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Outsourcing state government As a citizen, I don’t get to choose not to pay taxes because I don’t like what the Arkansas state government is spending state and federal money on, such as paying a Chinese company, Sun Paper, approximately $1 billion to build a paper mill in Clark County; Leslie Rutledge’s lawsuits to defend unconstitutional, discriminatory laws; or the ridiculously high salaries being paid because of Governor Hutchinson’s and Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie’s ($280,000) numerous and questionable firings; and promotions and new hires to DHS and the governor’s executive staff. I don’t like that Medicaid money will pay 90 percent of DHS new hire Dennis Smith’s $300,000 salary. But, if he was hired to help the poor, sick and elderly, then that’s OK. Smith is a proven expert in reducing the cost of states’ Medicaid Program and an expert in handling waivers, so the state can make up their on ACA program and Smith has received high praise from Sen. Jim Hendren about Smith’s expertise in handling money from Medicaid Block Grants that the federal government awards states, which allows the state to spend the money as they see fit. That’s scary! Gillespie and newly promoted Director of Youth Services Betty Gulham ($100,077) have canceled several Medicaid vendor contracts, which Gillespie says is supposed to cover Smith’s salary. Gillespie said, “The outside world wants to help Arkansas. They’d like to help us do our missions. If there’s work that can be done by a nonprofit group or faith-based organization, then we don’t need to be doing it inside the government.” How nice. I can see where our broke state government might need a lot of free help. I am sure Governor Hutchinson is worried about finding money for the highway fund and money to pay those huge salaries he has recently created, and finding money to pay out-of-state vendors to house prison inmates (Texas) and juveniles (Indiana), but thanks to Cindy and Dennis, he doesn’t have to worry about not being able to keep the pledge he made with AHCA (nursing home lobby) to save the Medicaid Program $250 million dollars in five years by upgrading reforms to nursing homes. I admit I don’t have an accountant’s math skills or understand the complex political staff changes the governor is implementing, but I do have a large calculator on my desk, and I do know when someone is feeding me a fluff story and I am capable of connecting some of the dots. My question is: After Gillespie and Smith get through gutting the Medic4

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aid program, what will Smith do with the federal money from Medicaid Block grants? Will it go to the Chinese to pay them for building a paper mill in Clark County? Will it go to the Highway Fund? Will it go to pay the high salaries of toplevel state employees? Will it go to outof-state vendors we are currently making contracts with? Will it go to pay the legal fees incurred from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s appeals to defend unconstitutional laws passed by the Arkansas legislature? Can Arkansas citizens get a financial report, showing in detail, every

dime the state receives and spends? ShineonLibby Little Rock

Doesn’t make sense It is unconscionable that Republicans refuse to vote on a clean bill to combat the Zika virus. Instead, they add a rider that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding related to helping the fight against Zika. Planned Parenthood provides reproductive services and family planning to 2.5 million patients

nation-wide each year and is the largest provider of sex education in the U.S. Family planning is the primary strategy recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is completely illogical to reduce access to contraception and sex education at a time of a health crisis that is directly related to pregnancy. And to top it off, Republicans added another rider to allow unfettered use of the Confederate flag in national cemeteries. What does that have to do with combating a disease that can cause neurological defects in fetuses and severe developmental delays for children? Unfortunately, both of our senators went along with this political power play. Contact Sens. Boozman and Cotton. Ask them to quit playing politics with the lives of children and families. Ask them to support a clean bill to fund the fight against the Zika virus. Teri Patrick Little Rock

The powerful people and the LRSD The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gushing with love for the Walton Foundation, suggested recently that the foundation’s letterhead should read, “Walton foundation — giving all the help we can.” Using wealth and politics, the Powerful People (PP) control Arkansas schools, particularly those in Little Rock. The PP heavily promotes charter schools with no concern for the thousands of children unable to use charters. There is nothing innovative about Little Rock charter schools. They succeed by picking good students, quickly removing disruptive students, and taking full advantage of the cooperative eager classes formed with select students. Successful charters thrive on enrolling students receptive to learning. That process of selecting students for charters leaves the difficult, more expensive job of teaching those refused entrance to teachers in traditional schools. Recalling my days as a teacher, I hated the times when a parent was transferred and I lost a good student. Sadly, the Walton Foundation is “helping” the LRSD by removing thousands of good students from classrooms and placing them in charter schools. If the PP wanted to help Little Rock, they would show concern for the 20,000 or so LR students unable to take advantage of private or charter schools. Those are the children hurt by the foolish obsession (shown at Central High in 1957) to attend school with only certain people. Richard Emmel Little Rock



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Quote of the Week “Regardless of who is responsible for these events today — we need to round up every single Muslim extremist sympathizer and other anti-American crazies and detain them or deport them. And for goodness sake — stop bringing more Muslims into this nation.” — State Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway), responding on Facebook to two evidently terrorist attacks over the weekend. In St. Cloud, Minn., a young man of Somali origin, Dahir Adan, stabbed 10 people in a shopping mall before being shot to death by an off-duty cop, and in New York City, a bomb allegedly planted by an Afghan-born naturalized citizen named Ahmad Rahami injured 29. (Aside from Adan, no one was killed in either attack.) Ever eager to throw gasoline on a fire, Rapert went on to urge “Americans [to] start pointing out every anti-American Muslim … and run them out of our country.” Facebook at first removed Rapert’s posts, but later reinstated them.

The rats in the walls First Lady Susan Hutchinson wants more renovations made to the Governor’s Mansion due to damage caused by rats, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last week. The governor’s private office in the mansion “looks fine, but it’s hideous smelling,” Hutchinson told the Governor’s Mansion Commission. The only solution to the “rat stench,” she said, is to gut the room entirely. Some $62,000 in state funds have already been allocated for renovations to the office (out of a $1.1 million grant to improve the mansion and its grounds). A bottle of Febreze costs about $7 at Walmart, by the way.

Just say no Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is keeping up his oneman blockade of five judges to fill vacant seats 6

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on the Court of Federal Claims, the venue for citizens to file claims against the U.S. government for matters such as tax disputes and government contracts. The nominees have been held up for two years, despite the fact that the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee has twice approved them unanimously. The chief judge of the claims court has said it badly needs the vacancies filled. But Cotton, who again last week blocked a vote on the confirmation, is interested in obstruction for obstruction’s sake. At the moment, the court contains eight Republican appointees and three Democrats, and adding President Obama’s five nominees would even the balance. Cotton insists the court’s caseload doesn’t warrant filling the vacancies.

Beat the house The battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to allow three more casinos in Arkansas is heating up. The Arkansas Supreme Court last week named retired Judge John Jennings as special master to review evidence in a lawsuit seeking to

Growing eStem, by the numbers At a groundbreaking ceremony, eStem Public Charter Schools released an update on its new high school for grades 10-12 on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The building is slated to open next fall, thereby beginning a dramatic expansion of the charter school’s capacity over the next several years. It’s an ominous development for the Little Rock School District, which will likely be weakened by a slow drain of families (especially middle-to-upper income households) towards eStem and other charters.

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The amount of a no-interest loan from the Walton Family Foundation being used to finance the renovation of UALR’s Larson Hall and the construction of a new addition to the building.

The eventual square footage of the facility when completed, not counting 15,000 square feet in classroom space in adjoining Ross Hall to be leased from UALR by eStem.



The eventual size of the high school when it is at full capacity. In the 2017-18 school year, it should hold around 450 students, or a growth of 50-75 students for grades 10-12.

The additional seats in grades K-9 that eStem plans to add for the 2017-18 school year alone.

invalidate the proposal in advance of the November election. Meanwhile, Justice Courtney Goodson has recused from the case. She didn’t state a reason, but Goodson has connections to the thoroughbred racing business

at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, an opponent of allowing more casinos — i.e., competitors — into the state. Governor Hutchinson has appointed Warren Dupwe, a Jonesboro lawyer, as a special justice.


Who’s harming women?


ttorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion. The legislature, with the governor’s approval, adopted legislation from the anti-abortion playbook intended to make abortion de facto illegal in Arkansas. The law required an outdated drug protocol that was harmful to women who receive pills to induce miscarriages in the first eight weeks of pregnancies. It dictated unnecessary, expensive and discouraging return visits to doctors. It required an abortion provider to have a doctor on staff with hospital admitting privileges. The doctor requirement was a real problem for Planned Parenthood, which

provides pharmaceutical abortions at two clinics. It’s an unnecessary and expensive requirement. A pharmaMAX ceutical abortion is BRANTLEY safer than natural childbirth. But the threats and bullying of anti-abortionists and their political enablers make doctors fearful of associating with the brave people of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood sued to block the law. It won in district court. The judge said the Arkansas law amounted to an unconstitutional obstruction of a woman’s right to an abortion. Rutledge will appeal this to the last negative court ruling because oppressing women is the widest plank in the Republican platform.

New normal


o two presidential candidates — reinforced those since polling began have run up old resentments. negatives as massive as those of People do not Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who want to vote for yet won their parties’ nominations easily. someone they do “What gives?” may be the biggest political not like, admirable ERNEST mystery in history. qualities or not. DUMAS The candidates’ plights are not akin. The unavoidA poll last week, which closely mirrored able equation is that Trump is a potenones from the primary season, showed tial president because enough voters are that 62 percent of voters think Trump is turned off by Clinton than they are ready not minimally qualified to be president, to vote for a man they consider a joke and slightly better than the 67 percent in a a fraud, or else to forsake any responsiJuly poll. He is largely viewed as a ridicu- bility for the presidency by voting for a lous if amusing human being. Only one bumbling Libertarian who makes Trump national candidate — Vice President Dan sound like a savant, or the perennial Quayle in 1992 — alarmed more voters, Green Party candidate who calls Clin65 percent of them. Sarah Palin, John ton a right-winger more dangerous than McCain’s 2008 running mate, scared Trump and Obama a corporate lackey. only 55 percent. The optimistic way to look at it, if you Clinton is seen as well qualified to be want Clinton to be elected in spite of her president by 60 percent, and 61 percent unlikability, is that current polls show think she has a better temperament than Trump getting the votes of little more Trump to be president. But most peo- than the 40 percent or so who think he ple also just don’t like her. The endless is qualified and stable enough to be presiWhitewater investigations of the ’90s dent. If that is his limit, huge votes for Jill never turned up any wrongdoing except Stein and Gary Johnson, who wants to scrap public education, Social Security a tin political ear, petulance for the press and her doubters and a mania for privacy and Medicare, decriminalize drugs and and secrecy. The modern snipe hunts — shrink the military, are his only route to Benghazi and her private email server the presidency.

The latest outrage came in an appeals court legal filing by Rutledge. If women with abortion complications aren’t treated at Planned Parenthood, they might seek help at an emergency room. The attorney general said, according to the Democrat-Gazette, this is a bad thing because “many women aren’t forthright out of fear of being stigmatized.” Fear of being stigmatized? These words come from a political party that libels women who seek abortion and the doctors who provide the legal service as murderers. It comes from an attorney general who has endeavored to learn names of women who receive Planned Parenthood services. It comes from an attorney general who wants to worm out names of doctors who might be sympathetic to the health provider’s needs. It is from a political party that wanted to subject women to a dangerous drug regimen long abandoned by good doctors. It is from a politician who patronizingly thinks women must receive instruction about abortion, undergo fetal monitoring and endure other indignities to shame women who have thought long

and hard and have good reason to decide to end a pregnancy. The stigmatizing is being done by Leslie Rutledge and Co. Her legal pleading tacitly admits as much. It should cause shame to seek medical attention? That is precisely the aim of Rutledge and her running dogs. Hypocrisy in the name of medicine is a hallmark of Republican politics. Republicans claimed to be interested in medical science the other day when Governor Hutchinson assembled some Asa-friendly doctors from establishment medical groups to oppose medical marijuana measures, despite the overwhelming support among physicians nationally for medicinal use of the plant. Dr. Janet Cathey, a Little Rock ob/gyn, observed sharply on Facebook: “I am an MD who will no longer continue my membership in the Arkansas Medical Society. The AMS says they are against the legislation of medicine yet they have miserably FAILED to come against any of the bills that legislated medicine when it comes to women’s healthcare! The hypocrisy is unconscionable.”

But Trump has not merely flouted all known political norms, he has destroyed them. He has embraced America’s implacable enemy for 65 years, admired every brutal despot of our time, celebrated greed, personal aggrandizement and lechery, boasted about his infidelities, mocked humility and kindness, bragged about manipulating government and taxpayers ($885 million from New York taxpayers alone) to build a fortune and shrouded the smallest claim in a veil of dishonesty. Consider only news of the past two weeks, when he became a “normal” candidate. Trump and Vladimir Putin exchanged more plaudits, even after disclosures of Kremlin meddling in U.S. elections and after Trump had to cashier his campaign director after disclosures of the man’s profiting by millions of dollars for helping the Kremlin destabilize Eastern Europe. Putin’s propaganda minister went on TV regularly to praise Trump, who would shift U.S. allegiance from democratic Europe to Russia. For some reason, Trump decided to declare unequivocally that Barack Obama was born in America after claiming for five years that he was a Kenyan. But he crafted two new lies, that Hillary Clinton had started the birther lie and that he had rescued the president from the calumny. Having once dictated his doctor’s proclamation that he would be the fit-

test president in history, Trump got a quick checkup to counter Clinton’s admission that she caught pneumonia and her release of medical records. His report touted his testosterone level, but to counter the negative report that he was fat he grew one inch, from his lifetime 6-foot-2 to 6-3, so that his weight officially reduced him from obesity, last assigned to President Taft in 1912, to merely too fat. Trump has refused to release his 2015, or any, tax return because he was being audited (Clinton’s open returns go back to 1977), but his son-in-law explained that the tax return would just raise too many questions. Trump and his foundation spent $60,000 furtively on the campaigns of the Texas and Florida attorneys general in a transparent attempt to prevent their investigating claims by people who were bilked by Trump’s defunct “university.” One of the Trump charity’s biggest expenditures, it was revealed, was $20,000 for a 6-foot painting of himself, which was placed in one of his golf resorts rather than given to charity, as nonprofit laws require. It turns out that political norms and expectations like truthfulness, transparency and wisdom can be liabilities. Polls show that people will vote for Trump precisely because he doesn’t follow the rules and might shake things up in Washington and the world. To what end is secondary.

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Bad science




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rigger warnings” have recently resurfaced in the news because of a letter from a University of Chicago dean of students that warned incoming freshmen to not expect advance notice of potentially upsetting material in the classroom. Among the voices defending the letter was a Sept. 13 op-ed in the New York Times by Richard J. McNally, a professor of psychology at Harvard University. Its headline summed up McNally’s argument: “If You Need a Trigger Warning, You Need P.T.S.D. Treatment.” This is not only a misrepresentation of science but, even worse, a misuse of the authority of science in the service of ideological persuasion. My experiences as a student, teacher and researcher of psychology (at Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and New York University) are in stark contrast to the supposedly objective rendering of scientific truth that McNally constructs. The author begins with a specious tone of impartiality, describing the two sides of the debate: “Trigger warnings, critics claim, imperil academic freedom and further infantilize a cohort of young people accustomed to coddling by their helicopter parents. Proponents of trigger warnings point out that many students have suffered trauma, exemplified by alarming rates of sexual assault on campus. Accordingly, they urge professors to warn students about potentially upsetting course materials and to exempt distressed students from classes covering topics likely to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder, or P.T.S.D., symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive thoughts about one’s personal trauma.” McNally then goes on to conclude that (1) if you need trigger warnings, you have PTSD and (2) if you have PTSD, trigger warnings are, in his words, “counter-therapeutic.” The logical link here is quite distorted. First, you can have significant emotional reactions to memories (or stimuli that are associated with such memories), and these emotional reactions can be negative, and these memories can be traumatic, all without fulfilling criteria for PTSD. Also, not all trigger warnings are about memories or past trauma (one of several reasons why a better descriptive phrase would be something like “content warning”). You can want to prepare yourself for publicly encountering emotionally laden material and not be in need of psychiatric treatment.

S e c o n d , McNally argues that for those who do have PTSD, trigger warnings are counter-therJENNIFER apeutic because LENOW they enable avoidance of trauma reminders, thereby running counter to the aim of exposure therapy, which is to confront fearful situations until they gradually lose their emotional significance. This presupposes, perplexingly, that such therapy should entail random, uncontrollable and public exposure to trauma reminders at the hands of unskilled practitioners. Meanwhile, even in controlled laboratory experiments involving “normal, healthy” subjects without any history of trauma, mere exposure is not always an effective means of diminishing fear responses — and such laboratory models are a far cry from real trauma, in which the aversive outcomes and the acquired emotional responses are much stronger and more entrenched. Scientists and clinicians are working to develop augmentations or alternatives to classic exposure therapy. Research suggests one means of more effectively extinguishing fear and promoting future resilience is the ability to control the avoidance of stimuli that have acquired some emotional salience. Conversely, being unexpectedly exposed to the same fearful stimuli — without having any agency in the process — helps to preserve fear. In other words, the sense of agency that trigger warnings provide seems beneficial. And the omission of trigger warnings — that is, subjecting students to negative emotional material, akin to an uncontrollable stress manipulation — seems “counter-therapeutic.” As a student and teaching assistant, I have seen emotionally fraught material (such as first-person, graphic descriptions of sexual abuse) used not in the service of any kind of intellectual advancement, but as sensationalism — a means to capture the attention of students. Creating safe places for students is clearly not about a refusal to engage with intellectually challenging material but about enabling students to more fully and productively engage with that material. Jennifer Lenow is a Hendrix College graduate pursuing a Ph.D. in cognition and perception at New York University. She previously conducted traumarelated research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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With the shift in attention to bathroom policies, however, it’s just as likely that a bathroom case will JAY be the first case BARTH that the Supreme Court takes up. One possibility is the ongoing case out of Virginia — GG v. Gloucester County School Board — involving a local school district’s decision to deny a student, born a girl but identifying as male, the use of the boys’ bathroom. Gavin Grimm (“GG” in the court records) prevailed in the lower courts, but the Supreme Court stayed the ruling until it could determine whether to hear the case. The fact that the Supreme Court is understaffed makes it less likely it will hear the case during this term. Even then, the GG case would likely end up as a question of whether the Obama administration overstepped its bounds in implementing Title IX rather than the more fundamental constitutional question of whether such treatment of trans students by public schools is constitutionally problematic. Ultimately, however, such a case will make it to the Supreme Court. Another area of litigation that will be active is the disparate treatment of transgender individuals in the criminal justice system. These cases include not only the treatment of trans individuals in jails and prisons, but, just as importantly, the fact that so many trans folks are arrested at all. Amazingly, while we see disparate treatment of African Americans across the criminal justice system, the data for trans African Americans is stunning: Almost half of all black trans persons in the United States have been arrested. Many of these arrests — that may well raise constitutional concerns — is driven by stereotyping of trans individuals as sex workers. As rapid as the change on issues related to gender identity has been in American life and law, the near future will likely witness a mix of wins and losses on the litigation front. Having seen similar battles play out on issues of race, sex and sexual orientation, legal advocates know that judges’ hearts need to be moved as part of the process of shifting their thinking. Thus, during this period of legal change, advocates’ energy is often better spent in education efforts about what the lives of trans Americans are really like than in the writing of briefs. While fictional characters like Tambor’s Maura are important, it’s real people that matter even more in this work.


n Sunday, the brilliant Jeffrey Tambor was awarded his second straight Emmy Award for playing an older transgender father on Amazon’s “Transparent.” In addition to other awards to “Transparent,” the Emmys highlighted the grappling with gender identity underway throughout American society. It is a moment in which trans issues are not just newly visible in entertainment but at the center of the most vibrant American civil rights battle of the day. And, unlike recent battles over issues related to sexual orientation, where a tipping point emerged and momentum took over to push forward with major victories like marriage equality, this battle remains very much alive. As Jill Soloway, the director of “Transparent,” said in accepting her Emmy, “We don’t have a trans tipping point yet, we have a trans civil rights problem.” As is the case with all modern civil rights struggles, that battle will play out in different arenas: in homes, schools and workplaces as trans men and women explain who they are to family, friends and colleagues; in legislative arenas at both the state and local levels as advocates — increasingly reliant upon the voices of trans individuals themselves to make the case — fight for protections and against laws such as North Carolina’s infamous HB2 that enshrine limitations on transgender individuals in law; and, as is always the case in civil rights, in courtrooms. In this litigation work, the primary goals are to get courts to see discrimination by employers on the basis of gender identity as a violation of sex discrimination laws and discrimination by the government as prohibited by the U.S. Constitution’s equal protections and due process clauses. Quietly, much progress has been made on the first half of this effort; indeed, five federal circuit courts covering 26 states have said that gender identity discrimination is covered by sex discrimination laws such as Title VII to some degree. Indeed, most thought the first trans case at the U.S. Supreme Court would be an employment case in which the nation’s highest court was asked to verify that federal employment antidiscrimination law does, indeed, cover cases of gender identity. Some thought that case might even be that of Patricia Dawson from Arkansas. After Dawson, an electrician, began to transition, she was told by her boss, “You do great work, but you are too much of a distraction and I am going to have to let you go.” With the help of the ACLU, the “distraction” sued and is awaiting trial.


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Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, director of UALR’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center and an internationally regarded expert on virtual reality. Members of Arkansas’s Citizen Climate Lobby, including Chris Balos, who is fighting to save the Marshall Islands from rising seas. North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman, who's gotten national attention for his devotion to community policing. Lost Forty Brewing’s Grant Chandler, who’ll use his microbiology background in the brewery’s soon-to-open lab.

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A&M awaits


ight erratic quarters and a couple of overtimes into the 2016 season, Arkansas certainly had earned the right to get a comparative breather. Texas State was a perfectly timed and perfectly mediocre avenue toward that end. The Hogs swallowed up the Bobcats with a 35-0 halftime advantage on a 34925 total yardage disparity, then coasted over the final 25 minutes — the threat of stormy weather caused Bret Bielema and Texas State coach Everett Withers to agree to trim the final quarter down to 10 minutes — for a 42-3 final. As a result, Arkansas vaulted to 17th in the Associated Press poll, and its upcoming SEC date with Texas A&M took on substantially higher stakes than anyone might have envisioned at the start of the month when neither team had cracked the polls. The Aggies rode a comfortable road win over Auburn to their own 3-0 start and now are perched at No. 10, so the decision a few days ago to put the forthcoming matchup in Arlington in an 8 p.m. time slot has been validated. For the Hogs, they fortunately had to labor slightly less than A&M did. While the Aggies were tasked with a trip to Jordan-Hare, Arkansas got to return home after last weekend’s pulse-quickening defeat of TCU, and the Bobcats were nowhere near prepared to provide the kind of mid-major challenge that Louisiana Tech offered in the opener. Rawleigh Williams III continued to put himself clearly ahead of his other backfield mates with another 100-yard rushing effort and two scores, and Austin Allen hit both Keon Hatcher and Jeremy Sprinkle for touchdown strikes for the third straight contest. Throw in Ryan Pulley’s first career touchdown on a nifty second-quarter interception return, and the Hogs more or less played out the affair as closely to an ideal script as possible. Considering that the day began with Louisville leveling a historic blow to No. 2 Florida State in a 63-20 beating, and ended with Texas’ brief feel-good tale smoldering out in strange fashion at Berkeley, Calif., there couldn’t be any justifiable complaining for Razorback fans. Bielema’s string of agonizing late-game September collapses won’t be eulogized, however, unless the Hogs can pin a loss on the College Station crew come Saturday night. Three things have to happen for Arkansas to get out of the opening month unblemished: 1. Allen must continue to remain

smart with the ball. Hatcher’s touchdown catch to conclude the first drive was something of a risky BEAU throw, and A&M WILCOX will undoubtedly try to cut down on the out routes for which the first-year starter has proven to be adept. When older bro Brandon got confident the last two years, it was evident in how often he picked on mismatches over the middle. That’s a dangerous but profitable territory if exploited — Hatcher reeled in a 73-yarder later in the first quarter against the Bobcats that ended up being a hair shy of a second scoring grab — and there’s no question Austin Allen has the confidence needed to go there. 2. Aggies defensive end Myles Garrett cannot be permitted to enter the backfield. Here’s a daunting prospect for new offensive line honcho Kurt Anderson: You have a freshman right tackle, transfer right guard and a left guard adapting to a new position, and all three could end up having to deal with the second coming of former Aggie pass-rushing hellion Von Miller. Garrett is also useful stopping the run, durable, and worthy of a double team, so it’s no shocker that he projects as the consensus top pick for the 2017 NFL Draft. Allen got mashed around by an aggressive Tech front but the Horned Frogs and Bobcats only got one sack each on him, and some of that was a function of smarter playcalling on third downs. Garrett will need to be dealt with on every down, because he’s athletic enough to help A&M overcome a lack of experience in the linebacking corps and be employed in pass coverage, too. 3. The Razorbacks’ secondary must continue its steady upward advancement. Pulley has looked like a new player altogether so far after numerous shaky moments last fall when he was pressed into duty. Henre Toliver and Jared Collins remain steady, and Santos Ramirez has been actively tossing around his newly bulked-up frame, knocking away passes and chasing down tailbacks. There’s still not an All-SEC type of guy in the unit, but if the Hogs’ renewed pass rush — 10 sacks through three games is more than the team had after nine games last fall — keeps its sights on the Aggies QB Trevor Knight, then that caliber of backfield play may be unnecessary.


