA, which the brewers describe as a “dank, resinous hop trip,” is a perfect P R A I R I E storm of four types of hops: Nugget, Columbus, Galaxy and Summit. Power ARTISAN + Light is an American Pale that is crisp and lingers, with a hint of grapefruit. ALES Playful and Austin Amber’s toasted malt flavor eccentric brews are the order of the and smooth finish are a match made in heaven with rich, heavy, comfort day, every day, at Prairie Artisan Ales foods. Liberty Lunch takes the IPA in Krebs, Okla., and they’re bringing a different direction from Stash; it’s the fun to the festival this year with a tropical breeze of an IPA. And the an adventurous beer list. Apricot Funk Redbud Berliner Weisse will be a is a sour ale aged on apricots that favorite among sour beer fans, with achieves just the right tartness level; its lemon-tart effervescence. Birthday Bomb! is a new iteration of the brewery’s popular Prairie Bomb! LAZY MAGNOLIA (a beer that some might categorize Lazy Magnolia is closer to dessert than beverage); Flare Mississippi’s first is a gose ale brewed with orange and packaging brewery since prohibition coriander; Twist is a saison farmhouse was enacted in 1907. This year, it’ll be ale; and Vape Tricks — a tongue-inpouring at least one beer, its signature cheek critique of vaping culture — is brew: Southern Pecan. The brewers a kettle-soured ale conditioned on claim that it’s the first beer in the world cherries for “around a month.” to be made with whole, roasted pecans. Full of unique character but easySAINT LOUIS drinking, its recipe had to be perfected BREWERY to accommodate nut oil without losing any of the flavor. (SCHLAFLY
MOTHER’S BREWING CO. Mother’s Brewing Co. is, in the brewers’ own words, “Springfield’s bottoms-upping, five-slapping, wisecracking, keg-tapping team of craft beer lovers hell-bent on brewing and sharing the love.” In that spirit, it’ll be pouring two of its brews at the festival this year: Uncanny, an American pale ale with an intense hop character, and Oktoberfest, a Märzen lager.
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BEER) As the largest locally owned, independent brewery in Missouri, the Saint Louis Brewery is better known for the name of its flagship beers, Schlafly. It’s been a cornerstone of the brand to focus locally — within a 300-mile radius — and, lucky for us, Arkansas fits in that area. Served up at the Schlafly tent will be the Pumpkin Ale — perfect for this season — which tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie; Kölsch, a golden ale that’s available year-round; and the White Lager, which was originally a seasonal offering but satisfied so many that it has been upgraded to full-time status. SHINER BEER This
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family of Texas beers is iconic for the state, and since Shiner Beer got its start in 1909 every drop has been brewed in a small-town brewery with 6 million cases in distribution nationwide. Shiner Bock is the MVP, an American-style dark lager, but also on the tasting table will be Shiner Light; Shiner Cheer, a holiday dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans; and Shiner Golden Ale, a light-bodied ale dry-hopped with Mosaic hops, giving it its tropical notes.
SWEETWATER BREWING CO. Surely you’ve been seeing SweetWater Brewing Co. everywhere since its distribution expanded, but if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to taste the Atlanta brews, the festival is your chance. Triple Tail is a seasonal offering that approaches the IPA from a tropical perspective; Goin’ Coastal takes a slightly different tack, as an IPA that packs a pineapple punch; Hop Hash Easy IPA is the IPA lover’s IPA — fruit forward and with what the brewers call a “one-of-a-kind chewy, gooey, resiny mouthfeel”; and Blue is a blueberry wheat that is subtle and fresh.
BREWING CO. Baton Rouge’s Tin Roof Brewing Co. has a similar origin story to so many of the South’s exceptional breweries: None of the beer close to home satisfied the owners’ tastes, so they made their own. Tin Roof will be pouring two favorites from the beer list: Voodoo Pale Ale, a thicker and hoppier-than-typical pale ale, and Juke Joint IPA. WISEACRE B R E W I N G CO.
Memphis is home to Wiseacre Brewing Co., which will be represented by five of its brews. Named with the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” Ananda IPA is dry hopped and juicy, delivering on the high hopes the name inspires. Tiny Bomb American pilsner is made 28
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with German and American pilsner malt and inundated with 50 pounds of local wildflower honey, delivering a sweet clover finish. Adjective Animal (i.e. “Grumpy Giraffe, Funny Ferret, Sophisticated Owl, Ostentatious Ocelot, Cantankerous Coatimundi … you know the drill.”) is as hop-forward as they come. Oktoberfest is a traditional Märzen — smooth, clean and malty.
NATIONAL ALPINE BEER CO. Hoppiness equals happiness at Alpine Beer Co., a small-town brewery tucked into the foothills of the mountains just outside of San Diego. It’ll be represented by Windows Up, an American IPA chock-full of Citra and Mosaic hops. BALLAST POINT BREWING CO.
balances with herbal and citrus hop aromas, all with a crisp, bitter finish. Two-Hearted is a smooth and easy IPA with pine and grapefruit notes. Before you taste the two signature stouts, Kalamazoo and Cherry, try the robust Porter to bridge the gap.
BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY Skiing isn’t the only game in town in Breckenridge, Colo.; there’s plenty of drinking to be done, too. Though the production capacity of the original brewery has long since been outstripped by demand, the beer is still served there, at altitude. The newest Breckenridge facility, purchased in 2015, is a 12-acre, “farminspired campus” in Littleton. Not only is this the site of the 100-barrel brewhouse; it’s a public attraction, complete with restaurants, bocce ball courts, wraparound porches and a majestic view of the Rockies. Creating a leisure paradise for beer lovers proves the brand’s focus on customer experience. At the festival, the brewery will be pouring Vanilla Porter, Nitro Vanilla Porter — the addition of nitrogen creates a more velvety mouth feel — and Mango Mosaic Pale Ale.
The story of Ballast Point Brewing Co. begins in 1996 as a local San Diego beer making hobby shop called Home Brew Mart, where building a brewery out back set two friends’ dreams in motion. Since then, the brand has seen unchecked growth, CALDERA expanding into larger, newer facilities, though the original Home Brew Mart BREWING CO. still stands and serves as a tasting room Though canning for Ballast Point beers. At the festival, — rather than bottling — is now Ballast Point will serve three IPAs, a commonplace among craft breweries, blonde and a sea monster (no, this Caldera has been micro-canning since isn’t a “walk into a bar” joke). In the 2005, making it the first craft brewery tradition of West Coast IPAs, Fathom on the West Coast to brew and can its IPA is easy-drinking with enough depth own beer. More important than the can, — orange and pine notes — to leave an however, is what’s inside. Caldera will impression. Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA pour Lawnmower Lager for drinkers is what the brewery recognizes as its who like it nice and easy; IPA, for those “trophy beer,” an award winner that’s who don’t mind a little hop aggression; hopped at five separate stages with lots and Mogli, a chocolate, bourbon, oakof fruit and a serious sting. Take that aged Imperial Porter, the creation of recipe and twist it with grapefruit, and which was inspired by the loss of one you get Grapefruit Sculpin IPA. Bonito of man’s best friends. Blonde is a tribute to the ever-gorgeous and sunny San Diego weather. And that CARSON’S Sea Monster? It’s an imperial stout that reaches into the darkest depths of a BREWERY traditional oatmeal stout. Carson’s Brewery, in Indiana, speaks BALL’S BREWERY Eccentricity craft beer in an and authenticity have been at the root entirely different of Bell’s Brewery right from the start. language and appeals to a different Selling beer in Michigan since 1985, drinker. Taste the award-winning beers Bell’s Amber Ale is the backbone of it will have on offer, and find out if you the brand — toasted sugar and malt CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
Liquor store Colonial Wines and Spirits Finalists: 107 Liquor, Hillcrest Liquor, Legacy Wine & Spirits, Sullivant’s Liquor
Brewpub Lost Forty Brewing Finalists: Diamond Bear Ale House, Flyway, Rebel Kettle, Vino’s
Beer selection (bar or restaurant) Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Finalists: Big Orange, Four Quarter Bar, Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom, Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill
Beer selection (retail) Colonial Wines and Spirits Finalists: 107 Liquor, Legacy Wine & Spirits, O’Looney’s Wine and Liquor, Sullivant’s Liquor
Wine List (Bar or Restaurant) Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill Finalists: By the Glass, Ciao Baci, Crush Wine Bar, One Eleven at the Capital
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like your beer with a sharper edge. GitR-Done cream ale — a beer honoring Larry the Cable Guy — will be served, as will Brown Cow brown ale and its richer partner in crime, Vanilla Brown Cow. Red Dawn amber wheat, Demonik Double IPA — the bitter finish of which the brewer describes as “sarcophagy” — and Ripa, a red IPA, round out the list.
creativity, recovering styles of beer that had fallen from favor or had stagnated. The brewery is bringing some prime examples, like Undead Party Crasher, an American imperial stout; Mango, an American Kolsch dry-hopped with Huell Melon Hops and flavored with natural mango; and Chocolate Sombrero, a Mexican-style chocolate stout.
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BREWING This Portland, Ore., outfit is leading the charge in the “sour beer revolution.” Cascade will be serving the same four ultra-premium, oak barrel-aged, lacticfermented Northwest sour ales that it presented at last year’s festival: Apricot, Blueberry, Kriek (aged with cherries) and Strawberry, which is also aged with vanilla beans.
BREWING Elysian Brewing operates four restaurants and a full-production brewery in Seattle. With that much territory, this is a beer maker with some crowds to please; thus its reputation for creating brews that are classics, as well as more experimental ones. The brew it’s selected to share at the festival is called Space Dust; it’s an IPA, with what the brewers call “pure starglow energy,” with Chinook hops added first, to bitter the beer, and later additions of dry Citra and Amarillo.
CLOWN SHOES BEER The unpretentious vision of Clown Shoes Beer is to be “free and a little crazy.” What that translates to in the beer is an ethic of play and
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BREWING CO. Founders Brewing Co. attributes its success — six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals — to its refusal to play to the middle and try to please the masses. The brewery’s passion is making beer for people who have a passion for beer: people like them. Try the All Day IPA, the Dirty Bastard and the Porter from the year-round selection, or take Mosaic Promise for a spin, an elegant golden ale showcasing only two ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. If you’re a coffee lover, the Breakfast Stout specialty beer will get you going; it’s brewed with flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee. GOOSE ISLAND Since 2011, Goose Island has been owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, yet it has never wavered in product quality or innovation. It still earns the respect it garnered among craft beer drinkers. The tasting list is enticing and runs the gamut of taste profiles. 312 Urban Wheat and Goode
IPA will be poured alongside vintage ales Lolita, Halia, Sofie and Gillian. Bourbon County Stout poses a striking contrast and will have people lined up.
GREEN FLASH BREWING CO.
San Diego mainstay Green Flash Brewing Co. approaches beer making and business with the same ingenuity — from partnerships with other breweries (like Alpine Beer Co., see above) to pushing the boundaries of barrel-aging and bottle-conditioning. At the festival, it’s serving up West Coast IPA, a double IPA; Soul Style, a bright and tropical IPA; Passion Fruit Kicker, wheat ale with passion fruit; GFB blonde ale; and Ideal Belgique, a bottle-conditioned grand cru Belgian-style dark ale from the Cellar 3 collection.
