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An open letter to Rep. Jon Hubbard My name is Clayton Lust, I am a PhD candidate in history at the University of Houston. I recently read comments attributed to you on arktimes.com, and to say I was horrified is an understatement. I have spent the last nine years teaching at the college level attempting to correct interpretations such as yours, which I quote here: “The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” Slavery was never a “blessing in disguise.” Abomination is the accurate description. Historians examined the ship manifests of 27,000 voyages of slave ships over a 300-plus year period. It’s estimated that 12 million Africans came to the new world enslaved aboard those ships. But roughly 20 percent of those on the ships died en route through the 1600s, and 10-15 percent died during the 1700s, putting the numbers loaded on to those ships conservatively at 17.5 million. However, before being put on board a ship those bound for slavery were kept in pens along the western coast of Africa (after being put through forced marches from central Africa), where half died before they ever got on a ship. That would put the number of people ripped from their homes and bound for slavery at 34-35 million. This however only accounts for the slave trade in western Africa of enslaved people bound for the new world. It doesn’t account for a slave trade of people bound from western Africa to the rest of the world, nor does it account for those enslaved through the trade on the eastern coast of Africa. Those numbers would undoubtedly double the 34-35 million. Slavery was a holocaust. There is no blessing in disguise. To suggest “Hey, it worked out in the end” is simply unbelievable because it did NOT work out in the end. We still have underdevelopment as a consequence of slavery; we still have real racial issues and lack of rights, opportunities, and equality as a consequence of this institution — and this is both here in the “greatest nation ever established” as well as in Africa. Clayton E. Lust Houston
fessor at UALR, was deeply troubling. We join with others in saying that the treatment of Latino students as reported by Dr. Trevino-Richard should not be tolerated and the Little Rock School District has a responsibility to address it. We stand with and support Latino families who are acting to protect their children. We encourage Latino families to continue to inform school officials when their children complain of being bullied, harassed or otherwise mistreated by other students, regardless of the students’ race or ethnicity. We go one step further, however, and say that no student should be treated in the manner
described in the Trevino-Richard study. We were also troubled, therefore, by the one-sidedness of the article in painting all Latino students as victims and all black students, particularly black males, as predators. This depiction is racially divisive and contrary even to some of the evidence only slightly mentioned by the story’s authors, including that black female students were also subjected to “sexual harassment.” Similarly, in recent discussions with Dr. Trevino-Richard and a review of some of his results, it is clear that some whites and Latinos, particularly males, were also predators, although given
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the demographic at the schools with a large majority being black students, it is not surprising, although still very disturbing, that blacks would outnumber whites and Latinos. Finally, the study suggests a need for the even-handed enforcement across race and gender of the LRSD anti-bullying regulations and other regulations that protect and fairly discipline students. As importantly, it supports a call for the development of programs that will work with students across racial, ethnic, religious and gender groups (by gender groups we mean to include sexual orientation and gender identity) to increase the acceptance of different cultures and minimize the racial, ethnic and gender tensions that exist in the schools. This requires that school administrators, teachers and staff model the behavior for the children. And, thus, leads to an important conclusion that school employees need cross-cultural training including training in recognizing when treatment of any student is based on race, ethnicity or gender and not on conduct. It is the responsibility of ALL, administrators, teachers, parents, community members, and students, to create a school community where every student is safe. It is time to stop placing blame, and to move on to working together for solutions. We urge the school administrators, researchers and community to use the information conveyed in the article and the study to commit or recommit to creating an Arkansas educational environment that is healthy and affirming for all students that debunks harmful stereotypes and fosters respect for people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Adjoa A. Aiyetoro Director, UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity
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f it’s true that united we stand and divided we fall, America will come crashing down should Mitt Romney be elected president. He’s already declared half the citizenry worthless, and said that as president, he’ll concern himself only with the others. All those deemed unworthy of Romney’s attention are low- and middle-income Americans, people who, unlike Romney himself, had no rich father’s shoulders to stand on. These are the people who most need a friend in the White House. Romney promises the back of his hand. President Barack Obama has, to the contrary, shown compassion for the lower and middle classes, to a degree that his Republican critics find unmanly. The great achievement of the first Obama administration, comparable to the creation of Social Security under President Franklin Roosevelt and Medicare under President Lyndon Johnson, is the Affordable Care Act, a boon to Americans who can’t pay for expensive medical care without help. (Romney would abolish or weaken all three of those great programs, for being the work of Democrats and for disproving the political and economic theories of the extremists who support him.) The very rich can buy all the medical care they want. Does that make them more deserving of care? Romney seems to think so, now. As governor of Massachusetts, though, he sponsored state healthcare reform very much like what Obama has done at the national level. That was Romney’s greatest accomplishment, and now, running against Obama, he’s forced to refute it, to deny that he was ever sympathetic to the poor, that he was ever politically moderate. Today’s Republican Party won’t tolerate moderation and generosity in a presidential candidate. One might even feel sorry for Romney, except that he himself clearly feels no discomfort saying whatever is politically expedient, no matter how false. It was at what Romney thought was a private Republican gathering that he made his now-famous statement that 47 percent of the American people aren’t worth doodley squat. After a video turned up on the Internet, Romney eventually made a sort of weaselly defense — “taken out of context,” etc. — but it was so insincere that nobody bought it. He wasn’t sorry for what he said; he was sorry he got caught. He’s not sorry for shipping American jobs to China as a private financial manipulator either. He’s sorry that Obama points it out. While Romney was exporting employment, President Obama’s stimulus spending was creating and preserving jobs — as many as 3.6 million, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. A substantial number, though not enough to replace the jobs lost in the economic collapse that began under President George W. Bush, who believed, like Romney, in the efficacy of reducing taxes on the very rich, even if that means raising taxes on everybody else. Americans are divided already; Obama at least wants to try to bring them together. The gap would widen under the elitist Romney, and even if he ever felt inclined to cease the class warfare and gender warfare his party wages, the party wouldn’t let him. The choice this year is between a level-headed, wellintentioned, middle-of-the-roader and a political adventurer dominated by really nasty reactionaries. An easy choice, we believe.
OCTOBER 10, 2012
EYE ON ARKANSAS
THE BLUES: Taj Mahal plays this past weekend at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena. Last week’s “Where in Arkansas?” photo was taken on US 65 at St Joe just north of town. Congratulations to winner Sandra Jackson.
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ith early voting set to begin Oct. 22, it’s not too soon to be thinking about the lengthy ballot. Some issues that might be overlooked. • CORPORATE WELFARE: Issue No. 2 is a proposed legislative constitutional amendment. It includes a sop for police and fire pensions, but that’s a Trojan horse. The heart of the proposal would allow creation of economic development districts of unlimited size. Within that district, all city and county sales taxes could be diverted to any economic development project. There are window dressing words about “blight,” but the language, unless modified by the legislature, allows the subsidy for “any” project anywhere. A vote would be necessary on bonds to be supported by these local taxes. The gimmick has been used in other states to build outdoor stores like Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s. It’s a zero sum game. Retailers helped one place are hurt another. One city benefits, a next-door neighbor is harmed. If a project flops, taxpayers pick up the tab. Vote NO on Issue 2. • TWO-FACED CANDIDATE: There’s a fascinating race for state House of Representatives between incumbent Republican Rep. Allen Kerr and Democrat Barbara Graves for House District 32, a big slice of western Little Rock, including Pleasant Valley. Kerr is a cookie-cutter Republican — anti-tax, antiregulation, anti-government. He opposed a tobacco tax for the state trauma system. He opposed the expansion of ARKids, the health insurance program for children. He opposes implementation of federal health care legislation, which would help hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. Despite his opposition to all these things supported by Gov. Mike Beebe, Kerr had the nerve to send a flyer to voters the other day claiming he’d worked with Beebe and Democrats. Kerr has also told supporters he fears coming attacks by “out-of-state groups.” The only outof-state spending in this race is the money spent by GOP billionaires to elect Kerr. Barbara Graves is a successful Arkansas businesswoman and chamber of commerce leader who, as a
member of the Little Rock Board of Directors, was known for attention to homework and constituents and sound judgment. A vote FOR GRAVES is a vote for progress for Little Rock. MAX • THE QUORUM COURT BRANTLEY email@example.com MATTERS: The county governing body runs the jail and courthouse and serves unincorporated areas, with scant public attention. The last thing we need is a social issues extremist using the office for grandstanding, such as Chris Stewart, a Republican lawyer running for District 3. Educated at Jerry Falwell’s college and Pat Robertson’s law school, Stewart was an architect of the amendment to make gay marriage illegal and proponent of the law to prevent gay people from adopting children. Voters in Pulaski County rejected these viewpoints solidly. Stewart also touts his anti-abortion fervor (Pulaski has voted pro-choice multiple times) and his love of guns. He’s a foot soldier for causes of the poisonous Family Council, which touts its religiosity while effectively promoting discrimination against gay workers and bullying of gay children. It gets worse. Stewart has been a paid lobbyist for Deltic Timber in a firm that still represents the giant land development company. Deltic, in league with outof-state Koch billionaires, is fighting pending county land use rules to protect Lake Maumelle from pollution. Republicans on the Quorum Court have been too ready to defend Deltic over clean water. Giving a former Deltic lobbyist a vote would give a whole new definition to direct democracy. Happily, you can vote comfortably FOR KATHY LEWISON. She is a veteran of the court and knows county government. She’s friendly and compassionate, a fixture as officiant at civil marriage ceremonies. She brings common sense, rather than a pinched religious agenda flavored with corporate favoritism, to her work.
Tim Griffin’s improbable path to 2nd District
ight-wingers holding opinions beyond the pale have been showing up in improbable offices, but the starkest anomaly has to be the Second Congressional District seat, Tim Griffin, Prop. You know the obvious perversion. The district once represented by Wilbur Mills, the father of Medicare, and most recently by Vic Snyder, a low-key liberal who practiced politics on a rare civil plane, is now represented by a Karl Rove acolyte who built his career on gutter politics. Less known is that the district that launched Bill Clinton into national politics, gave him his biggest margins, hosts his presidential library and which he considers his political home is represented by a man who earned his credits by his unrelenting efforts to destroy the man from Hope. And he’s likely to win a second term against Herb Rule, an old friend of Clinton and his wife who runs a campaign weakly supported by the Democratic Party. Griffin was elected in 2010 by a harmonic convergence of events and by the fact that most people knew nothing about him except for the national scandal that brought him to the district in 2006. So let’s review the sub rosa political
career that preceded. His first job seems to have been 17 months on the staff of the indeERNEST pendent counsel DUMAS who investigated Clinton’s housing secretary, Henry Cisneros, who prior to his confirmation had given the FBI misleading answers to questions about hush payments to his mistress when he was mayor of San Antonio. The investigation became the most trivial but longest independent-counsel probe in history. Griffin’s role earned him a job with the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, led by the notorious Clinton hater Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana. After announcing that Clinton was “a scumbag” and that he was “after him,” Burton opened an investigation of illegal foreign campaign contributions. Burton sent Griffin and the rest of the team after fundraising only for Clinton and Democrats, not Republicans. Griffin was a lawyer for Burton’s investigators. He teamed up with people with a similar passion for embarrassing the Clintons,
A battle for Arkansas’s reputation
he greatest force limiting Republi- control of the legcan gains in Arkansas politics has islature by the fact been the party’s ongoing weakness that the Democratic in recruiting candidates to run under the brand remains party label. Even in strong GOP years, the damaged in Arkparty lacked the candidates to take advan- ansas, the state JAY tage of favorable tides. Indeed, cycle after Democratic Party BARTH cycle, Republicans did not even offer voters has pulled itself an alternative for many posts. together to carry out that basic research In 2010, with the antipathy towards this year on both incumbent Republicans President Obama at its peak nationally and new nominees. And, as has begun to and made exponentially more powerful in dribble out in recent days, what a treathe state by white rural Arkansans’ added sure trove of troubling statements they’ve discomfort with the president, the Arkan- uncovered in the writings of several GOP sas Republican Party had the benefit of a legislators and candidates: historic high tide both in terms of voters’ Among other bizarre statements sentiments and candidates on the ballot. included in his 2009 self-published book, Washed to victory in this wave were some Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro wrote candidates that the party had not recruited that “the institution of slavery ... may actuand barely knew, some recently brought ally have been a blessing in disguise” for to politics by the Tea Party movement. African-Americans and asked whether The Democratic Party, caught flat-footed, “an existence spent in slavery have been failed to carry out a basic role of a politi- any crueler than a life spent in sub-Sahacal party in 2010: bringing to light ques- ran Africa?” A prolific writer of letters to the editor, tionable aspects of the opposing party’s candidates’ pasts. Rep. Loy Mauch — like Hubbard, elected in While disadvantaged in the battle for 2010 — regularly wrote to extol the virtues
including David Bossie, who had won fame in 1992 for his forays into Arkansas on snipe hunts with Floyd Brown and Clinton conspiracy wackos. Burton’s investigation quickly became a fiasco. The committee’s chief Republican counsel, a former U.S. attorney, resigned because he was not allowed to impose professional standards on investigators. Burton’s lawyers issued 1,285 subpoenas, took 161 depositions and obtained 1.5 million pages of documents — more than 99 percent of them aimed at Democrats. The investigators went after Clinton’s Arkansas friends, including Ernest Green, the hero of the Little Rock Nine, by then a Lehman Brothers executive who had given to Clinton and the Democratic Party since 1992. In three days of hearings, they tried futilely to get Green to say that his 1996 gifts were not his own but foreign. Republican congressmen called the investigation “incompetent” and “a big embarrassment, like Keystone Cops.” A former senior Republican investigator said “90 percent of the staff doesn’t have a clue as to how to conduct an investigation.” The big disaster, attributed to Bossie, the best known of the investigators, was the prison tapes of former Clinton friend and assistant attorney general Webb Hubbell, who was in prison for defrauding his old law firm partners, including Herb Rule. Burton’s men subpoenaed the confidential tapes of Hubbell’s phone conversa-