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n Monday, whilst taking a break an old story in our family in which The Observer’s Dear Ol’ Pa, who claimed to and relying on others to shoulder the load, The Observer have a tickle of clairvoyance, came down turned on Dr. Zuckerberg’s Fantabulous with a raging fever just before 10 p.m. Book O’ Countenances around noonish that night — a fever that broke like a dry to see a heartbreaking sight: photos of twig just after 2 a.m. After his brothers came to find us at the lake in the dawn, the storied Little Rock haunt, Midtown Billiards, on fire. While Yours Truly had in that age before cell phones, they told dive bars and hangouts of our own in him the fire was first noticed just after our youth, we know 10 p.m. and the last embers were finally too well what Mid- Here’s a line that town has meant to applies to events extinguished just after generations of Little 2. The Observer can featuring both Rockians, hence the neither confirm nor deny this story, but heartbreak. Seeing literal and figurative your friends lose a flames: No matter we will say that there thing can be worse, are stranger things to how much you try somehow, than losObserve in heaven and ing a thing yourself. to put it all back earth than are dreamt As The Observer right and shipshape, of in your philosophy. writes this, the pudThe Observer’s parthings are never dles from the fire ents, clinging on to the hydrant are still shin- quite the way they hem of middle class, had no insurance on ing on the pavement were before a fire. the place, and so we down on Main Street, so there’s always some hope, we supwere left with a blackened hole where our home had been, dependent on the pose, that things can be rebuilt. Given the photos we’ve seen, though, we’re kindness of strangers. We would eventunot all that hopeful. Here’s a line that ally buy a trailer and move in, spending applies to events featuring both literal most weekends of the next six months and figurative flames: No matter how shoveling the charred remains of our much you try to put it all back right and everything into wheelbarrows, putting shipshape, things are never quite the the house back so it could be rented way they were before a fire. and eventually sold. But there for a The Observer knows this from expehot minute, The Observer was homerience, unfortunately. When Yours Truly less. Even our playground bully, who was but a lad, fourth grade, our house had tormented us for months during burned. Not “burned flat.” Not incinrecess, was shocked into silence and erated, so that everything was lifted to then an apology when we told him we heaven unto the nostrils of God. Just didn’t have time for his bullshit that day burned, sooted and soaked, so that even because our house had burned down. A what didn’t burn bore forever the stink child’s world is so often made of a handof everything that was lost. What was ful of things and spaces, so there is no saved: a few family photos, a wooden greater nightmare, we suppose, than chessboard, our mother’s round oak dinhaving your home burn. Even to a jerk like Jerry. ing table, which warped from the heat and steam like a vinyl record left on an And so, we’re thinking of the folks at August dashboard. Midtown today. Not just the people who The Observer’s family was, thankfully, run the joint and work there, but everyaway on a trip to the lake for the weekbody who ever shared a laugh or a drink end when our tidy little house caught or a kiss there. With the benefit of years, fire in the middle of the night. Some we see now that it’s not just kids whose lives are made of places and things. bit of loose wiring, apparently. There’s


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Police cars for outliers A benefit for nonresident officers. BY MAX BRANTLEY

live in Little Rock would benefit race relations. She and the two other black directors were the only votes for a residency requirement. Incentives to officers to live in Little Rock have been part of the debate. But the provision of take-home cars, which saves wear and tear on personal vehicles, could be seen as an incentive to live outside Little Rock. According to 2015 figures, there

muting come from as far away as Hot Springs, 110 miles away (round trip), and Searcy, 98 miles away (round trip). The cities that Little Rock officers commute from, with estimates of round-trip distances to the cities and the number of officers living there in parentheses, are: Alexander (32 miles, 14 officers), Austin (54, 3), Bauxite (49, 2), Beebe (68, 1), Benton (52, 21), Bigelow (78, 1), Bryant (41, 16), Cabot


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ittle Rock City Manager Bruce Moore has asked the chief of police and his assistant chiefs to review the department’s policy on who gets to take home police cars after the Arkansas Times’ Arkansas Blog reported that 141 of the cars are going to officers — at no cost to them — who do not live in the city of Little Rock. The expensive subsidy provided to nonresident officers has not been part of the ongoing debate about a city residency requirement for Little Rock police officers — rejected Sept. 6 by the City Board of Directors. Officers say the provision of the cars is not a perk but a necessary provision that allows them to respond to emergencies at any time. Information released in answer to Freedom of Information Act requests indicated that 189 police officers — more than a third of the 528-person force — are allowed to use their police vehicles to commute to work. Fortyeight of those officers live in Little Rock. The city pays for fuel, oil and maintenance of the cars. The home use is covered by the Municipal League insurance that covers the city fleet. The commuting runs up millions of more miles on the city fleet and amounts to a valuable financial subsidy to commuters worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if you consider that the federal government estimates the cost of using a car (for allowable reimbursement rate purposes) at 54 cents a mile. The commuting benefit, it seems, offsets in some measure the complaint by officers who defend living elsewhere that Little Rock is too expensive. They also say Little Rock has poor schools and, ironically, too much crime.

A PERK FOR 141 LRPD OFFICERS: In a week’s commute, all the officers who live out of town and take their police cars home with them put about 30,000 miles on the vehicles.

However, City Director Erma Hendrix, in pushing for a residency requirement, said that race is the real reason officers choose not to live in Little Rock. Indeed, white officers overwhelmingly reject Little Rock as a place to live, while the majority of black officers live in the city. Hendrix argued that requiring officers to

were 354 white officers and 160 black officers. Only 75 white officers chose to live in Little Rock; 99 black officers did. The city did not provide a racial breakdown on which officers got take-home cars, but take-home car privileges would likely not depart much from those percentages. Some of the officers who are com-

(48, 11), Conway (62, 5), Greenbrier (83, 3), Hensley (39, 2), Hot Springs (110, 2), Jacksonville (30, 2), Lonoke (52, 3), Mabelvale (25, 6), Malvern (94, 1), Maumelle (33, 19), Mayflower (42, 1), North Little Rock (10, 9), Perryville (92, 1), Redfield (49, 1), Searcy (98, 1), Sherwood (23, 11), Sheridan (70, 1), Vilonia (77, 3) and Ward (64, 1). If you


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multiply each commute distance by the number of officers and multiply that total by five days a week, officers are putting nearly 30,000 miles a week on the city fleet. Multiply that times 48 (giving four weeks off for sick days, vacation, leave and other non-use) and the mileage totals almost 1.5 million. At 54 cents a mile, the cost is something in the range of $780,000 a year at federal reimbursement rates, or an average of about $6,800 per out-oftown resident. City Director Ken Richardson said in an interview last week that he’s long advocated for take-home cars for all city resident police officers, both as an incentive to live here and because they are visible symbols of police presence. However, Richardson said he was told by Moore that could cost $5 million to $7.5 million. Moore, on the other hand, has told the Times that the city has made no effort to compute the cost of providing free cars for commuting. Take-home privileges are decided by the chief of police. The policy on take-home cars is that “certain department personnel in specialized assignments which by the nature of the assignment mandate their return to duty during off-duty hours for investigation or other critical police responses may be assigned a takehome Department vehicle.” John Gilchrest, with the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police, told KARK-TV, Channel 4, reporter Shannon Miller last week that “If we need a SWAT team, I don’t want to have to wait for somebody to go get their car and equipment to come … I think that’s just ludicrous.” Director Richardson told KARK that Little Rock ends up “subsidizing the public safety needs in these outlying communities as well because you end up having the police cars parked in their driveways.” Cars are also provided to 33 city employees who are not members of the police force, including 18 Fire Department personnel (six chiefs, five captains and two firefighters), two assistant city managers, and a total of 13 employees of housing, parks and public works. Of that number, 19 employees do not live in Little Rock.


REMEMBER THE DAYS before food trucks were ubiquitous in Little Rock? Before they were fixtures at every outdoor festival and event and had regular spots where they stopped throughout town? Remember when mobile vendor Hot Dog Mike (RIP — the business, we mean) was novel enough that TV news let him talk about hot dog specials almost weekly on air? There’ve been delicious taco trucks and barbecue rigs in Southwest Arkansas and elsewhere for years, but it’s only been since around 2010 that the broader food truck culture took hold here. The good folks at the Downtown Little Rock Partnership caught on fairly early, and started the Main Street Food Truck Festival in 2011. That first year, fewer than 20 trucks showed up. On Saturday, Sept. 24, there are three times that scheduled to attend. Plus, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be on hand for photo ops, artists will be at work, Heifer International and ACANSA will provide kids activities and there’ll be a beer garden. Also, studioMAIN and members of the Downtown Partnership Financial Quarter Group will host a “pop-up” from Center to Spring streets on Capitol Avenue as a way to imagine that area reinvigorated. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Main Street will be blocked off from Third to Ninth streets. Admission is free.



Almost Famous (Conway) Cajun and Creole food. Banana Leaf (Little Rock) Indian food. BeauxJax (Shreveport, La.) Cajun food. Beavertails (Fayetteville) Pastry, hot dogs, poutine. BlackHound BarB-Q (Jacksonville) Barbecue. Bragg’s Big Bites (Mabelvale) Buffalo fish, ribs.  Burger Shack (Benton) Burgers, fried chips. Brown Sugar Bakeshop (North Little Rock) Desserts. Bryant’s BBQ & Catering (Little Rock) Jamaican jerk meats, barbecue, catfish. Cheto’s Authentic Mex (Paron) Mexican food. Clean Eatery (Little Rock) Health food. Dusty’s Crawfish & Shrimp (Hot Springs) Crawfish, shrimp, frog legs. Eat My Catfish (Benton) Catfish, chicken, shrimp. El Buen Gusto (Benton) Latino food. Excaliburger (Little Rock) Gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches. Fathead BBQ Etc. (Alexander) Barbecue pork, chicken, catfish. Fork in the Road (Little Rock) Gourmet American food. Garrett’s Funnel Cakes & More (Hot Springs) Cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs. Hall’s Southern Express (Sherwood) Southern food, including deep-fried chicken and dressing, oxtail soup and turnip greens. Haygood’s BBQ Concession (Little Rock) Barbecue.

Hot Rod Wieners (Austin) Gourmet hot dogs.

Roxie’s Hot Dogs (Jacksonville) Polish sausage, hot dogs, Frito pie.

Jackie’s Mobile Cafe (Little Rock) Southern food, burgers.

Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches (Conway) Twisted sandwiches.

Katmandu Momo (Little Rock) Nepalese dumplings. King Blvd. (Little Rock) Burgers and Philly cheesesteaks. Kitchen On Wheels (Pine Bluff) Gourmet smoked sausage, Philly cheesesteak. Kona Ice of WLR (Conway) Tropical shaved ice. Kristina’s Hawaiian Ice (Maumelle) Shaved ice, fruit smoothies. Las Elotes (Little Rock) Mexican corn. Little Penguin Tacos (Arkadelphia) Tacos, burritos, quesadillas. Le Pops (Little Rock) Gourmet popsicles. Loblolly Creamery (Little Rock) Homemade ice cream. Luncheria Mexicana Alicia (Little Rock) Mexican food. Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies (Sherwood) Hawaiian smoothies. No Buns BBQ (Salem) Barbecue cooked with Ozark wood. Ocko’s Hibachi Island (Little Rock) Japanese food. Official’s Catering (Hot Springs) Soul food. Our Family Catering (North Little Rock) Grilled pork chops, chopped pork.

Sandra Rose Kitchen (Little Rock) Cajun seafood. Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co. (Searcy) Alaskan dumplings. Smurfey’s Smokehouse (Memphis) Barbecue. The Southern Gourmasian (Little Rock) Southern Asian specialties. Southern Salt Food Company (Little Rock) Asian barbecue and Southern fusion. Stevie’s Fish & Chicken (North Little Rock) Stuffed wings, fried chicken, fish and pork chops. Sugarush Snoballs (Maumelle) New Orleans-style shaved ice. Sweet Tea Kitchen & Coffee Spot (Mulberry) Tea, coffee, Wafflewiches. Taquiera Jalisco San Juan (Little Rock) Mexican food. The Crispy Chicken (Little Rock) Chicken strips, chicken wings. The Velvet Whisk Cheesecakery (Little Rock) Cheesecakes. The WunderBus (Conway) German/Eastern European food.

Philly Phresh Water Ice (Little Rock) Italian ice, pizza, pretzels.

Tommy’s Grill (Little Rock) Burgers, chicken, catfish, barbecue.

Red River Catering (Judsonia) Barbecue, catfish, sliders.

TNT BBQ (North Little Rock) Chicken and beef cheesesteaks.

Reggae Flavas (Beebe) Jerk chicken, quesadillas.

Wok ’n Roll  (Pottsville) Southeast Asian street food.

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DESCENDANTS OF HILL COUNTRY: The Holly Springs native and grandson of R.L. Burnside brings his Grammy-nominated Cedric Burnside Project to the White Water Tavern on Oct. 21.

Honky tonk and string quartets It’s a full musical fall, plus Robinson is back in business. BY STEPHANIE SMITTLE




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f the eclecticism of Arkansas’s music scene was ever in question, this fall’s spectrum of sounds is proof positive that there’s something left to discover in our own backyard. In the span of a lunar cycle or so, Little Rock will be home to Swedish heavy metal, homegrown honky tonk, shadow puppetry with an original score by local composers, rap that’s made its way to New Zealand and back, a rock ’n’ roll lecture on “the power of partying,” crystalline harmonies from a world-renowned men’s choir, Nashville Hall of Famers and a madly stylish children’s music duo. Resist the hermit routine this autumn if you can; Netflix will still be there when the stage lights go out. The Arkansas Symphony String Quartet plays music inspired by Middle Eastern culture at the Terry Library on Thursday, Sept. 29, as part of CALS’

Banned Books Week. Later that day, beloved power pop pioneers The Posies inaugurate the brand-new Capitol View Studio with an intimate show featuring Little Rock’s own Sarah Stricklin on backup vocals, and just down the road, the White Water Tavern hosts a very Ameripolitan evening with Bonnie Montgomery and original honky tonker Dale Watson. Also that night, Club Sway hosts Pride Idol, an “American Idol”inspired competition for a chance to perform at the Little Rock Pride Fest finale. Fayetteville’s feel-good pop rockers Boom Kinetic play at Rev Room Friday, Sept. 30, and the Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival returns to downtown Hot Springs’ Hill Wheatley Plaza Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, with Sinkane, Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Sad Daddy and more. Tyler Bend on the Buffalo National

River is home to the Ozark Folklife Festival, featuring music from Still on the Hill, Mark Jones (son of Grandpa Jones of “Hee Haw” fame), Nathan Eaton and more, Oct. 1. Pianist Elisso Bolkvadze opens the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra season at Maumelle Performing Arts Center with a concert of Mozart and Schubert, Oct. 1-2. On Oct. 6, Kenny Rogers stops at Verizon Arena on his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” and violinistvocalist Amanda Shires plays a show at Stickyz with Rob Picott. On Oct. 7, Catch The Avett Brothers at Verizon Arena, local pop poet Isaac Alexander at The Undercroft or seasoned Nashville songwriters Wayland Holyfield and Randy Goodrum as part of the Butler Center’s Arkansas Sounds concert series at the Ron Robinson Theater. Hitch a ride to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena on the Arkansas Times Blues Bus Oct. 8 for performances from Willie Cobbs, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite and more. Clutch brings some heavy rock to the Clear Channel Metroplex with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng Oct. 10. Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts a concert by Martina McBride at the Statehouse Convention Center Oct. 13, and later that night in Fayetteville, Ray Wylie Hubbard plays a show at George’s Majestic Lounge. On Oct. 14, Oxford American’s annual fundraiser concert “Books, Bourbon and Boogie” at South on Main features Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester, and Little Rock’s rap collective Young Gods of America welcomes Goon des Garcons back from a New Zealand tour with a show as part of Vino’s “Fireroom” showcase series. Also Oct. 14, former Poison rocker turned reality television star Bret Michaels plays the Arkansas State Fair. On Oct. 15, Korn and Breaking Benjamin play the Walmart AMP in Rogers and duo mömandpöp celebrate the release of their kid-focused album with a show at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown take the stage at Verizon Arena Oct. 18. That same night, Heart plays at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Rick Springfield performs at the Arkansas State Fair. Country star Clint Black also plays at the Arkansas State Fair Oct. 20, the same




LEYLA MCCALLA: The multi-instrumentalist (center) comes South on Main as part of Oxford American’s “Archetypes and Troubadours” series, Nov. 3.


night Ronnie Millsap plays a show at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway. The White Water Tavern hosts the Cedric Burnside Project Oct. 21, and the State Fair presents a show from Kenny Wayne Shepherd that day. Stephanie Berg, ASO’s Composer of the Year, is at the centerpiece of the program “Ravish & Mayhem” at Maumelle PAC Oct. 22-23. Emo rockers Hawthorne Heights come to the Rev Room Oct. 23. The Ron Robinson Theater hosts “Halloween Tree” Oct. 27, a shadow puppet performance with an original score by composers Paul Dickinson, Karen Griebling, Cory Winters and Michael Pagan (El Zocalo Immigrant Services benefits). Tool gets Dissectional with a show at Verizon Arena Oct. 28. Chanticleer, probably the world’s most renowned male choral ensemble, brings its signature shimmer to Christ Episcopal Church on Oct. 29. On Oct. 30, party-metal pioneer Andrew W.K. stops at the Rev Room with a talk titled “The Power of Partying.” Swedish metal band Ghost plays a Halloween show at the Metroplex, with new music for all ticket-holders. Legendary indie rockers Guided By Voices play Nov. 1 at the Rev Room. Haitian multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla performs at South on Main on Nov. 3. Delta bluesman CeDell Davis celebrates his 90th birthday at the Ron Robinson Theater with Zack and Big Papa Binns and Brethren Nov. 4. A few days later, Nov. 9, Ron Robinson hosts innovative guitarist and El Dorado native Richard Leo Johnson. Jazz pianist Helen Sung brings her quartet to South on Main Nov. 10 for Oxford American’s Jazz Series. The same night, British vocal ensemble VOCES8 performs at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway. Here’s hoping the floors at the White Water Tavern are up for the return of Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe Nov. 11. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra kicks off a new era at the Robinson Center with Opus Ball XXXII Nov. 12, featuring music from the ASO String Quartet and from the ASO Big Band. Todd Snider brings Americana-with-punchlines

to South on Main Nov. 17, and a few blocks away the acclaimed New Yorkbased Lysander Trio plays a recital at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The ASO’s “Return to Robinson” concert Nov. 19-20 features Philippe Quint on violin, and Nov. 25 the ASO joins Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith for a concert at Verizon Arena. TransSiberian Orchestra ushers in the holiday season at Verizon Arena, Nov. 30. Country crooner Jim Lauderdale comes to South on Main on Dec. 1. In Fayetteville, the Walton Arts Center hosts “Songs & Stories,” an acoustic show from Kathy Mattea and Bill Cooley on Dec. 1 and a show from Art Garfunkel on Dec. 9. Ballet Arkansas joins the ASO for “The Nutcracker” at the Robinson Center Dec. 9-11. Manheim Steamroller plays at the Fort Smith Convention Center Dec. 13.



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s the weather begins to cool down, Arkansas theaters are bringing the heat with an allkiller, no-filler set of fantastic plays this fall. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s fall season is a formidable power trio: a big-time Broadway musical, a hardhitting drama and a comedy favorite for the whole family. If you haven’t yet seen Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” an explosion of absurd humor, overthe-top musical performances, great songs and Broadway flair, you’ve still got until Oct. 2 to experience this fabulously funny gem. Opening Oct. 26 is Arthur Miller’s essential exploration of social and political persecution, “The Crucible.” The play presents the harrowing story of the 17th century Salem witch trials with a nod toward the more contemporary “Red Scare” witch-hunts of the 1950s. Its lessons on the consequences of mass

hysteria, prejudice and persecution are as true today as they were in the ’50s. Catch it before Nov. 13. “A Christmas Story” closes out the fall season at The Rep, promising a new twist on a family Christmas classic. Most folks who own a television are probably familiar with Ralphie Parker’s humorous trials and tribulations in pursuit of a Red Ryder rifle, as well as his father’s penchant for kitschy furniture, but now families can experience it all in person on stage Nov. 30-Dec. 24. (The Christmas Eve performance will likely sell out, so make sure to get tickets in advance.) The newly renovated Robinson Center promises more holiday hijinks from Celebrity Attractions, christening the auditorium with “Elf: The Musical” and giving families another chance to catch Buddy the Elf’s heartwarming and hilarious tale Dec. 3-4. The Weekend Theater is packing its own punches this fall. Playing

now through Oct. 1 is the cornerstone courtroom drama “Twelve Angry Men.” Watch tempers flare and arguments get personal as a dozen jurors attempt to parse a complicated case and decide a man’s fate. The Oct. 21-Nov. 13 show is “The Wiz,” another Broadway staple that infuses Dorothy’s iconic journey to the Emerald City with a dose of soul, gospel and rock ’n’ roll. “Sordid Lives,” Del Shores’ self-described “black comedy about white trash” and growing up gay in conservative small-town Texas will be performed Dec. 2-18. Little Rock Community Theater will be puttin’ on the ritz with a musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ spookysilly masterpiece, “Young Frankenstein,” Oct. 13-30. In Conway, the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas kicks off its Broadway series Oct. 3 with the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of “Once,” a 2007 film about a street musician and a woman who shows interest in his songs. The popular musical “Fame” follows on Nov. 12. At Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared, “I And You,” about near-adults amid an existential crisis — winner of the 2014 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award — runs Oct. 12 to Nov. 6. A world premiere stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” plays Nov. 30 to Jan. 1.



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‘THE ART OF AMERICAN DANCE’: The exhibition, which will feature 90 works, including Arthur Bowen Davies’ painting “Dances,” opens Oct. 22 at the Bentonville museum.

Movement and melted glass Crystal Bridges examines the dance in art, Arkansas Arts Center will feature enamel works. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


themed work — both figurative and abstract — in all media, from 1830 to today, and they are as different in style as dance can be: For example, there’s William Holbrook Beard’s “The Bear Dance,” an 1870 oil depicting ursine gamboling in the woods; Arthur Bowen Davies’ nearly 7-by-11-foot cubist painting “Dances”; Paul Manship’s bronze sculpture “Dancer and Gazelles” (1916); San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Abel Sanchez’s “Deer and Buffalo Dance” watercolor (20th century); and two from Crystal Bridges’ collection, Marisol’s

wood and plaster sculpture “Portrait of Martha Graham” (1977) and Nick Cave’s toy-covered “Soundsuit” (2010). There will be images of Native Americans dancing (George Catlin), couples dancing (Raphael Soyer), cowboys dancing (Jenne Magafan), and bars of gold dancing (Diego Rivera). From abstract expressionist sculptor David Smith, “Terpsichore and Euterpe” in bronze. Special events to be held in conjunction with the exhibit include a gallery talk by Michael Bearden, executive director of Ballet Arkansas (1 p.m. Oct. 22) and a performance by the company (4 p.m. Oct. 23); a lecture by Jane Dini, associate curator of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who is currently working on a book about Sargent (2 p.m. Oct. 22); and a talk by Cave on his work (7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2). The exhibition runs through Jan. 16, 2017. For people who haven’t gotten enough politics this election year — and even for those who have, Crystal


he visual and performing arts merge when Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens “The Art of American Dance” on Oct. 22. The exhibition features 90 works by such masters at John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase, whose careers spanned the late 19th and 20th centuries, and contemporaries Nick Cave, creator of costumes that make music, and the multitalented Faith Ringgold. The show, organized by the Detroit Institute of the Arts, includes dance-

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Bridges is also showing “Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies,” an exhibition about candidate marketing, including buttons, flags, posters and novelty items from the earliest beginnings of the union to the Obama presidency. The Arkansas Arts Center will open two enameling exhibitions on Oct. 7, including a retrospective of work by longtime Art Center registrar Thom Hall and, in a happy coincidence for folks who plan to visit Bentonville, a work called “Dancer,” an enamel vessel by June Schwarcz. “Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America 1920 to Present,” organized by the Los Angeles Enamel Arts Foundation, will feature 121 works by 90 artists and is the first national traveling show of enamel art in 50 years, the Arts Center said. The pieces include jewelry, sculpture and wall-mounted and three-dimensional work. The artists, more than half of them women, explore themes of religion, nature, urban life; some of the work is abstract. “Glass Fantasies: Enamels by Thom Hall,” inspired by the artist’s own life, will feature more than 40 enamels in the Limoges and cloisonné styles, including portraits of Hall’s alter-ego Sylvia Moskowitz, bar interiors and beach scenes featuring, as the Arts Center press release puts it, “strapping young men either lounging or playing a variety of sports.” On Oct. 7, Harold B. Nelson, cocurator of “Little Dreams,” will give a talk, “Dreaming Big: Enameling and the Enamel Arts Foundation,” at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall. A reception and preview of the exhibition at 6:30 p.m. follow. The event is free for members, $15 for nonmembers.






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What’s up, docs? Hot Springs’ silver screen festival celebrates silver anniversary. BY DAVID KOON


merica is still a fairly young country in the grand scheme of things — young enough, anyway, that we tend to put a velvet rope and a “Do Not Touch” sign in front of anything more than 100 years old. Given that, an annual event making it to a quarter-century of existence is nothing to sneeze at. That’s especially true of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary at this year’s event, Oct. 7-16 at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. Although the festival seemed to be circling the drain a few years back — rescued by the 2013 sale of the historic Malco Theatre, which freed the festival from an anchor of debt — it seems to be stronger than ever these days, bringing in filmmakers from all over the world to screen 60 feature-length docs. Ticket prices range from $25 for a day pass to $250 for an all-access pass. General admission to any one film is $8. For a full lineup and information about tickets, visit Asked about the highlights, Executive Director Courtney Pledger said there’s so much to talk about she didn’t

know where to start, but she gave it a shot, starting with the special guests: This year’s big names include Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. and veteran actor Beau Bridges, who are co-chairs of the festival; both will be on hand for the opening night party. Gossett — along with President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and others — also features in the Arkansas-connected documentary, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” by directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, which is screening at the festival. The film, about the Stamps native who became one of America’s most influential writers and poets, recently won the American Film Institute’s 2016 AFI Docs Festival Audience Award. Another familiar actor — albeit one with an unfamiliar name — Pledger is excited about seeing at this year’s festival is Austin Pendleton, who will be coming to Hot Springs with his shortsubject doc, “Starring Austin Pendleton,” about his long career as a character actor. You’ll know him when you see him. “He’s ‘that guy’ that you never forget,” Pledger said. “He’s been in a mil-

lion things, from ‘Catch 22’ to ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ and then more recent stuff. … He’s just somebody that I’ve personally always wanted to meet. He’s in so many things, and I always had so much respect for him.” Another intimate look at the life of a famous figure is the feature-length doc “For the Love of Spock,” by director Adam Nimoy, son of the late “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy. Launched before the actor’s death in February 2015, the documentary serves to introduce the audience to both the public and private life of one of the most geek-famous pop culture icons of the 20th century. “Again,” Pledger said, “that’s another example of kind of a biography film that goes way behind just your typical telling somebody’s story. It’s telling the story of Spock and how [the character] changed Leonard Nimoy’s life, but it is also telling the story, after the father’s death, of a son’s relationship with his father and a huge television icon. It’s really good.” Pledger said Nimoy will answer questions from the audience after the screening via Skype. A “Star Trek” trivia contest, with promotional items from the documentary as prizes, will follow. Though it’s not a documentary, the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will get a special screening, with star Barry Bostwick — a Golden Globe winner whose character, Brad Majors, is famously and loudly known as “ASSHOLE!” during screenings the

George Takei at UCA 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 Reynolds Performance Hall Conway $15 “Star Trek” cast member George Takei, who broke ground for Asian actors playing U.S.S. Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original show and in many of the subsequent movie incarnations of the iconic series, returns to Arkansas to talk about his life, the “Star Trek” film, his childhood incarceration at the Japanese internment camp in Rohwer during World War II, and his emergence as a major voice in the conversation about LGBT rights. Visit for more details.

Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Sept. 23-25, during Spa-Con Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave. $96 festival pass, $28 day pass Featuring over 30 horror, thriller and sci-fi films from all over the world, the fourth annual Hot Springs Horror Film Festival will also host a costume contest, an appearance by composer and sound effects guru Alan Howarth (who has collaborated extensively with director John Carpenter) and information on financing a film from Horror Equity Fund founder Marlon Schulman. Visit for more details.

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world over — in attendance. The film will be shown at the Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave., at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. General admission tickets to the screening are $25; VIP tickets, with a prescreening meet and greet with Bostwick and priority seating at the show, are $40. One thing documentary film does well is explore controversial subjects, and this year’s festival has plenty films that do. “We have a wonderful film called ‘Jackson’ that’s about the last abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss.,” Pledger said. “It’s a great film, and it really does cover all angles of it — the people who are trying to keep it open as well as the people who are trying to shut it down — and kind of lets you draw your own conclusions.” Another film that tackles a hotbutton issue is “The Joneses,” which centers around the day-to-day life of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender mother and grandmother living with her grown sons in a trailer park in the small, conservative town of Pearl, Miss. “It’s just compelling,” Pledger said. “It’s just looking at this family that might not look like everybody’s family, but it’s a strong family. You’re just watching the inner-dynamics of that, and her with her grandchildren.” Jones and two of her sons will be on hand for the screening. The Arkansas premiere of “Command and Control,” which centers on the 1980 Titan missile explosion in Damascus, opens the festival; “Command and Control” author Eric Schlosser and film director Robert Kenner will be at the opening. The intercontinental ballistic missile was tipped

with a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima; its fuel exploded when a socket from a socket wrench fell 80 feet into its underground shaft and pierced the skin of the missile’s first stage. No radioactive material leaked. The film is a nail-biting look at how quickly things can go horribly wrong, even when rules and safeguards are being followed. A pre-event (tickets $40) will feature McClard’s barbecue and live music on Oct. 7. Clinton School of Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford “plays an integral part” in the film, Pledger said. Rutherford, an aide to Sen. David Pryor at the time, spoke from his home to an airman at the base and was interviewed for the film; Pledger said that interview “is one of the most affecting things” in the documentary. Rutherford and a survivor will attend, “along with other people who were there at the complex that day. I think it’s going to be a compelling experience to see this story we’ve never seen before, and to have all these people there,” Pledger said. People’s lives, she said, are often more compelling than anything Hollywood can come up with. “How many times did you hear about a documentary: ‘If you did this as a fiction film, nobody would believe it’?” Pledger said. “And so it’s just the compelling nature of human lives, human journeys and human circumstance and animal circumstance, I should say, that makes it so compelling. You know that it’s about a real person. There are so many different layers you can go to when it is about a real person.”


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SHELLEY AUSTIN, DNP, MNSc, RN Nursing Professor Henderson State University Department of Nursing, Arkadelphia Planning for a professional nursing career starts with a strong foundation in math, biology, and chemistry. Whether you are a traditional high school student or a returning second career student, we are here to help you. HSU’s nursing program provides small classes with generous clinical experiences to assure meeting prerequisite courses and application deadlines. We also offer an online one-year RN to BSN program. More information on our program can be found at or by contacting

MEET THE SCHOOL RECRUITERS NICHOLAS RYBURN, M.Ed Director of Student Services Northwest Technical Institute, Springdale Northwest Technical Institute’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program is committed to providing nursing education to serve the educational needs of the students wishing to enter a recognized health care profession. LPN students are prepared for competency requirements for licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates will communicate effectively within the health care environment, use critical thinking and knowledge to make decisions that promote optimum patient care, demonstrate behaviors that reflect professional practice, and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote safety and quality within patient care. For more information, please visit the nursing page at

REBEL WILSON, Ed.D Director of Recruitment & Enrollment Management for Online & Distance Education Programs University of Arkansas, Fayetteville The University of Arkansas offers three online nursing programs: the RN to BSN, the MSN with nurse educator and executive leader concentrations, and the DNP with concentrations in adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner and family practice nurse practitioner. For the DNP, students are expected to come to campus once or twice a year. As an online student, you will receive in-state tuition. These programs were designed for the working professional. An online program advisor will work with you from start to finish, assisting you through the program. For more information, please visit the nursing program page or email me at

SARAH SMITH Health Sciences Coordinator Arkansas State University - Mountain Home ASUMH currently offers both full-semester and four-week CNA classes; Practical Nursing classes with two start dates per year; and an LPN/ Paramedic to RN bridge program. Whether you are starting from the very beginning of your nursing career, changing your career path, or wanting to build on your nursing skills, ASUMH can help! Choosing nursing as a career can change the direction of an individual’s life, as well as their family’s lives. Whether it’s starting out as a CNA or changing a field of study from Paramedic bridging over to an RN, ASUMH has great options to change your life. For more information about any of our Health care programs, contact Sarah Smith at 870-508-6266, by email, or visit our website at

KATHY PIERCE, RN, MNSc, CPHQ, CNE Director Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, Conway For residents of southeast Arkansas, access to higher education has frequently been a challenge. However, for the last 35 years, the JRMC School of Nursing has offered skilled nursing instruction that has launched hundreds of careers as Registered Nurses, and the program continues to grow and expand with each year that passes. The school offers a 17-month Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program featuring a low student to teacher ratio, a simulation laboratory, virtual learning environments and a computer lab. The hospital is just one block away, making it easy for clinical rotations. The JRMC School of Nursing is ABHES accredited. For young people just starting a career or non-traditional students beginning a second career, the JRMC School of Nursing is a convenient, competitive choice. For complete details go to www. or call 870-541-7858.


JANIS IVERS Dean of Nursing National Park College, Hot Springs When we accept a nursing student in the LPN, RN, or LPN to RN programs at NPC we are looking for students who have a proven track record of academic success. We want someone who is nurturing, caring and compassionate along with a desire to “be a nurse”. National Park College Nursing Programs want every student to be successful and we take every admission seriously and want our students to do the same! We need students who can handle the pressure that a career in nursing requires. If you are looking for a nursing program that cares about your success, come to National Park College.

AMANDA SPINKS Recruitment Specialist for the College of Nursing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock UAMS is the only health science center in Arkansas and one of the region’s largest. It includes five colleges (Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health) and a graduate school along with a hospital, statewide network of regional centers, affiliations with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Health care System, and seven UAMS institutes where clinical, academic and research resources are focused on specific diseases or conditions. The UAMS College of Nursing provides Bachelor’s, Master’s (MNSc), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs to more than 800 students. There are online programs to help existing RNs earn their BSN or MNSc. The college is engaged in activities and interprofessional partnerships across all UAMS colleges that promote scholarly excellence, research and service to the university, nursing profession and society. For more information on our programs contact us at 501-686-7, by email at conadmissions@uams. edu or visit our website at

JENNIFER MCDANNOLD Enrollment Coordinator Baptist Health Schools, Little Rock Health care professionals in today’s world must be well-rounded individuals with a commitment to personal and professional excellence. The ideal health care professional has strong critical thinking skills and enjoys continued learning and growth. The individual has a personal belief in citizenship and makes healthy, responsible decisions about their lifestyle. Ultimately, being a health care professional is about caring for people, sometimes on their worst day. The ideal health care professional finds self-worth and joy in caring for others and making a positive impact in a patient’s life.

ROSE SCHLOSSER, M.Ed., Articulation Programs, MSN & DNP Education Counselor SUSAN WOOD, M.S., BSN Education Counselor JESSICA BURKS, M.A., BSN Education Counselor University of Central Arkansas, Conway The University of Central Arkansas, School of Nursing is committed to educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as leaders in the delivery of quality health care and the advancement of the nursing profession. We offer both online and on-campus programs to accommodate the needs of our diverse student populations: the on-campus BSN, online completion programs RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN, the online MSN with Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader tracks, as well as the DNP. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students must come to campus for a few preplanned events. Whether students are looking for the traditional college experience or to advance their current degree, UCA School of Nursing is an affordable, high-quality option with award-winning results. For more information, please visit

JESSE DARE, AREANA LOPEZ, CLAY WYLLIA AND SAMANTHA HUGGINS Recruiters Arkansas Tech University, Russelville At Arkansas Tech, we believe nursing is a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing.

BRINDA MCKINNEY Assistant Professor of Nursing Arkansas State University, Jonesboro When admitting students into a nursing program at Arkansas State University, faculty and advisors look for students who have good study habits evidenced by their previous scholastic performance. Nursing students need good time management and communication skills. People with a natural tendency toward compassion, and who are caring and honest often find a nursing career very rewarding.

JON VICKERS, Academic Counselor ASHLEY BENNETT, Academic Counselor University of Arkansas at Little Rock For nearly 50 years the UALR Department of Nursing has inspired and guided individuals towards the dynamic profession of nursing. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to improving the health care of all Arkansans by educating professional, thoughtful, and compassionate nurses. We offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), BSN, LPN/Paramedic to RN and BSN online completion program. Our advice for students is to take ownership and get as much information as possible about the nursing profession and degree options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do this early and often! For more information about one of the top nursing programs in the state visit: ualr. edu/nursing or email ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • 7 JULY 21, 2016 27


SHIRLEY SPURLOCK Director of Human Resources Rivendell Behavioral Health Services, Inc. of Arkansas, Benton Rivendell offers a beautiful landscape for the path to healing. Set on 18 wooded acres and a private pond, our 80 bed psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment center is centrally located for both staff and patients. We welcome caring nursing professionals to join us in our mission of “Changing lives through compassionate healing!” For over 30 years, Rivendell has provided quality inpatient behavioral health care for children, teens and adults. Our excellence in clinical programming is continually recognized by The Joint Commission. Be sure to check out Universal Health Services, Inc., our Fortune 500 parent company offering a competitive benefits package with career advancement potential locally and across the US. And, to view our current employment opportunities, please visit We look forward to meeting you!

FLOYD EDDIE CARTER Nursing Recruiter Arkansas Department of Human Services, Little Rock I am always looking for diligent, hardworking nurses, who want to help Arkansans live safer, healthier lives every day.


KELLI HOPKINS, Recruiter, Regional Hospitals KEN DUNCAN, Recruiter, Conway Hospital JONI STEPHENSON, Manager APRIL ROBINSON, Recruiter, Little Rock Hospitals WHITNEY BREWER, Recruiter, North Little Rock Hospital Baptist Health Medical Center Our belief at Baptist Health is that we are healing ministry. We provide quality patient care services to all Arkansans with a caring and comforting heart. That is why we are Arkansans’ choice for their health care needs. We have a variety of nursing opportunities, from a Level III NICU to a 90-bed Critical Care area. In the spring of 2016, Baptist Health will open our new Conway facility. Baptist Health offers top quality benefits for employees. We look for nurses who think critically and are compassionate and service-oriented. We want to offer a “World Class” environment for everyone. Please apply online at

SHELLEY SHEETS Human Resources Specialist Conway Regional Health System, Conway At Conway Regional He a l t h Sy s t e m w e are accountable to the community to provide high quality, compassionate health care services. We are very proud to have received numerous awards and quality rankings for the care and compassion provided to our patients. In 2016 we recognized 143 employees as exceptional performers based upon their achievements in their career fields. We are always looking for exceptional performers who are dedicated to providing excellent care. We offer a smaller nurse to patient ratio than can be found in most metro hospitals along with a family atmosphere that is second to none. Positions are available in a variety of areas including Critical Care, Surgery, Oncology, Medical/Surgical and Women’s Services. If you would like to join the Conway Regional Family – please visit our website at

KRISTI CLARK Employment Coordinator White River Health System, Batesville White River Health System is a leading health care provider in north central Arkansas. We offer a wide array of services. Here at White River Health System we are looking for nursing professionals that want to join our team. It is our goal to promote quality care for our patients. We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits. Come join our team today! Visit our website today to find out more about our opportunities or call me at 1-877-779-7774. 8 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 28 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

SUSAN ERICKSON, RN, MNSC, BC-NA, CHCR Nurse Recruiter & Recruitment/Retention Officer Facilitator, PNO Image Council/Retention Resource Nurses University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock At the heart of patient and family-centered care at UAMS is the belief that nurses and families are partners, working together to best meet the needs of each patient. Excellence in health care happens when we work side by side and honor the expertise each individual brings to each health encounter. Partnerships are strengthened and knowledge shared to provide the highest quality of care. It is what we expect from those who chose a career at Arkansas’s only academic medical center. We also offer unique opportunities combined with salary and benefits including our 10% retirement match and tuition discount for you/your children/spouse plus, the personal satisfaction you receive while working at UAMS – it’s hard to beat. That is why more than 11,000 employees enjoy a career for life. To join our team, log onto: or join our face book page @ UAMS Nurses.

MICHELLE S. ODOM, RN, MSN Director of Recruitment and Retention Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock As Arkansas’s only pediatric health care center and one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, we offer a wide range of opportunities for nurses from direct patient care to staff education, research, administration, nursing informatics, and much more. When you walk through the main entrance, you see a statement: “Fear not illness… this place of Care, Love and Hope is for you.” This statement reflects our culture and guides our practice each and every day that we enter the halls. When looking for potential employees, we look for individuals who have a true passion for caring for the children and families we serve… helping to make them better today and healthier tomorrow.

GIGI FLORY Nursing Recruiter Jefferson Regional Medical Center Nursing Recruiter, Pine Bluff Jeffe r s o n Re g i o n al Medical Center made a commitment more than 100 years ago to care for the people of southeast Arkansas. The way in which we provide that care has changed enormously over the years, but the commitment to a healthy community has only become stronger, along with the need for compassionate, qualified nurses. Our service area includes ten counties and our medical staff represents more than 25 specialties, providing opportunities in many specialized areas of nursing care. Cardiac care, orthopedic surgery, women’s health care, neurosurgery and in-patient rehabilitation are just a few of the areas where nurses have the opportunity to shine at JRMC. We also have a busy Emergency Department and have been designated as a Level 3 Trauma Center. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, and generous sign-on bonuses. For complete details about nursing opportunities at JRMC call Nurse Recruiter Gigi Flory at 541-7774.

DOREEN MATTES, HR Recruiter MEGGAN SPICER, Senior HR Recruiter Practice Plus, Little Rock As a Baptist Health affiliate, at Practice Plus, we are constantly recruiting for quality nursing and other medical and support position candidates who embody our five core values of Service, Honesty, Respect, Stewardship and Performance. With over 95 clinic locations and growing, we strive daily to achieve our mission of providing quality patient service and responding to the changing health needs of Arkansans with Christian compassion. We offer competitive salary/benefit packages and a rewarding work environment. If you are a nursing professional with a caring heart, we encourage you to apply online at

LEWIS WILLS Recruitment Specialist HealthSouth HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of inpatient rehabilitation services and the importance of nursing to rehabilitation can’t be overstated. Rehabilitation is a team effort focused on restoring quality of life. And HealthSouth registered nurses are an integral part of the care team on which patients and their families rely. The rehabilitation nurse helps patients reach their therapy goals when therapy is not in session. Every day, they have the resources needed to deliver the best possible care: a culture that values every individual; a professional work environment where patients come first; access to the best possible facilities and equipment; opportunities for career advancement; Ongoing training and education; tuition reimbursement; and outstanding compensation and benefits. If you are interested in learning more about our RN opportunities at the Sherwood, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Jonesboro or Hot Springs Hospitals, please visit our website: or call 314-677-5918.

NEELY KIMBRELL, MBA Director of Human Resources The BridgeWay, North Little Rock For over thirty years, The BridgeWay has been connecting with communities throughout Arkansas and beyond. Here, we recognize that emotional, behavioral and addictive issues can lead to fractured relationships and fragmented lives. Whether it is outpatient or inpatient services, we have been linking our caring professionals with people in need so that they may reconnect with family, friends and employers. Nestled within the wooded hills of central Arkansas, The BridgeWay is just moments away from the major highways that unite Arkansans throughout the state. Founded in 1983 and accredited by The Joint Commission, our quiet campus has grown but retained much of the cozy charm and character that existed then. We offer a continuum of care for children, adolescents and adults, including seniors. To learn more about employment opportunities at The BridgeWay, visit our website at http://www.

LIZZ GARBETT Director of Nursing Youth Home, Little Rock For 50 years now, Youth Home has been changing lives and saving families by providing compassionate emotional and behavioral health care. Our approximately 52 acre campus provides a peaceful refuge for our patients and families to heal. At Youth Home our nurses work hand in hand with doctors, therapists and other team members to ensure that the patients we serve receive the care they need. Youth Home is looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, and caring nurses to join our team. If you have a passion for kids and want to make a true impact on their future then Youth Home is the place for you! To learn how you can join our team, go online to www.YouthHome. org or give us a call at 501-821-5500.

JENNIFER YARBERRY Director of Nursing Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Health care System, Little Rock Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Health care System is committed to consistently deliver a system of quality behavioral health care with integrity to children and adolescents in concert with parents, caregivers, guardians and community professionals. The team at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital is both passionate and highly experienced. Our dedication to the highest standard of quality helped us attain the prestigious Governor’s Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes Pinnacle Pointe Hospital’s commitment and practice of quality principles through a thorough process of excellence.


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Nursing field offers nearly unlimited possibilities for a rewarding career



sk anyone who’s done it and they will tell you nursing is at once the toughest and most rewarding field anyone can enter. And many of them also say there’s nothing else they’d rather do.


Even with a good inventory of these basic interests, the range of the field, not to mention the number of educational options, can be very overwhelming. “You really need to be sure you want to be a nurse “There are many variances between nursing because it takes a lot of responsibility to help the programs and it’s important to pick a school that people in your care,” said Adam Thannish, senior is right for you,” said Jon Vickers, academic counnursing student at UAMS College of Nursing and selor/enrollment coordinator with the University clinical care assistant at UAMS Medical Center in of Arkansas at Little Rock. “Some programs only Little Rock. “It is also a privilege to do so, because accept 20 students a year while others accept people are putting their trust in you to care for hundreds. This information is easy to obtain but them when they are vulnerable.” I would encourage students to dig a little deeper.” “A nurse will have to be an excellent commuVickers said students should learn as much nicator not only with their patients, but with the about a program as possible by taking advantage entire care team including the patient’s family. of campus tours, admissions meetings, websites To function effectively as part of a team is very and speaking with advisors. important and multi-tasking and time manage“Some good things to find out is if the school’s ment are essential.” teaching philosophy is traditional or progressive, how many faculty are fulltime verses adjunct and if the school offers skills labs and simulation hospitals,” he said. Dr. Rebecca Burris, professor and department chair at Arkansas Tech University said there are some important measurements to pay attention to when considering a school. “Students should listen to what graduates of the program say about prospective programs and they should consider faculty qualifications, class sizes, and learning resources available at the school,” she said. “Also, “People are putting their trust in you to care for them when they are vulnerable.” – prospective students Adam Thannish, UAMS 10 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 30 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

should consider not only NCLEX-RN pass rates, but also the retention and graduation rates for the program. Students would want a program with at least average pass rates, and reasonable graduation rates.” Michael Clardy, nursing student and certified nursing assistant, agreed, saying he chose UAMS College of Nursing in part for its pass rate for the NCLEX-RN, a test the state administers to certify nurses to work in the field. “UAMS College of Nursing has an excellent pass rate and the fact that it’s attached to a hospital as large as UAMS is key to the practical side of the nursing education provided,” he said. “Even outside of required clinical times, most departments extend an open invitation for observation and ‘shadow’ days. Everywhere you look at UAMS, there are teachers.” C.J. Newton, RN, director of educational resources at Conway Regional Health System, said shadowing is a good way to get a feel for a program, as well as make decisions later on concerning specialties and continuing education. “The initial need (for shadowing) is to determine whether nursing is appropriate for you. Getting a CNA license and working in that role is a good way to assess that,” Newton said. “Once accepted into a nursing program, you will complete clinical experiences in a variety of nursing specialties such as pediatrics, obstetrics, med-surg and critical care. This gives you a good view of possible options. You have to do some or all of them to graduate. “Then, once you graduate, it’s best to work in an area at least a year, preferably two, to really learn the role and decide whether it’s the best fit. The beauty of nursing is that if it’s truly not a good fit, there are always plenty of other options. Be willing to learn a new specialty or role.” Prospective students should also evaluate their nursing school choices based on what type of degree they wish to attain, considering the time and money they are willing to invest in their education. “We advise students to be vigilant in taking the required course work and not to waste time and

money on courses that are not in our degree plan,” said Janice Ivers dean of nursing at National Park College in Hot Springs. “Our traditional RN program is laid out in a summer-plus-two-years or we have the popular three-year plan. Most students choose (this) option, which allows them to go to school, work part-time and fulfill family obligations.” The number of options only intensifies during one’s education. Joe Jimmerson, MNSc, director of the nursing quality and magnet programs at UAMS recommends focusing on the foundational elements of your education first and deciding on a training specialty later. “Towards the end of the (bachelor) program you can decide what area and role you would like to work in,” he said. “After getting your BSN, you can choose to work for a couple of years or go right back to school for higher education. Whatever path you choose should be individualized to your specific career goals.” Brinda McKinney, RN, MSN, PhD, assistant professor nursing and RN-BSN program coordinator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro agreed, saying it’s important at each step of the educational process for nursing students to take inventory of their skills and interests. She said students shouldn’t stress if they don’t have their whole career mapped out in the first week of nursing school. “Nursing students need to consider what pathway is best for them and students may attempt to do this by considering their end nursing goal,” she said. “The problem with this is it may not allow one to discover one’s natural strengths inside the nursing profession. Often students enter the nursing profession thinking they want to be in a certain specialty only to discover that they thoroughly enjoy a totally different specialty. “One should know that this is not uncommon and that changing specialties after completing the first nursing program often provides for a better nursing fit and greater job satisfaction.” tagged neonatal, nurse midwife, clinical, critical care and dialysis as their top five respective nursing career specialties for 2016, but in reality the need is so great across the board, students can pursue whatever speaks to them. “There are needs for RNs in all areas of nursing, from acute care hospitals, long-term care, school nurses and even cruise ship nurses,” said Wendy Lincoln, RN, BSN, MSN, NEA-BC, assistant vice president of Med/Surg for Baptist Health

Left to right, RN students, Hannah Hollingsworth, Dylan Patton, Dean of Nursing, Janice Ivers, and Kamesha Cannady practicing with the teaching stethoscope in the NPC Advanced Simulation Lab at National Park College.

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opportunity in other areas, said Beth Williams, director of nursing at The BridgeWay a North Little Rock hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment for children, adolescents, adults and families. “Nursing experience in general can launch into other careers,” she said. “For example, a psychiatric nurse working on the floor might decide to become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) continuing working in the behavioral field. Nurses can also use their experience to go into management positions as well. “One of the great things about nursing is that there are so many different options within health care, different types of nursing, different populations, specialty fields. One thing that is unique at The BridgeWay is we care for all populations. You might enjoy working with children, teenagers, adults, seniors. We also have inpatient and outpatient services which can appeal to people in different ways.” Another area showing tremendous growth potential is in rehabilitation services, which help patients recover from accidents and health conditions. HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute health care services and an industry leader in home-based care for patients recovering from stroke, amputations, brain injury and multiple trauma, to name a few. “The importance of nursing to rehabilitation can’t be overstated,” said Kim Collier, Southwest Regional Recruiter. “Rehabilitation is a team effort focused on restoring quality of life and HealthSouth registered nurses are an integral part of the care team on which patients and their families rely. “Rehabilitation nurses help patients reach their therapy goals when therapy

NURSING NOTES “The mission of ASU-Mountain Home is to lead through educational opportunities, lifelong learning, enhanced quality of life, academic accessibility and diverse experiences. We strive to prepare students for a lifetime of professional and community contributions in an increasingly interdependent and culturally diverse world.” Martin Eggensperger, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, ASU Mountain Home

is not in session and we support these efforts by giving them access to resources needed to deliver the best possible care including the best facilities and equipment.” A student approaching graduation reaches another fork in the road, whether to go into the workforce or to continue their education. As with any industry, a higher degree brings more employment options and more earning power. Conversely, the added time, effort and cost of an advanced degree may be hard for some nurses to justify given the many solid jobs open to them at the RN level. “Set a schedule for completion of your education and stick to it,” said Lisa Lightner, employment manager with Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville. “Be prepared to make sacrifices and ask for help if you need it. Test the job market for the type of degree or skill you are pursuing. If it is saturated in your area, are you willing to move? Also, look for ways you can do a project that will help your employer while also earning you school credit. For those choosing to work, the choice High-tech classrooms and quality instruction keep students on the leading edge at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. then becomes one of location. While a the ER if she desires to become a family nurse pracprograms and initiatives such as Patient Centered larger city’s amenities might seem to have an upper titioner. Those seeking the acute nurse practitioner Medical Home, that gap is lessening.” hand in attracting graduates, the needs and opportuwill find advantage by working the ICU,” said Sondra Nurses who decide to continue their education nities in rural Arkansas can also be a powerful draw. Bedwell, PhD, FNP and director of nursing education past the bachelor’s level do so to avail themselves of “A lot of new grads choose to work in rural commuat UAMS Southwest. additional job opportunities, more earning power nities because this is home for them, they are closer “Nurses who choose to pursue their graduate degree or because the type of work they really want to do to family, and they have a connection to the commuin order to become a nurse practitioner, are seasoned requires a graduate degree. nity,” said Pam Green, AAS, CMSRN, unit supervisor nurses and usually aware of the specialty that they “A nurse desiring to pursue a career as an advanced Med/Surg for Baptist Health in Arkadelphia. “Some desire to pursue. These nurses have worked for years practice nurse will benefit working in urgent care or students are married or are planning to get married, and they want to raise their families in a small town. They also feel like they have an opportunity to give back to the hometown and they love the outdoor way of life that rural communities offer.” Bendi Bowers, MNSc, RN, is one such person. A native of Corning, Arkansas, Bowers has covered a lot of ground in her career, prior to her current role as clinical services manager for UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro. “After spending my first two years of nursing in a northeast Arkansas community hospital setting, I set out to travel nurse,” she said. “I spent several years after that in major metropolitan areas in Tennessee, Ohio, Connecticut and Washington DC. I returned back to Arkansas, settling in Little Rock to continue my education and work at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After 15 years at UAMS in Little Rock, I returned back home to northeast Arkansas. “The advantage of working in smaller communities is the continuity of care working with the same health care professionals and knowing your patients and their needs. The variables are the resources available to both patients and caregivers, but with the continual advancement of telehealth Students review a medical chart before tackling an assignment at Arkansas Tech’s simulation lab. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • 13 JULY 21, 2016 33

and have developed skills and a desire to move beyond the role of the registered nurse in order to become advanced practice nurses.” Neal Reeves, System Analyst Manager for UAMS College of Nursing, is studying for his doctorate in nursing after having already earned a Master of Business Administration. He sees the two fields as advancing both his career goals and the profession as a whole. “There are very few doctoral-prepared nurses today and if we are to continue to grow we need to ensure we have doctoral nurses to educate those that come behind us,” he said. “As an Informatics nurse, we are very young in the big scheme of things and I feel I have an obligation to set the standard in my specialty by supporting my practice, as well as those around me, with the highest level of education.” One of the most startling things about advancing through the various levels of nursing education is mastering something only

makes you realize how much more there is to learn. For these nurses, combining a little bit of both post-graduation strategies helps gain experience while deciding what additional education to pursue next. “A student’s sequence is to go from major insecurity and feelings of ‘I don’t know what I’m doing!’ to, somewhere along the way, we begin to think we know a whole lot,” said Jessica Rouse, BSN, chief nursing officer with Rivendell. “Hence, when we take ourselves or others to the doctor, we chime in that we know what they are talking about because we are ‘in nursing school.’ We are met with extreme insecurity upon entering the field, because we again realize how little we know. “It is good to figure out what field a nurse wants to go into by graduation, but I recommend doing the ADN or BSN and working a bit before going for a Master’s. It is not until we work that we really often find our passion.”