KONA BREWING CO. Kona Brewing Co. made its debut in Hawaii in 1995
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Midtown: 207 N University Ave #100, Little Rock (501) 379-8715 West: 17809 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock (501) 821-1515 Hickory Smoke Burger, $8 Hickory Smoke Burger featuring sharp cheddar cheese, smokey-sweet barbeque sauce, dill pickle, and fried onion strings. Pair with: our Strong Old Fashioned cocktail Lunch & Dinner
425 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock (501) 850-0265 Cache Cheeseburger, $10 A 7 oz patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and choice of cheese, on Boulevard brioche bun. Comes with hand cut fries and truffle aioli. Pair with: Lost Forty’s “The Hunter”
300 E. 3rd St. # 101, Little Rock (501) 375-3333 Sweet Hot Burger, $8 Two hand-patted patties, pimento cheese, bacon jam, Sriracha, millionaires bacon & arugula on a locally baked brioche bun. Pair with: an ice cold local craft draft beer and our crispy French fries Lunch & Dinner
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225 E. Markham St., Little Rock (501) 324-2449 Whiskey River Burger, $8 Crisp bacon, melted pepper jack cheese and jalapenos, served with our Southwest Ranch dressing and lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Pair with: Basil Hayden Manhattan
1920 N. Grant Street, Little Rock (501) 663-5949 The Classic Cheeseburger, $8 Burger with choice of cheddar, swiss, provolone or blue cheese with local mixed greens, onions, pickles and Dijon aioli on house brioche bun. Pair with: Lost Forty Trash Panda IPA Lunch & Dinner
12319 Chenal Pkwy., Little Rock (501) 916-2520 The Tex-Mex Haystack, $8 1/3 lb. fresh 100% Certified Angus Beef® hand-pressed daily, cooked to order. Applewood smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, guacamole, onion strings, chipotle- jalapeño sauce, lettuce, tomato on a succulent brioche bun. Pair with: Lost Forty Love Honey Bock Lunch & Dinner
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7626 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock (501) 221-9696 Crazee’s Jalapeno Bacon Cheeseburger, $8 Jalapeno Bacon Cheeseburger, served with spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, jalapenos and jalapeno cheese and a side of fries. Pair with: Michelob Ultra
200 River Market Ave. #150, Little Rock (501) 375-3500 Gypsy Burger, $8 A lean, 1/2 lb, French-cooked style burger, topped with Petit Jean bacon & award-winning cheese dip on a grilled egg Kaiser, with mixed field greens and garlic mayo. Lunch & Dinner
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1023 W. Markham St., Little Rock (501) 376-1195 Doe’s Classic, $8 Doe’s Classic Cheeseburger: made with IBP beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickle and onion. Served with fries & soft drink! Monday-Friday, 11-2 Lunch
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401 East Third, Little Rock (501) 244-0542 Hickory Barbeque Bacon Melted Cheeseburger, $8 Served with cheddar cheese, peppered bacon and hickory barbeque sauce, with pickles, onion & tomato on the side, with fresh cut fries.
415 Main St., North Little Rock (501) 313-4704 Four Quarter Gouda Burger, $9 Half-pound patty served on an onion roll with Four Quarter spices, topped with gouda cheese, carmelized onions, smoked poblano cream sauce, and an over easy egg. Pair with: Bob’s 47 Octoberfest
10840 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock (501) 771-1829 Old Fashioned Burger, $9.99 A big burger served with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on a platter with fresh cut fries. Pair with: any Coke products or a cold draft beer Dinner
9700 W. Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock (501) 224-6637 Homer’s Big Boy Burger, $8 Two one-third pound patties of 100% ground beef served with mayo, lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, bacon and a side of kettle cooked chips. Pair with: Lagunitas IPA
200 N. Bowman Rd. #9, Little Rock (501) 907-6453 Lazy Pete’s Classic Cheeseburger, $8 Come try Lazy Pete’s classic burger with cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion on a toasted sesame bun, along with French fries. Pair with: Honker’s Ale
610 Center St., Little Rock (501)374-4678 Boudin Burger, $10 Our Boudin Burger is a hand formed pork rice dressing patty with green onions and the perfect blend of seasoning grilled to perfection, topped with pepperjack cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Pair with: a side order of gourmet onion rings and a Texas Lemonade, made from scratch with fresh squeezed lemons, sugar and TX Blended Whiskey Dinner
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1801 Green Mountain Drive, Little Rock (501) 225-3768 Grumpy’s Too Original Cheeseburger, $7.95 Cheeseburger, fries and your choice of draft beer. Tuesday is always Burger N’ Beer Night $6.95 (includes fries and a draft beer)
1316 Main St., Little Rock (501) 372-9990 Gut Bomb Burger, $8 Half-pound burger topped with cheddar, bacon, egg, spam, and pepper jack cheese, along with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Pair with: Pabst Blue Ribbon
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5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock (501) 663-4152 Bubba Burger, $8 Market ground Buckhead Beef chuck patty seasoned with house made spices and served on a toasted bun topped with any cheese of your choice fresh from the market and garlic horseradish aioli, butter lettuce, red onion slices and heirloom tomatoes and served with house made Truffle home fries. Pair with: our Market Gin and Tonic Lunch & Dinner
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5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock (501) 603-0080 Prospect Classic Burger, $8 Half-pound beef patty on a brioche bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and your choice of cheese, served with fries. Pair with: Flyway Brewing Blueberry Wheat or any domestic beer (draft or bottle) Lunch & Dinner ADVERTISING ADVERTISINGSUPPLEMENT SUPPLEMENT www.arktimes.com www.arktimes.com OCTOBER OCTOBER19, 19,2017 2017 33 33 arktimes.com OCTOBER 19, 2017 33
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300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock (501) 823-0090 BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadilla, $10 Seasoned ground beef, onion and jack cheese with our special BBQ sauce. Pair with: Jalapeno Margarita
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with Pacific Golden Ale (now called Big Wave Golden Ale) and Fire Rock Pale Ale. Longboard Island Lager was added to the beer list three years later. Approximately 10 other styles of beer are brewed and served at the brewery’s pubs. Today, Kona’s three mainstay beers are distributed throughout Hawaii, and it is the top-selling craft beer in the islands. Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale — both of which are distributed throughout the continental U.S. — are up for tasting at the festival.
LAGUNITAS BREWING CO. Lagunitas Brewing Co. has multiple hubs, in California, Washington and Illinois, a structure that the brewer relates as a way to unify the “beer-loving diaspora” from coast to coast. Lagunitas returns to the festival this year with a tried-and-true lineup, including its ever-popular IPA; a reinvented pale ale, unfiltered and fresh-hopped, called Born Yesterday; American strong ale, Brown Shugga; and hop-forward 12th of Never. LEFT
BREWING CO. Family-owned-and-operated Left Coast Brewing Co. is located in San Clemente, Calif. The independent brewery started in 2004 and since then has expanded into more than 25 states and seven countries. Demand is driving its growth, with awards and recognitions aplenty, and the 3,500-barrel operation is now surpassing 11,000 barrels a year. Don’t miss the chance to taste Hop Juice, a triple IPA; Asylum, a Belgian-style tripel ale; and VooDoo, an American stout.
NEW BELGIUM BREWING CO. New Belgium Brewing Co. began operations in a tiny Fort Collins, Colo., basement in 1991. Today, the third-largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven beers year-round and releases seasonal brews throughout the year. Taste the amber ale the maker is best-known for, Fat Tire, along with its reincarnation as Fat Tire Belgian White. Also try Voodoo Ranger IPA; Accumulation, a white IPA; and Dayblazer, an easygoing
NORTH COAST BREWING CO. In 1988, North Coast Brewing Co. was at the forefront of the craft beer movement. Between then and now, the California brewery’s product has been recognized with 110 national and international beer awards. At the festival, it’ll be pouring Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout, Brother Thelonious Belgian-style abbey ale, Scrimshaw pilsner, Puck Petit Saison and Pranqster Belgianstyle golden ale.
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Now a three-site operation, Oskar Blues Brewery began in a basement in Longmont, Colo. The brewer also claims the title of “original craft brew in a can,” a choice that it says keeps beer fresher by protecting it from light, makes it more safely portable, and is widely recyclable. For festival goers they’ll be serving up Dale’s Pale Ale — the brewery’s linchpin — Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Pinner Throwback IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale and Death by Coconut Irish porter.
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S A M U E L A D A M S (BOSTON BEER CO.) Samuel Adams beer made an auspicious start in 1984, when Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Boston Lager in his home’s kitchen using a recipe that reached back to the 1870s, when his great-great-grandfather had a St. Louis brewery. Just six weeks after Jim Koch presented his Samuel Adams Boston Lager to the public, it brought home the “Best Beer in America” award at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. From there, the brewery’s success has skyrocketed; Samuel Adams is the second largest craft brewery in the US. In addition to the trademark lager, Samuel Adams will be pouring Winter Lager, Octoberfest, Rebel IPA and a special brew still to be determined. SHOCKTOP
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Busch InBev framework, Shock Top predominately creates citrus-centric flavor profiles for easy-drinking wheat beers. For the festival, it’ll be pouring Belgian White, Sunset Orange, Ruby Fresh and Inner Beauty. SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. A true craft beer forerunner, Sierra Nevada helped define what craft beer making in America could become. Now a much larger operation, the brewery is still known for consistency and flavor. Taste a pour of the Pale Ale; Otra Vez, a gose-style brew with a cactus twist; the cult classic Bigfoot Barleywinestyle ale; and the Torpedo IPA.
SIXPOINT B R E W E R Y Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery cites “mad science” as its guiding philosophy, claiming that the madness and the science are both necessary for making superior beer. They operated as a draft-only brewery in Red Hook until 2010, when they began canning and distributing further afield and have been tweaking, improving and releasing new formulations ever since. Early this summer, Sixpoint began releasing all of its ales raw and unfiltered, while also incorporating new building block ingredients. The two brews it’s serving up this year are Resin double IPA and Sweet Action blonde.
Wine Selection (Retail) Colonial Wines and Spirits Finalists: 107 Liquor, Grapevine Wines & Spirits, Springhill Wine and Spirits, Stratton’s Market
AROUND ARKANSAS Bar Maxine’s Tap Room (Fayetteville) Finalists: Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar (Eureka Springs), Maxine’s Live (Hot Springs), The Ohio Club (Hot Springs), Pressroom (Bentonville)
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Best bar for live music George’s Majestic Lounge (Fayetteville) Finalists: Chelsea’s Corner Bar and Cafe (Eureka Springs), Maxine’s Live (Hot Springs), King’s Live Music (Conway), Smoke & Barrel (Fayetteville)
Brewery Ozark Brewing Co. (Rogers) Finalists: Bike Rack Brewing (Bentonville), Core Brewing (Rogers), Fossil Cove Brewing Co. (Fayetteville), Superior Bathhouse Brewery (Hot Springs)
CRAFT BEERS Last year, Salt Lake City restaurant group and brewery outfit Squatters Craft Beers came to the festival as a guest of Wasatch Brewery, and it’s back again this year, this time serving Off Duty IPA, Hop Rising double IPA, Outer Darkness and Full Suspension Pale Ale. STONE BREWING When Beer Advocate names your brewery the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” not once, but twice, it’s time to add that blurb to your resume. Stone Brewing has been there, and its growth seems unstoppable. It comes to Little Rock with five noteworthy brews to pour: the IPA, the Delicious IPA, the Go To IPA, Ripper pale ale and Arrogant Bastard, a Bourbon barrel-aged ale.