tions with his wife and friends. A selectively edited and doctored transcript, made to insinuate guilt by the Clintons in Hubbell’s activities, was leaked to the Republicanfriendly press. Even House Speaker Newt Gingrich was outraged and in a GOP House caucus in May 1998 called on Burton to apologize for his investigators’ conduct and to fire Bossie as a signal. Burton shortly did both. Bossie left and so did Griffin. Bossie began to run the political nonprofit Citizens United, which continued his Clinton obsession. He produced the infamous Hillary film that was supposed to destroy Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 and that led to the more infamous Supreme Court decision in 2010 that opened the floodgates for the corporate buyout of elections. (Bossie would throw a fundraiser for his friend, Congressman Griffin.) Griffin turned up in Arkansas that summer running the campaign of Republican Betty Dickey, who would lose a race for attorney general to Mark Pryor. Griffin surfaced for the first time in the Arkansas media when it turned out that he was behind months-long efforts by Pryor, joined by newspapers, to force Dickey, a prosecuting attorney at Pine Bluff, to release her office’s telephone records. Dickey would reveal finally that Pryor had been after one of her deputies, a man named Tim Griffin, who had been making CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
of the Confederacy in contrast to the sins brought to light suggest, Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, described by Mauch operatives had no voice in helping him to as a “neurotic Northern war criminal.” respond appropriately, leaving Hubbard Former state representative and cur- on his own to spew out a wild attack against rent legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua, in “Obama-Pelosi-Beebe Democrats” and his own self-published book “God’s Law,” their efforts to distract from “real issues.” The biggest problem for the state GOP argued for the expulsion of all Muslims from the United States, to “set at zero” the is that while a single ideological outlier minimum wage, to impose the death pen- can be explained away, a set of party elites alty for those who “cannot be rehabilitated standing by hate-filled, pro-slavery, and in two years” and, most extraordinarily, simply kooky ideas establishes a pattern that could easily become an albatross for “for rebellious children.” All indications are that we have yet to the state GOP from top to bottom. Republihear the end of this troubled trio’s contri- cans’ fairly feeble critiques of the trio, while butions to modern political theory, com- at the same time defending their colleagues’ ments that have achieved instant national First Amendment rights, show an obliviinfamy because they are so removed from ousness to how damaging these extremthe mainstream of 2012 America. ists are to the entire party brand. Their It’s not surprising that the Democrats presence on the GOP ticket is driven by have brought to light these statements, sit- the party’s historic weakness in drawing ting in plain view in the books and letters candidates; how the party reacts now (and to the editor of these Republicans. What the comments and feeble actions to date is shocking is that the state Republican won’t cut it) will determine whether it is party was not prepared to counter these ready for prime time. We have known for nearly two years inevitable attacks, showing its continued organizational limitations. A healthy politi- that this election cycle will determine cal party vets not only their opponents but whether the pragmatic progressivism also their own candidates, preparing itself that has distinguished Arkansas from peer to blunt such self-inflicted wounds (and states in the South for two generations will to rid itself of the most troubling candi- continue. We now know it will also help dates in primary elections). As the com- to define Arkansas’s reputation nationally ments of Hubbard after the writings were for the generation ahead. www.arktimes.com
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few happy hours on the ol’ Plains at Jordan-Hare Stadium doesn’t really constitute a fix, but as Pearls dabbles in crude psychobabble, let’s not discount what a 17-point road win in the SEC can mean. Arkansas had spent an entire month getting pelted by the national media and all of its offshoots and sub-strata, so the tourniquet of beating an atrocious Auburn by a 24-7 tally cannot be understated. It was hardly a work of art, which is to be expected, but things went incredibly well for the Razorbacks most of the day. To wit: After recording seven sacks in five games, the Hogs erupted for eight sacks, delivering four to Kiehl Frazier in the first half and another four to Clint Moseley in the second. Alabama native Trey Flowers, who had all but disappeared after an encouraging freshman campaign, erupted for 3.5 sacks by himself in a singularly motivated, charged performance that nobody on the defense has come close to exhibiting. The Hogs’ miserable turnover ratio reversed sharply, though admittedly it wasn’t always a function of the Hogs’ own brilliance. Freshman corner Will Hines made an acrobatic pick of Frazier’s last attempt, a terribly thrown wide receiver fly route at the end of the first half, and also scooped up a fumble. Arkansas was the beneficiary of five turnovers total, and the two that the Hogs committed (a muffed punt return by Keante Minor and fumble by Jonathan Williams) were ultimately inconsequential. Tyler Wilson looked comfortable, spent most of the day upright, and did a pretty marvelous job of distributing the ball around. Cobi Hamilton was stunted after another solid first half, but Wilson sought out other targets here and there. Mekale McKay and Austin Tate provided some subtle but meaningful assistance, with the latter’s production being especially welcome in view of Chris Gragg’s absence. Demetrius Wilson had one catch, but it was a critical 23-yard grab to set up the first score. For a change, the passing game looked modern, crisp and properly executed, which some were negligently crediting to Paul Petrino’s decision to move into the coaches’ box. And as a segue from that last point, let’s rein in our wildly unsubstantiated theories about why the offense started clicking. Arkansas actually gained only 372 total yards, which save for the Alabama rout was the lowest yardage output all season and was far from being explosive. Hamilton’s 41-yard catch-andrun on the first play from scrimmage was the longest gain of the day, and but for the
creative burst that allowed Brandon Mitchell to chuck a decisive TD to Javontee Herndon in the third quarter, BEAU the Hogs still WILCOX had extended moments of stagnation against an Auburn defense that hardly qualifies as daunting. The defense’s inspired showing can also be traced to what Paul Haynes, flush with coach-speak after the win, did accurately summarize as simple, better execution. Defensive end Chris Smith, who tacked on a sack-and-ahalf, was actually even more impressive than Flowers, springing off the line with timing that Carl Douglas would admire. Coverage was largely improved, as at least a couple of the sacks were created by good blanketing in the secondary. Of course, even as the sun finally shone on the porcine posterior for an afternoon, it left a burn or two. Alonzo Highsmith is now shelved for good with a foot injury, his all-too-brief career in Fayetteville finished, and Tank Wright may also be checking out prematurely as his return for the last month of a lost season is in doubt. It’s often said on occasions like these that the upside is a gain for young players who might otherwise have assumed their roles next year without much gameday work to draw from. Cynically, though, no one can expect a team to keep a healthy outlook when so many vital pieces have been rendered void. Fortunately, Arkansas finds itself in a stretch where reclaiming the 2012 season can be a tangible goal. Auburn may have been awful, but this week’s foe, Kentucky, is demonstrably worse because Auburn has at least recruited well enough to give its woefully unqualified head coach a reprieve. Joker Phillips has done nothing in Lexington other than torch whatever respectability Rich Brooks had worked awfully hard to construct. Historically, though, the Hogs have had an almost incomprehensible struggle against the Wildcats, just as they have fared shockingly well at Auburn. Kentucky has been in last-gasp mode for seemingly ages, and it’s not easy to digest any assertion that Arkansas just suddenly awakened and trudged out of the mire for good. The Hogs need to paste Kentucky, simply put, and go into a bye week before Ole Miss with something closely resembling momentum. It’s not out of the realm of consideration that this team, for all its many warts and its damnable luck, can actually play a cash game around Christmas.
THE ORIGINAL 19th AMENDMENT
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W O RDS
He said, she said, they said “Maybe this individual will come to their senses before they get back into society.” A reader who saw this quotation in an article about a prisoner seeking parole disapproves of the pairing of individual (singular) with their and they (plural). So do I, usually. In this case, correction would be easy. Just look at the parole-seeker and then say, “Maybe this individual will come to [his or her] senses before [he or she] gets back into society.” But there are times when I’ll accept they as a singular pronoun, to avoid the he-she problem. The serial use of he or she and him or her is clumsy and distracts from whatever your main point is. And I was long ago persuaded that the use of he for both sexes is unacceptable. There are two, after all. Success With Words says: “The case against using they as a singular pronoun is based on rigid adherence to the rule that a plural pronoun must refer exclusively to plural antecedents. As a language evolves and adapts, such rules are often modified … There is a clear tendency for they to follow suit, in order to function as a singular and indefinite pronoun of common gender.”
The quotation also demonstrates the indiscriminate use of individual for person. Individual means DOUG essentially “perSMITH son considered as firstname.lastname@example.org a separate entity, in contrast to a group or society.” Most of the time, including the example above, person is simpler and better, and individual is merely pretentious. Sometimes individual is apt, of course: The Bill of Rights protects the individual against the majority. I say! Headline from the police beat: “Robber’s car drags shopkeeper a bit.” A bit? I wonder if the writer was British; this sounds like British understatement. Or maybe it was the shopkeeper. “Oh yes, the villain’s car dragged me a bit, but hardly worth mentioning, you know.” The article doesn’t tell us exactly how far the victim was dragged, or at what point dragged a bit turns into dragged a lot or dragged to hell and back.
WEEK THAT WAS
It was a good week for… THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS After four consecutive losses, the football Hogs finally managed a victory. That it occurred over hapless Auburn didn’t do much to relieve the collective angst gripping the state. ETHICS Paul Spencer, the Catholic High teacher who led the truncated petition drive for a state ethics law, has submitted a new ballot proposal to the attorney general’s office for approval. It’s identical to the earlier petition — which bans corporate and union contributions to political campaigns of those covered, ends gifts by lobbyists to public officials and imposes a two-year waiting period before covered politicians can become lobbyists — but adds state constitutional officers to the measure, which had applied only to state legislators. Spencer hopes the measure will be certified in time to gather signatures at November election polls. He hopes to see the measure on the 2014 ballot.
It was a bad week for… THE ARKANSAS REPUBLICAN PARTY It had to answer for racist and nutty statements made by three state House candidates — Charlie Fuqua, Rep. Jon Hubbard and Rep. Loy Mauch — that
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drew national attention (more on pages 7 and 13). Republicans tried to distance themselves from the statements, while supporting the candidates’ First Amendment protection, but stopped short of suggesting any of the men should withdraw. Control of the House of Representatives is expected to come down to a handful of races. JACK GILLEAN Faulkner County authorities charged the former chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas with four felonies, including commercial burglary. A cooperating student witness has allegedly said Gillean gave him a master key that allowed him to enter faculty offices and steal tests. THE LITTLE ROCK POLICE DEPARTMENT The family suing Little Rock police over the fatal shooting of an elderly man in his apartment has asked the U.S. Justice Department to mount a civil rights investigation of the death and the department’s use of deadly force. Eugene Ellison, 67, the father of one current and one former Little Rock officer, was fatally shot in his apartment in December 2010 after two offduty officers — Donna Lesher and Tabitha McCrillis — working as security guards entered the apartment to check on Ellison. They say he reacted violently. The shooting was ruled justified. The family has contended that the internal investigation was flawed because the homicide division that did the work was under supervision of one of the officer’s husband and that evidence is inconsistent with the accounts given by officers.
THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE
The Community Pianist THE OBSERVER AND BRIDE OF OBSERVER (henceforth known as BOO...
because we said so, that’s why) were motorvatin’ through Stifft Station a while back, coming down Plateau Street, to be specific, when Boo spied a young man playing the piano on his front porch, surrounded by candles. That’s not something you see every day, so we circled the block and came back, coasting slowly along with the windows down until we heard it, a rambling, jangly sound that’s unmistakably piano. It was one of the first evenings after the summer’s heat finally broke like a fever, and our Community Pianist was clearly reveling in the cooler air, leaning hard on the keys. As Boo had reported, he had had indeed surrounded himself with flickering flames, giving the whole scene a real “Elton John Plays ‘Candle in the Wind’ ” air, even though this fella appeared to be playing something decidedly more honkytonk. He had his back to the street, and didn’t seem to pay us any mind. After we’d sat there a while idling, though, he turned and maybe smiled when we waved (it was dark, you see), but never let up beating the ivories. After a while, we motored on and left him to his melodies. Thanks, Community Pianist. We’ve come to love our neighborhood down in Stifft Station over the years for all kinds of kooky reasons, but you might be our current favorite — up there with the sea of broken window glass behind Pizza D and the short-legged weinercat that roams the 100 block of Maple St. Here’s hoping that as the winter comes on, you’ll raise our chilly spirits with another impromptu recital. We’ll definitely be back for the drive-thru concert if and when that happens. And for Vishnu’s sake, do yourself a favor and put a tip jar on a stake out by the street, dude. The Observer is always ready to kick in some money for a little free entertainment. THE OBSERVER WORKS in a newspaper
office, so we’ve learned to love the coffee pot over the past 10 years; nectar font of the scribbling gods, jump-starter of many a vapor-locked brain when it came time to squeeze out a final photo caption. That said, we’ve never particularly liked coffee. Even when it’s good, it just seems bitter. Back in the old days before we started trying to do something about our equator, we used to spike our java with enough sugar
to put a kindergartner in permanent time out. Once we swore off the cane, we substituted mass quantities of exotic manmade sweeteners. We’re probably going to grow a claw-handed baby arm from the middle of our forehead at some point. Recently, though, The Observer started thinking about tea. We loved iced sweet tea as a kid (a little too much, as our dentist can probably tell you), but hot teas always just seemed so ... British. The other day, though, our colleague Mr. Bell was having some, and offered us a classy little bago-leaf that turned out to be just a lovely experience. Later, another pal — seeing us looking forlornly at the ancient box of Decaf Lipton in the Arkansas Times breakroom and deciding that friends don’t let friends drink ... — gave us a sachet from her secret stash of Darjeeling. Suddenly, to our Manly Man shame, we were hooked. Over the weekend, we bought a whistling teakettle, and we’ve got four boxes of various teas at home right now. We even took a trip to Teavana, the tea store in the Park Plaza Mall, which we had previously avoided — along with Build-a-Bear Workshop — like it contained the last surviving vial of smallpox. Call us a fancypants, because Lord knows we have called our self that over the past week or two, but there is just something so lovely about a cup of good tea. There’s a calming little ritual to it, and The Observer needs all of the calming he can get: open the paper envelope, pull out the bag, unfurl the string with the flag on the end, plunk it into a cup, pour the hot water over the bag, then watch the water slowly go from honey to maple like some kind of magic trick. Add honey. Add milk. Add a little sugar if you’re feeling frisky. While we know there are folks for whom this will be fighting words, The Observer never got that similar sense of wonder from a cuppa joe. That makes us a teasnob now, we guess, though we’re clearly on the lowest rung of the teasnob ladder. We didn’t, for instance, buy one of those $100 cast iron teapots from the place in the mall (want one). We haven’t even ventured into loose-leaf teas (yet). We’ve not even replaced our big, honkin’ coffee mugs with dainty little teacups (that one we actually don’t regret). We’re getting there, though. As a matter of fact, we’ll get a little further there right now. Cheers.