Stephanie Miller and Kaylee Sisokrath with patient at UAMS.

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hit her on the back.” ara Culbreath, RN got into nursing knowing she’d The girl started coughing and, opening her eyes, raised one day have the opportunity to save a life. But the up slightly to look around as the ambulance arrived to December 2015 graduate of JRMC School of Nursing take her to the hospital. As the paramedics took over, probably didn’t expect it to happen a mere six months a crowd of about 20 of the girl’s family crowded in to into her new career. express their gratitude for Culbreath’s quick action. On a trip to Heber Springs over Father’s Day, Culbreath’s Though her Spanish is shaky, one compliment rang packing was interrupted by the nearby sound of sirens. “My husband thought he saw something happening near a picnic table so he went over, thinking someone probably got too hot,” she said in an issue of Pulse, a publication of Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. “I was taking our kids to the car when I heard him screaming my name and saying a kid had drowned.” Culbreath took off toward the scene where she came upon a distraught Hispanic woman cradling the lifeless body of her 12-year-old daughter. Putting the girl on the ground, Culbreath detected shallow breathing and a gurgling sound. Her nurses’ training taking over, she turned the child over on her side and hit her on the back several times. “Nothing happened right away,” she said. “But within five minutes she stopped breathing and was unresponsive. I started giving her mouth-to-mouth and doing chest compressions. I got her breathing again but it didn’t last, so I moved her to her side again and 14 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 34 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

through loud and clear. “I could tell several of them were saying ‘You’re an angel.’” she said. “I do believe God put me there at the right time. If we hadn’t left when we did or if we had gone swimming in another location like the kids wanted, I wouldn’t have been there to help. I feel like he was saying ‘Come on Tara, let’s get to work.’” Culbreath didn’t get the family’s name so when she decided to check in later at the local hospital to see how the girl was doing, it was difficult to get much information. Explaining what happened, she was told only that the girl had been discharged. “I would love to meet her and see the family,” she said. “I shared a post on Facebook about it, and my friends are continuing to share it, so I’m going to keep trying to track her down.” In the time since, the enormity of her quick thinking and proper action has had time to sink in. Yet now, as in the moment, she said she feels altogether prepared for the direst of circumstances. “I didn’t even think before responding,” she said. “I just did what had to be done. I learned so much at the JRMC School of Nursing and from the nurses I work with every day. They taught me so much and I’m grateful I could use that information to help someone else.”


Left to Right: Rina Wooten, MarkRowe, Ron Thorneberry, Naomi M. Crume from UAMS Specialty Focus:


BY: MARK ROWE VASCULAR ACCESS SPECIALIST, UAMS DOES WHAT: Vascular access involves inserting a flexible, sterile plastic tube (catheter) into a blood vessel to allow blood to be drawn from or medication to be delivered to a patient’s bloodstream over an extended period. KEY SKILLSET: A good vascular access specialist has a background that understands vascular anatomy, imparting education, wound care, aseptic procedural skills, hand/ eye coordination, cardiology, strong ability to work within a team and communication. REQUIRED EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: Those who excel seek advanced education, enhance existing skill sets and participate in research and local, regional, national and international groups within their specialty. JOB OUTLOOK: It is estimated that by 2025, there will be a shortage of nearly 260,000 RNs. I see vascular access being in high demand due to the fact we touch every patient from the not-so-simple blood draw to the advanced lines we insert for emerging, life-saving therapy. EXPERT ADVICE: The technical skills to work with emerging technology is aided by the artistry of the nursing profession. People ask me all the time what made me pick vascular access. My response is, “Vascular access picked me!”

NURSING NOTES “A caring attitude is a great asset to have; you also need f lexibility and ability to adapt to any given situation, along with the desire to study and learn.” Tammie Townsend, MNSC, RN Henderson State University

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BY: PAM HIGDEM DIRECTOR, INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL DEPARTMENT, UAMS. DOES WHAT: The IP is a specialty focusing on microorganisms that cause infectious diseases. The role of the IP is to help all people recognize basic health and hygiene as well as cleaning-disinfection-antisepsis-sterilization practices for people, equipment, instruments and the environment. KEY SKILLSET: A strong background in medical-surgical nursing is imperative as a foundation for applying the principles of transmission of infections. During the novice phase of learning, the IP learns the basics of bacteria, viruses, fungi and how different organisms are transmitted. REQUIRED EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: There is currently a Master’s degree specifically for IP and an international educational organization, Association for Practitioners of Infection Control and Epidemiology. After two to three years in practice, the IP should sit for a certification exam by the Certification Board for Infection Control, retaken every five years. JOB OUTLOOK: Hospital nursing is very rewarding because of the variety of patient illness, disease and injuries the nurse is exposed to. Working at a teaching hospital in particular is exciting as new technologies and research are at the forefront. EXPERTS SAY: Asking to work alongside IPs for a few days is beneficial; most of the time health care staff are not aware of all the exciting projects IP is involved with. A current nurse should ask to be mentored as part of an upward mobility program at the facility where employed.

BY: BRENDA GOSS CWON (CERTIFIED WOUND OSTOMY NURSE), UAMS DOES WHAT: WOC nurses perform wound care consults to include assessment and recommendations for wound patients to include trauma, surgical, pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, etc. They work closely with leadership in ensuring policies and procedures are up to date regarding wound, ostomy and continence care to ensure evidence-based practice is in place. In regards to ostomy care, the WOC nurse receives consults for stoma site selection for preoperative marking, post-operative management and education, fitting for appliances, product selection and treatment of peristomal skin complications. KEY SKILLSET: A nurse must have a deep compassion for helping patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence needs. Having some nursing experience can go a long way; WOC nurses work with all medical and surgical specialties. REQUIRED EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: WOC nurses are formally educated by an accredited Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Education program. Only registered nurses with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing and one year of nursing experience may apply. Upon completion of the program, 40 hours of clinical for each specialty is required. After that, one applies to take the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification Board exam. JOB OUTLOOK: The demand for WOC nurses will definitely continue to grow as the population is aging and living longer. There is a great need for WOC nurses in all areas and a nurse who chooses to become a WOC nurse will have many options long term. EXPERTS SAY: Prospective WOC nurses should shadow a practicing Certified WOC nurse to ensure it is something they would like to do before putting in the time, effort and cost necessary to complete the requirements.


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he first job is a journey all its own. Hospitals and clinics are in the business of landing the best candidates they can, so competition is intense. Even if you are one of those who gets multiple job offers at graduation, there’s still a learning curve once you get there. “It’s very competitive out there; everyone has a major demand for nurses and they are competing against one another. Not only are the nurses competing against one another but so are the companies,” said Neely Kimbral, director of human resources for The BridgeWay. “All organizations would like to have very little turnover rate and their positions filled, so they want to hire the right individuals as soon as possible before another competitor beats them to the punch.” We gathered some experienced nurses to address some of the more common mistakes first-timers make and also asked them to share stories of their own missteps and hard-learned lessons. Here’s what they told us.


Professions. “Nurses often start at the bedside then migrate to more specialized areas including specialty patient care, case management and infection control.” “In our rural area, it isn’t difficult at all for students to find a first job; new graduates are hired in every clinical area at Jefferson Regional Medical Center,” said Kathy Pierce, MNSc, RN, CPHQ, CNE, director of the center’s School of Nursing in Pine Bluff, “Although an experienced nurse is extremely valuable to an organization, many employers are willing to provide extended orientation programs for new graduates in order to allow them additional time to gain the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.” Other hospitals have trended away from hiring nurses right out of nursing school or hiring nurses below a certain degree level. “There is a distinct advantage for the BSN nurse

when applying to a Magnet hospital or a hospital that is seeking Magnet status,” said Barbara Landrum, PhD, RN, CNE with Henderson State University. “Having a majority of BSN nurses is a requirement of Magnet status. An associate degree is a fine way to start nursing, but it may be harder to obtain a position in a Magnet hospital.”


The reason an adage like “It’s not what you know, but who you know” has been around so long is because it’s true. “Networking is very important, but if a student waits until they graduate or until just before they graduate to start networking they will be behind,” said Pamela Ashcraft, PhD, RN, research and scholarship coordination and associate professor, University of Central Arkansas School of Nursing. “Networking should start early and grow as the student progresses through nursing school. “Let the people you network with know your interests, that you are seeking employment, whether soon or in a few years, and that you would appreciate them introducing you to their contacts. Once you have talked with them, follow-up by scheduling a time you can meet with them to talk about possible employment opportunities or to simply share ideas.” Even brand new nursing students can network through campus social and medical organizations such as Nursing Student Association (NSA) or Arkansas State Nursing Student Association (ASNSA). Schedule a visit with the campus career counselor, pick your professors’ brains and take advantage of opportunities that are right in front of you A nurse tends to a young patient at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

As in any profession, a person’s chance of being hired rises according to their flexibility. If you’re relocatable and open to any size town or medical system, you’ll have more options than if your job requirements are narrower. “There are some areas that are easier to attain nursing employment than others,” said Brinda McKinney, RN, MSN, PhD, assistant professor of nursing and RN-BSN program coordinator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, College of Nursing and Health 16 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 36 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

“Clinical rotations and job fairs are great ways to network, said Meggan Spicer, senior HR recruiter with Practice Plus a Baptist Health affiliate. “When on a clinical rotation for school, be sure to be professional and treat it like a lengthy job interview. You want to be prompt, always asking how you can assist, be respectful and polite, keep personal drama away from the experience and stay off your phone. “Job fairs are mini-interviews, so come professionally dressed, do not bring anyone with you, bring multiple copies of your resume on professional resume paper and be prepared to answer questions about your background and qualifications.” One secret of networking is it happens even when you aren’t actively engaged in it. People expect to see your best self at a job fair; but how you act when you think no one is watching always carries more weight. “Students must always be aware of how they are being perceived by others,” said Debra Cote, associate professor at University of Arkansas-Little Rock. “Foul language and sloppy physical appearance in a clinical setting or while involved in community activities makes a very poor impression. A potential employer will write you off the list. Employers want to hire nurses who give the impression of being caring and compassionate towards patients and families, which includes behavior that is temperate.” “We explain to our nursing students that they should always be alert to the fact they are being interviewed, even while in clinical,” said Janice Ivers, RN, MSN, CNE, dean of nursing at National Park College. “The unit managers, charge nurses and staff nurses are all observing them and their interactions with other staff, patients and the multidisciplinary team.”

THE JOB INTERVIEW The fact is, interviewing for the first job is always the toughest which is why it is important not to make things any harder by working against yourself. You cannot control what’s going to be asked or an interviewer’s subjective judgements, so pay particular attention to what you can control. Punctuality is, hands down, the mostnoticed factor in a candidate. A rule of thumb says to arrive 10 minutes before the interview time which shows the interviewer you respect your commitments and gives you time to compose yourself. As the old saying goes, “Ten minutes early is on-time; on-time is late and late is unforgivable.”

Nurses who work well with others are in great demand, so make the most of class opportunities, as seen here at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.


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Nurses find rewarding careers caring for newborns at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

“My three cardinal rules for nailing a job interview include researching the organization prior to the interview, being early and asking questions about the job,� said Lizz Garbett, RN, director of nursing at YouthHome. “Make it obvious that you know a little about the organization and their mission. “Three things that will louse up an interview are being late, zero enthusiasm, bad grammar and misspelling on an application or resume. In fact, if I see your resume or application has misspelled words and bad grammar, I

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probably won’t even call for an interview. There are too many ways to spell-check for that to be on an application. To me, that is a sign of sloppy work.�

GETTING THE JOB IS JUST THE BEGINNING Landing the first job is one thing, actually succeeding in the job that you’ve worked so hard for is another. Now, everything you do on the job is under scrutiny by your employer, your patients and the public. “Personal behaviors reflect the person as well as the profession,� said Ivers. “Starting Day One, nursing students are taught to be professional – that you represent the profession and anytime you have your uniform on you are in a fishbowl, so to speak. What you say and do reflects the how others see nursing. It’s an honorable career and nurses are honorable people, so act honorably.� Employers expect new hires to have a breaking-in period, but when you’re in the health care business, mistakes can carry grave consequences. In situations where you’re unsure, remember to ask for help. “New nurses sometimes think they have to know everything, but that is just not possible,� said Lisa Lightner, employment manager with Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville. “It’s very important that new nurses ask questions and are transparent about their strengths and weaknesses. They must be comfortable acknowledging areas

Nurses’ empathy a key ingredient to mental/ emotional care


n the realm of patients with mental illness, emotional health issues or addiction, nurses exercise many of the same attributes and skills as with patients facing physical illness, plus one. According to Jason Miller, MPH, chief executive officer of The BridgeWay, nurses’ success in this area of care can be summarized by one indispensable quality – empathy. “Touching the lives of patients is a fundamental part of nursing,� Miller said. “Assisting patients and families with the emotions of their illness is often as important as the treatment of the illness itself. And when that illness is almost exclusively emotional, the

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of need and seeking guidance before making a mistake.” Ashcraft added being aware of common mistakes is one good strategy for reducing the chances of committing the error. Medication mistakes, infection control and documentation snafus are among the top errors made by new graduates. Asking someone with more experience is critical, which is why many health systems will assign you a mentor; for those that don’t, make a point to find one yourself. “Being a new nurse is tough,” Garbett said. “You must have a good attitude, be self- motivated and ask lots of questions. Having a mentor is absolutely priceless. It really is a must-have for new nurses.” “Mentors provide new hires with a partner who is a role model who is genuinely interested in teaching them and allowing them to ask questions in a non-intimidating environment,” Pierce said. “Mentors push new hires to be the best they can be and find opportunities for them to grow. As time goes on and skills improve, there remains the challenges of balancing work and professional life. “Leaving the job at the job is not entirely possible,” Cote said. “There will always be issues that require consideration. Social relationships can be developed at work and involvement with fellow nurses can be carried over to personal lives. The danger in this is if a falling-out occurs, the parties have to find a way to continue to work well together even

impact of a nurse is very unique. We know that empathy matters.” Nursing in the mental health field is on the rise and growing faster than many medical specialties. predicts 26 percent growth among psychiatric nurses by 2020. That’s a faster and more substantial growth rate than the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ forecast for RNs – 19 percent growth by 2022. “Nurses have the unique ability to make distinct and powerful impacts on the lives of our patients,” Miller said. “Most of us have witnessed the effects of emotional distress, chemical dependency or even severe mental illness in either our personal or professional lives. “In Arkansas, like most states, mental health, substance abuse and suicide are among the most pressing of all health concerns facing us. We know it is real and we know that the care we provide to those individuals matters most. We know that empathy matters and when empathy matters, we can save lives together.”

though the personal relationship is over.” Nursing is a true calling and those who do it well put their heart and soul into their work. To survive long-term nurses need to develop coping mechanisms and interests away from work to balance the stress and loss that sometimes happens on the job. “Nursing is a caring profession. It is an art and a science that tends to take a lot of time and energy,” McKinney said. “Nurses must purposely develop a healthy balance between work and life. Without a strict dedication to maintaining this balance, nurses tend to get lost in their work until

they start to suffer from physical or mental exhaustion. “Nurses should determine what their best de-stressor is and commit to it regularly. The de-stressor activity must be healthy such as exercise, reading a book, coloring with children, yoga or meditation. Often, having an accountability partner helps the nurse stay dedicated to healthy destressing efforts on a regular basis. The nurse who maintains a healthy work-life balance is appreciated by patients, the nursing team, family members and the community at large.”

NURSING NOTES “Choose an organization to work for that will support your career goals. Don’t miss the opportunity in interviews to make the organization sell themselves to you.” Joe Jimmerson, MNSc Director Nursing Quality & Magnet Programs, UAMS


WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF OUR TEAM! As an employee of Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System, we provide you with a supportive, dynamic work environment. Our nurses have a reputation for providing quality care and contribute in developing and fulfilling the mission of the hospital.

PINNACLE POINTE IS THE LARGEST BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN ARKANSAS We provide a full continuum of behavioral healthcare services. We are committed to providing quality of care to our patients and support to families. SERVICES WE PROVIDE INCLUDE: • Acute Inpatient Care • Residential Inpatient Care • School-based Treatment • Day Treatment • Outpatient Counseling Services

FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE VISIT /career-opportunities to complete an online application.

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unctuality is just one element of a successful job interview. Here are other things to remember as you set out to make that all-important first impression.

APPEARANCE “There are some cardinal rules for nailing a nursing job interview. First look the part. The public expects nurses to look professional. When dressing for a nursing interview, carefully consider your appear-

ance. Neat, clean, professional-looking clothing that is modest and neither too tight or too loose is best. Short, clean finger nails and closed-toe shoes are preferred. Lastly, display your confidence: Stand up straight, maintain good eye contact, and offer a firm handshake.” –Brinda McKinney, Arkansas State, Jonesboro

positive and appropriate attitude, manner and energy for the interview and what is being discussed. Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself with confidence – give me examples that show your sense of teamwork, leadership qualities or taking the initiative.” — Neely Kimbral, The BridgeWay

“I like to see professionalism, showing up on time, professional attire, having a copy of resume on hand, exhibiting a

PREPARATION “Bring resumes and not only proof your resume and application but have a

second pair of eyes to catch the things you missed. And punctuation! Fill out an online application with your name in all lower case or in all caps shows lack of attention to detail. These do matter; you’re not texting a friend. This is a recruiter’s first impression of you, so don’t treat the process too casually.” —Meggan Spicer, Practice Plus “Do your homework, be prepared for the interview. Be aware of the mission and values of the organization. Discuss your values, highlight personal characteristics that exemplify the values of the organization and discuss how you can contribute to helping the organization achieve their goals.” —Patricia Cowan, UAMS College of Nursing,


Careers for you at Washington Regional

“Be open and honest, show sincere interest in the job and be open to alternate positions if you are asking for a highly desired position. A prime way to louse up an interview is to look at your phone at any time during the interview. It is best to turn it off before going into the agency.” —Barbara Landrum, Henderson State University. “A nurse that does not seem open to learning and new situations is a big ‘No’ for me. Another turn-off is someone who presents as a ‘know-it-all’ despite minimal experience. It is easy to tell how a person naturally works with others. It shows when people are not team players.” —Jessica Rouse, Rivendell

BASIC ETIQUETTE With a supportive environment as well as innovative service lines that include specialized facilities for geriatrics, trauma, stroke and heart care, Washington Regional has always offered opportunities to make a real difference. And now, Washington Regional is experiencing growth at an unprecedented level, so there are even more opportunities here to build a successful career. To further our support of the nursing professional, we have partnered with Vizient to develop our New-Graduate Nurse Residency program, in which newly graduated registered nurses receive focused orientation and are assigned a mentor to provide ongoing education and support. New-graduate nurses in the program benefit from a strategic, planned blend of classroom and hands-on experience, with emphasis on the development of clinical and leadership skills during the transition from student nurse to professional nurse.


We look forward to adding YOU to our amazing team here at Washington Regional! For more information about career opportunities, please contact: + Lisa Lightner, Employment Manager + Candace McCuan, Recruiter

Fayetteville, AR |

“Don’t lie! Lying about your education or your prior experiences is never a good idea. With today’s technology, information is more accessible than ever; therefore, verifying information is quick and easy. Fabricating some of the details to make yourself look better to the employer may be tempting, it is not worth the risk of ruining your professional reputation or the embarrassment that may result.” — Pamela Ashcraft, UCA School of Nursing “Three cardinal rules: Remain ‘engaged’ with open communication skills, including good eye contact; be prepared with appropriate questions regarding the position and have an overall professional appearance. Three things that louse up an interview: Gum chewing, pre-occupation or distraction with a cell phone and lack of energy and enthusiasm.” — Kathy Pierce, Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing



of a breach of patient’s private information, all of ocial media is pervasive; by definition it folwhich is considered confidential and protected lows us around and permeates every aspect by law as outlined in the 1996 Health Insurance of our lives. For those who have grown up with Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). social media, it’s sometimes hard to see the po“Nurses have an ethical and legal obligation to tential threats that a Facebook post or at-work protect confidential information and to refrain Instagram selfie pose to patient privacy and by from obtaining information that is not relevant to extension, your job. direct patient care,” said Pamela Ashcraft of UCA Social media isn’t entirely unwelcome in the School of Nursing. workplace; in fact most Some ways to ensure businesses these days confidentiality of PHI inhave a Facebook page clude never leaving patient as a matter of course, information displayed including hospitals, clinics where it may be viewed and doctors’ offices. But by non-authorized perthese sites are carefully sonnel, never discussing monitored. patient information in an “The UAMS Nurses area where unauthorized Facebook page was started persons may overhear in February of 2015. We or leaving a computer use our Facebook page terminal or documents to promote community unattended. service, recognition and “Cell phones on the units education opportunities are also a big no,” said Jesfor the nurses at UAMS,” sica Rouse with Rivendell. said Susan Trussell, RN, “Patient confidentiality BSN, IBCLC. “The posts can be breached so easthat feature our staff’s ily. Be careful of doctors accomplishments always UAMS Nurses Facebook page who want nurses to text receive the greatest them for orders; this is all patient information. It number of likes, such as Nurse of the Month and can be as simple as leaving a computer screen Daisy Award winners for the hospital. open with patient information and another patient “In the past 3 months, we have started posting views it. That person’s personal information has the Hot Job of the Week to our page so that we can been breached.” share some of the many job opportunities at UAMS. While many of these actions stand to reason, This allows RNs to share jobs on their Facebook nurses often get tripped up by much more innocentpage with colleagues they know in the community. seeming activities. It also allows them to possibly participate in the “Even with all the HIPAA training that occurs RN Refer a Nurse program.” before licensure, newcomers still may get caught In most other situations, however, social media up in compromised protected information,” said should be avoided at work. You must check with Janice Ivers, of National Park College. “One way that your company’s policy concerning social media a new nurse may not consider is taking pictures at usage to avoid problems up to and including work – a big no-no! Also, never assume that the termination. person on the telephone is family and be cautious “You’ve been hired to perform a job; unless that of what information you give out over the phone.” job title is ‘Social Media Manager’, stay off your “Think before taking a selfie at work, a patient phone and Facebook at work,” summed up Meggan could be in the background or a patient’s perSpicer with Practice Plus. “You’re not being paid to sonal information on the computer behind you,” text your BFF. This is not only important in your Spicer said. “Don’t talk about a patient with your first job, but every job thereafter.” co-workers while having lunch at a restaurant. As damaging as posting inappropriate content or In today’s world, there are always eyes and ears texting during work hours can be to your career, watching and listening to your every move.” such behavior pales in comparison to the threat

NURSING NOTES “I think the different generations could work to share different communications styles with each other. As a member of the Baby Boomers generation, I prefer to communicate in person, whereas many Millennials would rather communicate electronically. In any workplace, being on the same page is incredibly important and without good communication with each other it can be nearly impossible.” Floyd Eddie Carter Nurse Recruiter, Arkansas DHS


We polled our panel of experts to get their best tips for paying for nursing school.

1. GET GOOD ADVICE ON THE FRONT END. “Sound advising is imperative when pursing a nursing education. Not all programs have the same entry requirements and it is important to understand the prerequisites and what will be accepted prior to entry. Good academic advising can help streamline general education credits and minimize the tuition dollars spent completing program requirements.” Jenny Kyle, Director of Student Services for UAMS College of Nursing

2. MULTIPLE FORMS OF FINANCIAL AID ARE OUT THERE IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR THEM. “There are several resources to assist a student in earning their education. Some of these resources are federal Pell grants, federal student loans, state board of nursing, Single Parent Scholarship Fund, the Growing our Own in the Delta (GOOD) Scholars program and Arkansas Graduate Nursing Education student loan and scholarship program.” Kencia Stanley, Pinnacle Pointe Hospital

3. LOOK CLOSELY AT TWO-YEAR SCHOOLS “The ‘bang for the buck’ at a two-year institution is unmeasurable. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the state, we give out over $50,000 in nursing scholarships each year and associate degree nursing gets the graduate nurse at the bedside quicker and gives them a strong foundation to begin their nursing career.” Janice Ivers, dean of nursing, National Park College

4. LEVERAGE OTHER OPTIONS BEFORE GETTING A JOB “While many students work part-time in health care facilities, this depends on individual or family obligations and time commitments. UAMS offers up to a 90 percent tuition discount, up to $5,000 to assist students while attending a BSN nursing school and up to $10,000 to help pay for student loans.” Susan Erickson, RN, MNSc, BC-NA, CHCR, Recruitment/Retention Officer, UAMS

5. SERVE YOUR COUNTRY “If you have the desire, you will always find ways to cover expenses. I personally funded a lot of my education through benefits that I earned through the military. The big advantage is a direct commission as an officer and some really great experiences in life that one might not otherwise get. I will never regret taking that path as it opened my eyes to the possibilities of nursing.” Neal Reeves, doctoral nursing student, UAMS College of Nursing


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Arkansas State University - Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)

4 yr public

Traditional BSN, LPN-BSN, 2nd Degree Accelerated BSN


on campus housing for Jonesboro

July 1st

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville • 479-968-0383

4 yr public


BSN-4yrs, RN to BSN-1yr, MSN-2yrs

on campus housing


Harding University, Searcy • 1-800-477-4407, 501-279-4682

4 yr private


BSN 4 yrs

on campus housing

February 1st

Henderson State University, Arkadelphia • 870-230-5015 Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia • 870-235-4040

4 yr public 4 yr public

BSN (traditional); RN to BSN online; RN to BSN (partial online); LPN to BSN BSN, Online RN-BSN Completion

4 yrs 4 yrs BSN, 1-4 yrs online RN-BSN Completion program

on campus housing on campus housing

June July 1st

University of Arkanasas, Fayetteville • 479-575-3904

4 yr public

BSN, RN-BSN (online program), MSN (online program), DNP (online program)

on campus housing for BSN students

March 15th

UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081

4 yr public

BSN, RN-BSN Completion

4 years for BSN, 3-5 semesters RN to BSN, 2 years part-time MSN, 3 years full-time / 4 years part-time post-BSN-DNP, 2 years part-time post-MSN-DNP 7 semester BSN, 3 semester RN to BSN Completion

on/off campus housing

April 1st

University of Central Arkansas, Conway • 501-450-3119

4 yr public

BSN 4 yrs, RN to BSN 12 mos 100% online, MSN varies, PMC varies, DNP 2yrs

on campus housing available

July 1st

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7841, 1-888-512-LION

4 yr public

BSN, RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), MSN (Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner), MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader), MSN (Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty), & DNP BSN

4 yrs for BSN/Varies for RN-BSN

on campus housing

Priority Oct. 1st

University of Arkansas at Monticello • 870-460-1069

4 yr public


2 to 4 yrs

on campus housing

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-686-5224

4 yr public

BSN, MNSc, PhD, DNP. Post Masters options available.