TALLGRASS BREWING CO. Former geologist Jeff Gill got up the nerve to leave his career and start Tallgrass Brewing, when, one night over dinner, his wife asked him what
he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Brewing was his answer, and as of 2015 the operation moved into a facility large enough to meet the growing demands on their production, as one of the top regional craft breweries in the Midwest. Two fruitflavored wheat ales top the list of their festival offerings, Blueberry Jam and Raspberry Jam; Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat and 8-Bit Pale Ale round out the selection.
V I C T O R Y BREWING CO. Pennsylvania microbrewery Victory Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by childhood friends who first met on a school bus in 1973. Victory now serves craft beer enthusiasts in 29 states dynamic beers that meld European training with the spirit of free thinking and innovation. Victory brews that will be poured are Dirtwolf Double IPA, Golden Monkey Belgian Tripel, Prima Pils and Sour Monkey Sour Brettanomyces Tripel.
WASATCH BREWERY In 1986, Greg Schirf opened the first Utah brewery in the resort destination of Park City, and he named the operation for the Wasatch Mountains, east of Salt Lake City. In July 1989, Schirf opened the first brewpub in Utah at the top of historic Main Street in Park City. Schirf, in fact, proposed the bill to the Utah Legislature in 1988 to legalize the operation of brewpubs in the state, of which there are now 12. The beers the Park City brewery plans to pour at the fest include Devastator Double Bock, Ghost Rider White IPA, Polygamy Nitro Porter, Evolution Amber and Apricot Hefe.
INTERNATIONAL HIRTER BIER Austrian beer maker Hirter Bier is presenting two beers for your enjoyment: Privat Pils, which is brewed with ancient Bohemian recipes with an extended aging period, and, Hirter Morchl, a beer lover’s beer, with a dry malt effect on the palate and a faintly bitter but well-rounded finish.
STIEGL Another Austrian beer maker with a rich history, Stiegl, will be serving its popular Grapefruit Radler, ZitronLemon Radler, Goldbrau and Pils.
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here was a time when Brandy Thomason McNair didn’t even want to think about making another necklace.The founder of Bella Vita Jewelry in Little Rock has been at her craft since before she was a teenager and she reached a point early on where she thought enough was enough. “I got started at a really early age, very much influenced by my grandmother,” she said. “I worked at a bead store in Eureka Springs when I was 14, all through high school and early college, so I made lots and lots of jewelry before I even left high school.” “I kind of burned out, which is kind of funny because I was so young. I ended up pursuing a degree in interior design.” McNair earned that degree from the University of Arkansas. She took a job with a Little Rock architecture firm and it didn’t take her long to figure out she wasn’t cut out for corporate life. Unhappy with her professional path, she fatefully took out her box of beads one day. “I was like, maybe I want to make a little jewelry on the side,” she said. “That was about the time the economy crashed, so starting a small business wasn’t the best idea. But I’m a hustler, so I waited tables and had a part-time job and then sold jewelry any chance I could get.” Art fairs and farmers markets gave way to jewelry as her full-time gig in July, 2013 and after bouncing around some local galleries, she landed in her current home in the Lafayette Building downtown. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “It’s totally my style.” McNair’s style is also reflected in her hand-crafted pieces. She uses a lot of vintage elements, in one collection literally. “One of my favorite collections to design and make is called Vintage Redo,” she said. “I take old antique buttons and lockets 38
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that I’ve collected since my childhood and make molds of them and then cast art bronze and sterling silver pendants from the mold. And all of those original pendants are going to be embellished with natural gemstones, which is another favorite material of mine to work in.” One particularly popular style, McNair said, is hand-stamped jewelry, which allows the wearer to order a piece that’s customized with a particular name or phrase. “That’s really fun,” she said. “We do anything from your favorite mantra to your children’s names or something to remember a loved one by. That’s always really fulfilling to make people so happy with those pieces.” McNair’s creations don’t particularly follow trends; in fact even some of her raw materials are unique to her shop such as the stones she uses which are custom cut for her designs. She’s also always on the lookout for something new and different that transcends the changing whims of fashion and era. “I’m not big on following trends,” she said. “I’m proud of my things because they’re more classic pieces that you can pass down from generation to generation and wear from year to year.”
arietta, Georgia-born Dianne Skaggs has a one-liner and sassy comeback for just about everything. But her work bringing help to Arkansans suffering with mental illness and increasing awareness of the problem, while done with a smile, is dead serious business. “People don’t want to talk about mental illness and behavioral health, which includes substance abuse,” she said. “Oftentimes people are not as concerned about it unless something happens or if it happens to one of their family members.” Skaggs arrived in Arkansas 40 years ago, but got started in her chosen field later in life. After her children were grown, she attended UALR, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991 and a master’s degree in social work in 1993. She promptly dived into the world of community mental health, working at a counseling clinic in Benton where she rose from intern to clinical director in eight years. From there she spent 14 years directing compliance and serving as chief operations officer for another provider that served patients in six counties in central Arkansas. “I’ve always been intrigued by the mind and how it works,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that, of changing people’s lives and supporting them to overcome their challenges, whether it was mental illness or a crisis or poverty.” In early 2015, she became executive director of Mental Health Council of Arkansas, an association of service providers that make up the public mental health safety net. She said while Arkansas has made some positive strides in service to the mentally ill — such as the private option now called Arkansas Works — much more work remains to be done from solidifying funding sources to educating the public on mental health issues. “Oftentimes, people don’t even recognize that they need help,” she said. “I’ve done direct services for a number of years
and I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve told, ‘You’re depressed,’ but they don’t recognize it because they think depression is just one thing.” Even the national debate over mental illness has been tricky, Skaggs said. On one hand it’s shined a light on previously taboo subject matter, on the other hand it’s starting to be too broadly applied as the culprit for incidents, perpetuating stereotypes of the mentally ill as dangerous. “It’s getting easier to say [violence] is because of mental illness,” she said. “The fact is the mentally ill are more likely to be the victim of violence than to commit the violence.” Skaggs’role with MHCA includes helping to set the record straight on mental health issues, particularly to lawmakers. She was a key figure in helping to get several pieces of legislation passed last session which reformed the state’s criminal justice system and how it processes and adjudicates people with mental illness. A good start, but just that, a start. “I think there’s still barriers,” she said. “There is a lack of education in what constitutes mental illness, the stigma of mental illness itself, knowing where to go and get help. All of those are factors to be overcome.”
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imberly Vassaur Freeman’s days start early and end late during duck season. Freeman, who owns Elms Lodge and Bridges, Lodges and Leases, LLC, and JL’s Country Cafe in Altheimer, gets up before her guests to make sure they are comfortable and prepared for their hunt in the morning and she stays up until well after midnight to make sure they have everything they need before bed. Elms Lodge was built in 1866, home to the maternal grandparents of Freeman’s husband, Armistead Jr. It is located in the Mississippi Flyway 15 miles south of Stuttgart. It is part of the Wetland Restoration Program (NRCS), so its fields are designed to be a natural habitat for waterfowl, making it a haven for duck hunters. Elms Lodge is located in the center of “Barnett Vassaur” lands. Freeman, being the CEO of Barnett Vassaur FLP, made Elms Lodge all the more worth this endeavor. Kimberly and Armistead Freeman Jr. lived in the Elms house — then strictly residential — for several years. It’s where they raised their children, Armistead III of Fayetteville and Dr. Josylin Freeman-Davis of Germantown, Tenn. “I no longer live there fulltime but I wanted it to maintain the Elms to be something great, but it is more than just another home in the country. I wanted other people to be able to enjoy it as well,” she says. “It was just an absolute gorgeous property that just needed to be shared. Elms Lodge evolved with my love for entertaining guests and my duck hunting business.” Freeman has hunted since she was a little girl, back then alongside her father and brother. “One of the many things I enjoy about my business is that I enjoy the country life. I respect wildlife and nature,” says Freeman, who works in an overwhelmingly predominately male business. “The first question my clients ask me is, ‘Do you hunt?’ Of course I do! They don’t expect that. That’s a part of growing up in the country and getting
to enjoy the outdoors at a very early age.” Elms Lodge is typically full throughout duck hunting season, and Freeman also has contracts with many other groups that lease the other 12 lodges on her property. “The Elms Lodge is the big mama kahuna. It’s high-end special to stay there,”she says. Not everyone who stays at Elms Lodge is there to hunt, of course, but whether they are hunting or not, visitors flock to the full-service JL’s Café. The café is open seven days a week through duck season. Freeman opened her first business, Yellow House Antiques Inc., in Jefferson County in 1986, and though she closed it years ago her love of the antiques business has stuck with her. “I still enjoy collecting and dealing in the antiques business,” she says, adding that there are quite a few antiques in Elms Lodge. “It’s all antiques. What makes Elms Lodge unique is in the fact that it is an historic site.” She appreciates daily the beauty of her property. “Pride of ownership is what I get to enjoy every day, in the country with the freedom to appreciate the land and wildlife. Serenity and beauty at Elms Lodge is like no other,” she says. “My advice is, if you do what you love you are never at work!”
isa Ferrell saw a blighted piece of land in North Little Rock and envisioned Rockwater Viillage, now recognized as a Southern Living Inspired Community. “WhenIsawthelandthatisnowRockwater, I knew we could create a special neighborhood there, a front porch friendly lifestyle taking advantage of the bike trail, the river and all the nearby cultural and entertainment places,” says Ferrell, founder, CEO and president of North Bluffs Development Corporation. Ferrell served as deputy prosecutor and worked in private law practice before being elected to the Arkansas Legislature in 1994. She served three terms as a state representative, authoring legislation on workforce investment, crime victims’ rights, ethics and economics. “After serving in the Legislature, I began my career in real estate development,” she says.“My company focuses on creating walkable neighborhoods with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community for the people who live there. We value beautiful architecture and quality of life.” She has an undergraduate degree in economics/public policy from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.; she studied international economics and relations as a Rotary Scholar at the Institut Universitaire De Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland; and she has a law degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. She has also lived and worked in France and Japan. In all the places she lived, she saw riverfronts being cherished and emphasized and she wanted to see more of that happen in central Arkansas. InspirationforRockwaterVillagecamefrom Seaside, Fla., and Harbor Town in Memphis, Tenn., among other places. “The mix of the marina, single-family, multifamily and commercial gives people an exciting place to live with choices that meet their lifestyle,” says Ferrell of the resulting development. She spends her days working with architects, engineers, builders, real estate agents, bankers, buyers, government leaders and more, tackling various projects. Most of her time right now is spent
working on Rockwater Village’s newest neighborhood,The Porches at Rockwater, 15 Southern Living Inspired boutique homes nestled around a common green. Ferrell loves her job, but also strives for balance in combining her roles as entrepreneur, mother, wife and daughter. “Over the years, I realize that I can be them all but may need to emphasize one role more than the others at any given time,” she says. She enjoys downtime with her family and appreciates that they can be on their boat at the Rockwater marina within 10 minutes of her leaving the office, finding peace and relaxation before taking on more challenges the next day — or to answer emails and complete paperwork after 11 p.m. while her children sleep. “Every day brings new challenges. The most challenging is juggling the many pieces and people that need to come together to move a project forward. Oftentimes people’s first response is‘no’to a new idea or a way of doing something — working with people to get to ‘yes’ is challenging and rewarding,” she says.“Every day we have multiple issues that we have to solve. When I first started I thought issues and problems were unusual and I’d be able to solve them all one day and be done with them. Now I realize the success is overcoming the hurdles to move forward.”