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Joann Coleman, a scrappy lawyer, has been raising questions about the proposed affiliation between UAMS and St. Vincent Infirmary Health. The institutions are exploring a way to combine efforts, but hesitate to use the word “merger” and insist that the public nature of one institution and the Catholic nature of the other will not be compromised. Coleman was on hand with a tape recorder at a meeting Monday night of the Hillcrest Residents Association at which incumbent members of the Little Rock Board of Directors appeared. Coleman recorded her questions to Dean Kumpuris, a physician who practices at St. Vincent. He supports the combination, naturally. In the course of fielding concerns about the future of War Memorial Park (it’s safe, Kumpuris said) and the technology park (it’s a wonderful economic development tool and has no relationship to the UAMS/St. Vincent combine other than UAMS’ sponsorship, he said), he talked specifically about the med center affiliation in assuring Coleman it wouldn’t bleed over into the tech park. Kumpuris: “All St. Vincent will do is manage the hospital.” Coleman: “It would manage the hospital?” Kumpuris: “It would manage the university hospital, not the medical school.” Coleman: “It would manage the hospital is what you’re telling me.” Kumpuris: “That’s right.” That’s a more definitive view of the potential arrangement — a study of which has not even been approved yet by the legislature – than either entity has suggested so far. I asked UAMS about it. Spokeswoman Leslie Taylor replied: “There has been no change in our position. We’re not considering a merger or any scenario that would put UAMS services under the governance of another entity.” Taylor said that the Times raised fair questions about the future of many services and tasks should UAMS and St. Vincent work together. A key question as yet untouched by St. Vincent is what sort of activities the Catholic Church, which ultimately must approve the merger, would tolerate from a partner if those services differed from church doctrine. These include patient services such as tubal ligations, vasectomies, emergency treatment for rape, ectopic pregnancies, health-threatening pregnancies, birth control pills and condoms and other devices; in vitro fertilization; research in areas ranging from stem CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12
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The smoking scalpel
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE: More housing for UALR.
Freshmen will pay more at UALR Some think it’s an awkward time to raise the price. BY DOUG SMITH
he bruising price of a college education, the problems faced by students forced to take out loans they can’t repay, are much deplored by media and politicians these days. And at this moment, UALR adopts a new policy that will cost some entering freshmen $7,400 a year more than they would have paid otherwise. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing, according to UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson, but others on campus are concerned. The most outspoken of these is Nickolas Jovanovic, an engineering professor and member of the UALR Faculty Senate. (Which has no authority to change the policy adopted by the administration.) Beginning next fall, UALR will require entering fulltime freshmen to live in oncampus housing and take their meals on campus. The cost of one year of residence in a UALR dorm is $4,950; the most popular meal plan (two a day) costs $2,420. Chancellor Anderson notes that UALR and the other state institutions of higher learning have been asked by Governor Beebe to double their number of graduates by 2025. Arkansas ranks near the bottom of all states in percentage of college graduates. Nationwide research has shown, Anderson says, that students who live on campus make better grades, are more likely to stay in school, graduate in higher numbers, and report more satisfaction with the college experience than students who live off campus. And when more students live on campus, “the campus com-
munity as a whole is enriched through more student engagement that leads to a richer academic experience,” according to a statement on the new policy from the administration. Jovanovic says that a lot of faculty members are opposed to the new policy, primarily because it has no exemption for students who live at home with their parents. He points out that the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Central Arkansas at Conway also have on-campus living requirements for freshmen, but both those institutions exempt freshmen who are living at home with relatives. “There’s a big difference between living with your buddies and living with your parents,” Jovanovic says. “I don’t know that the research they quote took that into consideration. I think the main factor is that students who live on campus are better off financially than those who live off campus. Better-off students do better, they have a higher retention rate and a higher graduation rate.” Jovanovic fears that UALR will lose a marketing advantage because of the new policy. It’s cheaper for Little Rock students to attend UALR because they can live at home, he says, and “If they can’t live at home, they might as well go to Fayetteville.” Because of their location, the most likely beneficiaries if UALR loses enrollment would be UCA and Pulaski Tech, in North Little Rock. A two-year institution, Pulaski Tech has no on-campus housing.
“I’m afraid students will choose to go elsewhere,” Jovanovic says. “We’ve already shut down the German studies program here. If we lose more students, other programs will be shut down.” Anderson doesn’t believe the new policy will hurt UALR’s enrollment. Many forms of financial assistance are available to students, he says, and some people who initially think they can’t afford UALR find that they can, after talking with UALR officials. Finally, he says that if there’s someone who can’t attend UALR solely because of the new on-campus living requirement, “We won’t turn them away.” The policy makes exceptions for “students who are 21 and older, who are veterans, who are in programs not on the main campus, who are married, who are parents, or who have other mitigating circumstances.” Because it has always been mostly a commuter school in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UALR has always had a high number of nontraditional students, people who are older, and working. Of an enrollment of 13,000, only about 1,000 will be affected by the new policy. (Jovanovic says his family would have been affected if the policy had been adopted earlier. He’s a parent who lives two blocks from the UALR campus.) What is now called UALR was for many years a private institution, without dormitories. In 1969, the legislature approved the merger of Little Rock University into the University of Arkansas system. At the time, there was a widespread belief, if no formal agreement, that the new UALR also would be a commuter school only. There was also a gentleman’s agreement that UALR would never field a football team, this intended to prevent competition with the Razorback program at Fayetteville. There’s still no football at UALR, but the university overcame some objections and succeeded in opening its first residence hall in 1992. New dorms were added in 2006 and 2011. About 1,000 students now live in the residence halls. In May 2012, UALR bought the nearby Coleman Place Apartments. It is renovating the former apartment complex and calling it University Village. When the Village opens up to students, UALR will have space for 1,400 on-campus residents. Rumors have circulated that UALR is having problems filling the new on-campus housing, and that this prompted adoption of the new housing policy. Anderson says this is untrue. UALR has been studying the new policy for a year and a half, he says.
THREE STOOGES Excerpts of printed material from three Arkansas Republicans currently running for the Arkansas House of Representatives drew national attention this week after they were published by the Times’ Arkansas Blog (Talk Business first excerpted from the Hubbard book). In a statement on the excerpts from Fuqua and Hubbard’s books, state Republican chairman Doyle Webb said their statements “do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas,” but tried to blame the situation on Democrats, saying, “It’s unfortunate the Democratic Party of Arkansas is attempting to hold onto one-party control by engaging in distractions that do nothing to put hardworking Arkansans back to work and rebuild our economy.” See a list of those who’ve given to the three, including a host of current and former state legislators and congressmen, at arktimes.com/fundingstooges.
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INSIDER, CONT. cells to efficacy of birth control methods, and personnel policies, such as collective bargaining and the existing university non-discrimination policy toward gay people. The Catholic Church has been at the fore of efforts nationwide to battle equal rights for gay people. Many questions. So far, not many answers, though Kumpuris seems pretty clear on things.
Fox in the henhouse
REP. JON HUBBARD
From his book “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative,” self-published March 2009 via iUniverse.
From his book “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution,” self-published in April 2012 via American Book Publishing.
“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.”
“The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-2.”
“Wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?” “…the immigration issue, both legal and illegal... will lead to planned wars or extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing.”
“We cannot continue to sustain the percentage of our population that is in prison. No prison term should be longer than two years. Prison should be unpleasant and rehabilitative. Anyone that cannot be rehabilitated in two years should be executed.” “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.” “The minimum wage should be set at zero. It is simply a lie that raising the minimum wage helps people at the low end of the pay scale.”
REP. LOY MAUCH Excerpts from letters to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Jan. 8, 2009: ... If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861? The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity. July 21, 2002: Angi Taylor’s guest column about Juneteenth is well intended, but predictably goose steps with the cult of Lincoln. ... The part of her article that says “Lincoln was for a legal system based on integrity” is hilarious. How can any elected official who swears to uphold the Constitution, then proceeds to commit premeditated murder upon it, be acknowledged [for] having integrity? Oct. 7, 2000: I’m very proud my ancestors stood up to Northern aggression. The Confederate flag to me is not only a symbol of our brief period of independence and our loyalty to the 1789 Constitution, but also a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.
A lengthy ballot means a lot of races for minor offices won’t get the attention they deserve on election day. For example: races of the Pulaski County Quorum Court, the county governing body, rarely capture much attention. Attention is deserved. A strong slate of Republican candidates is aiming for a Quorum Court majority and running on a platform of lower taxes and less regulation. Regulation is even more pressing. The Quorum Court has been haggling for months over proposed land use rules for the Lake Maumelle watershed. They are intended to preserve the quality of the region’s primary water supply. Republicans have generally fought the regulations, often invoking private property rights. Deltic Timber, the Chenal Valley developer and major landowner in the basin, has been a leader in the fight against strong watershed controls. It has linked up with Americans for Prosperity, the Koch billionaires’ lobby group, in the fight. A leading operative in that effort has been Brent Stevenson Associates, a lobbying firm that represents Deltic, other timber industry clients, the Kochs themselves, the Koch-owned Georgia Pacific and the Pulaski County Property Owners Coalition, another opponent of land use rules. Which brings us right to direct democracy and the Quorum Court. Chris Stewart, a lawyer, is a Republican candidate for District 3 in western Little Rock against former JP Kathy Lewison, a Democrat. Stewart was once a partner in the Stevenson lobbying firm and was registered in 2009 as a lobbyist for Deltic, as well as the Koch-owned Georgia Pacific. He has not responded to our questions on whether he’d vote on matters pertaining to the watershed and Deltic and the Koch lobby. Stewart was instrumental in two successful ballot proposals aimed at discriminating against gay people — one made same-sex marriage unconstitutional in Arkansas and the other made adoption illegal by same-sex couples, though that law was struck down in court. Stewart, a graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and the law school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, is a former Mike Huckabee staff member. www.arktimes.com
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POSITIVE ABOUT THE NEGATIVE: Rogers looks at a 4x5 negative of an unidentified player.
North Little Rock’s John Rogers has assembled the largest privately held collection of photographs in the world. BY DAVID KOON
OCTOBER 10, 2012
f the lights went out right now — some solar flare that fried the worldwide electrical grid like the doomsday preppers are always talking about on TV, maybe — you can rest easy knowing that the collective human past would endure. We’re not talking about just books and old newspapers and stories told around the campfire, either. We’re talking about the actual moments that prove we existed and what we value. That’s what photographs really are when you get down to it: a judgment call by somebody — be that somebody Dorothea Lange or Ansel Adams or some nobody at a backyard barbecue — that a single second of a given lifetime was worth preserving forever. If all the gadgets and gizmos we’ve come to increasingly rely on went dark right now, the two-dimensional products of that desire (those created in the pre-digital world, anyway) would live on in a hundred million shoeboxes. One person who knows a lot about photographs as things that capture more than a moment is 37-year-old North Little Rock entrepreneur John Rogers. To hear him tell it, he’s walked bass ackwards into
a sultan’s fortune over the past 15 years, going from selling baseball cards to almost singlehandedly creating the concept of buying and selling large quantities of news photos to the general public. Over the past three years, his Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has been on a buying spree, purchasing the vast photo morgues of 11 great (and greatly cash-strapped) American newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and The Detroit News. In most cases, Rogers gets the physical prints from their archives, everything from never-before-seen originals of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to tonnagequantities of snaps taken during longforgotten news events. In exchange, the papers get an electronic copy of their old photo archives — digitized and tagged one by one by Rogers’ crews in North Little Rock and India — that allows them to search for a given subject with just a few keystrokes. As of this writing, the Rogers Photo Archive has the capability to scan, clean and tag over 1.2 million photos and 1.3 million negatives a month; a system being tested right now by a new
YESTERDAYS: A group of famous photos from the Kennedy assassination (left) and a quartet of famous ball players at rest.
deal to digitize the photo archives of the 30 newspapers in the McClatchy Company newspaper chain. Rogers said that when the McClatchy scans are completed, it will bring the total photographic holdings of the Rogers Photo Archive to over 80 million images, making it by far the largest privately-held collection of still photos in the world. After the digital copies have been returned to the original owners, Rogers makes his money via several revenue streams, including licensing images of celebrities, politicians and sports icons, selling “stock photo” rights, and selling original prints online. The Rogers Archive is, for example, the biggest seller on eBay right now, with over two million photos currently for sale in their eBay store. Rogers said eBay alone brings in $120,000 a week. That’s in addition to what the archive makes from catalogue auctions of one-of-a-kind historic photos, super-high quality prints taken from the glass negatives of a photographer Rogers calls “The Matthew Brady of Baseball,” and a sideline company that makes photographic sports collectibles that wind up in the gift shops of many major league parks. Rogers said he feels like he’s helping to preserve American history for coming generations while bringing the 20th Century, as chronicled by American journalism, out of dusty basement file cabinets and into the
light of day. His goal is to digitize the photo archive of every American newspaper.