BSN generic: 2 full calendar years/ RN to BSN: 1 yr full time/ MNSC& PhD: students have up to 6 yrs to complete degree requirements.

on campus housing

contact financial aid (870) 460-1050 varies, visit Click on scholarships

Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville • 870-824-6253 • Paragould • 870-239-3200 • Burdette • 870-563-5110 Arkansas State University - Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)

2 yr public 4 yr public

AAS Nursing LPN-AASN, Traditional AASN (Traditional AASN offered at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mid-South, ASU-Mountain Home)

2 year varies

commuter campus on campus housing for Jonesboro

Priority April 15 July 1st

Arkansas State University - Mountain Home • 870-508-6266

2 yr public

AAS in RN- LPN/Paramedic to RN

commuter campus

Nov. 1

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark • 479-667-2117 College of the Ouachitas, Malvern • 800-337-0266 ext 1200

public 2 yr public

AASN Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN), Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (RN), Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Administration Program

30 hrs pre-req courses, plus 1 yr LPN/ Paramedic, Plus 1 yr RN varies 1-3 semesters

commuter campus commuter campus

Priority April 15 open

East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City • 870-633-4480

2 yr public


2 yrs

commuter campus

April 15th

Mississippi County Community College, Blytheville • 870-762-1020 National Park College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4290 North Arkansas College, Harrison • 870-743-3000

2 yr public 2 yr public 2 yr public

AAS in Nursing AS in Nursing AAS in Nursing-traditional. LPN, LPN-RN

2 yrs 2 yrs RN-2 yr; LPN-RN-1yr; PN-1yr

commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus

Priority April 15 - Rolling open Pell Grant June 30

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville • 479-636-9222, 800-995-6922

2 yr public


4 semesters

commuter campus

June 1st and November 1st

Ozarka College, Melbourne • 870-368-7371 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena, Dewitt, Stuttgart • Helena 870-338-6474 x1254; DeWitt 1-870-946-3506 x1611; Stuttgart 1-870-673-4201 x1809 Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff • 870-543-5917 UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081

2 yr public 2 yr public

AAS in RN AAS, technical certificate/PN

12 mos AAS 63 credit hrs, PN 42 credit hrs

commuter campus commuter campus

2 yr public 4 yr public

AAS: RN, Generic RN & LPN/Paramedic to RN. Technical Certificate: PN AAS/LPN to RN/BSN

PN-1 yr, Generic RN-5 Semesters 4 semesters

commuter campus on/off campus housing

none Federal and state dedadlines observed. open April 1st

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville • 870-612-2000, 800-508-7878

2 yr public

AAS-Generic RN, AAS-LPN-to-RN Online or Traditional, TC-Practical Nursing

commuter campus


University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana • 870-777-5722 Baptist Health College Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046

2 yr public private, faith-based

Associate/RN diploma/PN, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing/RN

commuter campus commuter campus

none March 1st priority

Jefferson Reg. Med. Center School of Nursing, Pine Bluff • 870-541-7858


Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

AAS-Generic RN 16mos, ASS-LPN-to-RN 12 mos, TC-Practical Nursing 11mos 12 months (excludes prerequisites) RN traditonal track 3 semesters + general education courses PN 1yr. RN Accelerated 1yr (LPNs or Paramedics). 79 weeks

off campus only


Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville • 870-824-6253 • Paragould • 870-239-3200 • Burdette • 870-563-5110 Arkansas State University - Beebe • 501-882-8822 Arkansas State University - Mountain Home • 870-508-6266 Arkansas State University - Newport • 870-680-8710 Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark • 479-667-2117

public public public public public

Technical Certificate of Practical Nursing Certificate LPN Technical certificate in PN Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing AAS in Allied Health-Practical Nursing

13 months 11 mos 11 mos 1 yr 3 semesters

commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus

Priority April 15th varies varies contact financial aid Priority April 15

ASU Technical Center, Jonesboro • 870-932-2176



11 mos

commuter campus


Baptist Health College Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046 Black River Technical College, Pocahontas • 870-248-4000 ext. 4150

private 2 yr public

diploma/PN, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing/RN AAS/RN, Certificate/PN, Certificate of Proficiency/Nursing Assistant

2 semester PN AAS/RN 3 semesters, Certificate/PN 3semesters, Certificate of Proficiency/ Nursing Assistant 5 weeks.

commuter campus commuter campus

Priority March 1st contact financial aid office

1-3 semesters

commuter campus

De Queen 11 mos Day Program, Nashville 18 mos evening program LPN: 40 wks, CNA: 12 wks

commuter campus

Spring-November;SummerApril varies




College of the Ouachitas, Malvern • 800-337-0266 ext 1200

2 yr public

Cossatot Community College of the UA, De Queen, Nashville • 870-584-4471, 800-844-4471

2 yr public

Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN), Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (RN), Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Administration Program LPN

Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute • Forrest City • 870-633-5411



National Park College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4160 Northwest Technical Institute, Springdale • 479-751-8824

Public public

Certificate in Practical Nursing diploma/PN

Ozarka College, Melbourne • 870-368-7371 Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock • 501-812-2200

2 yr public 2 yr public

LPN, LPN-RN Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing/PN

Rich Mountain Community College, Mena • 479-394-7622

2 yr public

certificate/CAN, LPN, RN

11 mos FT 3 sem. & 1 Summer session (includes Pre-Reqs) 11-18 mos 11-month traditional track/22-month non-traditional track 11-12 mos

SAU Tech, Camden • 870-574-4500 South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado • 870-864-7142, 870-864-7137 University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology, Crossett • 870-364-6414

2 yr public 2 yr public 2 yr public

Technical Certificate ADN,LPN Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

11 mos 11 mos 11 mos

commuter campus and on-campus commuter campus commuter campus

N/A June 1, November 1, April 1 varies

University of Arkansas Comm. College at Morrilton • 501-977-2000

2 yr public

LPN-certificates AAS-PN, RN

PN is 12 months; RN is 12 months after prerequisites are met

commuter campus

prior to semester

University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana • 870-777-5722

2 yr public


10.5 or 12 months (excludes prerequisites)

commuter campus


commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus commuter campus

To compile this, forms were sent to every qualified college and university with instructions to return by a specified deadline. Those schools not meeting the deadline were repeated from last year. Every attempt is made to gather and verify the information.


Please contact Shelly Laird at 870.633.5411 ext. 140 none July 1/Fall, December 1/Spring none Oct. 15 for Spring, March 15 for Summer, May 15 for Fall varies, contact financial aid office





February 15th

ACT, SAT, COMPASS, or ASSET; HESI A2 Nursing Admission Exam




March 1st and October 1st, other programs vary

Nursing programs are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. RN to BSN can be completed in as little as 1 year. Excellent Faculty. www.atu. edu/nursing Quality nursing education with a focus on Christian service and professionalism. The school with a heart. Small classes. CCNE Accredited.




varies Priority March 15, Final August

ACT, SAT, or COMPASS ACT, TEAS at least 60%

November 15th

SAT, ACT, GRE for the MSN and BSN-DNP

Feb 15th BSN Spring: Jan. 1-Mar. 1 for Fall Admission, Aug. 15-Oct. 15 for Spring Admission; RN-BSN Completion Program Aug. (prior to classes beginning for Fall Admission, Jan. (prior to classes beginning for Spring Admission) Varies

February 1st

ACT/SAT for students with less than 12 credits.


February 28 - University Scholarships | March 11 - Foundation Scholarships

No entrance exam required for nursing major.

varies by program, see website for dates

June 1st


Oct 1st for Spring/ March 1st for Fall

March 1st


March 1st

varies, visit click on scholarships

TOEFL for int’l students, PhD-GRE, ATI TEAS V for BSN applicants.

BSN generic: Mar. 1/ RN to BSN: Jan. 1, Mar. 1, Jun. 1, Sept. 1, Nov. 1/ MNSC: Sept. 1 & Feb. 1/ PhD: Mar.1, Jun. 15, Nov. 15/ DNP-Mar. 1

Priority April 15 February 15th


RN- March 31 varies



Oct. 15

varies Fall-May1, Spring-Dec 1

STEP COMPASS/ACCUPLACER for the PN Program & HESI for RN Program


ACT, ACCUPLACER / Nursing Pre-entrance exams

March 15th, October 1st 2nd Friday in Sept. for Jan. addmittance; 2nd Friday in Feb. For May admittance into RN Program. 2nd Friday in Oct. for Jan. admittance & 2nd Friday in Mar. for PN Program varies

Priority April 15 open June 15th

PAX-RN ACT, SAT or College Entry Exam, & TEAS ACT, COMPASS

March 31st First Monday in March varies with program

April 1st

ACT or COMPASS TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

First Monday in March and First Monday in November

March 1st none

Wonderlic, TEAS, LPN STEP Nelson Denny Reading Test 10th grade level for ADN; None for PN admission. ACT, COMPASS, PAX for PN,KAPLAN Admission Exam ACT/SAT/Compass for students with less than 12 credits.

Aug. 31/Spring RN June 1st, PN June 1st or Oct 1st

none February 1st

ASSET, ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER, and KAPLAN Nurse Entrance Test

Second Friday in March Priority Application Deadline Feb 28/ Applications accepted until class full. TC-PN and AAS-Generic RN May 1; AAS-LPN-to-RN July 15

We offer generalist and advanced nursing degree programs to prepare nurses to meet the health needs of the public in an ever-changing health care environment. The DNP offers two options: family nurse practitioner and acute-geriatric nurse practitioner. BSN completion for current RNs or recent graduates of an accredited nursing program. UALR students can Ladder into the online BSN and graduate within 4 years. Student-centered, NCLEX-RN 1st time pass rates are consistently above state and national average. All programs are CCNE Accredited. RN-BSN is an Online Completion Program. Http:// rn-to-bsn; Achieve your nursing goals with us. •

ANC offers the RN, LPN, and LPN to RN programs of study. The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate, enhance and enrich students for evolving professoinal nursing practice. Nursing programs are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. Application packet and program requirements online. for additional information. Allied health program offering RN-Nursing degree (basic students, LPN completion). Options for LPN and new High School seniors. Northark’s students receive excellent health care education leading to rewarding careers in nursing. The college of the NWA community, member of Northwest Arkansas Nursing Education Consortium. Providing life-changing experiences through education. RN Program, ACEN accredited. Changing lives…one student at a time! LPN/Paramedic to RN (1 year). Traditional AAS (2 years). Accelerated AAS (18 months). See above for BSN information. Prerequisite courses and KAPLAN entrance testing must be completed prior to entry into a nursing program.,

March 1- High school Academic; July 15Others; Nursing Scholarship- Dec. 1 none varies


August 31st RN traditional track/PN program: July 1st & December 1st , RN Accelerated: December 1st



Oct. 15 for Jan. class; Apr. 15 for June class. $35 application fee.

Priority April 15th June 15th varies varies varies


PN-March 31st Call for further information. May 15, Oct 15 August class- June 1, January class- Oct 15 March 15th, October 1st



June 1 & November 1

varies April 15th

ACT or SAT ACT or COMPASS for BRTC Admission and NA Applicants; TEAS for PN Applicants, NACE for RN Applicants.

Variety of clinical experiences. Application packet and program requirements are online. Application packet and program requirements online. Application packet and program requirements online. Clinical experience in hospitals of varying size, physicians’ offices and geriatric facilities. Combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Graduates eligible to take NCLEX. BRTC: A college of vision. BRTC has a 95% plus boards pass rate. www.


HESI Entrance Exam

June 15th




Dec 1st & June 1st NA - Contact Nursing department, PN April 1 for following fall acceptance and October 31 for following spring acceptance, August 31 annually for following Spring RN acceptance. 2nd Friday in Sept. for Jan. addmittance; 2nd Friday in Feb. For May admittance Day Program-De Queen March 1st, Evening ProgramNashville August 31st Call for more information.

none June 1/Fall, December 1/Spring

College Entry Exam, TEAS NET, COMPASS

First Monday in March November 1st

Do you want to make a difference? Then nursing is for you! Bilingual scholarships available-

March 1st varies

Wonderlic, TEAS, LPN STEP ACT or ACCUPLACER and Kaplan Admission Test

April 1/Fall, November 1/Spring August 31 - RN April 15th

Nov. 1 - Priority; Apr.1 - Pending funds available; Foundation Scholarship Deadlines: FALL - Apr. 1 & Jul. 30; Spring -Dec. 1 March 1st Priority April 1st March 1st


LPN-March, RN-August

Providing life-changing experiences through education. Call an advisor to discuss pre-recuisites and eligibility. 501-812-2834 or 501-812-2339


March 31st open April 15th

April 1st


PN deadlines are Oct. 1 & Mar. 1; RN dealine is Aug. 31



May 1st

*** for Basic nursing education; Varies with previous coursework or nursing license; MSN program = 2 yrs. Prerequisites required prior to admission.

Two Applications required: admissions and nursing. SouthArk: Where students come first. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Enrollment in PN program on Morrilton campus limited to 24 in spring semester and summer and to 8 in Clinton during spring semester. Enrollment in RN program limited to 48 for classes beginning each January.


hether you’re looking to attend school for two years or four, part-time or full, Arkansas’s colleges and universities have a number of programs that will get you on the path to a nursing career.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE Associate degree programs, offered by two-year and four-year colleges and universities, must meet the requirements of a regional accreditation association and be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. At the completion of the program, the student is awarded an associate of science (AS) or associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree. The graduate is then eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. BACCALAUREATE DEGREE Baccalaureate programs must be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and are usually offered by four-year colleges or universities. Students typically take four to five years to complete the degree requirements. At the completion of the program, the student is awarded the bachelor of science (BS) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. He or she is then eligible to take the NCLEX to become a registered nurse (RN). MASTER’S DEGREE Master’s degree programs are offered by four-year colleges and universities for students who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. These advanced degrees prepare nurses to take on a variety of specialized roles, including nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist. DOCTORAL DEGREE The doctoral degree is the highest educational degree available in nursing. Some programs require students to complete a master’s degree first, while others are designed for students who have completed only a bachelor’s degree. There are two main options for doctoral degrees. The Ph.D., or doctor of philosophy, focuses on preparing nurses to work in research-based fields. The doctor of nursing practice, or DNP, is a clinical degree that focuses on nursing practice. NURSING LICENSE LEVELS Licensed Practical Nurse Both private and public two-year and four-year institutions offer practical nurse programs, which generally take 12 months to complete. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate and is eligible to take the NCLEX licensing exam and become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs typically work in long-term care, home health and doctor’s offices, although some hospitals employ LPNs as well. Registered Nurse Both two-year and four-year colleges and universities offer registered nurse programs that are divided into two categories: an associate’s degree and a baccalaureate degree. There are also diploma programs that prepare students to become registered nurses without earning an associate’s or baccalaureate degree. Before going to work, the graduate is required to pass the NCLEX examination. Advanced Practice Nurse Advanced practice nurses (APNs) have at least a master’s degree in a specialized area of nursing practice. They may practice independently or in collaboration with a physician. APNs must pass an advanced licensing exam and may work as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists or other specialty areas.


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Today’s nursing workforce more diverse both ethnically and generationally



alk around any hospital or nursing home or visit virtually any clinic and you will immediately notice the incredible diversity of the nursing workforce. From “old school” nurses to the millennial generation, from the influx of men in the field to people of various ethnic backgrounds, today’s marketplace demonstrates room for a little bit of everything. “The nursing workplace today is multi-generational,” said Shelley Austin, DNP, RN of Henderson State University. “There are new graduate nurses of all ages joining the workforce, as Baby Boomers put off retirement. Generations XYZ and Millennials are the best at technology, while the Baby Boomers are more thorough. Allowing all age groups to offer their expertise is pertinent to the benefit of

the patient.” “It is really mind-boggling what we see in our hospitals today,” said Janice Ivers, dean of nursing at National Park College in Hot Springs. “The Baby Boomers are on the brink of retirement and the Millennials and younger embrace change and move on.” This co-mingling of life experiences, training methodology and individual backgrounds have fundamentally changed the nursing environment, said Brinda McKinney, RN, MSN, PhD , assistant


“Each nurse brings to the profession a unique set of values.” Martha Chamness, UAMS


professor of nursing and RN-BSN program coordinator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro College of Nursing and Health Professions. “No longer do nurses work only with a group of like peers and take care of a group of patients from their community that are also like them,” she said. “Just as patients are reflective of a more diverse population, nursing teams have become increasingly diverse in several ways. “Nurses may work on teams ranging from age 20 to 75. Having nurses from six decades working together for the common good of the patient requires good communication, professional collaboration and mutual respect.” The first challenge of the new nursing workplace is understanding how each group views their job responsibilities and by extension, each other. “Older nurses bring stability and experience to the arena. They have seen it and done it, they know what works and what doesn’t,’ Ivers said. “Older generations have better work ethic, being on time, not calling in compared to the younger group, but sometimes they are not willing to step outside of their comfort zone. “The younger nurses come in excited and know what the book says, but they have not seen it or done it. They sometimes are influenced by the nurses that use shortcuts to do the right thing the wrong way. Simple communication is difficult for some younger generations; in the age of texting they tend to hesitate with verbal communication.” Ironically, what the profession sees as multigenerational challenges presents advantages for the patient, such as being served by someone they can relate to and the experience-driven checks and balances that emerge in teams. “Having a more experienced nurse to go to if there is a problem is very relieving because you


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nurses contribute are phenomenal. They are more willing to work as a group to solve problems. Younger nurses bring a freshness to the workplace. They have new ideas and aren’t afraid of voicing their opinions.” In addition to age and ethnic background, gender also figures into the equation as never before. More men are entering the field, many of whom are taking the non-traditional route to nursing school and schools in turn are going out of their way to attract men and non-traditional students as a means of keeping up with market demand. “Arkansas State Mountain Home School of Health Sciences offers degree options for students in any stage of life,” said Derek Scott, 36. “Non-traditional students are the norm here, not the exception. I’m a veteran, I’m a father and I’m a husband. You can transition from the military, you can transition from other schools and they make you feel at home here.” Meshing the various skills, abilities

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and points of view doesn’t happen all by itself. Bringing generations, genders and cultures together takes trial and error. “Being a good manager of a multi-generational nursing team requires the ability to communicate in different ways,”said Lizz Garbett, RN, director of nursing at Youth Home. “You have to have the ability to make sure everyone on the team understands what is expected of them and knows that their role is important. Garbett said the number of nurses staying longer

said Steve Davis, RN at UAMS. “Nurses 30 to 50 usually have good experience and are better with technology. “Younger nurses, 20 to 30, are excellent with electronic medical records, are up-to-date on health care reform since it has happened while they were training and in school and they’re eager to learn.” Each group generally appreciates cross-generational skills, but mutual respect takes time to develop. Much of this is understandable, considering how radically the profession has changed.

UALR students reflect the diversity of backgrounds currently found in the nursing profession today. “Today’s workplace for nurses is very different than that of generations gone by,” said McKinney. “Day-today operations on a typical nursing floor have changed significantly as new equipment and technologies have allowed nurses to expand their practice. “Advanced nursing education has also allowed nurses to grow their influence. Arkansas State (Jonesboro) has state-of-the-art laboratories with faculty specifically trained in life-like simulations where students practice in very intense scenarios without fear of hurting anyone.” Such training is only one NURSING NOTES element of the encroach“There are all different levels of experience. There is also a separation of ment of technology on culture. Many older nurses are afraid of change. New nurses are often very the nursing field, thanks willing and eager, but lack the clinical experience. There is a great opportunity to various gadgets and for exchange of information and ideas however, nursing has largely been a systems which provide culture of ‘nurses eat their young.’ It is a job trying to instill a different culture tighter controls on patient and ideology. The best managers are not managers at all. They are leaders.” information and speeds Jessica Rouse, RN, communication. Chief nursing officer, Rivendell “The range of technology for nursing pretty much 26 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 46 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES on the job has grown over the past 15 years, thanks to high demand for nursing expertise. She said supervising nurses years her senior requires multiple modes of communication. It’s also helped her and other supervisors appreciate and utilize the unique attributes of each age category. “For nurses 50+, the strengths are they’re steady and dependable, skilled and they can mentor and provide role models. Their relative weakness is technology,”

covers the entire spectrum of what nurses do on a daily basis,” said Ashley Davis, clinical instructor and academic coach at UAMS. “Electronic medical records have replaced patient medical charts, and can vary greatly in style and function between institutions and even nursing units. Electronic medication systems have replaced buddy checks between nurses and have limited a nurse’s autonomy with regards to medication administration.” Technological advancements and protocols, while resulting in better outcomes and greater productivity among medical personnel, can also be intimidating for generations used to paper. Managed properly, however, the technological comfort gap can also be a source of bonding between nurse generations. “With regard to nurses’ ease with technology, the younger generation seems more at ease and quicker to take it up,” Davis said. “However, one could argue it is the older generation that best integrates technology into practice for they are better able to find the balance between technology and the healing touch.” “I have always said that nursing care does not change, it is the gadgets we hook up to them,” agreed Chamness. “(Author) Patricia Benner explains nursing from novice to expert and how each communicates. The expert nurse sees and interprets patient behavior from experience. That patient looks funny but you can’t tell the novice how to come to that conclusion. That’s why it’s best to orient a new graduate with someone who has been nursing around five years and then spend time with the veteran.” Beyond age, the ranks of minority nurses are also increasing, Hispanic in particular, but also African American, Asian and other ethnic populations. Blending different backgrounds can be complicated by cultural perspectives. “Nursing is a multi-cultural workplace. Thankfully people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds are entering the field of nursing,” McKinney said. “Having a diverse nursing population that resembles the local population is advantageous to health care organizations. However, management must take into account the different cultures and provide support and education for the nursing team members to be integrated.” “With health care being such a multi-cultural field across all disciplines, cultural awareness and cultural competence becomes crucial for nursing,” said Shankar Kathiresan, RN with UAMS. “This applies to health care

professionals as well as patients and their families. With nursing schools preparing nurses for career advancement, the managerial opportunities and challenges could be geared towards maintaining balanced staff matrixes.� Kathiresan also noted employers are starting to seek higher levels of credentials from nurses and as younger nurses jump at these opportunities, combined with waves of Baby Boomers growing older, the challenges of combining different ages, level of experience and ethnic background aren’t likely to subside any time soon. “Many nurses are now planning to obtain their Master’s degree in nursing even before they have finished their Bachelor’s degree program,� she said. “This could potentially mean large groups of new graduates could be entering the acute bedside workforce together but then leaving together after they obtain their Master’s degree to pursue other career opportunities. This could affect attempts to balance staffing matrixes based on years of experience.� Older individuals have their own motivations for staying in the profession longer, that go beyond the rosy job market. “Nurses are staying on the job longer because of economic necessity, uncertainty about retirement benefits and the passion for the work they perform as a nurse,� said Nancy May, RN, with Jefferson Regional Medical Center. “Many nurses are returning to the workplace after raising their children, caring for loved ones or to try a different job in the nursing career. There is a great demand for nurses in many specialties and in many parts of the country. For many, the time is right to return to work in the nursing field while demand is high.� To help facilitate this, many nursing schools are seeing an influx of people getting a later start on a nursing education as well as seeing the occasional veteran nurse return to get caught up on newer materials, particularly with the rise of online courses and specialized training courses. “Over the last five years, special review courses have been developed for nurses who left the work force and are seeking re-entry,� said Wendy Lincoln MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, assistant vice president of Med/Surg for Baptist Health Little Rock. “Most nurses who have not been working in the last three to five years find this very helpful, because so many things have changed, not only the technology,

but also advances in the way we take care of our patients. “For example, five years ago if you walked into an ICU, every patient had a urinary catheter in place and most likely it was not removed until right before the patient went home. Today, only the patients who have a distinct clinical need have a urinary catheter in place and it is reviewed every day to see if can be removed.� Nurses who have left the field may also find the new environment too physically taxing with longer shifts and the strength it requires to shift or move patients. This leads some to volunteer and others, like Candy Conners, RN, MNSc, to work on an as-needed basis. Conners, who entered the nursing field in 1971, today fills in sporadically as part of UAMS’ PRN pool.


NURSING NOTES “In the volunteer role, each volunteer brings their own set of skills to the hospital. I think it was easier for me, because I had been familiar with several of the nurses on the unit where I volunteer. My advice to volunteers is to be yourself and relax into the very satisfying role helping others.� Martha Chamness, RN, MNSC, CPHQ (retired) UAMS volunteer “I work an average of 10 hours or so a week; some weeks I don’t work at all and sometimes I work 40 hours a week,� she said. “Being in the PRN pool means I have the flexibility to travel and enjoy retirement while still being a part of UAMS.� Serving so long in the profession (she actually retired once, in 2013) has given her a rewarding career, lifelong friends and colleagues and most of all, perspective. “I enjoy seeing the ‘old’ and ‘young’ nurses working together. This injects new ideas, wisdom, efficiency and a fresh look into today’s nursing climate,� she said. “Each member of the team makes contributions in their own unique way when the manager takes the time and effort to learn the strengths and weakness of each generation. When it works, as it does on many units, patient care flows naturally and seamlessly leading to patient and staff satisfaction.�


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of the family matriarch whose example set the tone for their life’s work. “Mother has actually been a caregiver her whole life. She cared for her mother-in-law and we cared for grandpa, an uncle, we cared for multiple family members,” said Lori, 49. “She was a school guidance counselor for her profession but she mentored many individuals including myself and we always had people at our house that we were taking care of. Mother was always bringing home…” “Strays,” finished Linda Hammontree, 73, seated nearby. “I used to literally bring kids who were from abused homes and I would get permission and they’d come home with me and spend the weekend.” Linda’s nurturing of those in need made an impression on Lori, who soon showed a caregiver’s heart of her own. Mallori also got to witness the family tradition while growing up, most recently as her mother helped Linda through cancer in 2000 and the illness and death of Lori’s father two years ago. His passing brought the three closer together, literally, when Linda started volunteering at the hospital a few hours a week. All three women regard each other as equals on hospital time and despite being from different eras and attending different nursing schools, Lori and Mallori said their nurses’ training complements each other.