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hroughoutherlife,MelindaRichardsonMeeks and CWR Construction could never seem to shake loose of one another. The Sheridan native grew up in the firm, working there through high school and learning the ropes from her father and company founder, Bill Richardson. But when it came time to go to college, Meeks pursued a business degree in finance with an insurance minor and set out to make a name for herself in an entirely different direction as an insurance underwriter. Years later, with small children to raise and tired of the corporate grind that put her on the road a lot, she was looking for a change. “My father needed help so I went back to work with him as executive director for about six years in the 1990s,” she said. She’d leave CWR once more, but it wouldn’t be for long. In 2010, after 36 years in the commercial construction business, her father wanted to prepare for retirement and began to mentor her to take over the business, which she did in February 2014. Richardson-Meeks has made the most of this latest go-round with the North Little Rock-based general contractor.The company earned certified Woman Owned Small Business status in 2014 which expanded her opportunities and she’s kept the company at the forefront of a variety of jobs across the state. “Since its inception in 1974, CWR has grown into one of the industry’s most successful general contractors in the state of Arkansas,”she said.“CWR has completed more than 400 commercial construction projects for private sector and state and federal government clients including new construction, design-build projects, renovations, national cemeteries and utility plants.” Over the years the roster of private commercial projects CWR has completed includes banks, office buildings, residence halls and athletic complexes. This in addition to an equally impressive array of governmental projects. “There have been years when we have completed projects in Texas, Oklahoma 40
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and Missouri,”Richardson-Meeks said. “But recently we have been very blessed to be able to have a book of business that allows us to stay just in Arkansas.” Meeks said the biggest challenges in the industry center around Arkansas’ lack of skilled labor, which has never been more acute than it is today. This makes finding enough experienced help an ongoing problem. “The shortage of skilled laborers is a very big challenge that all contractors have to deal with,” she said. “It’s finding really good, skilled quality workers. Anyone can pick up a broom and sweep but trying to find your skilled carpenters and drywall hangers and painters and all of that can produce a challenge.” At the same time, she said, meeting and overcoming such obstacles is what’s most appealing to her about this business. “I like the challenge,”she said.“Obviously it’s a male-dominated industry but my father was very strict and always demanded a great work ethic. I’ve always had that motivation and desire to take care of challenges. It’s something that keeps me going. I would be bored to death if I didn’t have anything to take care of.”
enelope Poppers was looking for something to do one Sunday afternoon and opted to join some friends who were feeding homeless people under the Broadway Bridge. That seemingly inconsequential decision was the starting point of a path to Lucie’s Place, a shelter that offers a safe place for homeless LGBTQ young adults. “I ended up meeting a lot of homeless folks and getting to know them, and one day I looked around under the Broadway Street Bridge and realized that more than half of the people under the bridge had come out to me as LGBT at some point,” says Poppers. “I knew that the numbers were much higher than they should be, so I started doing more research and eventually I discovered that this was a nationwide problem, where LGBT people were over-represented in the homeless population. I just sort of decided to try to make some change in our community.” Lucie’s Place opened in 2007, and plans are in the works to expand it, opening a second home and growing staff and bed numbers by almost 200 percent. She hopes that in a future expansion the drop-in center, which accommodates immediate needs, can go from being open only 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to being open around-the-clock. Poppers was just 25 when Lucie’s Place opened, though LGBTQ activism was nothing new to her by then — she served on her first board at the age of 16. She worked 30-40 hours a week to get Lucie’s Place going, in addition to working fulltime as the lighting designer at the Children’s Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center. She fields calls from people in other states who want to open a similar organization where they are. “I tell people: you have to be able to commit to it if you’re going to do this right,”
she says.“You can’t just start and then drop out. If you’re doing that you’re just making the situation that much worse, because a lot of times that’s what their parents did — abandoned them in their time of need — so you’re just compounding that.” She thought it would be fairly simple to address the main issue — homelessness — by opening a home where these young adults could find shelter. “The other pieces of the puzzle revolve around healthy relationships and healthy friendships with adults and getting people in their lives who are there to support them and affirm them and people need mental health assistance and physical health assistance, and bus passes and cell phones and a million other things that I hadn’t taken into consideration when I had this idea to just buy a house and open it to this population,” she says. “It seemed so easy but, now that I have done it, I know that it is not easy at all.” “I have no regrets at all,” she says. “Things are working out for me, but this is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, and maybe one of the hardest things I will ever do in my life, is getting Lucie’s Place to this point.”
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t’s fitting that Sen. Linda (Poindexter) Chesterfield became a history and government teacher, for it’s hard to imagine a more inspiring model for youth than Chesterfield, who rose from the scourge of segregation to the halls of the state Capitol. “My grandmother’s mantra was, ‘Reach for the moon,’” she said. “‘If you can’t get the moon, grab a star.’ That was what I fought for.” Chesterfield was born in 1947 in Hope, was educated in segregated schools, and grew up in a society full of constructs meant to reinforce the idea that she would always be something less. It only made her shine brighter. “During that time, blacks could not try on clothing in stores, they could not try on shoes, we could not go into the lobby of the theater, we always had to go to the balcony,”she said.“But even though I went through Jim Crow, sitting at the back of the bus, couldn’t drink out of the water fountain, all of the degradation that one goes through, I had a strong family support system that never allowed me to determine that I was inferior.” She was one of two women who broke the color barrier at Hendrix College in Conway. The other soon dropped out, so Chesterfield holds the distinction of being the first African-American graduate from the liberal arts college. She set her mind on a teaching career and would devote 33 years to the classroom, primarily middle school students, plus five years as an adjunct professor at Arkansas Baptist College. “I loved teaching students a love for the tenets upon which this government is founded,” she said. “With all of its imperfections it’s still the greatest governmental experiment in the history of the world. I wanted them to appreciate it.” Her public service record includes serving as the first teacher member of the Little Rock School Board, for which she served as president, and the Arkansas Education
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Association where she’d become its first black female president. She was also elected to the nine-member Executive Committee of the National Education Association. She parlayed these experiences into a run for public office, serving three terms in the Arkansas House and, since 2010, in the Senate. Among her committee assignments are heading the Senate committee on Transportation, Technology & Legislative Affairs and the joint committee on Advanced CommunicationsandInformationTechnology. In the most delicious of ironies, she’s also sat on the Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force. Asked if she was concerned that today’s youth are unappreciative of the trials of previous generations, Chesterfield said each generation bears its own form of struggle. “Young people today are faced with the idea of their lives being taken at the drop of a hat,” she said. “They have an opioid addiction that is rampant. They are being taught by individuals who look at them and decide that they cannot learn.” “It was difficult then but it’s difficult now, perhaps in a different way. I’m not one of those older persons who says, ‘Lord, they don’t know how good they got it.’”
rish Meeks’children were grown and she wanted to help people, so she saved up her money and started a shelter. “I had that empty-nest thing going on, and I just felt like I needed to do something for people. I always saw people on the side of the road, but just handing them a couple of dollars didn’t seem like enough. I saved my money up, and I opened a threebedroom trailer out on Liberty Road,” says Meeks, who founded Last Chance Minstries in Conway in 2008. “I fixed that up and I had a church in a barn beside it.” Meeks knew a little something about being homeless. She was a victim of domestic violence and fled her home state to get away from her abuser. “I almost died in a situation like that. I had to go on the run, and I went to Kansas and ended up homeless. I was pregnant, and I had my little 3-year-old boy with me,” she says. “The Catholic church did a miracle for me, but I had to walk through the snow and the ice to get the help; and people would just drive by and they would just splash water on me and I had my little boy and I didn’t have any shoes.” She was shattered and shocked by the situation she found herself in, and all these years later she does what she can to help others become productive, responsible people who don’t have to find themselves in that situation any longer. There are 17 people staying at the Last Chance Ministries home in Conway now,
but sometimes – especially during winter weather – there are as many as 100. She requires anyone who stays there to find jobs within 10 days of arriving. If they can’t find employment, volunteering is an option. “This isn’t just a homeless shelter where you just come. It’s a place where you need to find a job, get established in church and make your life better,” says Meeks. “That gets them in the mentality to work. A lot of people have gotten out of that. And it keeps them from going to town and sitting in front of businesses with a sign.” She abhors panhandling, but sometimes hands panhandlers her card and offers to take them to the shelter, where they can have food and a bed and do their laundry. “I don’t let them continue that because then I would become a mama to them and be raising them from now on,” she says. “I tell them they have to be responsible, that they can’t just continue this until they’re old. I say, ‘Aren’t you tired?’ Because I know they are. It’s more work to panhandle than just to get a job, with the embarrassment and everything.” After they find work, residents give $60 per week to Last Chance Ministries to cover the costs of utilities at the shelter. “I’m trying to make them self-sufficient,” she says.”The rest of the money they save it, ; they don’t spend it. I had four move out this past week into their own apartments, but they still come back over to visit.”