A KID FROM DOGTOWN Born and raised in North Little Rock, John Rogers’ passion from a young age was collecting baseball cards and memorabilia. “I was obsessed with trading cards as a kid,” he said. “Some kids were into ‘Star Wars’ or going to movies. My sole obsession was baseball cards.” As Rogers’ baseball card collection grew, so did he, eventually reaching a formidable six-foot-six-inches tall and leading him to the football gridiron, where he played for North Little Rock High. Though Rogers was big, he said, he wasn’t particularly fast on his feet, which limited his prospects. He was offered a few scholarships, eventually choosing Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. “My mother made about $300 bucks a week baby sitting kids in our home,” he said. “My dad was selling insurance. We didn’t have any extra money... Me going to college was not an option had I not gotten that scholarship.” In Louisiana, Rogers soon found himself constrained by an NCAA rule that said players can’t work during the school year. As a way of making money “under the NCAA’s radar,” he started selling off his boyhood trove of vintage baseball cards
and memorabilia, traveling to Dallas, St. Louis and Memphis during the off season to sell at trade shows and running “buying ads” in local newspapers, saying he would pay cash for trading cards and memorabilia. Eventually, he said, he was bringing in around $40,000 a year. While selling cards was good for his wallet, it didn’t do much for his concentration. “I would be at football practice as a starter, trying to learn some new offense scheme against Alabama or Tennessee, and I’d be looking at the clock, thinking: ‘Man, I told this guy I was going to meet him because he’s got this Mickey Mantle rookie card.’ That’s all I cared about. My mind was elsewhere.” Rogers graduated and got married in the winter of 1996 and moved back to North Little Rock. He soon had a job interview with Stephens Investments. Just before the interview, Rogers said, he decided that he wanted to make a go of a sports card shop. “My dad bought me a suit for graduation,” Rogers said. “When I canceled that interview, it broke his heart. I just decided that I didn’t want to go to work for somebody yet. I wanted to keep trying what I was doing.” Rogers started his Sports Cards Plus on Rodney Parham in 1996, moving to JFK in North Little Rock when his lease expired two years later. As the owner of a brick-and-mortar business, Rogers had
kept up his practice of running “buying ads” in newspapers, eventually running ads in major cities all over the country. While answering calls from these ads, he began to notice a pattern. “I started coming across team photographers,” he said. “Team photographers, who shot for the Cardinals, or the Braves or the Yankees... They’d call and say, ‘I’ve got a World Series ring.’ I’d ask how they got it, and they’d say: ‘I was the team photographer. I’ve also got these game-used bats,’ or ‘Ted Williams gave me his hat.’ ” Rogers began buying from team photographers, in many cases working with a son or daughter trying to sell off an estate. In most cases, in addition to what he called “the cool stuff” like bats and signed baseballs, photographers often had large stockpiles of photos and negatives they’d shot over the years. “I didn’t care about any of that,” Rogers said. “I knew nothing about it. It was a burden. The first several deals where I would buy [the entire estate], they’d say: ‘How about these negatives?’ and I’d tell them to keep ’em.” In 2000 however, Rogers made a $50,000 deal to buy the estate of a photographer named Don Wingfield, a freelancer who had shot for The Sporting News, Topps Baseball Cards, Life and Look Magazines, and the Washington CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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Senators from the ’40s to the ’60s. The person handling his estate wanted to be rid of everything. Though Rogers tried to leave behind a box of negatives, the executor insisted. “The guy said, ‘No, you have to take everything,’ ” Rogers said. “So I loaded up all the cool stuff, and there was an old box of dusty negatives that I knew nothing about.” Back in North Little Rock, Rogers stored the negatives and went on about his business. “Months went by,” he said, “and then we got a call from the Washington Times. They had contacted the family to get access to [Don Wingfield’s] photos. They had called the guy I had bought them from, and that guy said call me. Basically they were running a story on Don and wanted to do a retrospective on his photography.” When the story eventually ran as a Sunday feature, Rogers and his shop were mentioned by name as the owner of the Wingfield negatives. On Monday morning, Rogers’ phone rang. It was Upper Deck Trading Cards.
THE VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK Upper Deck was one of the largest trading card companies in the world, specializing in high-end cards for the serious collector. They wanted to talk to Rogers about the Wingfield negatives. In the world of photos, owning the negatives usually means you own the rights to the photo and can do with it as you wish, but Rogers was a little cloudy on that concept at the time. “They said, ‘Hey, we read this story. Would you be interested in licensing those images to us?’ ” Rogers recalled. “I didn’t even know what that meant. I knew what the word ‘lease’ meant, but how would you ‘lease’ memorabilia? So I said, ‘I’ll sell them to you!’ I had no idea there was this huge industry where people pay for the one-time use of a photo. It was way over my head.” That was Monday. By Wednesday, four top execs from Upper Deck had flown to Little Rock from their offices in Carlsbad, Calif. “That quick, they ran out here,” he said. “I told them they could dig through them, and they said: ‘Where’s your light table?’ I said: ‘Light table? What are you talking about?’ They weren’t getting it. I didn’t know anything about this stuff, so they went and bought a light table.” Rogers said alarm bells should have been going off by then, but they weren’t. The execs from Upper Deck kept asking over and over which of the negatives they could buy, as if they couldn’t quite believe it. “I said, ‘You can buy all of them!’,” Rog-
ers said. “They’re looking at each other. We went to lunch, and they said: ‘Just so we’re clear, we can just BUY the negatives outright?’ I said: ‘Yeah, yeah.’ They said: ‘Do you have a price?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know what they’re worth... You guys make me an offer, and if it sounds decent and fair, I’ll accept it.’ ” In truth, Rogers did have a number in mind. After seeing how excited they were, he was hoping for $10,000. He’d already turned a handsome profit by selling off the “cool stuff” from Wingfield’s collection, and figured anything he got from the negatives would be a bonus. “I’d paid $50,000 for everything, all these bats and gloves,” he said. “I’d already made a profit on all that, so I’m thinking: ‘Man, whatever.’ ” He wasn’t going to tell Upper Deck that, however. After the execs tried a few more times to wheedle a number out of him, they flew back to California, promising to come up with an offer within the week. After another call in which they tried to browbeat Rogers into coughing up a figure, they eventually sent an e-mail. “They offered $350,000,” Rogers said. “I was like: ‘That’s crazy!’ I thought it was $3,500, and somebody had typed a few extra zeroes.” After calling Upper Deck to confirm that they did, in fact, want to give him that kind of money, Rogers made the classic rookie error. “I picked up the phone like an idiot and said, ‘I’ll take it!’,” he said. “I’m sure they were expecting me to counter with, like, $600,000, $500,000, but I said, ‘Yeah! Done!’ It was probably equivalent to what I’d made since I’d been out of college — my total earnings.” The cashier’s check arrived, and — still sure there had been a mistake or that Upper Deck was about to go bankrupt — Rogers sweated out a ten-day business hold on the funds and the money cleared. Later on, he learned from a friend at Upper Deck that they’d been willing to go as high as a half-million dollars for the Wingfield negatives, which have since been called a national treasure. “These were phenomenal,” Rogers said. “They were from the ’40s through the ’60s — the golden era of baseball: Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio — all the biggest of the bigs. It was an amazing collection.” At $350,000, Rogers said, the deal worked out to about $42 per negative, with Upper Deck able to use them forever. When Rogers eventually “educated himself” about photo licensing, he learned that a company like Upper Deck would normally pay $150 to $500 for one-time use of an image of a player like Mickey Mantle.
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Though the Wingfield collection is the one that got away, it was a learning experience and got his wheels turning. “In their minds, they stole it,” he said. “I’m the biggest idiot in the world in their minds. But I was thrilled. I was thinking: I get it now. I’m going to take this money, go out, and do a lot of business.”
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‘THERE’S THIS NUT DOWN IN ARKANSAS...’ Rogers came away from the Upper Deck sale flush with cash and with a whole new plan, calling up all the old baseball photographers whose negatives and photos he’d originally passed on and seeking out new hunting grounds. Eventually, he bought up the archives of a slew of famous and not-so-famous sports photographers, then used the contacts he’d made with Upper Deck to cut a deal to license vintage images for their cards and memorabilia at much lower rates than they had been paying. “They canceled all their licensing contracts with Getty [Images] and other companies, and they sole-sourced their inventory from me for four years.” Rogers kept buying photographic archives, eventually acquiring the rights to the work of famed photographer Arthur Rickerby for $600,000. It was another game changer. “Rickerby shot everything,” Rogers said. “He was at the first Super Bowl. He shot the famous photo of Don Larson with the ball leaving his hand in the perfect game in ’56. He followed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961, but he was also following President Kennedy, he was following the Civil Rights struggle, he was a Life magazine photographer. By accident, when I bought the estate, I got all these other things I didn’t know about.” Upper Deck wasn’t interested in buying pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, so Rogers set up a website and started offering the nonsports images for licensing to publications. “Suddenly people were calling,” he said. “They’d say, ‘We want to use this President Kennedy image on a magazine cover.’ ” Between 2000 and 2006, Rogers managed to build up an archive of 3 million images to which he owned the rights. He bought his first publication archive in 2007, when he purchased the photos of Sport magazine, which had gone bankrupt. That purchase got Rogers talking to his friend George Michael, who hosted the nationally syndicated radio show “The George Michael Sports Machine.” Michael was a sports photography
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collector, and Rogers said it was he who first came up with the idea of buying the archives of newspapers in bulk and then licensing or parting out the contents. “George, being that he was a media guy, had all these contacts,” Rogers said. “He said the newspapers have millions of photos in their basements and they’re doing nothing with them.” Michael had a friend at the Detroit News. The archive was good, full of historic photos, but Rogers said Michael convinced him it would take a $1 million offer to get The Detroit News archive. In 2009, he did just that. “I took every penny I had, borrowed the rest, and I bought the Detroit News,” Rogers said. “I went from having 3 million images to having 4.5 million images. I never dreamed I could go into an institution and buy their photos.” The catch, however, was that the Detroit News still needed their photo archives to operate. Part of the deal was for Rogers to digitize and return a digital copy to them within one year. The Rogers Archive had digitized 3 million images by then, but this seemed impossible. “It was one thing to digitize 3 million of my images over seven years,” he said. “It was another to do a million and a half images and they want them done in 12 months.” Rogers thought the Detroit News project would be a one-time deal, so he didn’t want to invest money in highend scanners, which he said can run up to $80,000. Instead, “we went out and bought $600 flatbed scanners that could do about 600 scans a week,” he said. “We had to hire all these employees to run them, and we realized pretty quick that it was going to take a lot longer than a year.” Logistics aside, the Detroit News turned out to be great for Rogers, who quickly recouped his money through sales of historic prints (including one catalogue auction that he said grossed more than $400,000) and a ramped up eBay sales presence. “We basically created the market of people buying news photos,” he said. “There was always a market for original art photography, something that sells in a gallery for thousands, but there was no market for an individual who wasn’t a photo buyer.” While they were working on digitizing the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press called and wanted the same deal: a cash payout for the physical archives, and a searchable digital copy. Rogers was tapped of cash by then, but banks were beginning to hear about the Detroit News archive and he was able to secure loans. He eventually bought the Detroit Free Press archive in June 2009. In the meantime, the Detroit News started putting their archives online
and selling prints of historic photos. “Other people started seeing that, and they said: ‘Wow! How’d you do that? We don’t have the money to digitize.’ [The Detroit News owners] said: ‘Man, there’s this nut down in Arkansas, and if you’ll give him the photos, he’ll give you a bunch of cash and digitize them for free!’ They started lining up at the door.” Over the next few years as word of his purchases spread, Rogers would wind up buying the archives of a host of great newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times, The Chicago Daily News, The Denver Post, The Boston Herald and The Sporting News. One thing Rogers learned early on would seem to be the most obvious: valuable original photos of famous people and historic events make up only a tiny percentage of each newspaper’s archive. Though they were making good money selling “the gold,” Rogers said, the regular news photos that it seemed nobody would ever care to own had started to stack up in a warehouse. “One day, I just told my guys: I know it’s not fun, but we’ve got to figure out if
this other stuff sells,” Rogers said. “We started putting it on eBay, and we were just thrilled. We found out that people want the photos of places from their youth. They want the photos of a park they grew up playing in. They’re not going to pay thousands of dollars, but they want them.” That discovery led The Rogers Photo Archive to become what Rogers called “The Walmart of Photography.” He said that these days, online sales of seemingly insignificant places and people “dwarf” the amount of money they make on “the big stuff” — photos of Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and other famous figures. “If there’s a million photos [in an archive], about 40 percent of them will be staff [photographed] and we’ll do the revenue share,” he said. “There’s another 40 percent that are clearly off-limits to us to license because they’ll be from AP or a private photographer, and there are about 20 percent that are always a mystery. There’s no stamping, nothing on the back.” They can sell the original prints no matter who
shot them, but they can’t license anything they don’t own the rights to. Though Rogers’ fortune has grown, he still works up to 75 hours a week, often sorting 30,000-image batches of photos at home in the evenings. He plows money back into the business, he said, and doesn’t golf, hunt, fish or ski. That said, he clearly still delights in hunting the elephants of sports memorabilia. Since 2008, he’s bought and sold three copies of the legendary 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, and helped broker deals for two more. In 2011, he paid $17,233 for the only known nude photo of Joe DiMaggio, a 1930s snap of DiMaggio in the showers at Yankee Stadium. He buys unfathomably rare game-used baseball jerseys, then uses photos from the archives — CSI-style — to authenticate them down to the last button. He owns, for instance, the jersey Mickey Mantle wore at every home game through most of his 1956 season, the year he won the Triple Crown. Though it was sold as a 1955 jersey, Rogers was able to prove it was a ’56 by matching it to over 60 photos in the
archive. Because that’s Mantle’s signature year, a jersey Rogers bought for $210,000 was suddenly worth over a million. Then there’s his rediscovery and purchase of over 8,000 glass negatives by the famed early sports photographer Charles Conlon, who shot some of the first “action” sports photography between 1909 and 1930, capturing some of the most iconic images in history. Rogers, who calls Conlon “the Matthew Brady of baseball,” had been a collector of Conlon prints for years, and set out to find the negatives in the late 2000s. They’d been used to create a book on Conlon by The Sporting News in 1993, but after that, they’d disappeared and nobody seemed to know where they were. “They thought maybe they were in a warehouse in North Carolina, or maybe in St. Louis,” Rogers said. Through some detective work, Rogers eventually tracked them down to a warehouse in Charlotte, N.C. He remembers an old security guard leading him to a forgotten closet, where they had been CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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Carolina, or maybe in St. Louis,” Rogers said. Through some detective work, Rogers eventually tracked them down to a warehouse in Charlotte, N.C. He remembers an old security guard leading him to a forgotten closet, where they had been unceremoniously buried under piles of junk. “They were down on the floor,” he said. “The boxes were water-damaged, and on top of them were coats, phonebooks, coats, phonebooks. It was like an archeological dig. He said they did a coat drive every year, and it was literally four years worth: coats and phonebooks, with the negatives at the bottom.” Those negatives, Rogers said, have since been appraised at $18 million dollars.