“When I started, nursing was bad about eating our young,” Lori said. “When I graduated, if you were working with a senior nurse, you did not question her authority. What she said you did it. They weren’t ugly people, but it was very dictator-type. What I see now, it’s totally not like that. When Mallori graduated nursing school and became a nurse, she became my peer. “I did feel confident speaking up, even straight out of nursing school,” said Mallori who graduated in December. “One of the things that led me to the program at Baptist was they have so many clinical hours. You get so much hands-on in that environment and you get used to it quickly.” Aside from personal family stories – “Mallori was not a good baby,” offered Linda. “Her brother asked if we could take her back,” quipped Lori. – the only thing the three indulge in is pride over each other’s accomplishments. When processing check-out paperwork recently, a patient’s family member started to describe to Lori the unbelievable kindness shown by their loved one’s nurse. “I said, ‘Can I ask what room you were in?’ and they told me and I said, ‘That’s my daughter,’” Lori said as Linda beamed. “That was a defining moment. Watching your kids succeed is so much better than your own success.”


allori Kunkel was born into nursing. No, seriously. “I started UCA in January 1989 and graduated May 14, 1994,” said Lori Reynolds, BSN, Mallori’s mother. “I did five and half years because my sophomore year of nursing school, I found out I was pregnant with this one. “I made it through midterms, had Mallori the next week, stayed out one week and went back the following week. Literally, she was born when I was in nursing school.” Both mother and daughter enjoy the story, seated next to one another on a settee in the volunteers’ room at Conway Regional Medical Center. More than 25 years of professional life separate the RNs and the physical similarities aren’t particularly striking, but their paths to the oncology ward where both have made their mark are nearly identical. “I grew up, actually, on the floor where my mom worked,” said Mallori, 25. “I grew up on the floor that I work on now. My mom was an inpatient cancer nurse which is what I do.” Neither initially wanted to be a nurse, although both showed remarkable talent for it at a young age. Both feel most connected in a specialty most of us never want to experience, even calling the opportunity to help a patient peacefully and comfortably transition the ultimate privilege. And both do so under the proud gaze




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elsey Agre, RN at UAMS, is what you might call an old soul. Or at least, that’s where her calling as a nurse has drawn her, ever since nursing sparked her imagination around the age of 8. “My specialty is adult geriatric acute care nurse practitioner,” said the Hot Springs native who’s a few months shy of her Master’s. “I particularly enjoy the elderly populations; they’re sweet and they’re appreciative, they’re very appreciative of any help. They love to talk and they love to interact and socialize with us.” Barely 29, Agre’s heart and head combined on her choice of specialty. In addition to her fondness for the older set, she’s also savvy enough to know a growth area when she sees one, given the millions of Baby Boomers who are entering their golden years. Still, success in any area of nursing comes down to more than a simple business decision. “Geriatric medicine, you definitely have to have a passion for it, which a lot of nurses do,” she said. “Nursing is always short no matter what, but especially with the Baby Boomers getting older there’s huge room for growth.” Agre’s decision to pursue a higher degree from UAMS – the same school where she got her bachelor’s – was rooted in a desire to be able to serve her patients to the highest degree possible. Nurse practitioners have more autonomy than other classifications, including the ability to diagnose and treat patients, order, perform and interpret the results of diagnostic tests

and even write prescriptions within certain guidelines. “At first I wanted to be a RN and do critical care,” she said. “And then I figured out (nurse practitioner) gave me more possibilities and autonomy and independence. Being able to have that and the ability to see my own patients and build a strong rapport with them is important to me.” Deciding on a higher degree isn’t the only surprise that the nursing profession has dished out to Agre along the way. She said she views her profession totally differently today than she did on her first day of nursing school. “When I was younger I pictured just being really hands-on and getting to think critically and I would learn to adapt to high-stress situations, which I thought would be beneficial in life in general,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was getting into. Nursing is raw and unedited and I didn’t know that it is as emotional and as human as it is. “As nursing students we know a lot of numbers and we know a lot of labs and treatments and medications, but it’s even more than that. It’s human. I mean, we always call them our patients, but they’re not a patient, they’re a person and they have their own thoughts and families and stories. I’d say to get to be a critical care nurse and a bedside nurse is a privilege. The honor that we get is to be there for the patient and support them whether it’s their brightest moments or their darkest moments.”

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BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP Nurses share their best advice for leading mixed generation teams successfully.

1. COMMUNICATE “Nurses are now multigenerational, a mix of first careers, second careers and empty nesters who learn each other’s generational needs during school or form previous work experience. UAMS encourages communication, collaboration and mutual respect. The generational gap is discussed in classes and charge nurses, managers and directors are provided with education to assist in bridging this gap.” Candy Conners, UAMS

2. EMPOWER “Good managers have the ability to identify individual potential, foster cohesiveness and develop the individuals as well as the team, which will ultimately lead to success. With so many diverse opportunities in nursing, people with various backgrounds and experience can find roles in nursing.” Shankar Kathiresan, UAMS

3. BLEND “Hard skills are clinical skills – starting IVs, changing dressings, giving injections. Soft skills are traits that make a valuable employee – positivity, dependability, attitude and compassion. Hard skills usually improve with experience and repetition. Soft skills relate to the way each nurse relates and interacts with others. When you combine experienced nurses with younger nurses they can learn from each other.” Nancy May, Jefferson Regional Medical Center

4. UNIFY “Team building is of great importance when the team is as diverse as the nursing workforce. Team members should feel valued and respected and feel as though they contribute to the success of the other team members. Managers who find roles that all nurses can play, no matter their age or cultural background, will lead cohesive teams where each member feels empowered and important.” Ashley Davis, UAMS School of Nursing

5. LEAD “Leaders understand the importance of bringing together people of various ages, experience and ethnic backgrounds to make a cohesive team. They are quick to appreciate what each group brings to the table. They understand the importance of educating and creating opportunities for the groups to interact in meaningful ways. They craft goals and activities to capitalize on the various strengths of the team members and encourage ‘one team’ with regard to reaching organizational goals.” Brinda McKinney, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro 30 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 50 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. Board of Directors. Front row (left to right): Kristie Lowry, Treasurer; Veronica Clark; Patricia Cowan, Secretary; Clinta Ché Reed, President-elect; Sue Tedford, President. Back row (left to right): Ambré Pownall, Susan Erickson, Keneshia BryantMoore, Valerie Hart, Crystal Gillihan.

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rkansas’ nursing community faces many challenges outside of the examination room, clinic or surgical unit emanating from the college campus and the halls of the legislature. Helping to keep student and active nurses informed and the industry moving forward is the job of various state associations. Two in particular, the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Center for Nursing, are leading the way for the nurses of the Natural State. Arkansas Center for Nursing is a relatively new organization that seeks to promote and provide for the welfare of nurses and the nursing profession according to four pillars, Leadership, Practice, Education and Workforce Data Collecting, all which combine to help ensure schools are producing the right specialties for the right areas of Arkansas at the right educational level to meet the state’s health care needs. “There’s always a demand for better-educated nurses,” said Clinta Che Reed PhD, RN, CNL of the University of Central Arkansas and presidentelect of the ACN. “One of the things that we’re hoping to do through data resources is really look at what the demand is. Instead of just assuming well, we’re just going to need more nurses, let’s look at what we’ve got here and get specific about what we need and where we need them to go.” “We would like to bring groups together that already exist for this purpose, that could then form

actions groups around a problem. We don’t want to take over their jobs, we want to bring those groups together to try to make nursing better.” Arkansas Hospital Association provides a number of services including legislative advocacy, education through seminars on a range of health care and health facilities operations topics and statistics on the health of the industry. The AHA recently launched its Quality Improvement standards, a program created in large part by RNs Pam Brown and Nancy Godsey who together make up the association’s Quality and Patient Safety Team. “Now more than ever, health care is based upon teamwork and in the day-to-day care of patients, nurses often serve as the hub of the wheel for the care team,” said Bo Ryall, AHA president and CEO. “Keeping up with the latest in clinical practice breakthroughs, nurses put new theories into practice, often refining systems as they go, to create efficiencies others could not see but can certainly appreciate. “When (AHA was) considering expanding our role to include Quality Improvement, we knew we had to have clinical direction not previously available on our staff. It became apparent very quickly that the most experienced and best were already working within our hospitals. Pam Brown and Nancy Godsey bring so much to our AHA team and are our own nurse experts.”

NURSING NOTES “For advanced degree levels, I see three areas of major opportunity: Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics. We need practitioners to help cover the gap in the lack of physician coverage, we will need even more educators to continue educating young nurses and we are moving at light speed in many ways making our health care delivery system more electronic.” Neal Reeves, MSN, System Analyst Manager, doctoral nursing student UAMS College of Nursing

WHAT I’VE LEARNED “It is very important to arrive at work on time in order to relieve a weary co-worker.” — Kathy Pierce, Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing “Nursing school is a guide, but it is not reality, I’ve learned I shouldn’t strive to be ‘super nurse’. Also, take care of your back and legs while you’re young and take care of yourself before other people.” — Pamela Ashcraft, UCA School of Nursing. “There are a lot of things that you do not know and cannot learn until you experience them. Do not be afraid to admit that you do not know the answer. Ask lots of questions. Your first few jobs will teach you a lot, soak it up.” — Lizz Garbett, YouthHome. “Keep in mind that everyone started as a new nurse. Even the most seasoned and intimidating nurse had a first day, remember this.” — Jessica Rouse, Rivendell “Being a veteran nurse, I wish someone had told me how much nursing would get under my skin and become a way of life and not just a job. I wish they had told me how much I would laugh and cry with my patients.” — Janet Smith, National Park College

“I wish that I would have known in high school what a wonderful, diverse career nursing is. I originally thought that I would become a veterinarian or teacher and accidently stumbled upon nursing a few years after high school. It was the best ‘accident’ of my life.” — Christina Davis, RN, BSN, CMSRN, UAMS Clinical Service Manager, Surgical Specialties Inpatient “You can never plan your day. Every day is an adventure.” — Lonnie Bradley, LPN, Internal Medicine UAMS North Clinic “RN doesn’t mean Super Hero. To safely and efficiently take care of our patients, you have to develop a working team relationship with your co-workers whether a nursing assistant, student nurse or someone else.” — Devin Terry, RN, MNSc, ACNS-BC, UAMS Ambulatory Clinics - Advanced Practice Partner “In the beginning of your career you can expect many difficult days. Find a mentor or a nurse you respect and can relate to, so on those difficult days you have someone you can share your day with and in return they will share their experiences with you.” — Amanda Frost, RN, BSN, CEN, UAMS Emergency Department

“I wish someone had told me about work-life balance. When you are young and eager to please, it is easy to think you cannot say ‘No’ when asked to stay over and work a second shift or give up your weekend off because someone is sick. Sometimes saying ‘No’ is the healthy choice for everyone involved.” — Brinda McKinney, Arkansas State, Jonesboro

“Nursing is always a learning experience; there is something new to learn every day. There will be stressful days and there will be good days, but the good days always outweigh the bad and it is very rewarding.” — Morgan Colclasure, RN, BSN, H6, UAMS Medical Inpatient

“Patients are not always able to tell you what is wrong. Sometimes you have to read the room, body language and what they are not saying to find out something serious is about to happen.” — Moniqueca Christensen, RN, BSN, UAMS Urology Clinic

“You learn the hard way by leading yourself to believe that what happens to patients can never happen to you or your family. You think you are immune but when reality hits, you are just as vulnerable.” — Souraya Irani, RN, BSN, UAMS Myeloma Clinic

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ou see them when you visit the hospital or clinic, providing the care you need when it matters most. You’ll also find them in classrooms and at professional conferences, volunteering in community organizations, and serving in myriad outreach roles like health care boards and honor societies. They all have one thing in common: they’re working to improve health and health care in Arkansas.

This year marks the release of the second annual “40 Nurse Leaders Under 40” awards list, issued by the Arkansas Action Coalition to recognize nurses in the state who display leadership in their profession. The Arkansas Action Coalition, part of the landmark Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide effort sponsored by AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, works in conjunction with state health care organizations, educators, communities, and policymakers to promote health through recognition and empowerment of nurses. Selected by a board of professional peers, these 40 exceptional young health care professionals are helping to realize the Arkansas Action Coalition’s efforts “to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health…to engage, encourage, and empower nurses to lead change in redesigning health care.” Part of that effort, according to, is specifically “to increase nurse participation in health care related boards and community organizations.” In other words, these nursing professionals daily go above and beyond the average demands of an already demanding workplace, playing an integral part in the development of the profession. They’re highly educated and gaining more education all the time, and although they’re busy, they’ll tell you again and again how much they love their work, their students, and their patients. Meet just a few of the honorees who are leading the next generation of Arkansans taking action for community health. 32 • NURSES GUIDE 2016 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES 52 JULY 21, 2016 ARKANSAS TIMES

Stephanie M. Miller (center), with AR Action Coalition Co-Leads Erin Fifer, MSN, RN, CPN (left) and Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN (right). STEPHANIE M. MILLER, BSN, RN IV, CCRN, H4 CVICU/TSICU, UAMS, Little Rock Stephanie graduated from UAMS College of Nursing in 2011 with a BSN. She’s worked in the CVICU/TSICU for the past five years. She obtained a national specialty certification (CCRN) as well. She is an RN IV and work directly at the bedside. She also helps with precepting and teaching new staff as well as doing various projects to help ensure we provide the highest quality care possible. Stephanie says, “I work in the Cardiovascular/Trauma intensive care unit at UAMS. Every day is a little bit different, but I always start out by getting report, assessing my patients, charting, and giving any ordered medications. The teamwork among nurses and techs is amazing. I love my co-workers and feel that without them, I would not be successful. It really does take a team to provide great patient care and I enjoy being part of a diverse multidisciplinary team where each person has valuable input. If you love people, then this is definitely the career for you. “Working as a patient care tech was invaluable experience for me while I was going through nursing school. I would encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in nursing to first get a job as a tech or nurse’s aide so you can experience firsthand what its like to care for patients and actually see what nurses do.”

KATEY PETERSON, BSN, RN Cardiology RN, Washington Regional Medical Center; Adjunct Instructor, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, Fayetteville Katey is committed to holistic nursing care. Her professionalism, compassion, knowledge, and skill are easily recognizable. She teaches students to be patient advocates, think critically, and work collaboratively with other members of the health-care team.

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KAYLEE SISOUKRATH, BSN, RN, CMSRN F9 Surgical Specialties, UAMS, Little Rock While serving as a Retention Resource Nurse, Kaylee has been passionate about improving communication and teamwork at UAMS. She partnered with another co-worker to identify perceived barriers in staff communication and teamwork and then took this project a step further, turning it into a research study. This study was presented at the Annual Nursing Research Conference (2015). Recipient of the Preceptor of the Year award in 2015, Kaylee is currently working on her Master’s degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kaylee says, “Nursing, for me, truly has been a calling. I wholeheartedly believe I was created to be a nurse. Though I would argue that nursing is one of the most difficult, stressful, and trying occupations, it is also one of the most rewarding and important. Even when I’m profoundly tired and worn down, I take pride in knowing that what I do is powerful and makes an impact. I love that nursing is more than a job, more than a paycheck; nursing is taking care of people and helping others in their most desperate moments. I would tell a new nurse to expect nursing to be hard and stressful, but to stick with it because there is not a more valuable job in the world.”


REGAN HINCHCLIFF, BSN, RN Birch Tree Communities; Adjunct Faculty, UCA School of Nursing, Conway Regan has been a model of excellence. She has presented herself as a respectful, caring, self-motivated and committed student and clinical educator. Inducted into the Kappa Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, she was President-Elect, Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Rho Chapter 2015-2016. She will serve as President this coming term.

JENNY JANISKO, MSN, RN, NE-BC Nursing Director PICU/IMU and Sedation Services, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock Jenny has worked extremely hard to change the culture of the Pediatric Intensive Care unit both as a staff nurse and a new nursing director. She is a member of AONE and a member of the Nursing Sigma Theta Tau. She consistently serves on the Junior Auxiliary of Saline County. Jenny currently holds a Master’s degree as well as her Nurse Executive certification.

LINDSEY SABATINI, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC Clinical Instructor of Nursing, Critical Care Instructor and Coordinator, University of Arkansas, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, Fayetteville Lindsey’s goals for her career in nursing are to obtain her DNP and continue in her education role. When starting out as a bedside nurse 9 years ago in the ICU, she immediately was drawn to education of patients, families, students and her co-workers. Currently, she is teaching a face-to-face Informatics course and an online Informatics course in Eleanor Mann’s RN to BSN program.

JAIME COUTURE, BSN, RN, CRNI Clinical Nurse Manager Neurology/Oncology, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff Jaime started her career as an LPN in 2001. She graduated with her Associate’s Degree of Nursing in 2008 and obtained her BSN in December of 2010. Currently pursuing her NP, Jaime is one of three certified infusion nurses in Arkansas. Under her leadership, her unit has moved from the bottom three customer service scores to the top three. Her unit has made more positive movement than any other in our organization.

BROOKE KEITH RN, BSN Stroke Coordinator, Ozark Health, Clinton, AR Emergency Department, Conway Regional Health Care System, Conway Brooke is one of the strongest clinical nurses in the Conway Regional Emergency Department. She has served as a full time charge nurse for Conway Regional over the past 10 years. At Ozark Health Medical Center she serves as the Arkansas Saves/ Stroke Coordinator and has also transitioned into a Nurse Educator position at OHMC. She is in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program at UCA and was awarded the 2014 Arkansas Saves Nurse Facilitator of the Year.

DIANA RAGAN, BSN, RN, CCRN Patient Care Manager, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock Diana has changed the culture of the ACH weekend team by improving the team leading experience for all and demonstrating that as a leader she can accomplish great things. Diana desires a high level of accountability and professionalism from her team. Diana also serves as a Beads of Courage ambassador for the Heart Center. Beads of Courage is a national program which allows children/ patients to tell their stories through beads.

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LAUREN HAGGARD-DUFF PHD, MSN, RN, CNE Co-Chair, Leadership Pillar, AR Action Coalition RN-BSN Instructor, University of Arkansas, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Lauren possesses positive leadership skills and earns respect from all persons she supervises. She eagerly volunteers and rises to the call for a leader. Lauren is intelligent and her demeanor is very professional. She is active in research and the dissemination of her research.

AMBRE’ POWNALL Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Neurosurgery, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Instructor, Department of Neurosurgery, UAMS, Little Rock Ambre’ graduated from the University of Arkansas with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004. After graduation, she moved to Cincinnati to work at one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In 2007, Ambre’ graduated from Northern Kentucky University with her Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), she has worked as an orthopaedic PNP from 2007-2009 at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis and a PNP for the division of Neurosurgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2009. In May, 2018 she will graduate from the University of Central Arkansas with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Ambre’ says, “My primary role includes diagnosing, treating, managing and interpreting diagnostic tests and prescribing medications for children who have undergone brain or spinal surgery or who have had trauma to their brain or spine. I have a passion for health policy and evidencebased practices to help move the nursing profession forward, thus providing expert care to Arkansans. That is why I chose nursing. To be a clinician, an advocate, a researcher and an educator to those who are ill so that they may become healthy, active Arkansans.”

LACIE PETITTO, DNP, MSN, APRN, CPNP, BSN, RN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock Lacie acts in many leadership roles in the Sleep Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital by assisting with the business planning as well as increasing awareness of sleep disorders in children through the Public Relations department. She is actively involved in research and has presented research at the National Sleep Conference. While working on her DNP, her duties as the President of Arkansas NAPNAP have included organizing and leading quarterly chapter officer meetings, participation in national legislative conference calls, organizing conferences with medical professional guest speakers, and fostering chapter participation in community service projects.




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BRANDYE BISEK, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Clinical Instructor, UCA Department of Nursing, Conway. APRN, UAMS Neurology Clinic, Little Rock Brandye demonstrates a commitment to excellence in her teaching role at UCA by integrating her knowledge and experience as a practicing APRN into each course’s theory and clinical components. She has worked her way up from a Certified Nursing Assistant in high school to a Diploma LPN, Associate Degree RN, Bachelor’s Degree RN and then Master’s Degree APRN. She plans to pursue her DNP in the near future. AMBER FILES, MSN, RN Clinical Instructor, Department of Nursing, UCA, Conway Amber completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree with specialization as a Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty. She is currently serving as Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and is a Kappa Rho Chapter-at-Large member. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2015) from the UCA Department of Nursing. ANGIE CHEVES, MSN, RN, CCRN School of Nursing Faculty, UCA, Conway Angie currently utilizes her 15 years of nursing clinical practice in the critical care environment, along with her experiences in education, leadership and management to educate and professionally prepare undergraduate nursing students at the University of Central Arkansas to provide quality and safe nursing care to patients in a professional manner.

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Fairgrounds, 8 p.m. $15-$25. OCT. 20: Clint Black. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m. $15-$25. OCT. 20: Ken Bonfield. Argenta Acoustic Music Series concert. The Joint, 7:30 p.m. $20. OCT. 21: Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m. $15-$25. OCT. 21: Cedric Burnside Project. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. $10. OCT. 22: Blue October. Clear Channel Metroplex, 8 p.m. $25. OCT. 22-23: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Beethoven Symphony No. 7.” Featuring guest composer and conductor Martin Panteleev. Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 7:30 Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. $39-$67. OCT. 24: Astronautalis, with Ceschi, Factor Chandelier and Transit. Stickyz, 8 p.m. $12$15. OCT. 25: “Schubert Festival.” Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s River Rhapsodies Chamber Concert. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m. $10-$23. OCT. 27: “The Halloween Tree.” Shadow puppet performance with original score by composers Paul Dickinson, Karen Griebling, Cory Winters and Michael Pagan, benefiting El Zocalo Immigrant Services. Ron Robinson Theater, 7:30 p.m. Donations. OCT. 28: Tool. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. $60$107. OCT. 29: Chanticleer. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m. $20-$35. OCT. 30: “The Power of Partying.” Talk by Andrew W.K. Rev Room, 8 p.m. $20. OCT. 31: Ghost. Clear Channel Metroplex, 8 p.m. $25-$275. NOV. 1: Guided By Voices. Rev Room, 8 p.m. $23-$28. NOV. 3: Leyla McCalla. South on Main, 6 p.m. $17-$27. NOV. 3: Frank Iero and the Patience with The So So Glows. Clear Channel Metroplex, 8 p.m. $15. NOV. 3: Chuck Mead. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. $7.

NOV. 4: CeDell Davis and Brethren, with Zack and Big Papa Binns. Arkansas Sounds concert celebrating Davis’ 90th birthday. Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. $10. NOV. 9: Richard Leo Johnson. Arkansas Sounds concert. Ron Robinson Theater, 8 p.m. Free. NOV. 10: Helen Sung Quartet. South on Main, 8 p.m. $25-$40. NOV. 11: Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $7. NOV.11: Jucifer. Vino’s, 8 p.m. $8. NOV. 12: Arkansas Symphony Opus Ball XXXII. ASO String Quartet and the ASO Big Band. Robinson Center, 6 p.m. $750. NOV. 17: Todd Snider. South on Main, 7 p.m. $25-$35. NOV. 17: Lysander Trio. Trinity Episcopal, 7:30 p.m. Free-$25. NOV. 17: Alex DeGrassi. Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series concert. The Joint, 7:30 p.m. $20. NOV. 19: Fistula, Aseethe. Vino’s, 9 p.m. $7. NOV. 19-20: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Pines of Rome.” Featuring Philippe Quint on violin. Robinson Center, 7:30 p.m. Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. $39-$67. NOV. 25: Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. With the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and special guest Jordan Smith. Robinson Center, 7 p.m. $40-$150. NOV. 26: “Home for the Holidays.” With The Ten Tenors. Robinson Center, 8 p.m. NOV. 26: “Brigade Fest.” Featuring performances from Goon des Garcons, Terminal Nation, No Warning, and more. Rev Room, 7 p.m. $25. NOV. 30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. $38-$78. DEC. 1: Jim Lauderdale. South on Main, 8 p.m. $25-$34.





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OCT. 8: “Casper.” Ron Robinson Theater, 1 p.m. Free. OCT. 10: “Author: The J.T. Leroy Story.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. OCT. 11, 18: “Southbound.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. OCT. 12, 19: “Nosferatu.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. OCT. 15: “Hocus Pocus.” Ron Robinson Theater, 1 p.m. $5. OCT. 17: “The Lovers and the Despot.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. NOV. 1-2: “Jack of the Red Hearts.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. NOV. 7: “Gimme Danger.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. NOV. 8: “Life, Animated.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. NOV. 9: “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. DEC. 3, 10: “A Christmas Story.” Ron Robinson Theater, 1 p.m. $5. DEC. 5, 12: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. DEC. 6: “A Place at the Table.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. Free with donation of nonperishable food item. DEC. 7, 14: “Home Alone.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5. DEC. 13: “A Christmas Carol.” Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m. $5.


THROUGH OCT. 1: “Twelve Angry Men.” The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 2:30 Sun. $12-$16. THROUGH OCT. 2: “Spamalot.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $30-$65. THROUGH OCT. 9: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free-$12.50. OCT. 11-NOV. 12: “And There Were None.” Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 11 a.m. Wed., Sun.; 5:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$35. OCT. 21-23: “The Music Man.” Wildwood Park for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. $15-$25.

OCT. 21-NOV. 13: “The Wiz.” The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2:30 p.m. Sun. $16-$20. OCT. 26-NOV. 13: “The Crucible.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $30-$65. OCT. 27-31: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Club Sway, 8:30 p.m., $5-$25. OCT. 28-NOV. 15: “Winnie-the-Pooh.” Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free-$12.50. NOV. 15-DEC. 31: “Sorry, Wrong Chimney.” Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 11 a.m. Wed. and Sun.; 5:30 p.m. Sun. $25$35. NOV. 30-DEC. 25: “A Christmas Story.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $30-$65. DEC. 2-18: “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free-$12.50. DEC. 3-4: “Elf.” Robinson Center, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun.