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concave at its peak, giving the audience he Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s the sense that they are in the interior of production of “The School for an enormous wedding cake iced with Lies,” a remix of Moliere’s baby blue fondant and gold trim. “The Misanthrope” from David Ives, Director Giovanna Sardelli’s take on competed against a touring run of Ives’ “The School for Lies” telegraphs “Kinky Boots” on its opening weekend. a good deal of visual information even That’s no small task for a nonmusical before the dialogue sets in, and the on one of the busiest weekends of the rest becomes quickly apparent. With year, especially one that prefers to serve a fake cell phone call that doubles as a its razor-sharp social critique wrapped reminder to turn the contraptions off in puff pastry, atop a delicate silver for the show (and, incidentally, settles platter — or one whose trash talking any mystery about whether we’re really could have borrowed its dour dignity meant to hear actors soliloquy-ing in from “Fawlty Towers,” its slipperiness pure 1666-speak for hours), we’re placed FLATTERY WILL GET YOU EVERYWHERE: The Rep’s production of David Ives’ “The School from a Mozart opera buffa and its sickest squarely in the not-quite-royal world of for Lies” is a confection of rhymed couplets, sprinkled with philosophy and cell phones. burns from ’90s-era diss tracks like Ice social-ladder climbing in France, with a Cube’s “No Vaseline” (the line “Callin handful of select anachronisms and tons at intermission to be accompanied Fell, for example — are commercial voice me Arnold but you been-a-dick” is not of pre-Enlightenment malaise: “Where by Beyonce’s fitting — and fittingly actors with experience in audiobook in this play, but, were Benedict Arnold’s is the gusto of the Renaissance? We anachronistic — “Crazy in Love.”) narration. Read as: people with the vocal chronology shifted by a hundred years spend our days discussing restaurants.” As for the rest of the cast, many of freedom and facility to coax a lyrical or so, it could be.) While I’m no stranger Those words are at the core of the whose bios note having worked with quality from the spoken word. to the giddiness you can get from the supremely jaded — and aptly named — Sardelli in the past, they’re loaded with Opening weekend attendees will go glittery fruits of a symbiosis between Frank, whose despondence and cynicism television and Shakespeare propers on, and rightly so, about the quirkier Cyndi Lauper and drag queen culture, is played with panache by the nimble alike — “Othello” here, “Law and Order” moments: the beatboxing sequence, the I suspect that the word about the rapid- Jeremy Rishe. (Rishe’s side gigs, notably, there. A feat of rhyming couplets like dance routine to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of fire tapestry of rhyme that is “The include a tuition-free theater training “The School for Lies,” though, would Man’s Desiring” on harpsichord and the School for Lies” will get around — and program he co-founded for underserved be perilous without this level of talent; bombastic rhyme schemes; “Phyllis” is that the folks who filled those seats kids in NYC called Kids Creative like the rap battles it resembles, the rhymed with “bacillus,” and “enstill us,” at Robinson Center this weekend will Collective and “Jewtah,” a developing breakneck pace of the play’s flow leaves and “fulfill us.” For all of the style and find good reason to fill some at The Rep film about a Jew living in Mormon- precious little room for waffling or half- icing Sardelli and this cast gave “The before this comedy of manners closes centric Utah.) Rishe is impossible not commitments. The play runs a scant School for Lies,” though, the center Oct. 29. to watch as the “snarky and morose” 98 minutes, and there’s barely time to still holds. Even as they’re coupling Set designer Robert Mark Morgan’s Frank; he’s as facile in his heady, bullish process one innuendo before we’re on to “jim jams” with “flim flams” and set, first of all, is eye candy; gargantuan posture at the play’s outset as he is to the next one. To the point, I overheard a channeling John Cleese, they manage and ornate, lending the sense of his lovesick pelvic swooning in the man in the lobby at intermission saying, to get at the foreboding substance of grandeur we need to understand the latter bits, showing us quite physically “There’s so much I missed that I bet I’d Ives’ (and Moliere’s) play — that a society elite social station our protagonist whether Frank, at any given point, is catch if I saw this again.” Maybe more that builds a system of rewards based Celimene occupies in 17th century being led by his head or his heart. importantly, though, several of the on mutual and mindless exchange of Paris, played with spark and strength by (In a stroke of brilliance, someone at actors — Carine Montbertrand, Joe flatteries will not be the better for it. Janie Brookshire. The giant backdrop is The Rep programmed the “lights up” Wegner and the show-stealing Michael
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IN MORE IMMEDIATE concert news, Jerry Douglas’ The Earls of Leicester continue the musical lineup at El Dorado’s new Murphy Arts District, with a bluegrass concert Friday, Oct. 20, at the Griffin Music Hall. The following evening, the South Arkansas Symphony shares the Griffin Music Hall stage with Canadian vocalist David Blamires and rock tribute group Jeans ’n Classics for “The Music of The Beatles: Abbey Road,” 7:30 p.m., $15-$25. THE WINNERS OF the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival prizes are, for Best U.S. Documentary Feature, “Jackson,” Maisie Crow’s examination of three women caught in the fight for abortion access in Mississippi; for Best International Documentary, “Starless Dreams,” Mehrdad Oskouei’s look at the lives of young women in an all-female juvenile detention center in Tehran; for Best Documentary Short, “My Aleppo,” Melissa Lepper’s 18-minute portrait of a young family who escaped to South Africa fleeing the Syrian civil war; and, for the Audience Award, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ look at the mother-daughter relationship between the two acclaimed actors. IN OTHER FILM NEWS, the Arkansas Cinema Society will screen 1987’s “Predator” at the Ron Robinson Theater, with producer Beau Marks and writer Jim Thomas, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, $25. A “Predator”-themed after-party is on at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro afterward, which nonticketholders can attend for a $10 cover charge. “It’s easy to think of ‘Predator’ as one more ’80s blockbuster,” ACS Chairman Jeff Nichols said, “but it’s remained in the public consciousness in a way that demands closer scrutiny. I challenge folks to go see the film and ask why this is a subject that still interests us 30 years later. I would argue there are some very universal fears and ideas at play here, and the fact the original writer and producer will be in attendance to discuss these ideas is a tremendous opportunity for our ACS audience. Plus, it has Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura in it.”
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CASH’S DAUGHTER IN DYESS: Essayist and songwriter Rosanne Cash joins Kris Kristofferson on the lineup for the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess.
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JOHNNY CASH HERITAGE FESTIVAL 5 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 12:15 p.m. Sat. Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, Dyess.
Thanks to a series of annual concerts held by Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, funds were raised to restore Johnny Cash’s once-dilapidated boyhood home in Dyess, the New Deal-era settlement that Cash and his family moved into during the winter of 1935. The house reopened for tours in 2014, and on Saturday afternoon, in the field adjacent to it, Cash’s daughter Rosanne and longtime colleague Kris Kristofferson will perform, capping off a three-day symposium of concerts, oral history projects, films and discussions dedicated to the Man in Black. Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash are preceded by Joanne Cash and Tommy Cash, Johnny’s two siblings, whose memories served as the basis for the house’s renovation, 1:30 p.m., and by Buddy Jewell, the Lepanto-born songwriter whose paternal and maternal grandparents were also colonists at Dyess, 12:15 p.m. There’s a great lineup on Friday night for “KASU Music Nights,”
‘CHOPIN AND THE LITTLE ROCK NINE’
8 p.m. Four Quarter Bar. $7.
7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fourth St., North Little Rock. Free.
With cartoonishly aggressive guitar riffs and a “Masters of the Universe”-meets-fetish club aesthetic, Savage Master is a straight throwback — one with a knack for recreating ’80s metal in the Iron Maiden milieu. For the jaded among us, they’re a retro act, and howling lead singer Stacey Peak’s lyrics are rehashes of tropes about necromancy and Satan worship. For anyone, though, who doesn’t consider “Sad Wings of Destiny” a guilty pleasure, this Louisville, Ky., troupe is loads of chainmail-and-swords-style fun, and should be killer to see in an intimate venue like Four Quarter. SS
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As the title suggests, this concert juxtaposes two stories of alienation and education — those of the Little Rock Nine and Frederick Chopin, the beloved composer whose departure from Poland to Paris a few weeks before the so-called November Uprising in 1830 meant that he’d never return. “He had no country for the rest of his life,” pianist Neil Rutman told me. Rutman, who splits his time between coaching the University of Central Arkansas Boxing Team and concertizing across the globe as a Klipsch Artist in Residence, will play Chopin’s “Sonata in B
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a series of concerts presented by the station’s “Arkansas Roots” program, at the Dyess Colony Commissary Stage: Beale Street mainstays Queen Ann Hines & The Memphis Blues Masters, 9 p.m.; The Legendary Pacers , 8 p.m.; The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band, 7 p.m.; The Creek Rocks, 6 p.m.; and Wil Maring and Robert Bolin, 5 p.m. On Thursday night, there are sets from Drive South, 8 p.m.; Apple, Setser & Rounds with Tim Crouch and Earl Hees, 7 p.m.; The Vikki McGee Three, 6 p.m.; and Rockin’ Luke Stroud, 5 p.m. If you’re an aspiring Cash or New Deal scholar, register for the free lecture offerings at Dyess Colony Circle: author Bill McDowell’s Resurrecting Images From the Great Depression,” 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, or the concurrent “American Culture and the Art of Johnny Cash” from Michael Streissguth, who’s written three books about the Arkansas legend. For a full lecture schedule, check out johnnycashheritagefestival. com/presentations. Or, if you’re skipping the academic bits and going straight for the party, catch the Arkansas Times Cash Bus at the old Ray Winder Field at 9 a.m. A $109 ticket gets you round-trip transportation, a general admission ticket, entertainment from Jason Lee Hale, adult beverages and a box lunch from Boulevard Bread Co. SS
Minor” with poems and recollections from Chopin’s lover George Sand (born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) read aloud between movements. The sonata “is to piano literature,” he said, “what the Pyramids of Giza are to architecture, or what the Mona Lisa is to painting.” (This should be a hell of a way to hear the piece, too; Argenta’s First Presbyterian Church has a Fazioli grand in its sanctuary, a hand-crafted instrument and a luxury by any standard.) Henry Parker, chair of the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Arkansas Baptist College, will lead a group of chamber singers in songs commemorating the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Rex Bell will play a jazz improvisation on the style of Chopin and pianist Julie Cheek will perform a selection of Chopin’s nocturnes. SS
THURSDAY 10/19 This week’s event coverage covers two weeks because of Road Trip, which will take over the issue next week.
ARKANSAS CORNBREAD FESTIVAL 11 a.m. 1401 S. Main St.
‘BIRD’S EYE VIEW’: Oil by Amily Miori at Greg Thompson Fine Art, open 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20 for Argenta Art Walk.
ARGENTA ART WALK 5-8 p.m., downtown North Little Rock
There’s no way you can fit in all the offerings this Friday night in three hours, so choose carefully. Greg Thompson Fine Art, in the second floor gallery above Ristorante Capeo at 429 Main St., opens “The Best of the South” on Friday, its biggest exhibition of the year. Among the artists whose works are in the show are 20th century masters Walter Anderson, Thomas Hart Benton, Carroll Cloar, Theora Hamblett and Clementine Hunter and contemporary Arkansas artists Robyn Horn, Mark Blaney, Sammy Peters, Daniel Mark Cassity and Melissa Wilkinson. The 400 block is the heart of Art Walk: Core Brewery, 411 Main, is showing a seasonally appropriate show, “A Collection of Skulls”; Argenta Gallery, 413 Main, opens “Glitch,” artworks by Jacob West, with a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. reception; at StudioMain, also 413 Main, see “VI Machina: Drawings and other Ideations Toward a New American Power” by Da-
vid L. Murphree; find “Street Joy,” an exhibition of photographs by Heather Canterbury, at the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library, 420 Main; and see work by patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital at the Thea Foundation, 401 Main. Claytime Pottery (417 Main) is having a half-off sale. In the 500 block of Main, Mugs Cafe, 515 Main, hosts the closing reception for “Other Worlds,” artworks by Daniel Adams, and the NLR Heritage Center, 506 Main hosts art by Tim Jacobs. Barry Thomas has new work at his studio at 711 Main St. Off Main Street, the Innovation Hub, 201 E. Broadway, presents its “Fall Extravaganza and October Hub-Ub,” with open art studios for the community to use, relief printing in the new printmaking studio, laser etching of pumpkins and Halloween screen printing on Tshirts — plus snacks! House of Art, 108 E. Fourth St., presents “Art Without Limits,” which it’s calling the “sexiest erotica show to come to Arkansas” — plus snacks and body painting! LNP
Maya Angelou had a recipe for cornbread. Mark Twain wrote about it in his autobiography, and soul singer Wilson Pickett said of himself, “I’m not a smooth singer. I’m a cornbread singer. Now, I call a cornbread singer with that rough voice that comes from the stomach, not from the throat. I sing from down here.” And, last year, 3,570 people paraded down the South Main Commercial Historic District, starting at the Bernice Garden, tasting samples of the stuff and taking selfies with Cosmo, a lifesize mascot with a smiling cartoon cornbread skillet for a head. You and yours can vote for your favorite entry in the cornbread showdown, play Baggo, pet the zoo and barnyard animals from Heifer International, sing in Buh Jones’ Acoustic Open Mic session (11 a.m.2 p.m.) or catch performances from Grace Stormont, 11 a.m.; Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, noon; the Akeem Kemp Band, 1 p.m.; and the Wildflower Revue, 2 p.m. SS
BRUNO MARS 8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $45-$125.
If you were nicknamed after a pro wrestler at age 2, gained a reputation in Honolulu for your Elvis impersonation at age 4, soon thereafter composing the lyrics “I play guitar, but my fingers are too small/I try to play piano, but my feet can’t reach the floor,” you are definitely Bruno Mars. “I just came from this school: patent-leather shoes, pinky ring, processed hair — showtime,” Mars told Rolling Stone magazine last year. The singer’s back after an eons-long (in the world of pop music) period since his last full-length album with “24K Magic,” and he stops at Verizon Arena in support of the record on a marathon tour that ends in Hong Kong next April. SS
Fantastic Negrito’s reinvented blues is a must-hear, 8 p.m., South on Main, $30-$40. The Quapaw Quarter Association presents its second Preservation Conversation at the William E. Woodruff House, 1017 E. Eighth St., with a demonstration in historic masonry repair, 6 p.m. A reception at 5:30 p.m. Central Arkansas Library System screens “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., free. Liquid Stranger & Manic Focus head up an EDM show at Revolution, 8 p.m., $17-$20. Luke Johnson and Brian Nahlen entertain for Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center, 5:30 p.m., $25. Oxford, Miss., songwriter Cary Hudson (formerly of Blue Mountain) and “Mississippi grit/ New Orleans groove” singer Lynn Drury share a bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. A haunted mansion and “3D zombie apocalypse” are up at the Clear Channel Metroplex for Terrorplex, 7 p.m. Thu.-Sat. through Oct. 28 and 7 p.m. Sun.-Tue., Oct. 29-31, $15-$20. Bristol, Tenn., country quintet Folk Soul Revival plays a free show at Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m. Comedy hypnotist The Sandman performs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $10-$15.