THE ROOM THAT CONTAINS AMERICA At a former daycare center on Poplar Street in North Little Rock, Rogers’ crews work around the clock in rooms that still bear crude, colorful murals of trees and smiling kids. There, using a “trade secret” formula that won’t damage the photo emulsion, Rogers’ employees carefully remove the editors’ marks from the images, then scan them front and back. The archive currently employs over 300 people worldwide, including
120 in North Little Rock and Memphis, and another 200-plus in India, where they have photo tagging operations in Bangalore and Calcutta. Though Rogers said he has “caught some heat from critics” who say he’s outsourcing jobs, he said that if they weren’t doing the photo tagging overseas to help defray costs, the business model couldn’t exist. The building on Poplar Street is literally stuffed with photos, with every available surface covered with loose photos or boxes containing images waiting to be sorted and scanned. That’s in addition to the large rooms full of towering shelves, each shelf packed with file folders, each folder packed with categorized images: Harry Truman, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosa Parks, Bill Clinton, the shootings at Kent State, Vietnam, D-Day, a million other moments, standing still forever. This is what the 20th Century in America looks like when you put the whole of it in one place. Rogers’ business model in purchasing newspaper archives has changed somewhat in the past few years. “The old days of us cutting large checks, we don’t do that much anymore,” he said. “Because our services have improved so much, we give them millions in services for free, we take physical possession of the prints, which we sell in the collectibles world and we keep that 100 percent. We pay for all
the digital costs, and then we represent that content [with the papers] on a 50/50 revenue basis.” The business is still growing as well. With the help of North Little Rock businessman Mac Hogan and Dr. Christopher Cathey, Rogers started a new company called Rogers Partners, which has struck a deal with the McClatchy Company newspaper chain to eventually scan the photo archives of every paper they own. They’ve started work on the first batch of McClatchy papers, including the Kansas City Star, The Wichita Daily Eagle, and the Charlotte Observer, and will have scanned and tagged somewhere between 10 and 12 million images by the time they’re done. The deal with McClatchy is a bit different as well. The Rogers Archives won’t own the negatives in that case, but will have an exclusive agreement to license content from the McClatchy materials. Rogers is still looking for other prospects as well. He said he’s inspected the photo archives of America’s top 100 largest newspapers, and has either made offers or determined a purchase wouldn’t be profitable (in many cases, Rogers said, newspaper photo archives have been cannibalized, with employees taking home photos of the famous and infamous as souvenirs). Rogers Partners is also talking to newspapers in Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, China and the UK about buying archives
there. Rogers also acquired his first video archive in August, buying the 50-year collection of famed documentary filmmaker David Hoffman, with over 2,000 hours of video — including what Rogers believes is the only unedited copy of President John F. Kennedy speaking at the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam in October 1963, a little over a month before he was assassinated. The way the Rogers Photo Archive sells its materials is also changing. Two years, ago, Rogers started planetgiant.com, which uses content from the collection to make everything from inspirational posters to large murals of sports greats. Within the month, he said, his new argentaimages. com will go live, with several million photos for sale to the general public. Rogers is North Little Rock to the bone, and says that’s where his company will stay. He has purchased land near his Poplar Street properties and plans to build a dedicated home for the archive there in coming years. “I’m big on North Little Rock,” he said. “I like the town. I don’t want to move anywhere else.” Standing in the conference room, surrounded by boxes and boxes of photos, he can’t seem to stop himself from flipping through. Though he said he’s sure some people will laugh when they hear it, he said he sees the work they’re doing as a service to the country. “Our nation’s history is not preserved,”
DUMAS, CONT. calls for her campaign from the prosecutor’s office. Griffin was on the prosecutor payroll for a while but she moved him to the campaign payroll when Pryor demanded her phone records. She said Griffin had run her campaign for three months but had returned to Washington to work with David Bossie. Reached by the Democrat Gazette in Washington, where he said he was working for a House committee, Griffin said he was sure he had used his credit card to pay for all
the political calls from the prosecutor’s office. Of course, political calls by a public employee from public facilities are illegal regardless of who pays for them. You know what happened then. Griffin went to work for the Republican National Committee hunting loose or pompous remarks by Al Gore and other Democrats and leaking them to sympathetic newspapers. Griffin’s tactics were detailed in a 2004 article in The Atlantic Monthly.
In October 2004, when he was deputy communications director for George W. Bush’s re-election, Griffin sent an email to the Republican National Committee with the famous notation “Re: caging” on a list of 70,000 registered voters in Democratic-leaning precincts in Florida, mainly black and Hispanic voters. Many of the addresses on Griffin’s list were homeless shelters and other facilities or were military personnel. The RNC sent registered letters to them and when they were
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HOT SPRINGS FESTIVAL STEPS BACK FROM THE BRINK New leadership puts together strong line-up for new location. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
t hasn’t been a good year for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. In February, Arvest Bank filed a foreclosure suit over more than $300,000 on loans on the Malco Theater. The non-profit festival board owes close to $20,000 in taxes to a central business improvement district as well as two years of unpaid bills to local vendors. If that wasn’t dire enough, in August a microburst storm struck the Malco, leaving the roof damaged and the theater unavailable for this year’s festival.
That the festival, which begins on Friday, Oct. 12, and continues through Oct. 21, didn’t simply die off after 20 years is a testament to new leadership and support from longtime partners. Susan Altrui, director of marketing and development for the Little Rock Zoo and a film producer on the side, stepped in as board chairwoman in March, quickly assembling an almost completely new board and working with Arvest to convince it to withdraw the foreclosure and allow the board to try to sell the the-
ater, parking lot and three office buildings it owns to pay off its debts. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI), a non-profit started by filmmakers and Little Rock Film Festival founders Brent and Craig Renaud to support local film festivals and foster film industry growth, hired Courtney Pledger as executive director and immediately turned her over to the Hot Springs Festival as interim director. Pledger, an Arkansas native and film producer who returned to Little Rock last year when she realized that all of her current projects, including an animated film called “B.O.O.” with Seth Rogen attached, could be managed away from L.A., brings film knowledge and business acumen to the festival, Altrui said. “The organization has had a lot of people with film and art knowledge in the past, but not so much business savvy,” Altrui said. “Courtney has produced films with budgets of $150 million. She knows how to stay on budget. She knows what good film is. Her touch to the programming has made all the difference.” Even with a strong line-up, Altrui said the festival very nearly didn’t happen. Fundraising in the face of such a dismal recent track record from the board was challenging, she said. “We have a lot of dedicated donors who, for the last 20 years, had given money over and over again and had seen the festival go through problems, and these donors had given them chance after chance, and [the foreclosure] was really the last straw for them. “We can say that we’ve got new leadership and a new board and fresh ideas and
we’ve got the organization back on track, but if you’ve heard that time and time again, it’s hard to put your money behind it a third or fourth or fifth time.” Altrui and Pledger’s pitch must have been convincing. Several of the original founders of the festival donated enough to fund the festival this year, and after the August storm damaged the Malco, the Arlington Hotel offered to donate space to host the festival. Pledger said the projectors that will be used at the Arlington are state-of-the-art and “better than what was in the Malco for sure.” Most of the equipment comes from the AMPI. Altrui said that, while it is the board’s preference that the festival return to the Malco, it’s important to separate the festival from the theater. “We can have a successful festival and not have it at the Malco. The festival is really about Hot Springs. When it started 21 years ago, it wasn’t at the Malco. It was at little theaters all around Central Avenue and the downtown area, and it can return to that if it has to.” Pledger said she’s not sure precisely what her role with the festival will be in the future. “As soon of the intensity of the Hot Springs festival is behind us, we’re going to sit down as a board and figure out the way in which AMPI can be the most effective. We certainly know it’s going to be about helping the state’s festivals. However it plays out with the Hot Springs festival — whether someone else is festival director with me as their sidekick — I will never desert the festival.”
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This documentary profile of the Texas governor was produced largely by Arkansans, including co-director Jack Lofton, director of photography Gabe Mayhan and executive producer Susan Altrui. Worth seeing if only to remember a time when a state that’s most recently elected Rick Perry and George W. Bush as governor was led by a liberal icon.
The latest film from the directors of “Jesus Camp” considers the economic devastation of Detroit. It’s drawn rave reviews. The New Yorker’s David Denby called it, “the most moving documentary I have seen in years.”
A consideration of pin-up legend Bettie Page’s enduring appeal. Page passed away in 2008, but before she died and after years in seclusion, she provided narration for most the film.
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“Charles Bradley: Soul of America” 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 A profile of the excellent soul singer, who made his record debut at 62. His story includes childhood abandonment, homelessness and steady poverty.
“The Revisionaries” 7:35 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 A look at Texas’ wacky state board of education as it rewrites textbook standards to reflect creationism and other retrograde ideas. It won a special jury award at Tribeca this year.
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9 p.m. Juanita’s. $20.
While Big K.R.I.T. is no stranger to Little Rock, this show marks the first time the Meridian, Miss., native and rising rap star has come to town since the release of his Def Jam Records debut, “Live From the Underground,” back in June. The album has earned solid reviews, though in general the tone seems to have been tempered just slightly from the gushing accolades that were understandably elicited by his excellent mixtapes, “K.R.I.T Wuz Here” and especially “Return of 4Eva,” which was produced entirely by K.R.I.T. Matthew Keever of Houston Press wrote of last Saturday’s House of Blues concert that the rapper “breathlessly regaled the crowd with an hour-long set, full of high-energy, club-ready verses that celebrate life in the South” and that his enthusiasm and energy were infectious. I think you could safely wager that K.R.I.T. and company (including Houston heavyweight Slim Thug, Tito Lopez, Big Sant, GT Garza and local group Flint Eastwood) will bring it for Little Rock as well.
RETURN OF K.R.I.T.: Big K.R.I.T. performs at Juanita’s on Thursday.
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $35-$65.
9 p.m. Revolution. $16.