THROUGH OCT. 16: “Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies.” Arkansas Arts Center. THROUGH OCT. 20: “WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip.” Brian McCarty photos. University of Arkansas at Little Rock. THROUGH OCT. 20: “Arkansas Women to Watch: Organic Matters.” Work by Sandra Luckett, Katherine Rutter, Dawn Holder and Melissa Wilkinson. UALR. THROUGH OCT. 22: “Arkansas League of Artists.” Butler Center Galleries. THROUGH OCT. 22: “From the Vault.” Permanent collection. Butler Center Galleries. THROUGH OCT. 23: “Cut, Pieced and Stitched: Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt.” Arkansas Arts Center. THROUGH OCTOBER: “Hugo and Gayne Preller’s House of Light.” Historic Arkansas Museum. THROUGH NOV. 6: “Walter Arnold and David Malcolm Rose: Modern Ruins.” Historic Arkansas Museum. THROUGH DEC. 4: “Heinbockel, Nolley, Peterson: Personal Rituals.” Historic Arkansas Museum. THROUGH DECEMBER: “Treasured Memories: My Life, My Story.” Delita Martin, Aj Smith, Danny Campbell and others. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. THROUGH JANUARY: “Tiny Treasures: Miniatures from the Permanent Collection.” Historic Arkansas Museum. OCT. 7-DEC. 31: “Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to Present.” Arkansas Arts Center. OCT. 7-DEC. 31: “Glass Fantasies: Enamels by Thom Hall.” Arkansas Arts Center. OCT. 31-NOV. 23: “How to Paint Good.” Work by Eric Mantle, UALR. OCT. 31-NOV. 28: “UALR Art Faculty Biennial.” UALR.


THROUGH JAN. 9: “Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies.” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville. OCT. 22-JAN. 16: “The Art of American Dance.” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.


OCT. 1: The Strumbellas. Worsham Perfor-

2016 FALL ARTS GUIDE mance Hall, Hendrix College, 8 p.m. Free. OCT. 10: Escape Tones. Bear’s Den Pizza, 10 p.m. Free. OCT. 18: DeFrance. Bear’s Den Pizza, 10 p.m. Free. OCT. 20: Ronnie Millsap. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. $27-$30. OCT. 28: Timothy Allen. Organ recital. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. Free. NOV. 10: Voces 8. Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $27-$35. DEC. 8: “Home Free: A Country Christmas.” Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $27-$35.


SEPT. 30-OCT. 2: “Twelfth Night.” Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre production. Lantern Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $15. OCT. 3: “Once,” The Musical. Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $32-$35. OCT. 24: “The Aluminum Show.” Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $27-$40. NOV. 12: “Fame.” Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $27-$35. NOV. 22: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $27-$40.


OCT. 27: George Takei. Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15.


THROUGH OCT. 20: “Curious Devotion.” Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas. SEPT. 22-OCT. 1: 10th annual “ARTSFEST.” Citywide.


OCT. 27-31: “Frankenstein.” South Arkansas Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. $5-$20.


THROUGH SEPT. 30: “Contraption Series: Kathryn Phillips”; “Urban Galaxies: Kelly Zeigler.” South Arkansas Arts Center.


SEPT. 30: John Two-Hawks. The Aud, 7 p.m. $15. OCT. 13: Still on the Hill. The Aud, 7 p.m. Free. OCT. 15: The Elders with The Vogts Sisters. The Aud, 7 p.m. $25.


OCT. 6: Unknown Hinson with Dumptruck Brotherz. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m. $30. OCT. 13: Ray Wylie Hubbard. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m. $20. OCT. 13: Magic Sword with White Mansions. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m. $8-$10. OCT. 14: Jesse Aycock with the Paul Benjamin Band. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m. Free. OCT. 28: Comfortable Brother, Ten High. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m. Free. OCT. 29: The Toos, Grisly Hand. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m. $5. NOV. 20: Elizabeth Cook. Starr Theater, Wal-

ton Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $30. DEC. 1: “The Acoustic Living Room: Songs & Stories from Kathy Mattea.” Starr Theater, 7:30 p.m. $30. DEC. 9: Art Garfunkel. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. 8 p.m. $45-$75.


NOV. 25-27: “The Nutcracker.” Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. Fri.Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $20-$50. DEC. 22: “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker.” Baum Walker Hall. 7 p.m. $22-$42.


OCT. 24-DEC. 31: “About Face.” Work by Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rashid Johnson, Mary Reid Kelley, Arnold Kemp, Amy Pleasant, Carrie Mae Weems. University of Arkansas.


OCT. 23: Ethan Bortnick. Fort Smith Convention Center, 3 p.m. $25-$50. DEC. 13: Manheim Steamroller. Convention Center, 7:30 p.m. $85-$125.

VISUAL ART THROUGH OCT. 16: “The Art of Transcendence.” Regional Art Museum. THROUGH OCT. 30: “Dancing Atoms: Barbara Morgan Photographs.” Regional Art Museum. NOV. 4-FEB. 8, 2017: Jason Sacran, Regional Art Museum. NOV. 11-JAN. 5, 2017: “Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints.” Regional Art Museum.


OCT. 5-8: King Biscuit Blues Festival. Featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Willie Cobbs, the Hughes Singers, Sonny Landreth and more. Downtown, $30-$75. OCT. 8: Arkansas Times Blues Bus to King Biscuit. 9 a.m. $109.


SEPT. 29: Tomas Gorrio and The Traveling Gypsy. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. Free. SEPT. 30: Mobley, Dark Rooms, High Lonesome. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. $7. SEPT. 30-OCT. 1: Hot Water Hills Festival. Featuring Sinkane, Ronnie Heart, Sad Daddy, Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe and more. Hill Wheatley Plaza, 4 p.m. Fri.; noon Sat. Free$10. OCT. 2, NOV. 6: Stardust Big Band Tea Dance. Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Crystal Ballroom, 3 p.m. Free-$10.


OCT. 14: Bob Newhart. Finish Line Theater, Oaklawn Park. 7 p.m. $40-$50.


SEPT. 30-OCT. 2: Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic. Featuring Ariann Black, Daryl, Shawn Farquhar, Michael Finney, Glen Yost, Ava


Byers, Scott Davis, Derrick Rose, Jonathan Erlandsson, Paul Prater and Tommy Whoo. Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic, Tillman Apartment Theatre, $10-$275. OCT. 8, 15, 29, NOV. 12, 19: “The Patsy Cline Show.” Five-Star Dinner Theater, 6 p.m. $27.50-$44.


OCT. 7-16: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. $8$250.


OCT. 7: Mobius Trio. Fowler Center, Arkansas State University. 7:30 p.m. $18-$28. OCT. 18: Heart. Convocation Center, ASU. 7:30 p.m. $55-$347. OCT. 21: Denise Donatelli Quintet. Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m. $18-$28. NOV. 4: Still on the Hill. Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m. $18-$28. DEC. 4: “A Fresh New Christmas.” With The Four Freshmen. Fowler Center, 2 p.m. $18-$28.



SEPT. 30-OCT. 1, 3-4: “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play.” Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m. NOV. 11, 14-16: “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m.



THROUGH OCT. 9: “Night Women.” Bradbury Art Museum, ASU. OCT. 20-DEC. 9: “Liz Whitney Quisgard: Embellish.” “Kiff Slemmons: Tools for Thought, Jewelry”; “John A. Knudsen: Vicinity.” Bradbury Art Museum.


THROUGH OCT. 15: “Here. African American Art from the Permanent Collection.” Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.


OCT. 15: Korn and Breaking Benjamin, with Motionless in White and Silver Snakes. Walmart AMP, 6 p.m. $30-$52.

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among the highlights: The University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, in partnership with Hendrix College, the Conway Schools, Faulkner County Library, The Lantern Theatre, Faulkner County Museum, Independent Living Services, King’s, Conway Downtown Partnership, and the Mayor’s Office, will play host to ArtsFest, the citywide celebration of the arts, celebrating its 10th anniversary, Sept. 22-Oct. 1, at locations all over the city. ArtsFest is planned and presented by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA). Events, free and family-friendly, range between visual art, dance, music, creative writing, film, theatre and more. “Pluralism, Social Lens #33, Direct Action” by Houston-based David Graeve will be on view at UCA’s Alumni Circle, Simon Park downtown, The Federal Building on Main Street, UCA Downtown and Independent Living Services. ArtsFest’s signature events will bookend the festival this year with “Light Up the Night” live music and arts activities on Front Street Sept. 23, and “Arts in the Park” performances and hands-on art activities in Simon Park on Oct. 1. “Light Up the Night” performers include Red Octopus Theatre, The Curvy Soprano, MotherFunkShip, The Shady Rose, and Arkansauce. “Art in the Park” performers include Sidney Hopson, Red Curtain Theatre, Unison, Blackbird Academy, Hendrix College Choir, Just Cause, CJ’s LTD Edition Cloggers, Stage Door Dance Arts and Preston Palmer Studios. The complete schedule of ArtsFest activities is available at

PANEL DISCUSSION ON MUSIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP by the Spanish Brass, Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, Sept. 22, 1:40-2:30 p.m. UNVEILING CELEBRATION AND OPENING RECEPTION, “Pluralism, Social Lens #33, Direct Action” by David Graeve, UCA Alumni Circle lawn near Torreyson Library, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm

VIDEO PROJECTION INSTALLATION, “Roots” by Adam Hogan, 1019 Front St., Sept. 23-24, 6-10 p.m. “NEIGHBORS, AN ART SHOW” presented by Salter Properties, The Brick Room, 1020 Front St., Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m. ORGANIST TOM TRENNEY concert, First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND In concert, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. (tickets @

“110 STORIES” presented by The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION, “Looking into the Lens: Portraits from ILS,” UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St., Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m.

HENDRIX COLLEGE CHOIR, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert, Staples Auditorium, Hendrix College, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.

FOURTH FRIDAY ART WALK, various locations, downtown Conway, Sept. 23, 5-10 p.m.

AUTHOR FAIR, Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION, Art Experience Inc, 1027 Front St., Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m.

“ANGEL STREET” presented by the Faulkner Academy of the Arts, 2201 Washington Ave., Sept. 24, 6:15 p.m.

“LIGHT UP THE NIGHT,” arts activities and live music featuring various performers, Kings, 1020 Front St., Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m.

PIANIST FRANCINE KAY RECITAL, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.


Support for David Graeve’s installation is provided by the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication, Salter Properties, Ralph Behrens Fund, Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission, and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Spanish Brass acknowledges the financial support of Artistas, Intérpretes o Ejecutantes - AIE and Generalitat Valenciana - Culturarts Música in making their appearance possible.

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CONWAY COMPOSERS GUILD CONCERT “Under the Dome Recital Series,” First United Methodist Church, 1910 Prince St., Sept. 25, 3 p.m.


ORGANIST TIM ALLEN AND SOPRANO CHRISTINE WESTHOFF in concert, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell St., Sept. 25, 3 p.m. VIOLINIST JEREMY ZHU AND PIANIST FRANCINE KAY in concert, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, Sept. 25, 3 p.m. ST. PETER’S COFFEE HOUSE with performances by Rackensack and the Fat Soul Band, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Kelly Link Parish Hall, 925 Mitchell St., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. SCREENING OF DOCUMENTARY “PINK HOUSES,” The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. HAROLD THOMPSON RECITAL SERIES: Endangered Instruments of the World,” Trieschmann Fine Arts Building, Hendrix College, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. CONWAY WRITERS’ GROUP READING, Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. READING, Q&A and book signing with Slipstream fiction author Kelly Link, College of Business Auditorium, UCA, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

CREATIVE WRITING READING by UCA MFA students and preview of Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree” puppet performance, The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. BATTLE OF THE SEXES: A NIGHT OF OPERA, opera scenes performed by UCA music students, Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, Sept. 2829, 7:30 p.m.

MULTIMEDIA INTERACTIVE art installation and s’mores reception by Kristen Spickard, Laurel Park Pavilion, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. “AN EVENING OF ART, MUSIC AND POETRY,” Arkansas Beautification Society Gallery, 1014 Front St., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” presented by Red Curtain Theatre, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building, Hendrix College, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

RECITAL BY COMPOSER AND PERCUSSIONIST BLAKE TYSON, UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. CONWAY SCHOOLS ART EXHIBIT, Conway Police Department Headquarters, 1105 Prairie St., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “ART IN THE PARK,” family-friendly arts activities and live performances on the Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park, 839 Front St., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “GIVE ART A TURN” vending machine art, UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “VISUAL VOYAGES, TRAVEL AND EXPLORATION,” The ArtMobile from the Arkansas Arts Center, Simon Park, 839 Front St., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. READING AND BOOK SIGNING by children’s author Maria Hoskins, Conference Room, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street, Oct. 1, 12-2 p.m. THE ART OF FOOD, presented by UCA Nutrition faculty and students, UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. “TWELFTH NIGHT” presented by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Oct. 1, 2 p.m. (ticketed event) CONWAY FILM FESTIVAL, The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Art Exhibits on view during ArtsFest, Sept. 22-Oct. 1 INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES ART EXHIBIT, Bob’s Grill, 1112 Oak St., Mon.-Sun., 5 a.m.-2 p.m. CONWAY LEAGUE OF ARTISTS FALL EXHIBIT, Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler Street, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun, 1-5 p.m. CONWAY LEAGUE OF ARTISTS EXHIBIT, Moore Art Supplies and More, 1015 Deer Street, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CONWAY CITY HALL COMPETITIVE EXHIBIT, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “LOOKING INTO THE LENS: PORTRAITS FROM ILS,” UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak Street, Mon.-Fri. and Sat. (Oct. 1), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PAINTINGS BY JOHN LEE, Hendrix College, Art Building A, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. “CURIOUS DEVOTION,” installations by artists Dawn Holder, Langdon Graves and Danielle Riede, Baum Gallery, McCastlain Hall, UCA, Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. David Graeve, Discovery Green, 2013-14

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With such a big catalog of music, how do you guys decide on the set list each night? There’s a pretty simple answer to that: We each take turns making a different set list every night. About 20 years ago, we started a process where, on the first night of the tour, Dan [Maines] would make the set list, then I would, and then Neil [Fallon], and then Tim [Sult], and then we start over again. It’s actually alphabetical by first name. (Laughs.) What’s rehearsing like? Getting ready for the tour as opposed to jamming for an album? To be totally honest, we’re not very good at rehearsing. We have gotten better at it recently, and by that I mean in the last couple of years. I think it’s helpful for us all to play a handful of the new songs to get a feel for what’s going on, but the thing is, we’ve been on the road for so long now that having a couple of weeks off is just a great break. It gives you the chance to clear your head a bit. Clutch has earned a hardcore loyal fanbase. What does that feel like? It’s fantastic. We are blessed to have a fanbase that is very dedicated, but we’re also very dedicated to them. By that, I mean that when we get up and play — every time we get up and play — we play 100 percent regardless of how long we’ve been out, or how many shows we’ve done in a row, or what set time, or the size of the venue or the size of the crowd. I think the fans expect that level of honesty from us. When they come to a show, they put down their hard-earned money to buy a ticket, buy some T-shirts, maybe buy 66

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some beers for their friends, and maybe have a good time, so we feel like it’s our obligation to get up there and play as hard as we can, and to make it a real musical experience, not just get up there and regurgitate what happened last night. Any bands you guys have developed a kinship with, from playing shows together? Sure! Mastodon, for instance. We had the opportunity to play with them a few

on that one. Once you’ve been out here for a while, you see the same bands out there workin’, and it’s good. It’s like a family reunion. You guys tour every nook and cranny, even small towns. Do you enjoy it? Absolutely. In a lot of ways, those are my favorite shows to play. Sure, it’s great to play Los Angeles or New York City, but those people are sort of inundated with music on a constant basis, so some-

us to release Clutch’s music when we wanted to and how we wanted to. Prior to that, we were on several labels over the years. Major labels. Independent labels. Independent labels that thought they were major labels. It was difficult. Those relationships are always strange because, at the end of the day, these are people that want to make money off of your music, and that leads to a lot of conversations about stuff that’s not musical, not creative and not inspiring. So, when we



t is highly probable that when Clutch plays at the Clear Channel Metroplex on Oct. 10, there will be members of the audience who have been alive for less time than the rock quartet — impressively, still in its original lineup — have been making music together. The Frederick, Md., band’s 11th studio album is called “Psychic Warfare,” and its members cite science fiction writer Philip Dick as the album’s primary influence. I was fortunate enough to connect dimensions with one of rock’s greatest drummers from our present time and space, Jean-Paul Gaster, ahead of that performance.

EARTH ROCKERS, WEATHERMAKERS: Clutch’s original lineup, 25 years and running: Jean-Paul Gaster, Dan Maines, Neil Fallon and Tim Sult.

times in Europe on this recent trip, and it’s great. We’ve known those guys for many years, and I think that there’s a great comraderie between our bands. Corrosion of Conformity and Lamb of God, both great bands and good friends of ours. On the tour coming up, we have Zakk Wylde doing something called Zakk Sabbath, which is he and Joey Castillo, a monster drummer from Los Angeles who played in Sugartooth and Queens of the Stone Age. Blasko’s [Rob Nicholson, bass player for Ozzy Osbourne] playing bass

times when you go out of town — when you go to a place like Little Rock, Ark., or Birmingham, Ala., or Shreveport, La. — those people don’t always get shows, so when they come out they’re extra fired up. They’re appreciative that the band came to town, and we appreciate that they came out and saw us play. Let’s talk about Weathermaker, the Clutch record label. Weathermaker is a label that we started just for Clutch’s music, to allow

finished our last record for a label called DRT, we realized the writing was on the wall. There was no way we could sign to another label, and we knew that even if we did a really crappy job of putting out our own records, it’d still be better. It’s been about eight years now, and we’ve learned a lot. It’s an amazing thing to be able to make music, and even better to be able to release your music on your own terms. Name a few drummers you look up to.

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My first favorite drummer was probably Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. Although Sabbath was such a bruisingly heavy band, there’s a lot of dynamic in play, especially around those early records. It’s not just slamming away on two and four — I heard roots there. I heard Gene Krupa stuff, and Buddy Rich stuff. For me, as a 16-year-old, it was kind of an eye-opening experience. I didn’t realize that the rock dudes also listen to the jazz guys. That piqued my interest, so I went backward and started listening to guys like Ginger Baker [Cream] and Mitch Mitchell [Jimi Hendrix Experience] and Elvin Jones [John Coltrane Quartet], Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Philly Jo Jones — all these guys were instrumental in creating this vocabulary. These days, there are so many drummers out there who are completely involved with just trying to be the fastest player, trying to do this “blast beat” as fast as they can. To me, that’s uninteresting. There’s so much more that you can express, so many other feelings you can get from the drums. What are a couple of guilty pleasures you’re listening to right now? You know what, I’ve been messing around with this mandolin, so I find myself listening to blues stuff and trying to find those chords. Last night, I was listening to Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Buddy Guy. I listen to a lot of dubstep and King Tubby, Big Youth. Funk stuff like The Meters and Jimi Hendrix’s “Band of Gypsys” — all over the place. You guys started out very heavy and pissed off, almost like a hardcore band, and through time you’ve seemed to fallen into the pocket of becoming a great rock ’n’ roll band. How did that happen? It’s an evolving process. I like that you said, “rock ’n’ roll,” because when people ask me what kind of music we play, that’s what I say. Rock ’n’ roll is all of those things, whether we’re talking about Fats Domino or Professor Longhair, Bad Brains, Bob Marley, Run-D.M.C. It’s all rock ’n’ roll. It’s all part of the same thing. Clutch plays at Clear Channel Metroplex at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 with special guests Zakk Sabbath and Kyng, $29$30.

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A&E NEWS THE FIRE THAT BROKE OUT around 11 a.m. Monday morning at Midtown Billiards caused enough damage to suspend operations for a yet-to-be-determined period of time at the stalwart staple of predawn debauchery in Little Rock’s South Main District. General Manager David Shipps reports that he will do what it takes to open again, and several groups have announced efforts to support the establishment’s employees in the interim. Conan Robinson of Argenta’s Four Quarter Bar, who worked as a manager and bartender at Midtown from 2000 until 2015, says that all $7 cover charges collected for Saturday’s performance from The Great Whiskey Rendezvous will go to support Midtown employees, as will the band’s earnings. Robinson credits Midtown owner Maggie Hinson with helping him launch Four Quarter, which he says is “almost like a sister bar to Midtown.” An impromptu benefit show at Stickyz Friday night has also been scheduled, featuring performances from Go Fast, Dangerous Idiots and American Lions, 9 p.m. Admission is donations-based, 100 percent of which will go to Midtown staff. Midtown Billiards — longtime home of sumptuous burgers served in red-and-white-plaid paper boats, walls whose graffiti details decades of Little Rock love triangles, bottle tosses and indiscretion — was founded in 1940, has been in its current location since sometime in the 1970s and is one of only a handful of establishments with licenses that allow alcohol to be sold into the wee hours of the morning. TRUE LIT, FAYETTEVILLE’S Literary Festival, kicks off Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 27 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The festival will feature a display of rare books from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art collection as well as readings from Newbery Medal and National Book Award recipient Louis Sacher (“Holes,” the basis for the 2003 film of the same name) and Claudia Rankine, the winner of a PEN Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and the NAACP Award. For a full schedule, visit IN OTHER LITERARY NEWS, the Big Rock on the Map Reading Series hosts an evening celebrating the Reader’s Map of Arkansas, an updated version of the literary map created by Arkansas poet C.D. Wright in 1994. The reading features recipients of the annual Porter Fund Prize, including Werner Trieschmann, Jo McDougall, Philip H. McMath, Grif Stockley and Pat Carr, and takes place at Pulaski Technical College’s CHARTS Theater starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Admission is free.

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We’ve got Sullivan Fortner’s childhood church choir director to thank for his having picked up the keyboard in the first place — not because she taught him how to play, but because Fortner had such a crush on her that he mimicked her playing the organ around the house. His mother finally broke down and got him a keyboard, and later discovered him picking out the melody to the theme song from “Jeopardy!” that was playing on the family’s TV set. Fortner’s just 29 now, having jumped directly from his time at Oberlin College and the Manhattan School of Music to

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 9/22-9/25 apprenticeships with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and trumpetist Roy Hargrove. In a Paris recording with up-and-coming clarinetist Oran Etkin titled “Reimagining Benny Goodman,” Fortner sits with a subtle forward slouch, peers studiously into the soundboard at the heart of the grand piano, occasionally raising his eyebrows above the frame of his glasses to take a pulse on the silence between Etkin’s phrases. Fortner can channel electricity, as he does on the title track from his 2015 album “Aria,” but that’s not his trademark. Instead, it’s that most folks who lead a band with Fortner’s degree of rhythmic intuition and maturity are twice his age. SS


Venues in Little Rock and North Little Rock

The third annual ACANSA festival, which officially opened Wednesday with a performance by Ballet Arkansas in the Junior League of Little Rock Ballroom, swings into high gear with music, dance, studio tours, comedy shows, art exhibits and theater through Sunday. Thursday highlights include a performance by Parsons Dance of New York at Pulaski Technical College’s CHARTS theater (8 p.m.) and “Late Night Comedy” with the Main Thing, the comedy troupe from The Joint in Argenta, appearing in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Black Box Theatre Annex on Main Street (9:30 p.m., tickets $20). “My Mother Has 4 Noses,” an auto-

biographical play by Jonatha Brooke about her caring for her beloved mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, will be at the Argenta Community Theatre both Friday and Saturday (8 p.m., $30 or $50 VIP tickets to meet the artists); also Saturday, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform tango-inspired works with Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro at the CHARTS theater (8 p.m., $35 or $50 VIP tickets to meet the artists). The ACANSA Gospel Brunch on Sunday features the St. Mark Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir at Wildwood Park for the Arts (11 a.m. brunch, performance at noon, $40 for both, $15 performance only). There are also gallery tours and children’s events; for a full schedule, go to LNP

TO SET IT RIGHT: Singer, actress and NASA recruiter Nichelle Nichols appears at Hot Springs’ Spa-Con, along with “Battlestar Galactica” stars Michael Hogan and Richard Hatch, Sept. 23-25, Hot Springs Convention Center, $5-$75.

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Various times. Hot Springs Convention Center. $25-$30

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happened. These days, comic books and superhero worship are big business, from Hollywood to big convention events like Spa Con 2016, which swoops in to the Hot Springs Convention Center this weekend for three big days of panel discussions, celebrity appearances, and gratuitous displays of geekflesh in spandex. On the bill for celebrities in

attendance: original “Star Trek” cast member Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura; actor Richard Hatch, who starred as Capt. Apollo on the original “Battlestar Galactica”; Michael Hogan, who played the gruff Col. Saul Tigh on the “Galactica” reboot; a concert by Peelander-Z (which a promo says is a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band based in

New York City”), in addition to a slew of comic artists, pro-level cosplayers, vendors and panel discussions. Weekend passes are $30, or $25 for teens 13-17. Under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Tickets for the Q&A luncheon with Nichols are $35 per person, or $75 if you want to meet and greet. For more information, visit DK




GLORIA BROWNE-MARSHALL 6 p.m., UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Free.

Gloria Browne-Marshall’s book “The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice,” her chronicle of the struggle of African Americans to cast a ballot, has been called “riveting,

captivating and awakening.” The civil rights lawyer, an associate professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of the City University of New York and host of the weekly radio program “Law of the Land with Gloria J. Browne-Marshall” on New York’s WBAI-FM, 99.5, will bring that background to a talk about inequal-

ity under the law for women and people of color in this UALR Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity-sponsored appearance in the courtroom of the Bowen Law School. Co-sponsors are the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the National Parks Service. LNP



12:30 p.m. Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Free.

After a couple of years on hiatus, the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas returns with a can’t-miss lineup for anyone who enjoys hearing from smart people, appreciates free things, needs an excuse to get out of the house on Saturday and can use a dose of inspiration from folks work-

FRIDAY 9/23 ing to make their communities better. In the Innovation Hub’s roomy co-working space, we’ll hear from five of the Visionary Arkansans we featured in last week’s issue: Matt Campbell (12:30 p.m.), the Little Rock lawyer, civil rights champion and muckraker; Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira (1:30 p.m.), director of UALR’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center and an internationally regarded expert on virtual reality; North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman (2:30 p.m.),

who’s gotten national attention for his devotion to community policing; members of Arkansas’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby (3:30 p.m.), including Chris Balos, who is fighting to save the Marshall Islands from rising seas; and Grant Chandler, a brewer at Lost Forty Brewing who uses his microbiology background to isolate wild strains of yeast and in other experimental efforts. There’ll be plenty of time for questions, perhaps free beer and an after-party at nearby Crush Wine Bar. LM


BIT BRIGADE: METROID! 8 p.m. Vino’s. $7.

JAM ON THE BACK 40: Adam Faucett, Knox Hamilton, Bonnie Montgomery, Stephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts and Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo are among the music scheduled for Nebo Jam, a first-year festival at the foot of Mt. Nebo, Sept. 24, noon, $20-$30.



Noon. 11711 Bethel Road, Dardanelle. $20-$30.