FRIDAY 10/20 Rock history icon Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings) takes the stage at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $15$40. Cosmocean takes its operatinged funk riffs to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Ahead of a new album release, Adam Faucett performs at Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. KABF-FM 88.3’s “GIRLS!” hosts a benefit for the community radio station at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Vocalist Bijoux and The Rodney Block Collective land at Zin Wine Bar, 9 p.m., $10-$15. The Steve Hester Band entertains at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Silks Bar & Grill. Okey Dokey channels Motown, with opening sets from Ryan Sauders and Brother Moses, 9 p.m., Stickyz, $8. Chris DeClerk kicks off the weekend with a happy hour set at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., followed by a late-night set from Crisis, 9 p.m., $5.
SATURDAY 10/21 The fiery Stax quintet Southern Avenue lands at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Country crooner Brad Williams plays an opening set for The Creek Rocks, 8 p.m., White Water Tavern. Adam Faucett, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Okey Dokey and Ben Cartright share a bill at Maxine’s in CONTINUED ON PAGE 49
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about history and junk, but we’d wager a goodly number of folks will be there to soak in the gothic, Frankenstein’s Castle aura of the place. Whatever brings you there, it’s a rare chance to 12:30 p.m. Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium get a look inside the historic, tenth-of-a-mileHistoric District. Free. long Nyberg Building, the main hospital where It’s October, the month for all things creepy, over 70,000 Arkansans with tuberculosis were and it just doesn’t get much creepier than a tour sequestered between 1940 and 1973, when better of a massive, mostly abandoned hospital where medicine rendered the place obsolete. The twothousands of people met their end. Officially, hour tour is free, and will begin in front of the Preserve Arkansas’s walking tour of the build- Nyberg Building, 87 Reed Road in Booneville. For ings and grounds of the former Arkansas State more info, email Rachel Patton at RPatton@preTuberculosis Sanatorium outside Booneville is serveArkansas.org or call 501-372-4757. DK
THE BOONEVILLE SANITORIUM: A WALKING TOUR
RUMBLE: Link Wray (pictured), Buffy Sainte-Marie and other indigenous rock pioneers are the subject of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” screening at Riverdale 10 Cinema. 88 KEYS: Pianist Ji stars in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s jazz-tinged program “French Connection.”
‘RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD’ 7 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema. $11.
SATURDAY 10/21-SUNDAY 10/22 Sinfonie,” Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major,” an early set of “character piec7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Robinson Cenes” from Debussy called “Petite Suite” and ter. $15-$65. Darius Milhaud’s 1919 “Le Boeuf” (“The The title “French Connection” doesn’t Bull on the Roof”), written during the days disclose this concert’s subversiveness; here when Milhaud was part of Les Six, “a group we have Ji, a tattooed, Chinese-born pianist of young French composers who gleefully and breakdancer who set Twitter on fire af- scandalized the stuffy musical establishter starring in an Android commercial aired ment through surreal concoctions laced during the Grammy Awards — “Monotone,” with cafe music and jazz,” Don Anderson’s it’s called — in which he plays Beethoven’s program notes tell us. Geoff Robson — the “Moonlight Sonata” (at an unearthly tempo) Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s associate on a regular 88-key piano, and then the conductor since 2008 and the first winner same fiery riff on a piano tuned entirely to of the Respighi Prize in Conducting earlier middle C. Then, there’s the repertoire, all this year — conducts this spirited affair, and of which is in some way linked to the way- leads Concert Conversations an hour beward influence of jazz: Weill’s “Berliner fore each concert. SS
This movie would be worthy of recommendation if all it did was laud the underextolled work of Buffy Sainte-Marie, but its scope is dazzling. In the quotes accompanying the synopsis, Howlin’ Wolf says he learned to play guitar from Charley Patton, a Delta blues musician whose ancestors were black, white and Cherokee. George Clinton speaks of “the pulse that was here, is here; been here,” saying, “The feel of Native American is in a lot of rock ’n’ roll.” Tony Bennett speaks of his longtime affinity for the music of Mildred Bailey. And, as the title suggests, the film makes the case for Link Wray’s “Rumble” as a pivotal point in rock music, and sheds light on a handful of the indigenous musicians who came before and after. SS
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JUDAH AND THE LION 8 p.m. Clear Channel Metroplex. $22-$25.
Late last week, Judah and the Lion tweeted to their legion of 44,500-plus followers: “If you think about it. You guys support and comfort us when you buy music and come to shows. So it’s like you’re our dads. And moms.” And then, a follow-up, “Thanks Mom and Dad.” The Nashville outfit seems to stick close to the people who stood by them when they were darlings of the Christian newgrass scene, and through their reinvention phase, moving into a milieu alongside string-driven groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. They bring their 2016 release “Folk Hop N Roll” to the Clear Channel Metroplex on Wednesday night. SS
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2 p.m-9 p.m. Regional Park, Pine Bluff. Free.
If it’s been a while since you trucked down Interstate 530 south toward Pine Bluff, this might be the time to do it, for the inaugural DeltaMade, a free daytime family festival, with a focus on vendors, performers and makers from the Arkansas Delta. There’s a chicken wing cook-off, a car show, performances from Arkansas Circus Arts and a tailgate party before the Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Auburn game (which, by definition, has to be
THE AVANT-GARDE: 77-year-old jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is among those celebrated and honored at the Robinson Center for the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration.
ARKANSAS BLACK HALL OF FAME 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 7:30 p.m. Robinson Center. $53$203.
When artists as wildly different as Luenell, Pharaoh Sanders and American Book Award-winning poet and publisher Haki Madhubuti are your guests of honor, you know you’re covering a broad scope of accomplish-
ments. This year, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame has elected, in lieu of incorporating any new inductees, to celebrate the silver anniversary with a ceremony organizers liken to the Kennedy Center Honors: a black-tie variety show and, for past inductees, a reunion. In honor of the occasion, there’s a coffee table book, “Seeds of Genius: 25 Years of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame,” available at the ceremony or at arblackhalloffame.org. SS
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at least an iota less miserable than last week’s undoing by the Crimson Tide), and a musical lineup of people who either hail from or are otherwise connected to the area: Sarah Cecil, Paul Prater, Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain and Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe. Food trucks and beer will be on site, but if you want to get fancy, check out the city’s long-tenured Colonial Steakhouse on your way out of town — go for the frog legs and a plate of Cotton Blossoms to share (think crab rangoon without the crab, dipped in apricotbrandy sauce). SS
The Salty Dogs play an early, allages family show at the White Water Tavern, 6 p.m. Over at the Rev Room, Future Leaders of the World bring their grunge-rock to the stage, 6:30 p.m., $10-$12.
TUESDAY 10/24 El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center hosts a discussion of Luis Alberto Urrea’s book “Into the Beautiful North” as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, 6:30 p.m., free. Author and humorist David Sedaris speaks at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville as part of the LOL @ WAC series, 7 p.m., $46$54. Singer-songwriter Austin Lucas shares the stage with comedian Ryan Singer at the White Water Tavern on the pair’s “The Crooner & The Clown” tour, 9 p.m. Central Arkansas Library System screens the 1977 Italian horror film “Suspiria” as part of its Boos & Booze series, 6 p.m., $2.
WEDNESDAY 10/25 Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac give a concert at the Robinson Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $69-$195. George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” gets the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment from Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett in Rifftrax’s screening of the horror classic at Regal Breckenridge 12 and Rave Cinemas Colonel Glenn 18, 7:30 p.m. Andy Frasco & The U.N. brings its “party blues” sound to Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12. Comedian Richie Holliday entertains at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62
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Dining WELL, WE DECLARE. Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Taproom, owned by “deadhead” (their description) brothers Kevin and Billy Bob Carper and located in Hochatown, Okla., will get a Spa City location Nov. 1 when a second Grateful Head opens at 100 Exchange St. Arkansas’s Grateful Head has a wooded setting — it backs up to West Mountain — and features a deck in front, at the top of a staircase from the street. The Oklahoma establishment features a Grateful Head Shoppe; no word on whether Hot Springs’ version will as well. The Oklahoma restaurant also serves only Sooner craft beers, so the Hot Springs Head will offer only Arkansas craft beers, and will likely change the names of its pizzas, a spokesman said, to reflect local culture. But surely it won’t stop offering the Psychedelic Supremo, the Maui Waui or the Pig Pen. Perhaps there’s an Arkansas herb that would make a good moniker. Like Ozark Mountain Sensemilla. Now that we think about it, maybe that’s why Grateful Head has decided to open its second location in Arkansas. THE DEADLINE TO nominate restaurants to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame is Oct. 31, which ought to give you just enough time to fill out the nomination form. There are five categories this year, the second year the Department of Arkansas Heritage has hosted the Food Hall of Fame. Restaurants nominated to the Hall of Fame must have been in business for 25 years or more and must be Arkansas owned and operated (no national chains allowed). Last year’s winners in this category were Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, the Lassis Inn in Little Rock and Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village, so don’t vote for any of them. Other categories include Proprietor of the Year (Denis Seyer, Paul Bash, Louis Petit and Ed Moore won last year), Food-Themed Event (Cave City Watermelon Festival won last year), People’s Choice (Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave in Eureka Springs won last year) and a new category, Gone But Not Forgotten, a nostalgic nomination for an influential restaurant no longer in business. Jacques and Suzanne’s comes to mind. So does Coy’s Steakhouse. Hank’s Dog House? HERE’S ANOTHER DEADLINE, for sweet potato pie mavens: The annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s” sweet potato pie competition is returning to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for the holidays. The contest is named for Say McIntosh, for many years Little Rock’s Black Santa and purveyor of the town’s best sweet potato pies. The MTCC has competitive categories for both professional and amateur bakers and will award prizes in a People’s Choice category as well. There’s no cost to enter. For more information, go to mosaictemplarscenter. org. 50
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THREE EGGS IN THE MORNING: Littlefield’s omelete comes with a fluffy biscuit.
A diner that’s the real deal Littlefield’s on JFK.
othing against haute cuisine, high-end fusion or the latest dimly lit small plate restaurant, but diner counters are our jam. A childhood of watching “Alice” and an adulthood of insomnia-filled nights have added up to diners being our comfort zone. We suppose there’s something about people who choose a diner counter — instead of a table — that green-lights an invitation to easy conversation between folks who are otherwise strangers. Give us a wisecracking waitress, a chatty new friend on the next stool and a bottomless cup of coffee any day. In our trips to diners around the country, we’ve seen no end of “themed” choices. 1950s-themed joints in San Francisco. Poutine-centered places in New Hampshire. Vegan-friendly haunts in Austin. They all have their own enjoyable charm and personalities, but our go-to favorite is an honest-togoodness place that avoids a contrived theme and just serves up the eggs. In the immortal words of Ron Swanson: “I’m a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food.”