OK, so one of the bona fide megastars of country music is coming back to Verizon Arena, and aside from all the hit songs everybody wants to hear him play, there’s another topic that’s gotta be on everybody’s mind: Is Paisley gonna address The Great Collegiate Doormat Spat of 2011? This is the first time he’s been to Arkansas since that whole incident. To recap: his tourmates, Arkansas natives Eden’s Edge, absconded with the singer’s “BELOVED” West Virginia doormat and replaced it with a Razorbacks doormat. Paisley and his bros torched said Arkansas mat. Video footage of this hit the web and got Hog Nation all riled up way beyond what was called for (shocking, I know). Paisley sought to clear things up by placing his act of arson in the proper context, i.e., as the natural and proper escalation of a prank war and not an explicit act of blasphemy against the Hogs. He tweeted thusly: “If they had placed a Crimson Tide, or Vols, or Buckeyes, or you name it — mat there, that is what I would have burned. It was not personal,” and later offered this fig leaf: “In closing, I will be rooting for the Razorbacks this year. Lord knows you have a better shot at the title than we do. May you win em all.” Well, Paisley’s BELOVED West Virginia football team
Torontonian quintet Stars has spent the last decade crafting the sort of beautiful, propulsive pop tunes that can give weight to the most mundane of activities, transforming that headphone-clad walk to the post office into a cinematic voyage of bittersweet heartache. Need proof? Just try not to get all wistful and nostalgic while listening to “Ageless Beauty,” from the band’s 2005 breakout album “Set Yourself on Fire.” It’ll take you right back to that confusing, aimless period after college when you were still trying to figure
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PAISLEY PERFORMANCE: Country star Brad Paisley plays Verizon Arena on Thursday.
is now sitting at No. 5 in the nation after knocking off the Longhorns in Austin last weekend. And the Hogs are… well, we all know where the Hogs are. But hey, it’s not Paisley’s fault. It was just a simple prank, right? Surely that act of Hog mat immolation didn’t somehow directly start the chain of events that led to the collapse of the Razorbacks and the ascension of the Mountaineers, right? But just to be safe, maybe we should try to get Paisley to burn an LSU doormat. If he won’t do it, maybe openers The Band Perry or Scotty McCreery will give it a go.
things out but mainly just drank too much and got your feelings stepped on a lot. The group’s most recent long-player, “The North,” has been hailed by many critics as a return to form after a couple of missteps. The opening track, “The Theory of Relativity” finds Stars appropriating the woozy synth textures of the chill-wavers and putting them to their own decidedly less hazy pop purposes. The title track recalls The Smiths, the maudlin Anglopop favorite that is perhaps Stars’ spiritual forebear. Openers at this all-ages show include the glammed-to-the-max Diamond Rings and the ’80s-pop-informed guitar rock of California Wives.
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YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND’S HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m. Mulberry Mountain. $65-$275.
If Wakarusa starts off the summer with a Dionysian howl of dazzling lights and dilated pupils, with booming bass and glitchy jam-tronica and proggy guitars going “weedly-weedly,” the Harvest Music Festival welcomes in autumn with a much mellower, largely acoustic vibe. Sure, Waka’s got a good amount of folksy offerings, but
I doubt you’ll find so much as a solitary sequencer at Harvest, which has a huge lineup of folk, bluegrass, country and old-timey, with plenty of rock, funk and assorted other stuff mixed in. The headliners include, of course, Yonder Mountain String Band, but also The Mickey Hart Band, Leftover Salmon, The North Mississippi Allstars, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, The Gourds and more. Arkansas is well represented with, among others, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Mountain Sprout and Don’t Stop Please.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
11 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
Autumn is once again upon us, and as is custom since time immemorial, the Arkansas State Fair (Oct. 12-21) will awaken from its slumber to offer the people of this fine state one of the best entertainment bargains around. There will be concerts on a nightly basis, free with regular fair admission. On Friday, the classic rock band America will perform, with guitarist Mike Shipp as
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opener. Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players will bring the funk to the masses on Saturday, while Think Floyd USA will recreate the Pink Floyd concert experience on Sunday. Joe Darr and The Vista Cruze Band take to the stage Monday, and Austin K. Jones and Dueling Pianos follow suit on Tuesday. Other options include The Welde family and their cadre of bears (ranging in size from 200-1,200 pounds), who will perform feats and tricks while also reminding us all about the perils of lost wildlife habi-
tat. The Show-Me Safari Pig Races will surely please young and old alike with the little porcine competitors vying for a treat at the finish line. There’s a petting zoo and a monkey show. There will be all manner of pageantry, as well as animal judging, a pie contest, a wine competition (commercial and amateur divisions) and many other face-offs, such as a flower arranging contest, bake-offs of all types, a Spam championship and more. The full schedule is available at arkansasstatefair.com.
‘AMERICAN IMAGES’ AT WILDWOOD’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
TAV FALCO AND THE UNAPPROACHABLE PANTHER BURNS
7:30 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$30.
9 p.m. Rogue Pizza Co. $10 adv., $12 door.
This Friday, Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts the performance of Ballet Arkansas’s season debut, “American Images.” There’s a champagne reception after the show, and it will be performed again Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. ($15-$25). The show is in conjunction with Wildwood’s Harvest Festival, which is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Harvest Fest is $5 for ages 6-12 and $10 for adults, but admission is included if you buy tickets for Ballet Arkansas. The festival includes a variety of autumn-themed family activities, such as hay rides, a pumpkin patch, vendors, craft competitions, performances of Wildwood’s educational show “Lily & The Apple Seed” both days and the Arkansas Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Championship on Sunday.
What a rare and delectable treat for fans of idiosyncratic American music: an Arkansas concert from the great Tav Falco, native of Gurdon, prophet of psychobilly, leader of Panther Burns, author, actor, tango dancer, artist, filmmaker, true original. Falco moved to Memphis in the ’70s and began documenting the city’s more marginal musicians and artists, running around and collaborating with Alex Chilton, William Eggleston, Jim Dickinson and other Bluff City legends. Falco’s latest album, last year’s “Conjurations: Seance for Deranged Lovers,” is his first disc of original material in more than a decade. It’s a dozen tracks of Falco’s signature reverb-drenched stew of foreboding blues, primitive rockabilly stomp, dark garage-psych and the odd chanson or tango number. Falco has lived in Europe for some time now, so a home-state show is a once-in-a-blue-moon kinda thing, so you know, probably don’t skip this one. Openers are Glory Bones and Forever Blowing Bubbles.
A.J. Croce, son of legendary singer/ songwriter Jim Croce, has over the years built up a very solid and critically respected catalog of roots rock with
Olivia Wyatt is a filmmaker, photographer, member of the Sublime Frequencies collective and Arkansas native. She’ll screen her documentaries “Staring Into the Sun” and “The Pierced Heart & the Machete,” at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $3. Downtown Music Hall has a big night for all you moshhappy hardcore fans, with Emmure, Ill Nino, 9Electric and Shogun, 7 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. Austin-based blues-rockers Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils bring the blistering tuneage to Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. Get the Tool experience at Revolution with tribute act Opiate, 18-andolder, 9:30 p.m., $10. Amasa Hines plays a Spa City show at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth are at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7.
Brian & Terri Kinder play a release show for “Spooky,” their latest album of children’s Halloween music, Laman Library, 10:30 a.m. Techno DJ Dieselboy comes to Discovery Nightclub, with g-force and Dominique Sanchez and The Discovery Dolls, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. The Meshugga Klezmer Band performs at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $8. Velvet Kente plays at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7.
The Arkansas Local Food Network’s Little Rock Local Food Tour includes a walking tour of community gardens, businesses and restaurants, all featuring locally sourced food. It concludes with a dinner, from 5-7 p.m. at Bernice Garden after the tour. The tour starts at Bernice Garden at 12:30 p.m., $10-$65.
The Little Rock Touchdown Club hosts University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $10-$25. NATIVE SON: Tav Falco and The Unapproachable Panther Burns play at Rogue Pizza Co. in Fayetteville Saturday.
SUNDAY 10/14 9 p.m. Juanita’s. $10.
The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock hosts the American String Quartet, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $10-$25. Stickyz has Minneapolisbased avant R&B weirdoes Polica, with left-field electro-pop quintet Gardens & Villa, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. The much-praised Civil Rights documentary “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is at UALR’s Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7 p.m., free.
period-perfect vintage production. Croce was blinded at age four by a brain tumor, gradually regaining vision in his left eye. It was during that time that he began playing piano and steeping himself in the canon of classic R&B, blues, folk and rock.
He has an undeniable knack for writing the sort of bouncy, piano-led pop nuggets that recall The Beatles, Harry Nilsson and the like. “Coraline,” from Croce’s latest album, “Cage of Muses,” has a great “Hey Jude” kind of vibe.
The University of Central Arkansas is bringing in legendary poet, activist and musician Ed Sanders as part of its Artists in Residence program. Sanders will give a reading and sign copies of his books starting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the College of Business building. On the complete opposite end of the political spectrum is, Lord help us, “Turd Blossom” himself. That’s right, it’s Karl Rove, who speaks at Harding University, at 7 p.m. Up in Fayetteville, the AMP hosts folk-rockers The Avett Brothers, 7:30 p.m., $37. www.arktimes.com
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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Ballet, Reachout, The Science of Sleep, Vespers. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 17, 5 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 24, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. The Devil Makes Three. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $16. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Evil Bastards, Sniq, Germz, MC Kreepa, Wolfe-Wolf. Revolution, 11 a.m., $10 21 and older, $15 ages 20 and younger. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The
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THE NATIONAL BAND OF AUSTIN: That would be none other than The Gourds, who have earned a devoted fanbase through heavy touring and a genre-eschewing blend of folk, country, rock, zydeco and whatever else they feel like throwing in the mix. The band plays White Water Tavern on Thursday with one of Arkansas’s finest, Kevin Kerby, opening up, 9 p.m., $12. Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local comedians of the comedy collective Comedi ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.
Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.
Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Drawing Portraits by Whistler, Sargent, and Bellows. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 3:03 and 6 p.m., $10. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org. Meet Make Share. Participants will create a small work of art from the provided materials. Artchurch Studio, ; Nov. 7; Dec. 12, $5 donation. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501318-6779. www.artchurch.org.
Northwest Arkansas Arts & Economic Prosperity Breakfast. Release of findings of “Arts & Economic Prosperity Study IV, Northwest Arkansas Region.” Walton Arts Center, 8:30 a.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.
Jerry McKinnis tribute dinner. The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute hosts a tribute dinner to honor the B.A.S.S. owner and ESPN Outdoors producer and host. Argenta Community Theater, 6 p.m., $175. 405 Main St., NLR. 501353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. “West of Memphis.” Admission is first-come, first-served. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m.; Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1, 7 p.m., free. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
Jay Barth. University of Arkansas Global Campus, 6 p.m., $29. 2 E. Center St., Fayetteville. 800952-1165. globalcampus.uark.edu/.
Rock Town Slam. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5, $10 poet entry fee. 501 E. 9th St. 501-3724000. www.arkarts.com. Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. html.
Big K.R.I.T., Slim Thug, Tito Lopez, Big Sant, GT Garza, Flint Eastwood. Tickets available at Rock City Kicks, Mr. Eddies Headies and Sophisticated Urban Clothing Store. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $20. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-4990101. www.juanitas.com. Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $36-$65. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock: American String Quartet. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $10-$25. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Crisis (headliner), Audrey Dean Kelley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. The Gourds, Kevin Kerby. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Kirk Gone Acoustic. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. thirst-n-howl.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Little Rock Wind Symphony: “Carmen and a Clarinet.” Featuring works by Shostakovich, Bizet and more. Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Live at Laman: SteelCat Steel Drum Band. Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. No Stigma, Killing Souls, A Traitor’s Funeral. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Polica, Gardens and Villa. 18-and-older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com.
Rose’s Pawn Shop. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Stars, Diamond Rings, California Wives. Allages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $16. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. TNA Karaoke. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Top of the Rock Chorus: “Harmony Bazaar.” Featuring vendors and musical performance. McCain Mall Shopping Center, 5 p.m., free. 3929 McCain Blvd., NLR. University of Arkansas Fall Choral Showcase. Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $5. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Featuring works by Sousa, Rossini and others. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Whale Fire. The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival. Featuring the Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Mickey Hart Band, North Mississippi Allstars and more. Mulberry Mountain, Oct. 11-13, 11 a.m., $65-$275. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark.
Mike Stanley, Joe Kilgallon. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7-$10. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. www.uarkballroom. com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Festival Ballet: At the Barre. Arkansas Festival Ballet, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, 2 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-5320. www.arkansasdance.org. The Arts in Motion: Tango. Arkansas Arts Center, through May 9: second Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., $10, free for members. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. 501-376-1084.
Arkansas Heritage Sites. Featuring Anita Reddig from Arkansas State University. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. “Indian Ink: Native Printmakers in the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Collection.” Bobby C. Martin, Cherokee artist and guest curator of the exhibit, will present a gallery talk at this opening event. J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Gallery, 5 p.m. 500 University Plaza. 501-5698336. ualr.edu/sequoyah/index.php/home/art. “The Legacy of Friedrich Gerstacker.” Includes keynote speakers, lectures, music and more, about the 19th-century German traveler author, who wrote the Wild West novel “The Regulators of Arkansas.” University of Arkansas, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.; Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., free. 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story.” UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Globe Theatre Presents: “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Market Street Cinema, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.; Oct. 16, 2 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
Dr. Roderick P. Hart. Hart presents “Campaign 2012: Political Cynicism When We Need it the Least” at the College of Business Auditorium. University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. www.uca.edu. “International Public Service.” Five Clinton School students will discuss the international public service projects they completed this summer. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
“Amazing Journeys.” Fundraiser for the Center for Women in Transition which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Includes live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., $50. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
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Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Amasa Hines. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. America, Mike Shipp. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Arkansas Chamber Singers: Singing for Breath. Featuring works by Dvorak, Rossini and more. St. James United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$18. 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-7372. www.stjames-umc.org. Big Man and The Wheels. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Brantley Gilbert, Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates, Brian Davis. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 6 p.m., $22-$37. 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=8179. Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Canvas. The Tavern Sports Grill, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.; Oct. 26, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com. Chris James and My Art Is ... Presents. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. www.1620savoy.com. Crisis. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $7. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Oct.
12-13, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Emmure, Ill Nino, 9Electric, Shogun. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Gas Station Disco. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Oct. 12-13, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Opiate -- The Tool Experience. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Shannon Boshears (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. William Staggers Trio. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com. Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 11.