Once, the guy behind me at an Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass show wandered out between songs to engage with a cigarette or maybe something else, muttering, “It’s too pretty, man. It’s too fuckin’ pretty.” The Otis Redding-tinged bellow that blasts from behind Faucett’s beard is one of at least a dozen reasons to head to Dardanelle and dig this first-year festival. The other 11 are as follows: the idyllic foot-of-Mt. Nebo scenery

Soft-rock radio staple Peter Cetera performs at Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater, 7 p.m., $55-$65. Hot Springs Horror Film Festival takes place at Central Theater, with free admission to the concurrent Spa-Con for ticketholders, $28-$96. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates “50 Years of Dirt” at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway, 7:30 p.m. Country trio Rascal Flatts makes a stop at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on its “Rhythm & Roots Tour” with an opening set from Chase Bryant, 7:30 p.m., $39-$144. “Doubt: A Parable” continues its run at The Studio Theater, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20.

showcased in the video Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo shot there for her song “Happiness” (“the back 40,” as the festival organizer’s family calls it), Cody Belew, Bonnie Montgomery, Stephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts, Knox Hamilton, Charlotte Taylor, a spendthrifty BYOB policy (no glass) and the fact that a portion of the profits will go to the National Stroke Association and another portion goes to preserving this family-owned-andoperated horse farm. Admission is free for kids under 10, and includes camping. SS

Bit Brigade shows begin with some version of the following explanation from bassist Luke Fields: “This is our lead singer, Noah McCarthy. But he will not be executing any poetry of the winds or of the changing tides or the depths of his heart. He will be vocalizing his emotions via the NES control pad. What Noah’s gonna do is play through a game from the time of the credits about as fast as he can do it, and then we’re gonna play the music that goes behind it, real fucking loud.” Shortly afterward, the discordant notes that announce the opening credits of Metroid — once tinny, staccato, canned, 8-bit synth sounds — ring out instead from electric guitars as McCarthy, seated at the stage’s front and center spotlight, selects a user name and presses start to begin the game, which is projected for the audience on a large screen behind the band. He proceeds to rip through levels at roaring speed without the aid of super-boosting game codes as the band accompanies with the appropriate music to match each mini-world Noah enters. The Brigade stops at Vino’s on the way from a gaming convention in Tulsa to play the HiTone in Memphis, with help from our very own Becoming Elephants, who played a live score to a screening of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” back in June. SS

Adam Faucett, Kevin & Gus Kerby and The Martyrs share a bill at Vino’s, 9 p.m., $6. “Twelve Angry Men” continues its run at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 Fri.Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., $12-$16. Arkansauce takes the stage at Kings Live Music in Conway with The Shady Rest, 8:30 p.m., $5. Searcy holds its annual “Get Down Downtown” festival on the town square, 6 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat., free. Coyote Union and The Toos play Smoke and Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville for a free “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” weekend show, 10 p.m. The Randy Rogers Band brings its pop-flavored country music to Revolution, 9 p.m., $22-$25.

SATURDAY 9/24 The Main Street Food Truck Festival takes over Main Street from Third to Ninth from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. (see more on page13). Nashville’s The Nobility (formerly Jetpack) bring tunes from its latest, “Ashford Castle,” to South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Maxine’s in Hot Springs hosts a showcase of local gems with Chuck Dodson sitting in on keys: The Libras (formerly Love Ghost), Isaac Alexander and Amy Jo Savannah, plus a set from East Texas’ Oh My Blue Sky, 9 p.m., $7. Jim and Suzanne Hale perform “Ballot Box Ballads,” a collection of songs tied to U.S. election history, Historic Arkansas Museum, 2 p.m., free. Daughters of Triton, R.I.O.T.S. and DJ Ike shake it out at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. Dunbar Garden hosts the Urban Raw Festival and a concurrent Community Festival and Marketplace presented by Little Rock Black-Owned Businesses and Services, 9 a.m., free.

MONDAY 9/26 Chinese zheng player Mei Han joins composer Randy Raine-Reusch for a concert titled “Endangered Music of the World” at Hendrix College’s Reves Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free. The Film Society of Little Rock presents “Fresh Flix: A Student Short Film Festival” at The Joint, 7:30 p.m., $8.

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Josh Phillips. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Lyrics and Laughs. Featuring stand-up comics Angry Patrick, Sammy Anzer & William Loden Jr. with live music by Jay Jackson and Amber Glaze. The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. 301 Main St. No. 70

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Artrageous. Part of the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association. Woodlands Auditorium, through Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., $30. 1101 De Soto Blvd., Hot Springs Village. 501-922-4231. Ben Lewis. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 6 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. Big Papa Binns. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Canaan Smith. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Darryl Harp Edwards. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Drageoke. Hosted by Queen Anthony James Gerard. Sway, 8 p.m. 412 Louisiana. clubsway. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Live music. Ernie Biggs. No cover charge Sun.Tue. and Thu. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501372-4782. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Open Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Peter Cetera. Finish Line Theater, 7 p.m., $55-$65. 2705 Central Ave, Hot Springs. “Pride Idol.” An “American Idol” style competition for a performance at Little Rock Pride Fest. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. Rascal Flatts. With Chase Bryant. ASU Jonesboro, 7:30 p.m., $39-$144. 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. River City Men’s Chorus: “New Beginnings.” Second Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m., free. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. RockUsaurus. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 7111 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Sullivan Fortner Trio. South on Main, 8 p.m., $25-$36. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., free. 111 W. Markham St. 501-370-7013. www. Unwed Sailor, Midwest Caravan, Ginsu Wives. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400.

THE KEY OF G: Soul siren Genine Perez finishes off the month of “Sessions,” curated by drummer Cliff Aaron, at South on Main 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28, $10. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


Parson’s Dance. Pulaski Technical College, 8 p.m., $15-$50. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR.


ArkiePub Trivia. Stone’s Throw, 6:30 p.m., free. 402 E. 9th St. 501-244-9154. stonesthrowbeer. com.


Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. Presented by Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute, includes admission to Spa-Con comic convention. Central Theatre, $28-$96. 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs.


Garden Club. A project of the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project. Ages 7 and up or with supervision. Faulkner County Library, 3:30 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.



Adam Faucett, Kevin & Gus Kerby, The Martyrs. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $6. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. All In Fridays. Envy. 7200 Colonel Glenn Road.

501-562-3317. Arkansauce. Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. 1020 Front St., No. 102, Conway. Artrageous. Part of the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association. Woodlands Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $30. 1101 De Soto Blvd., Hot Springs Village. 501-922-4231. Ben Lewis. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Brian Ramsey, Carey Griffith. Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Coyote Union, The Toos. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m., free. 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-521-6880. Dirtfoot, Howlin’ Brothers. Maxine’s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Get Down Downtown. Music, artists and vendors line Main Street in Searcy for a two-day festival. Downtown Searcy, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.; Sept. 24, 10 a.m., free. 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy. Goldy Locks. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Sept. 23-24, 10 p.m., $7. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. Jacob Flores. Pop’s Lounge, 7 p.m., free. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Listen Sister, Peach Blush. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Nothing More. With Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, To Whom It May. Clear Channel Metroplex, 7:45 p.m., $7. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. Pink Slip. Silk’s Bar and Grill, Sept. 23-24, 10 p.m., free. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 5016234411. Randy Rogers Band. Revolution, 9 p.m., $22$25. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Rodney Block: “The Best of ‘80s, ‘90s & Today’s Hits.” South on Main, 10 p.m., $15. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Salsa Dancing. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 p.m., $5-$10. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., free. 111 W. Markham St. 501-370-7013. www. Unwed Sailor. Nomad’s Music Lounge, 8 p.m., $7. 1431 S. School Ave., Fayetteville. 479-443-1832. Upscale Friday. IV Corners, 7 p.m. 824 W. Capitol Ave.


“Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, through Nov. 19: 8 p.m., $22. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-


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372-0205. Josh Phillips. The Loony Bin, through Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.; through Sept. 24, 10 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Ballroom dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th and Cleveland streets. 501221-7568. Contra dance. Park Hill Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $5. 3520 JFK Blvd., NLR. Symone Says: The Sept. Issue. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana.


45th Annual Razorback Coin Show. A gathering for coin collectors. Jacksonville Community Center, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.; Sept. 24, 9 a.m.; Sept. 25, 10 a.m., $2. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. Budweiser Clydesdales on Parade. The famous Clydesdale hitch parades down President Clinton Avenue. Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden, 7 p.m., free. Riverfront Park. Clydesdales on Parade. A parade featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales, preceding a block party in the River Market District. Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden, 5:30 p.m. Riverfront Park. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email artscenter@centurytel. net. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 501-244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. First Presbyterian Church, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St.


Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. See Sept.22.


“Voting Rights and Voter Suppression: Past and Present.” A talk by Dr. Gloria Browne-Marshall. UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 6 p.m., free. 1201 McMath Ave. 501-324-9434.


Spa-Con. A comic convention featuring appearances by Nichelle Nichols, Jennifer Holm, Richard Hatch, The Delorean Time machine and Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Hot Springs Convention Center, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.; Sept. 24, 11 a.m.; Sept. 25, 10 a.m., $5-$75. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027.



“Ballot Box Ballads.” A performance of election history-related music from Suzanne and Jim Hale. Historic Arkansas Museum, 2 p.m., free. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. Ben Byers. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Buh Jones Band. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 6 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. yayasar. com.


“Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, through Nov. 19: 8 p.m., $22. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Josh Phillips. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


45th Annual Razorback Coin Show. A gathering for coin collectors. Jacksonville Community Center, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.; Sept. 25, 10 a.m., $2. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. Community Festival and Marketplace. Presented by Little Rock Black-Owned Businesses and Services, CDO in conjunction


Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. See Sept. 22. ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703.


4th Annual Author Fair. Faulkner County Library, 1 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. Spa-Con. See Sept. 23.


AETN Family Day. Featuring community service drives and “walkabout” characters from “Sesame Street.” AETN Atrium, 10 a.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-682-4131.



Bit Brigade: Metroid. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Christopher Barrick. A saxophone recital. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Conway Composers Guild Conway ArtsFest Concert. A concert at First United Methodist Church, Conway. 3 p.m., free. Daikaiju. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, $10. 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-521-6880. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-


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with the Laurence Dunbar Weekend Festival and the Raw Foods Festival. Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District, 9 a.m., free. Chester Street and Wright Avenue. 501-725-0262. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell and Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 8 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Little Rocktoberfest. A beer festival presented by Central Arkansas Fermenters. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $30-$40. 400 W. Broadway, NLR. 501-664-1555. Main Street Food Truck Festival. Main Street, Little Rock, 11 a.m., free. Main St. PeaceFest. The Bernice Garden, 1 p.m., free. 1401 S. Main St. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Urban Raw Festival. Dunbar Garden Project, 2 p.m. 1800 S. Chester. 501-529-8520. Walk, Raffle and Glow for Huntington’s Disease. Benefitting Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Clinton Presidential Park, 5:30 p.m., $10. 1200 President Clinton Ave., NLR. 5013744242.


Daughters of Triton, R.I.O.T.S., DJ Ike. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501375-8400. Fall Family Weekend Concert: Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra. Featuring works by Randy Raine-Reusch, Karen Griebling, Andrew Rudin and Dr. Mei Han. Hendrix College, 10 a.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. events. Foghat. The Auditorium, 8 p.m., $50-$70. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. Get Down Downtown. See Sept.23. Goldy Locks. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. The Great Whiskey Rendezvous. Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. 415 Main Street, NLR. 501-3134704. Jason Vieaux, Julien Labro. Pulaski Technical College, 8 p.m., $20-$50. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR. Kris Lager Band. Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m., free. 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479521-6880. The Libras, Isaac Alexander, Oh My Blue Sky, AmyJo Savannah. Maxine’s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Live music. Ernie Biggs. No cover charge Sun.Tue. and Thu. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501372-4782. Nebo Jam. Featuring performances from Knox Hamilton, Adam Faucett, Cody Belew, Bonnie Montgomery Big Still River, Ryan Sauders, John Neal Rock and Roll, Stephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts, FreeVerse, Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo, Arkansauce, Poor Ol’ Uncle Fatty, Katie J, and more. Ashar Farm, noon, $15-$30. 11711 Bethel Road, Dardanelle. The Nightliners. Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. 1020 Front St., No. 102, Conway. The Nobility. South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Pink Slip. Silk’s Bar and Grill, 10 p.m., free. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 5016234411. R&R. Pop’s Lounge, 7 p.m., free. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. SeanFresh & The NastyFresh Crew. With Kwestion & The Charismatics and Rah Howard. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 River Market Ave. 501-372-7707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., free. 111 W. Markham St. 501-370-7013. www.




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THROUGH THE WOODS AGAIN: “Blair Witch” takes us back to well-trodden trails.

New gear, same fear But a bumbling ‘Blair Witch’ revisit still scares. BY SAM EIFLING


ou want to feel old? Recall that “The Blair Witch Project” came out in 1999, before even a third of Americans had cell phones. That was back when getting lost in the woods meant your ass was lost in the woods. And high-end video cameras, small enough certainly to fit in your hand, were still shooting grainy, low-res clips that wouldn’t pass muster these days as dash-cam footage. No one had yet pulled off the found-footage scare flick with anywhere quite the raw verite that the summer sneak hit brought. Made for $60,000, it grossed almost a quarterbillion at the box office and ensured that as the years went by, we’d be subjected to at least a couple of shakily shot horror flicks a year premised on the idea that teens (usually) served as their own self-aware documentarians during some horrible adventure or other. Typically the movies are cheap, poorly made, haphazardly plotted, and yet — as every target-demo teen now has cheap cameras — they continue to earn back their returns, ensuring the legacy of “The Blair Witch Project” is going to be hard to escape.

A flooded market ensures that name recognition can be hard to come by, and outside of the “Paranormal Activity” series (six films, $900 million in worldwide rake), there’s still no bigger name than “Blair Witch.” It, too, is a fairly cheap set of thrills, updated for the now: earpiece cameras, digital single-lens reflex cameras that shoot video, a damn quadcopter drone with what looks like a GoPro on board. We pick up firmly in the YouTube era when a brother of one of the original doomed woods-traipsing kids comes across a shard of video from the site of his sister’s disappearance. He rounds up three friends, enlists the dude who found and uploaded the video (a goth redneck internet jerk) plus that dude’s girlfriend, and heads out to camp and search for … maybe his sister? It’s not really clear what he expects to find that the search parties 15 years ago missed, but whatevs, you gotta get six young people into the woods somehow, right? Director Adam Wingard took to Twitter after the movie’s ho-hum debut weekend to crack wise about the mix of low receipts and blah reviews. You have to

AFTER DARK, CONT. wonder what people expect out of a sequel like this; the worst thing you can say about “Blair Witch” is that it’s about what you’d imagine would be here. The second-worst thing you can say is the first half of the movie drags, and that it’s a formula that still feels pretty stale, no matter the tech updates. The third-worst thing is that the bump-in-the-night format means they can rely mostly on spooky sound effects and on-camera hysterics from the cast to move the scares along. (To pull out another 1990s deep cut, let’s remember Bart Simpson’s criticism of Poe from the first “Treehouse of Horror” episode: “You know what would’ve been scarier than nothing? Anything!”) That said: Damn, if you want a stressful afternoon at the movies, this is it. Your hapless videographers do get deeply lost in the woods, ’90s style, and find that they’re being stalked by — well, we’re never really sure, but maybe that is part of the allure. Night falls, as night tends to, and then it doesn’t lift. Our heroes are then stuck in the dark, navigating only by flashlight, down winding forest paths and through haunted labyrinthine corridors, camera shaking, circular light bobbing, teasing whatever might be lurking in the periphery. The first-person vantage works to freak you right out when the dark closes in. The real revelation of “The Blair Witch Project” was its ending — perfectly teased, perfectly timed, 10 of the scariest seconds in the history of movies, if it caught you right. “Blair Witch” can’t stick the landing quite so cleanly, though that’s no real slight. Nor, truth told, is the saggy plot or generally derivative formula at play here. The only critical review you need is that of grinding your nails into the arm of the theater seat, and the fellow audience member somewhere who can be heard even over the din of the action, yelling, “Nope! Nope! Nope!” The format may be old, but that pit in your stomach keeps caving in anew.




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4782. Mariposa and Friends: “Creative Sparks!” Pianist Linda Holzer and ASO violinist Sandra McDonald present the work of Gwyneth Walker. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 3 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


The 13th Annual Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Awards. An awards ceremony from the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. Little Rock Marriott, 5:30 p.m., $125. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. 45th Annual Razorback Coin Show. A gathering for coin collectors. Jacksonville Community Center, 10 a.m., $2. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St.


Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. See Sept.22. “Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.” A screening and exploration of a shot-for-shot adaptation of the Indiana Jones classic, followed by a Q&A with director Eric Zala. Pulaski Technical College, 1 p.m., $5-$10. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR.


UALR Trojans vs. South Alabama. Basketball. UALR, 1 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-5698977.


Spa-Con. See Sept.23.



“Endangered Music of the World.” Featuring composers Randy Raine-Reusch and Dr. Mei Han. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. Open Mic. The Lobby Bar. Studio Theatre, 8 p.m. 320 W. 7th St.


Democratic Debate Watch Party. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7 p.m., $5. 107 River Market Ave. 501-372-7707.


Manhattan Short Film Festival. Ron Robinson Theater, Sept. 26-27, 6 p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703. Monday Night Shorts: Fresh Flicks. A night of student short films, presented by Little Rock Film Society. The Joint, 7:30 p.m., $8. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


Scottish Country Dance Classes. Park Hill Presbyterian Church, through Dec. 5: 7 p.m., $60. 3520 JFK Blvd., NLR.



Charlotte Taylor. Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, 6 p.m., free. 200 River Market Ave. 501-375-3500. Jeff Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224.





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AFTER DARK, CONT. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501-3724782.


“Punch Line” Stand-Up Comedy. Hosted by Brett Ihler. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


Haydee: A Belly Dancing Workshop. As part of CALS’ Banned Books Week. Sue Cowan Williams Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 1800 Chester

St. 501-376-4282.


Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Science Cafe: “Finding Einstein.” A public forum and panel discussion of Einstein’s work. Whole Hog Cafe (West LR), 7 p.m., free. 12111 W. Markham. 501-907-6124. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


Manhattan Short Film Festival. Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703.


Words & Wine. An adult, guided creative writing class with poet Kai Coggin. Emergent Arts, 7 p.m., $12. 341-A Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs.


Big Rock on the Map Series: Reader’s Map of Arkansas. Featuring readings from past recipients of the Porter Fund Prize. Pulaski Technical College, 6 p.m., free. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR. “Why Presidents Fail and How They Can


Succeed Again.” A talk from author Elaine Kamarck. Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5200.



Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Genine Perez. South on Main, 8:30 p.m., $10. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Hellyeah. With Twelve Foot Ninja. George’s Majestic Lounge, 7 p.m., $25. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Live music. Ernie Biggs. No cover charge Sun.Tue. and Thu. 307 President Clinton Ave. 501372-4782. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. Rodney Block. Riverfront Park, 6 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Ryan Sauders. Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, 6 p.m., free. 200 River Market Ave. 501-375-3500. Weirdo Wednesday Dance Party. Featuring 607, ItsJusBobby and the Hype Squad Dance Group. White Water Tavern, 8 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400.

THE ARKANSAS HUMANITIES COUNCIL presents... THE ARKANSAS GAZETTE LECTURE • OCTOBER 4, 2016, 7PM Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Service and Editorial Writing 1958: Ray Moseley will give the lecture at the Ron Robinson Theater.

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IT APPEARS THE CHI family has landed a winner with the latest incarnation of its space at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., the Prospect Sports Bar. Formerly Oishi Hibachi, and before that RJ Tao, the new restaurant is a family-friendly place offering twists on bar food, such as the Barnyard “Ham” Burger, which includes slices of ham and cheese atop the beef (you can add an egg to that, too); chicken and pork butt from Prospect’s own smokers; go-befores that range from chili cheese fries to a citrus avocado salad (for the “tennis ladies,” bar manager and Chi consultant Shaun Halloran said, though he’s seen some petit eaters dig into the chili fries, too); beef tenderloin and truffle fries, and more, as well as a menu for kids. Halloran, who has been with the Chis for two years and has a long Little Rock restaurant history, said the idea was to “bring something to the Heights that fit the neighborhood,” and what fits better than a place to eat and drink and watch television on a Razorback game night? That night came just a few days after Prospect’s opening last Tuesday, and was a trial by fire. “Game day was absolutely out of control,” Halloran said. “We were so blessed that everybody was having a good time.” New to the layout is a stage for “subtle” live music and Karaoke and a game room with pool tables. The bar is going for high-quality drinks, with fresh juices in its fruity drinks, including vodka infusions with fresh strawberries and watermelon, and there’s no mix in the margaritas, Halloran said. Prospect is open 11 a.m. until closing Monday through Saturday and noon until on Sunday. Telephone number is 603-0080; a full menu can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Oishi’s Buddha, by the way, has moved on to Lulu Chi’s farm.

Chef Kiyen Kim of Kiyens Seafood Steak and Sushi (17200 Chenal Parkway) is still working up the menu for his new venture, Kamikaito by Kiyens, in the space formerly occupied by Ferneau in the Argenta neighborhood of North Little Rock. Manager Lauren Lee said Kim is “really creative” and hoping to offer a “diverse menu” at Kamikaito. Kim was considering Korean-style pizza and went so far as to get the mixer for the dough, but no firm decisions on that have been made. A late October opening date is anticipated. Kamaikaito will be located at 521 Main St., across from the Argenta Farmers Market lot. 76

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HOT TO HANDLE: Be careful when the good chicken wings come out to the table, or you risk a scorched mouth.

Pho real At Jacksonville’s Chopsticks.


nderstanding cuisine and its origins can be a complicated enterprise. Some of our favorite dishes are creations that have either been heavily influenced by or exist solely because of colonialism. Though its history isn’t completely understood, it’s likely pho didn’t escape the influence of French soldiers and their love of beef stew cooked over the feu, (pronounced with almost the same inflection as pho). Whatever its origins, Americans can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. The dish has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades; now you can even find it in Jacksonville. Chopsticks Pho’s sign from the highway beckoned on a recent trip up U.S. Highway 67/167, and we decided to pull in. The restaurant is housed in what immediately strikes us as a former cat-

fish place. You know what we’re talking about: the faint smell of grease, low ceilings, faded carpet. We almost expected to see hush puppies on the menu. It’s cozy, and big windows provide lots of light. There are plenty of appetizers to get you started at Chopsticks. We tried a couple. The chicken wings ($5.85) are a recent addition to the menu, and a good one, although they came out too hot to eat (so be careful lest your night be ruined by a roof-of-the-mouth scorching). They’re good wings — decent sized and seasoned — and came out with a nice grilled finish that left little flecks of burned bits that added a lot of flavor. We were less impressed with the pork and shrimp fried egg rolls ($2.85), but we think that might have had more to do with the side of fish sauce (of which we’re not huge fans) than the egg rolls themselves.

At Chopsticks, dinner was definitely the ticket. We were well pleased with the vermicelli bowl with charbroiled sliced pork and shrimp ($9.85), or B5 as it’s listed on the menu. The dish was served in a huge bowl, with a handful of seasoned grilled shrimp and grilled pork on top of a huge portion of rice noodles. We’re been big fans of Vietnamese grilled pork. There’s something about the sweet and salty pork, grilled and still juicy, that is really hard to beat, and Chopsticks gets it right. The vermicelli was topped with cucumber slices, pickled and julienned daikon radish and carrots, and peanuts, placed on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce (which we could have done without). Next time, we’ll probably stick with the pork, as the shrimp were good but nothing exceptional. The pork bánh mì (a grilled sandwich), made on a baguette with a light layer of mayonnaise, included pickled daikon radish and carrots, cilantro, and sliced cucumber and jalapeno with the charbroiled pork. This is usually a go-to for us, and Chopsticks delivered. It’s listed as an appetizer and at $4.85, it begs to be


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STARRING ROLE: The pho had the wonderfully complex flavor we seek.

ordered and shared. The star of the show, though, was the pho. We ordered the eye of round steak pho, or pho tai. Great broth is what makes great pho. Beef bones and spices — usually cinnamon, cloves and star anise — are simmered together. The “secret” ingredients that give pho its complex flavor are

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the charred onions and ginger. The broth at Chopsticks made our tastebuds spin — it was sweet, salty, tangy and meaty. It’s difficult to compare the flavor of pho to anything else. But we can say that it’s satisfying in every way, even in the dead of summer. There’s a richness to it that makes us long for colder weather. This would be such a great wintery dish, or the perfect broth to sooth a cold. And did we mention it looks fantastic? Hidden in the bowl is a generous serving of rice noodles and sliced beef (cooked medium). A side plate is piled with fresh basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onions, lime slices and green chili, which we added in with haste. There are a couple of solid pho offerings in Little Rock and Chopsticks won’t give you anything you can’t get at, say, Pho Thanh My off Shackleford. But if you find yourself in the northern part of the metro area, give it a shot. It satisfies. And pho-lovers know there’s nothing else that will quite hit that spot once you’ve got a craving.

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The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205.


Haydee: A Belly Dancing Workshop. As part of CALS’ Banned Books Week. Ron Robinson Theater, noon, free. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703. Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th and Cleveland streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.


ARGENTA GALLERY/ROCK CITY WERKS, 413 Main St., NLR: “Raices Mexicanas,” work by Luis Atilano, Luis Arellano, Martin Flores, Mark Clark, Gustavo Lira Garcia, Anthony Samuel Lopez, Rolando Quintero, Alan Rodriguez, Luis Saldana, Sergio Valdivia, Sabrina Zarco and X3mex, through Oct. 1; also work by Michelle Moore, Debby Hinson, Doug Gorrell, Sheree King, Kimberly Leonard Bingman, Theresa Cates, Vickie Hendrix Siebenmorgen, Ed Pennebaker, Nancy McGraw, Hannah & May pottery. (RCW). 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.Sat. 258-8991. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: Talk by Mangue Banzima, fashion blogger, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, reception earlier at 5:30 p.m.; “Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies,” abstract paintings and watercolors, through Oct. 16; “Cut, Pieced and Stitched: Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt,” through Oct. 23; William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Admiration,” loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 3724000. CHILDREN’S PUBLIC ART PROJECT, Main Street: ACANSA Arts Festival event in conjunction with the Food Truck Festival, with Alice McKee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. 663-2287. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Binary,” works by Michael Church and V.L. Cox, through Oct. 29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “AfriCOBRA Now: Works on Paper,” extended through Sept. 24, Paul Laurence Dunbar


Science Wednesday Panel Discussion. Kings Live Music, 7 p.m., free. 1020 Front St., No. 102, Conway.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Kollective Coffee & Tea, 7 p.m., free. 110 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive. com/shows.html.


Community Festival; “Two Fronts,” multimedia drawings by Alfred Conteh. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Nature and Nurture,” mixed media artwork and sculpture by Carol Corning and Ed Pennebaker, through Nov. 4, reception 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9


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Arkansas Times - September 22, 2016  

Fall Arts Guide - ‘Command and Control,’ a critically acclaimed documentary on the Titan II missile crisis in Van Buren County, headlines th...

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Fall Arts Guide - ‘Command and Control,’ a critically acclaimed documentary on the Titan II missile crisis in Van Buren County, headlines th...