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For diner fans like us, Littlefield’s Cafe in North Little Rock is the real deal. Open for breakfast and lunch (and for dinner on Friday), it’s the kind of unpretentious eatery that caters to those who prioritize hot and tasty over hip and trendy. The crowd is a motley mix of blue-collar workers scanning the paper, relaxed tables of retirees drinking coffee and swapping lies, and parents stopping in with teenagers for breakfast before school. A centerpiece of any good diner is breakfast, and Littlefield’s has breakfast down pat. The “Littlefield’s Special” (eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, and toast or biscuit) is a recommended treat for those who can spend some time savoring breakfast. The biscuits are warm, fluffy and generously drenched in peppered sausage gravy. We also sampled Littlefield’s three-egg Western omelette —packed with ham, bacon and sausage, and tasty despite being a little light on the onions and green peppers. Upon return for a lunchtime visit, we were happily offered a plate lunch special of some of the best chicken and dressing in recent memory. Hot, ten-
der and savory, it was accompanied by surprisingly tasty green beans along with yam patties that perhaps could have used a bit more flavor. Littlefield’s also offers a good mix of burgers, sandwiches (Reuben, fried bologna and Philly cheese steak), alongside other diner standards. Friday nights are the one night Littlefield’s is open for dinner (and live gospel music), so we gathered a crew of friends and our favorite little 4-year-old pal R.J. for a test run that started with fried pickles and potato wedges. If you like fried pickles already, you’re in for a tart and salty treat, but the non-fans weren’t converted. The potato wedges were generously sliced and flavorful, although a tad undercooked. For dinner, solid thumbs-ups were given for the catfish special — seasoned well and fried to perfection, a deliciously breaded chicken-fried steak with cream gravy and a generous slab of hamburger steak with brown gravy. One companion was complimentary of the chicken in her fried chicken salad, but noted that the salad greens themselves were not as fresh as she might have liked. For dinner, Littlefield’s also offers pork chops, chicken-fried chicken and a pork fritter. The child’s menu includes chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s worth noting that the waitstaff at Littlefield’s is a very friendly, downto-earth and comfortable crew. For instance: Our little pal R.J. seemed well-pleased with her macaroni and cheese choice, then announced that she was going off to help herself to a popsicle. She must have charmed the waitstaff, because she soon happily returned with a dish of ice cream and chocolate syrup of her own. To avoid the sheer rudeness of having the little one eat dessert alone, we ordered up an array of Littlefield’s homemade pies — a sublime slab of coconut cream pie plus one each of the fried chocolate and fried apricot offerings. Each was fantastic and served as an outstanding
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UNPRETENTIOUS: Littlefield’s, in a parking lot off JFK.
Littlefield’s Cafe 6929 JFK Blvd. North Little Rock 771-2036
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This place is set pretty far back in a parking lot off JFK, so it’s easy to miss if you’re not careful. Breakfast is usually pretty busy, especially on weekends, so give yourself some time. Daily plate lunch specials are definitely worth asking about. Littlefield’s isn’t open for dinner except for Friday nights — come for the fried catfish special and live gospel music.
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Beer and wine available, as well as Littlefield’s “signature Mimosa.” Credit/debit cards accepted.
exclamation point on our meal. Worth noting: One will be especially pleased with the prices at Littlefield’s. Budget-conscious eaters can expect solid portions at exceptionally reasonable prices, whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Littlefield’s has reportedly just celebrated its 5-year anniversary, which is a milestone for success in a field where restaurants frequently have grand openings and muted closings on dates that are terribly close together. Observations from the Littlefield’s diner counter reveal an easy rapport between cafe
staff and a crowd of regulars, with the kind of easy back-and-forth that exists in a community where people grew up together and know to ask after each other’s mommas. In short, Littlefield’s Cafe is exactly the kind of place your Memaw might have opened if she had a little more ambition and working capital. Comfort food, friendly people and a place where folks come to get a good meal instead of coming to “be seen.” If you’re a diner guy like us, you’ll enjoy a trip (and a repeat trip) to Littlefield’s.
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ot too long ago, mentioning the Ozarks meant you’d risk inviting jokes about kissing
cousins, bluegrass jamborees or harmless
hillbillies with mountain moonshine and happy naivete. Donald Harington and others have been writing about hillbillies for decades, but it was Daniel Woodrell in the 1990s who broke the news to the world that the Ozarks is a microcosm of America, although a branch of our society not like any other. Family feuds often went back a hundred years or more, and their isolated landscape created a unique blending of American culture, with much still alive from the days when their founding Irish and Scottish kin first settled the area. Since then, and most especially since the screen version of Woodrell’s 2006 book “Winter’s Bone,” the Ozarks has popped up with increasing frequency in our popular culture. You don’t have to look any further for evidence of that than Netflix’s “Ozark” or the upcoming season of “True Detective,” set in Northwest Arkansas.
A family tree, darkly Jarret Middleton’s ‘Darkansas’ is sinister and mystical. BY MATT BAKER
OCTOBER 19, 2017
Today’s Ozarks has a more sinister allure. The same attributes that once determined its image as a crop of gullible simpletons now colors them as hardened figures with violent disregard and stubborn meanness over the tiniest slight against one’s honor. And, as the Ozarks expands in our collective consciousness, we’re finding more natives comfortably employing the Ozarks as a literal, as well as psychological and cultural, setting for their work; one of the producers of
“Ozark,” Bill Dubuque, is from Missouri. Nic Pizzolatto, creator or “True Detective,” lived in Northwest Arkansas as an MFA student; and Little Rock’s Graham Gordy is a co-writer on several episodes. That brings me to Jarret Middleton’s impressive new novel, “Darkansas.” Middleton lives about as far away as you can get from the Ozarks in the continental United States — Seattle. He grew up in the Northeast U.S and attended college in Canada. So there’s no doubt some readers will begin this book with a skeptical chip on their shoulders. Aside from a few tiny miscues, though — an inbound flight lands in “Fayetteville,” not NWA Regional, and there’s a not-quite-right depiction of traveling by car through Little Rock — Middleton pulls it off. In an overly charitable book reviewing world in which the word “genius” is thrown around like a hot potato (Charles Bukowski said, rightly, that “love” and “genius” are the two most overused words in the English language) — it’s refreshing to read an honest-to-goodness good novel. It’s a book that deserves many readers, one I suspect will be passed around for many years. “Darkansas” begins with Jordan Bayne, a sometimes honky-tonk singer and sometimes day laborer, traveling from San Antonio home to his Ozarks hamlet near the Arkansas/Missouri border. His brother, Malcolm, is getting married. Jordan isn’t too keen on returning home after a violent episode served as impetus for his departure. He sums it up this way: “Hell, it’s been more or less shit right up until yesterday when I left Texas. I been in the grip of something these past few years. Maybe my whole life, I don’t know. I left here because things were getting out of hand. I was in danger before I left ... .” While poking around in some family photo albums, Bayne begins to learn about the curse that has troubled the family for generations: All sets of brothers are twins, and one of the brothers always has a hand in the death of the father. Flashback chapters depicting various incarnations of this curse are peppered intermittently throughout the novel. That would seem to set the table for a fairly straightforward tale, but Middleton throws an off-speed literary pitch: Two fantastical creatures that live in the woods are closely observing the Bayne brothers and may, in fact, be manipulating the naked facts and circumstances of their lives to bring about an ominous result. These creatures, portrayed as realistically as the
novel’s human beings, are nevertheless ambiguously superhuman. Are they the manifestation of the ultimate evil himself? Or mythological characters existing through faith? All fiction is fantasy, but if we were to assign “Darkansas” to some subgenre, as academia loves to do, Middleton could accurately be credited with blending horror, literary fiction, Southern fiction and science fiction/ fantasy. His creepy, crawly sentences are laden with gothic thicket, and the atmosphere he evokes is mystical. What seems superficially realistic is shaded with a glow of “Mulholland Drive”style surrealism. In a memorable and skilled novel, Middleton suggests that there are unexplained mysteries out there, and that their presence may play a heavier hand in our daily lives than we’d like to believe. “Darkansas” thrives on that tension and ambiguity, and on the bewilderment involved in figuring out what is fantastical and what isn’t — and questioning the purpose of both in our lives.
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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design,” through December; “Will Counts: The Central High Photographs,” marking the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central, through Oct. 22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000.
“The Rocky Horror Show.” Club Sway’s third annual production of Richard O’Brien’s comedy horror cult classic. 8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 26, through Mon., Oct. 30. $22-$27. 412 Louisiana St. 501-7775428.
ARTS & SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff: “2017 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition”; “Pine Bluff Art League Annual Juried Exhibition,” through Nov. 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat. 870-536-3375.
“The Rocky Horror Show.” The Weekend Theater’s take on Richard O’Brien’s comedy horror cult classic. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat. and 2:30 p.m., through Nov. 5, with an additional midnight performance Sat., Nov. 4. $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761.
“The Savannah Sipping Society.” Murry’s Dinner Playhouse presents the comedy from Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones and Nicholas Hope. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., dinner at 6 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun., dinner at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., through Oct. 21. $15$37. 6323 Colonel Glenn Road. 501562-3131.
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“Dork Reunion.” The Main Thing’s fall musical comedy, a flashback to the Fertle Family’s high school days. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., through Nov. 18. $24. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-372-0205.
“The Champion.” TheatreSquared’s world premiere of a play by Amy Evans, featuring Joy Jones as Nina Simone. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.Sun. through Nov. 5. $10-$40. Walton Arts Center’s Studio Theater, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.
“Baskerville.” Murry’s Dinner Playhouse presents the Ken Ludwig’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., dinner at 6 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun., dinner at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31 through Nov. 5. $15-$37. 6323 Colonel Glenn Road. 501-5623131.