The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, through Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; through Oct. 13, 10 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Festival Ballet: At the Barre. Arkansas Festival Ballet, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, 2 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-5320. www.arkansasdance.org. Ballet Arkansas: “American Images.” Friday and Saturday tickets include entry to Wildwood’s Harvest Festival. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, 4 p.m.; Oct. 14, 2 p.m., $15-$30. 20919 Denny Road.
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Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Day of the Dead celebration. Includes traditional Mexican music and refreshments. Old State House Museum, 5 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Equinox reception and magazine launch party. With poetry and fiction readings, live music and refreshments. River Market Books & Gifts, 5 p.m. 120 Commerce St. 501-918-3093. “The Haunted Evening Tour.” Tour of some of the city’s “most haunted locations.” MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Nov. 2: 7 p.m., $30. 503 E. 9th St. 501-681-3857. www.hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
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LONE HIGHWAYMAN: Willie Nelson headlined the second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, Oct. 5 at Arkansas State University.
Johnny Cash Music Festival
Oct. 5, Arkansas State University BY BILL PADDACK
our hours and three intermissions after the start of Friday’s second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center, the audience was finally treated to a pair of back-to-back cover versions of numbers made popular by the Man in Black. That was when Rosanne Cash, the late legendary entertainer’s daughter and one of the driving forces behind the festival, returned to the stage with two of her father’s siblings, Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, along with Dierks Bentley and The Civil Wars. They blended their voices for stirring renditions of “Big River” and “Pickin’ Time.” Previously, the crowd of 5,500 had heard these acts plus Willie Nelson sing a lot of their own hits and cover a bunch of artists (from Hank Snow to Tom T. Hall) without offering up much in the way of songs by Johnny Cash. I’m guessing that was by design so this year’s festival would differ from the first. Perhaps the thinking was to present music that bore Cash’s influence instead of presenting rousing takes on some of his best-loved songs. Nelson, of course, was a peer and a member of The Highwaymen, but Bentley and The Civil Wars are young artists who have their own distinct styles while still embracing traditional country music. Along with Rosanne Cash, they put on quite a show. Still, I kept thinking about what could have been if someone had offered a bit of advice or assigned a song or two. For instance, the always likeable Bentley provided a lot of energy even though his portion didn’t start until after 10:45 p.m. and a minor power glitch. He shined on such hits as “Home,” “What Was I Thinkin’” and “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” and belted out his exuberant anthem to partying, “Am I the Only One.” He was great in North Little Rock in May and he delivered one heckuva performance Friday evening on Kris Kristofferson’s “From the Bottle to the Bottom.” But that just made me wonder how great
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he might have been on “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Folsom Prison Blues” or a fistful of other Johnny Cash hits I would have loved to have heard him sing. Same for The Civil Wars. Quite simply, this fairly new duo — Joy Williams and John Paul White — is downright awesome. Williams and White are compelling to watch. “We don’t specialize in happy,” she told the audience, “we gravitate to the darker and sadder sounds.” A case in point, a pair of lines from the pair’s powerful, Grammy Award-winning “Barton Hollow”: “Won’t do me no good washing in the river / Can’t no preacher man save my soul.” Certainly, I feel like Johnny Cash himself would have approved. And he would probably have appreciated their take on his “Delia’s Gone.” But I was practically aching to hear their outstanding, playful harmonizing on “Jackson.” Maybe next time. And while I’m at it, Nelson sang Waylon Jennings’ “Good Hearted Woman,” Hall’s “Shoeshine Man” and Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Well, OK, he did sing “I’ll Fly Away,” which Cash had covered on an album of hymns, but I digress. It really is always a treat to see Willie. As usual, he ran a bunch of his bestloved hits together in a medley, including “Whiskey River” and “Crazy.” This time around, though, it was just plain fun to hear him finish with a new one that he referred to as “one more gospel song” — the rollicking “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Rosanne Cash opened the show with a fine, appropriate version of her father’s “I Still Miss Someone” and absolutely delighted on “Tennessee Flat-Top Box,” which was a hit for both of them. She slowed it down on Snow’s “I’m Movin’ On” and served as a gracious and caring emcee for the evening, which also featured filmed segments of Johnny Cash on a pair of screens. The annual festival helps raise funds for the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home at Dyess. I’m already looking forward to the next one, but keeping my fingers crossed that it will feature a few more covers of songs by the beloved Man in Black.
AFTER DARK, CONT. The Haunted Cathedral. Not recommended for people who are pregnant or have a history of seizures. EMOBA Museum, Oct. 12-31, 7:30-11:55 p.m., $10-$20. 1208 Louisiana St. 501-372-0018. www.emoba.org. Homeschool Friday Fun: Luminous Light. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Oct. 12, 2-3:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2-3:30 p.m., $45 per child. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-4185700. crystalbridges.org. “The Legacy of Friedrich Gerstacker.” See Oct. 11. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. The Old Haunted Warehouse. Haunted house tour, with portion of proceeds to benefit the Spirit of Children Program and the Watershed Project. The Old Haunted Warehouse, through Oct. 14, 8 p.m.; through Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; through Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; through Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $10-$20. 3400 Brown St. Rally for Domestic Peace. Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence rally, featuring Gov. Mike Beebe and other speakers. Arkansas State Capitol, 2 p.m. 5th and Woodlane. Skyspace Discussion. Facilitated discussion of the Skyspace installation experience. Recommended arrival time is 30 minutes before sunset. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19, 6 p.m., free. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-4185700. crystalbridges.org.
21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, 11 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200. “Staring Into the Sun” and “The Pierced Heart & the Machete.” Vino’s, 8 p.m., $3. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.
Russellville vs. Little Rock Catholic football. War Memorial Stadium, 5:30 p.m. Van Buren and Markham Streets.
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12th annual Hearts & Hooves Hoedown. Dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, music from Chuck Gatlin and Canvas and more. Hearts and Hooves Facility, 6 p.m., $65. 2308 Kellogg Acres Road, Sherwood. 501-834-8509. www. heartsandhooves.com. Almost InFamous. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8:30 p.m., free. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Big Band Gala Dance “Moonlight Serenade.” Presented by University of Central Arkansas Department of Music, featuring dancing and music by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and more. Conway Country Club, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. 555 Country Club Road, Conway. 501-450-5763. www.conwaycountryclub.com. Break the Balance, Infidelix. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. cstonepub.com. Brian & Terri Kinder (album release). Album release show for “Spooky,” the Kinders’ album of children’s Halloween music. Laman Library, 10:30 a.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Oct. 12. Dieselboy, g-force. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com.
Divided We Die, Raisin’ Hell. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Don’t Stop Please, New York City Queens, My Empty Phantom. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. maxinespub.com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Gas Station Disco. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. John Caldwell’s Showcase of Bands. War Memorial Stadium, 8 a.m. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775. Just Sayin’. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Meshugga Klezmer Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $8. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Mondo Boogie (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. fcl.org. Scott Ibex. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8:30 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Tav Falco and The Unapproachable Panther Burns, Glory Bones, Forever Blowing Bubbles. Rogue Pizza Co., 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 402 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479571-5200. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. To Light a Fire, The Inner Party, Jab Jab Suckerpunch, Calcabrina, Hollywood Rockafella. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Velvet Kente. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. White Chocolate. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 11.
The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Ballet Arkansas: “American Images.” Friday and Saturday tickets include entry to Wildwood’s Harvest Festival. Wildwood Park
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2nd Annual Redneck Games of Arkansas. Alcohol-free family event, with music, games and more. Free parking with nonperishable food item donations. Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Oct. 13; Oct. 14, $5 per day. 1827 Hwy. 16 E., Clinton. 501-745-8100. www.redneckgamesofarkansas.com. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Garden Gourmet. Cooking demonstrations will feature various recipes incorporating two Arkansas in-season produce selections, 9 a.m. 2nd Sat. through Oct. 13. River Market Pavilions, free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 12. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 27: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. rivermarket.info. Made From Scratch: Eat Dessert First. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 10 a.m. p.m., $80. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 727-5435. www.uawri.org. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, through Oct. 14, 4 p.m.; through Oct. 21, 4 p.m.; through Oct. 28, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. www.magicsprings.com. National Coming Out Day: Fall Community Unity Pride Picnic. Celebration of LGBTQ community and allies, with food, games and more. Hosted in pavilions 7 and 8. Murray Park, 12 p.m., free. Rebsamen Park Road. 501-244-9690. The Old Haunted Warehouse. See Oct. 12. Wildwood’s Harvest Festival. Includes a wide variety of events, as well as food, live music and artisan crafts. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 14, noon-6 p.m., $5-$10. 20919 Denny Road.
Minority Women Golf Roundup. Introduction to fundamentals of golf. Northshore Golf Range, 9 a.m. p.m., free. 5401 Northshore Cove, NLR. 501-454-6561. www.northshoregolfrange.com/. “UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar.” The Tavern Sports Grill, 9 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com.
The Shindig. Benefit for the I’ll Fly Away music education foundation, featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, Dailey & Vincent and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, 7 p.m., $30-$100. 3303 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy., Rogers. 479-696-9876.
Arkansas Author Connection: Kevin Cole. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 10 a.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. hearnefineart.com. Carol Dickie Art Show and Book Signing. Dickie will sign copies of her new book, “Persimmon Seed Notebook, Paintings of the Ozarks.” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 10:30 a.m. p.m. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org.
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A.J. Croce. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Arkansas Chamber Singers: Singing for Breath. Featuring works by Dvorak, Rossini and more. Clinton Presidential Center, 3 p.m., $10-$18. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Performing on the patio. Revolution, through Oct. 28: 6-9 p.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Stray from the Path, Counterparts, Gideon. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. Think Floyd USA — Pink Floyd tribute. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Tiger High, Booyah! Dad. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9 p.m., $3. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www.bearsdenpizza.com.
The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Festival Ballet: At the Barre. Arkansas Festival Ballet, 2 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-5320. www.arkansasdance.org. Ballet Arkansas: “American Images.” Friday and Saturday tickets include entry to Wildwood’s Harvest Festival. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m., $15-$30. 20919 Denny Road. Dance Workshop with Bill Hastings. Register at theafoundation.org/2012-dance-workshops. Walton Arts Center, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., $20. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.
2nd Annual Redneck Games of Arkansas. See Oct. 13. Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Bernice Garden. 1401 S. Main St. 501617-2511. www.thebernicegarden.org. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 12. Little Rock Local Food Tour. Walking tour of community gardens, businesses and restaurants, featuring locally sourced food, with a dinner at Bernice Garden at the conclusion of the tour, from 5-7 p.m. The Bernice Garden, 12:30 p.m., $10-$65. 1401 S. Main St. www.arlocalfoodnetwork.org. “Live from the Back Room.” Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W.
7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, through Oct. 14, 4 p.m.; through Oct. 21, 4 p.m.; through Oct. 28, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. www.magicsprings.com. The Old Haunted Warehouse. See Oct. 12. Pet Blessing. All animals on a leash or in a crate are welcome. Grace Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., free. 9301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501225-3274. Wildwood’s Harvest Festival. See Oct. 13.
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7th Street Peep Show. Featuring three or four bands per night. Bands sign up at 6:30 p.m. and play 35-minute sets (including setup) on a first-come, first-served basis. House band is The Sinners. Solo artists, DJs and all other performers welcome. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $1. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Joe Darr and The Vista Cruze Band. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Norman Boehm Faculty Piano Recital. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-1247. www.hendrix.edu. Reggae Nites. Featuring DJ Hy-C playing roots, reggae and dancehall. Pleazures Martini and Grill Lounge, 6 p.m., $7-$10. 1318 Main St. 501-376-7777. www.facebook.com/pleazures. bargrill. Skeletonwitch, Havok, Early Graves. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 at door. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Tom Cox. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Touch, Grateful Dead Tribute. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Trampled by Turtles. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226.
Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. German Cooking Class with Chef Jennifer Lusk. Whole Foods Market, 7 p.m., $15. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-312-2326. www. wholefoodsmarket.com. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 12.
Robert Gibbs. Gibbs, one of the pioneers of New Urbanism, presents “The New Urbanism: Sustainable Urban Retail Planning in America.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu. Spotlight Talk: Thomas Eakins: Intersecting Art with Science. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 1:45 p.m., free. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org.
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Market Street Cinema times at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Lakewood 8, Regal McCain Mall and Riverdale showtimes were not available by press deadline. Rave showtimes are valid for Friday and Saturday only. Find up-to-date listings at arktimes.com. NEW MOVIES Argo (R) — A group of Americans in revolutionary Iran make an improbable escape, based on actual events, from director Ben Affleck. Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55. Chenal 9: 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 2:00, 4:45, 7:45, 8:45, 10:45, 11:45. Riverdale: 9:25 a.m., 12:10, 3:15, 6:15, 9:10. Atlas Shrugged II (PG-13) — Based on the utter fiction of “writer” Ayn Rand, starring a bunch of people you never heard of. Breckenridge: 1:00, 3:50, 7:40, 10:10. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00, midnight. Riverdale: 9:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:$0, 7:20, 9:50. Butter (R) — Comedy about competitive butter sculptors, with Ty Burrell. Market Street: 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:00. Here Comes the Boom (PG) — “The Zookeeper” star Kevin James is a teacher in this one. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:30 a.m., 2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:45, 11:00, 11:50. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) — Based on the bestselling coming-of-age novel, with Emma Watson. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 1:20, 4:15, 7:30, 10:15, 11:35. Searching for Sugarman (PG-13) — Highly acclaimed documentary about the legendary folk singer/songwriter Rodriguez. Market Street: 2:00, 4:15, 7:00, 9:00. Seven Psychopaths (R) — Dark comedy with a literary bent, with Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits (!). Rave: 11:30 a.m., 2:45, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30. Sinister (R) — Bunch of terror happens to Ethan Hawke and his family. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 2:15, 5:00, 7:20, 8:15, 10:30, 11:40.