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BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Bret Aaker: Conatus,” Loft Gallery, through Jan. 27, “Modern Ink,” work by Carmen Alexandria, Robert Bean, Daniel Broening, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington and Steve Rockwell, through Oct. 28; “The Art of Injustice,” Paul Faris’ photographs of Japanese incarceration at Rohwer, through Dec. 30; “Jim Nelson: Abstraction and Color,” through Nov. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu,” photographs by Matthew Willman and recreation of Mandela’s cell, through Feb. 19, 2018; “Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision,” pieces from the Clinton Presidential Center’s archives as well as from President Clinton’s own personal collection, through Feb. 12, 2018; permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 adults, $8 seniors, retired military and college students, $6 youth 6-17, free to active military and children under 6, President Clinton’s birthday. 374-4242. CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way, Bentonville: “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing,” nearly 100 works by the modernist jazz-influenced painter, through Jan. 1; “Native North America,” indigenous art, through Jan. 7, 2018; “Not to Scale: Highlights from the Fly’s Eye Dome Archive,” drawings and models of Fuller’s geodesic dome, through March 2018; American masterworks spanning four centuries in the permanent collection. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. 479-418-5700. ESSE PURSE MUSEUM & STORE, 1510 S. Main St.: “Petite Anthologie de Sacs: An Evening with Nathalie Lecroc,” reception for the French painter 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, $25; “The Power of Plastics: Reshaping Midcentury Fashion,” plastic handbags
from Anita Davis’ collection, through Jan. 7; “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags,” permanent exhibit. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $10, $8 for students, seniors and military. 916-9022. FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: “Momoyo Torimitsu: Somehow, I Don’t Feel Comfortable,” giant inflatable bunnies, through December; “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project from the National Archives,” through Oct. 29. 18. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: “Body/Ecology: Daniella Napolitano and Carmen Alexandria Thompson,” through Jan. 7; “Hidden Treasure: Selected Gala Fund Purchases,” including portraiture by Henry Byrd, work by Thomas Hart Benton, watercolors by Jacob Semiatin and more, through Jan. 8; “Danny Campbell and Winston Taylor,” an exhibition of Campbell’s foundobject sculpture and Taylor’s ceramic vessels, through Nov. 5; “Gordon and Wenonah Fay Holl: Collecting a Legacy,” through Feb. 4, 2018. Ticketed tours of renovated and replicated 19th century structures from original city, guided Monday and Tuesday on the hour, self-guided Wednesday through Sunday, $2.50 adults, $1 under 18, free to 65 and over. (Galleries free.) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, 503 E. 9th St. (MacArthur Park): “Waging Modern Warfare”; “Gen. Wesley Clark”; “Vietnam, America’s Conflict”; “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese American Soldiers in World War II. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MATT McLEOD FINE ART, 108 W. 6th St.: Work in all media by Arkansas and out-of-state artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 725-8508. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Hidden No More,” work by 11 artists for the 2017 Creativity Arkansas collection. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: Interactive science exhibits and activities for children and teenagers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 3967050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham St. “Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from the University of Arkansas Museum Collection”; “True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley,” musical instruments, through 2017; “First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture” permanent exhibit including first ladies’ gowns. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St., El Dorado: Paintings by
Bill and Gloria Garrison, Merkle and Price Galleries, and Gary Hall, Lobby Gallery, through Oct. 30. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 870-862-5474. TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, U.S. Hwy. 165, England: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $4 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, $14 for family. 961-9442. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University Ave.: “Peri Schwartz: The Artist’s Studio,” Gallery I, through Oct. 17; “Creating Youth,” works by Michael Warrick, Gallery II, through Nov. 10, “Estamos Aqui (We Are Here),” serigraphs by Latino artists, including Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Alec Dempster, Delilah Montoya, Juan Miguel Ramos and Quintin Gonzalez, Gallery III, in conjunction with the NEH Big Read project, through Nov. 10; Fine Arts Building Gallery I. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Conway: “Vertebrates: An Installation by Ben Butler,” through Oct. 19; “Equivocal Exposures: Alternative Photographic Processes,” photographs by Kalee Appleton, Jesseca Ferguson, Clive Holden, Mo Munley and Juan Alberto Negroni, through Oct. 19, Baum Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu. 501-450-5793.
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WALTON ARTS CENTER, Fayetteville: “Charting Terrain: A confluence of light and form,” work by Victoria Burge, Ben Butler, Theresa Chong, Sean Morrissey, James Siena and James Turrell, through Dec. 23. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 479-4435600.
ARGENTA GALLERY, 413 Main St.: “Glitch,” work by Jacob West, reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. ART GROUP GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “More is More,” paintings by Loren Bartnicke, through Oct. 21. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 690-2193 ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 610 Central Ave., Hot Springs: Paintings by Dianne Morgan and Daryl Wedwick, through October. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 623-6401. BARRY THOMAS FINE ART & STUDIO, 711 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Thomas. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 349-2383. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8205 Cantrell Road: “A Tale of Two Worlds,” graphic art by Kirk Montgomery, through Oct. 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CONTINUED ON PAGE 60 arktimes.com OCTOBER 19, 2017
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ALSO IN THE ARTS , CONT. CORE BREWERY, 411 Main St., NLR: “A Collection of Skulls,” hosted by the Latino Art Project. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: Work by gallery artists Tyler Arnold, Melissa Deerman, EMILE, Kasten Searles and others. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Kathy Strause and drawings by Phillip Rex Huddleston, through Oct. 28. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave., Hot Springs: Mosaics by Erma Steelsmith and Susie Burch, through October. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 3184278. GOOD WEATHER GALLERY, 4400 Edgemere St.: “Little Stone, Open Home,” work by Mariel Capanna, through Dec. 2, reception noon-8 p.m. Dec. 2. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Thomas Hart Benton, Carroll Cloar, Theora Hamblett and Clementine Hunter, Robyn Horn, Mark Blaney, Sammy Peters, Daniel Mark Cassity. Melissa Wilkinson and others, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 6642787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “The African American Series (20082009),” mixed media paintings and drawings by Manuel Hughes, Gallery II, through Nov. 11; “XXIX Prime,” works by Adger Cowans, Artis Lane, Ed Dwight, Wade Hampton and others. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. HOUSE OF ART, 108 E. 4th St., NLR: “Art Without Limits,” erotica, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. INNOVATION HUB, 201 E. Broadway St.: “Fall Extravaganza and October Hub-Ub,” open art studios, relief
printing in new printmaking studio, laser pumpkin engraving, Halloween screen printing on T-shirts, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. JUSTUS FINE ART GALLERY, 827 A Central Ave., Hot Springs: “Fall Color,” work by Dustyn Bork, Donnie Copeland, Robert Fogel, Laura Raborn and others, through October. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 321-2335. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Portraits,” paintings by Louis Beck, through October. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Shelter-in-Place,” sculptural installations by the members of the Culture Shock Arkansas Art Collective, including Melissa Cowper-Smith, Melissa Gill, Sofia Gonzalez, Louise Halsey, Tammy Harrington, Dawn Holder, Holly Laws, Sandra Luckett and Rachel Trusty, through Oct. 27. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 420 Main St., NLR: “Street Joy,” photographs by Heather Canterbury, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. 687-1061. LEGACY FINE ART, 804 Central Ave., Hot Springs: Blown glass chandeliers by Ed Pennington, paintings by Carole Katchen. 8 a.m.-5 LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Artists collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “She: An Exhibition of Female Artists,” including works by Melissa Wilkinson, Ashley Murphy, Betsy Emil Davis, Brittany Loar, Lisa Krannichfeld, Jeaneen Barnhart, Robin Parker, Toby Penney, Alecia Walls-Barton, Cathy Hegman, V.L. Cox, Margaret Lane Maddison, Catherine Nugent and others, opens with reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20. 225-6257.
MCLEOD FINE ART GALLERY, 106 W. 6th St.: Local and regional artists. 7258508. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St., NLR: “Other Worlds,” woodcuts by Daniel Adams, closing reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 379-9101. NLR HERITAGE CENTER, 506 Main St., NLR: Work by Tim Jacobs, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta Art Walk. STUDIOMAIN, 413 N. Main St., NLR: “VI Machina: Drawings and other ideations toward a New American Power,” by David L. Murphree, through October, open 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Argenta ArtWalk. @studio.main.ar. UCA DOWNTOWN, 1105 W. Oak St., Conway: “Ben Butler: On Paper,” in conjunction with Butler installation at UCA. 479-575-5692. WILDWOOD PARK FOR THE ARTS, 20919 Denny Road: “Art in the Park,” exhibition of work by faculty and students in the UA Little Rock Department of Art & Design, through Oct. 29. 821-7275.
JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-2411943.
MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibition of more than 50 cars from 19041967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501727-5427. MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY, 202 SW O St., Bentonville: Native American artifacts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479-273-2456. PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, Scott, U.S. Hwy. 165 and state Hwy. 161: Permanent exhibits on historic agriculture. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $4 adults, $3 children. 961-1409. POTTS INN, 25 E. Ash St., Pottsville: Preserved 1850s stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, with period furnishings, log structures, hat museum, doll museum, doctor’s office, antique farm equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5 adults, $2 students, 5 and under free. 479-9689369. ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “On Fields Far Away: Our Community During the Great War,” through December. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479-621-1154. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT, Scott: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 351-0300. www. scottconnections.org.
LAKEPORT PLANTATION, 601 Hwy. 142, Lake Village: Antebellum mansion; exhibits on plantation life from before, during and after the Civil War. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. $5 general admission. 870-265-6031.
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UPCOMING EVENTS The Joint
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Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival
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World Cheese Dip Championship
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THURSDAY 10/26 Acrobatics and ice skating collide (only artistically, we hope) at Verizon Arena with Cirque de Soleil’s “Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience,” 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sun., $33-$155. The Potluck & Poison Ivy storytelling series turns its attention to “Scary Stories,” with music from The Salty Dogs, 7 p.m. The Joint, $35 ticket includes dinner. Go a little early and catch The Creek Rocks at Four Quarter Bar, 6 p.m., free. Conor Oberst, formerly of Bright Eyes, performs at the Rev Room, with $1 from every ticket benefiting Planned Parenthood, 8:30 p.m., $25. Contemporary dance company Cas Public reinterprets “Romeo and Juliet” with Symphonie Dramatique, 7:30 p.m., Walton Arts Center, $10. The Goat Band brings its jazz set to The Lobby Bar for Fall Into Jazz, a benefit for the Arkansas Chamber Singers, 6:30 p.m., $50. Nada Surf, the guys who brought you 1996’s “Popular,” bring tunes from 2016’s “You Know Who You Are” to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $15.
FRIDAY 10/27 Wildwood Park for the Arts and Praeclara kick off a short run of “Annie,” with Ruby Reeves as the titular orphan and baritone Robert Holden as Daddy Warbucks, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Wildwood Park for the Arts, $30 ($15 for students). Arkansauce takes its string band sound to Kings Live Music, with Tyler Grady, 8:30 p.m., $5. Wick-It the Instigator brings his multigenre electronica to the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $15-$20. Canvas performs at Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. White Glove Test, Landrest, Thelma & The Sleaze and Roar head up a Halloween Costume Show at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $12. Moxie performs for the crowd at Oaklawn’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. The Clinton School of Public Policy, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Sierra Club and Audubon Arkansas host the Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit 2017 at the Clinton Presidential Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $10 registration includes lunch. The Top of the Rock Chorus and Acapella Rising share the stage at the Ron Robinson Theater for an Arkansas Sounds barbershop and choral concert, 7 p.m., free. The UA Little Rock Chancellor’s Concert Series hosts “An Evening with Phil Keaggy,” 7:30 p.m., Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, $5-$20. Foreigner gets the cover-up treatment with the Halloween Cover-Up Show at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
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Mulehead plays a rare show at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $8. Nerd Eye Blind heads up an ’80s/’90s Halloween Party at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8-$10. The Forever 27 Club Tribute at Revolution pays homage to some of the greats who died at age 27 — Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and more, 9 p.m., $10$15. Discovery Nightclub hosts its bombastic Halloween Party, with a $1,000 costume contest, 9 p.m., $10. Mountain Sprout gets rowdy at Kings Live Music, with Ashley Taylor, 8:30 p.m., $5. The World Cheese Dip Championship kicks off at noon on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center, $8-$15. Norwegian punk band Life ... But How To Live It? is the subject of the Halloween Cover-Up Show at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Shelbelle Shamrock and the Foul Play Cabaret burlesque troupe celebrate Halloween at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $15-$20.
MONDAY 10/30 North Little Rock native Adam Sobel’s “The Worker’s Cup” shines a light on the “workers welfare” soccer tournament in Qatar, and gets a screening at the Ron Robinson Theater in partnership with the Arkansas Cinema Society, 6 p.m., free.
TUESDAY 10/31 Long Island rockers Blameshift take the stage for a Halloween show at Rev Room, 8:30 p.m., $7-$10. Over at Stickyz, Psymbionic pumps out bass-heavy beats for a Halloween Freakout, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Billy Chase Goforth’s “Door in the Woods” gets a screening at the Ron Robinson Theater for CALS’ Boos & Booze series, 6 p.m., $2.
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