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RETURNING THIS WEEK Arbitrage (R) — Finance thriller in which Richard Gere must juggle his crumbling hedge fund, his mistress and a bloody crime. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Avengers (PG-13) — Based on the Marvel Comics superhero series. Movies 10: 12:35, 3:45, 7:00, 10:05. Bourne Legacy (PG-13) – Latest in the Bourne franchise, starring Jeremy Renner and not starring Matt Damon. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:10, 7:05, 10:00. Brave (PG) – Animated fantasy tale of a Celtictype girl who must save her kingdom from something or other. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 (2D), 1:15, 3:35 (3D). Bully (PG-13) – This is probably a good documentary about bullying and all, but you’d be wise to go see it just in case you bump into Harvey Weinstein and he starts asking you about it. Movies 10: 2:30, 7:25. The Campaign (R) – In which Ricky Bobby goes to Washington with the weird-beard from the “Hangover” films. Riverdale: 1:40, 3:50, 6:00, 8;10, 10:15. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) – Third gloomy Batman flick from director Christopher Nolan. Movies 10: 12:30, 4:00, 6:00, 7:40, 9:30.
‘SINISTER’ FILM: Ethan Hawke moves his family into a house where a bunch of horrifying murders happened and they live happily ever after and nothing terrifying happens at all until he finds a box filled with reels of films of awful murders happening in the house.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) — Based on the children’s book series. Movies 10: 12:15, 4:55, 9:45. End of Watch (R) — Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as a young team of cops in the midst of an all-out war with drug cartels. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 9:45. Rave: 1:05, 7:05. Frankenweenie (PG) — A young boy resurrects his departed pooch in Tim Burton’s latest gothlite animated feature. Breckenridge: 1:50, 7:15 (2D), 4:50, 9:30 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:15 a.m., 2:15, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30. Rave: 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:10 (2D), 11:50 a.m., 2:05, 4:50, 7:55 (3D). Riverdale: 9:30 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:40, 3:45, 5:50, 7:55, 10:00. Hope Springs (PG-13) – Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep try to reignite the spark of love with the help of Steve Carrell, in this lighthearted, 100-minute-long Cialis commercial. Riverdale: 9:40 a.m., 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:45. Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) — Animated kids movie in which Dracula is an overprotective father who hosts a big monster mash, starring the voice of Adam Sandler, of course. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:10, 7:05 (2D), 9:25 p.m. (3D). Chenal 9: 11:05 a.m., 1:30, 4:25, 7:05 (2D), 9:40 (3D). Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 (2D), 12:55, 3:25, 5:55 (3D). Riverdale: 9:10 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 1:45, 3:55, 6:10, 8:30. House at the End of the Street (PG-13) — Bunch of terror happens to “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:25, 7:25, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50. Rave: 3:55, 9:50. Riverdale: 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 8:00, 10:10. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) – Latest iteration in the series about a crew of wacky animated animals. Movies 10: 12:40, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55. Killer Joe (NC-17) — Gritty murder drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple and Emile Hirsch. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00. Looper (R) — Time-travel action thriller with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:05, 7:00, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:25 a.m., 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55. Rave: 12:45, 3:45, 8:10, 11:15. Riverdale: 9:45 a.m., 1:00, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) — The Dreamworks franchise rolls on, with Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and other people who make stupid amounts of money as talking animals. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 9:35.
The Master (R) — Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterwork about a Scientology-type cult, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. Market Street: 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20. Pitch Perfect (PG-13) — Competitive groups of singers have singing competitions and so forth. Breckenridge: 1:25 (open-captioned), 4:15, 7:30, 10:05. Chenal 9: 11:10 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00. Rave: 12:10, 2:55, 5:50, 8:35, 11:20. The Possession (PG-13) — A family must confront a terrifying something or other but more importantly, this stars Matisyahu. Yes, really. Breckenridge: Rave: 10:35 p.m. Premium Rush (PG-13) – A bike messenger’s life is jeopardized when he picks up the wrong package. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50. Taken 2 (PG-13) — Sequel to the kidnapping-based action film, with Liam Neeson. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 9:45. Chenal 9: 11:15 a.m., 1:45, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35. Rave: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 (XTreme), 10:50 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 12:35, 1:25, 3:05, 3:35, 4:20, 5:40, 6:50, 8:40, 9:25. Riverdale: 9:10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05. Trouble with the Curve (PG-13) — Latest Clint Eastwood flick is probably OK, but not as good as the one where he yells at the chair. Breckenridge: 1:20, 7:00. Rave: 4:10. Riverdale: 9:35 a.m., noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) — Latest product churned out by the Tyler Perry machine. Movies 10: noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20. Won’t Back Down (PG) — Pro charter-school propaganda, with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. Breckenridge: 4:05, 9:35. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, www.fandango.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
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same godforsaken hill where he planted the son he dutifully raised into a violent kidnapper. In sequelworld, a dumb and usually repetitive place, this setup at least qualifies as logical, being a natural extension of the original story, with the added bonus that it mirrors the moving force (monomaniacal fatherly love) of “Taken.” But most of what unfolds in “Taken 2” is implausible, derivative and pat. (Wait, you mean the one overseas trip that his family joins is the one in which these gangsters plan his abduction?) Worse, no one is particularly interesting — not the leads, not the tracksuited thugs chasing them in SUVs. Chess pieces have more distinct personalities than the characters of “Taken 2.” This is closer to a game of checkers that devolves into neck-breakings. Meanwhile Olivier Megaton directsby-numbers. Luc Besson, who wrote “Taken” and the “Transporter” movies, is back with a script that unfolds like action movie Mad Libs. The last alleged joke in the 91-minute running time has the daughter asking the father not to shoot her boyfriend as they all sit down to milkshakes. (Oh, spoiler: The good guys go for milkshakes at the end.) It’s supposed to sound playful-ironic but it’s just grim and dumb after he has pumped bullets into every gun-toting lunk in Istanbul, smashing great chunks of the old city along the way. Give “Taken 2” credit for this much: The car chases are as spectacular as they are utterly unbelievable. Things explode, satisfyingly. And there are some fine handto-hand fighting scenes between Neeson (b. 1952) and some equally well-aged goons. Now, you may wonder, what are their names? What are their stories? Why should you care what happens? No time for silly questions. Old man Neeson has necks to break.
o it looks like “Taken 2” made $50 million last weekend, the thirdbiggest October opening in the history of movies. This says as much about October movies as it does about “Taken 2,” unfortunately: It couldn’t top the openings of the second “Jackass” movie or the third “Paranormal Activity.” The second “Taken” benefitted from the fact that the first had the memorable line in which Liam Neeson tells a kidnapper to release his daughter or be tracked down and killed. Apparently people liked the thought of Neeson, a refined Northern Irish yeti of a man, tracking down and murdering Eurotrash human traffickers in search of his teenager. Vaulting from that appeal, Neeson has made a tidy little career of kicking people’s (and wolves’, and aliens’, and Greek gods’) asses in the years since. Neeson’s back in “Taken 2” doing more of the same, in a movie that feels like more of the same throughout. His retired CIA agent turned security specialist is trying to maintain a normal fatherly presence with his now college-aged daughter, played again by Maggie Grace (b. 1983). He’s also gently macking on his ex-wife, Famke Janssen (nee Jean Grey in the “X-Men” films), who’s having trouble with her new husband, some Beemer-driving jerk we never actually see. Gosh, well, why don’t mother and daughter accompany the former spook on a bit of sight-seeing in Istanbul? That sure sounds like a way to get everyone bonding again. Except that the kidnapper gang of Albanian psychopaths from the first movie is burying their dead and talking of revenge against our hero. Apparently the main kidnapper from “Taken” had a dad — Rade Serbedzija looking a bit like the Most Interesting Man in the World after a month-long beach bender. He wants to kill Neeson real slow on the
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Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 6 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Austin K. Jones, Dueling Pianos. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. The Avett Brothers. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $37. 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com. Destroyer of Light, God City Destroyers, Snakedriver, Mainland Divide, The Dead Rangers. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Mimi Blais. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, 7 p.m., $8-$15. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. 870-508-6280. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Shitbox Jimmy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Top of the Rock Chorus rehearsal. Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church, through Nov. 13: 7-10 p.m. 7351 Warden Road, Sherwood. 501231-1119. www.topoftherockchorus.org. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Vino’s Picture Show: “Frank Zappa: Baby Snakes.” Vino’s, 7 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Wes Burnett. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. www.revroom.com. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. 501-376-1084.
Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 12-21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Art of Architecture Lecture Series. Professor Mark Boyer presents “New Ground, Notable Projects.” Arkansas Arts Center, 5:30 p.m., free. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. Fit 2Live: “Navigating Nutrition Recommendations -- Is MyPlate Your Plate?”. Laman Library, 6:30 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 12. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market
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Pavilions, through Oct. 27: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. rivermarket.info. Live Trivia by Challenge Entertainment. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com. Political Animals Club: Highway Commission Chairman Madison Murphy. Includes lunch and presentation from Murphy. Governor’s Mansion, 11:30 a.m., $20. 1800 Center St. 501-377-1121. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.
Globe Theatre Presents: “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Market Street Cinema, 2 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreetcinema.net.
Collins Hemingway. The author of “The Fifth Wave: A Strategic Vision for Mobile Internet Innovation, Investment and Return” will discuss his book. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. Karl Rove. Harding University, 7 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. “Tikkun Olam: Life Enhancing For All”. Hendrix College, 7 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4598. www.hendrix. edu.
Ed Sanders. University of Central Arkansas, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, 3 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-450-3293. www. uca.edu.
Wiggle Worms: “Oh, the Pressure of Air!.” Museum of Discovery, 10:30 a.m., $8-$10, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www.amod.org.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
“Busy Body.” Comedy in which a cleaning woman finds a body in the office building she cleans, but when she reports it to the police, the corpse is nowhere to be found. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Nov. 4: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-5623131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Enemy Of The People.” By Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play, which is set in a small Norwegian town and explores the ways that money can corrupt even the noblest pursuits. The Weekend Theater, through Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; through Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $12$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Little Women.” Coming of age drama adapted for the stage by Marian De Forest, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. Royal Theatre, Oct. 11-13, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.; Oct. 18-20, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., $5-$10. 111 S. Market St., Benton.
NEW EXHIBITS, ART EVENTS
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Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Tympanic Ruminations,” interactive show exploring the connection between music and art inspiration, with work by Virmarie DePoyster, Kyle Boswell and Elizabeth Weber, opens with reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13, runs through Nov. 3. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Arkansas League of Artists exhibition, Oct. 12-Jan. 26; “Solastagia,” work by Susan Chambers and Louise Halsey, Oct. 12-Jan. 26. 2nd Friday Art Night reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with jazz by Michael Eubanks. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 320-5700. CHRIST CHURCH GALLERY, 509 Scott St.: “The Watercolor Series of Kuhl Brown,” 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 375-2342. COURTYARD MARRIOTT, 521 President Clinton Ave.: ArtGroup Maumelle works, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 975-9800. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Equinox,” work by UALR students. 320-5717. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center: Work by Philip Robinson, Peggy Roberson, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 801-0211. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham: “Dia de los Muertos,” Oct. 13-Nov. 11, proceeds from sales will benefit the Arkansas Foodbank Network, reception 6 p.m. Nov. 1. 663-2222. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “And the Band Played On,” mixed media by Kevin Cole, receptions 2-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, artist talk and book signing 10 a.m. Oct. 13. 372-6822. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Contemporary: Selected Fellows from the Arkansas Arts Council,” work by 17 artists, through Nov. 4; “Barbie Doll: The 11 ½-inch American Icon,” through Jan. 6, 2013; “A Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through March 2013. Open 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, with music by the Smittle Band. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. J.W. WIGGINS GALLERY, Sequoyah National Research Center, 2801 S. University: “Indian Ink: Native Printmakers in the J.S. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art,” curated by Bobby Martin, art professor at John Brown University, Oct. 11-Dec. 14. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri. 569-8336. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Day of the Dead,” activities and Mexican music, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 324-9685. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 S. Main St.: 2012 AIA Arkansas Honor Awards, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, 2nd Friday Art Night; “New Ground, Notable Works,” talk by UA professor of landscape architecture Mark Boyer, 6 p.m. Oct. 16, reception 5:30 p.m., presented by the Architecture and Design Network. THEA, 401 Main St., NLR: “ACH Patient Art Show & Sale,” Collaborative mixed media artwork by ACH patients and artists-in-residence, Oct. 15-19, art sale Oct. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Faces of the Delta,” drawings by Aj Smith, Oct. 4-Nov. 16; “Photographing the Landscape,” work by Jay Gould, Frank Hamrick, Chad Smith and Luther Smith, Oct. 16-Dec. 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-3182. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 600 Museum Way: “See the Light: The Luminist Tradition in American Art,” light in art from the 19th century through today, including paintings by Martin Johnson Heade, John Singer Sargent, James Turrell, Jim Campbell, Dan Flavin and Mark Rothko; and “Moshe Safdie: The Path to Crystal Bridges,” how
the architect used light in designs for Crystal Bridges, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and Habitat 67 in Montreal, both Oct. 13-Jan. 28; “Carol Dickie Art Show and Book Signing,” 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13, Museum Store; “Thomas Eakins: Intersecting Art with Science,” talk by librarian Jason W. Dean and UA professor Ashley P.G. Dowling, 1 p.m. Oct. 15; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. HOT SPRINGS TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange St.: “The Photography Show,” work by Fernand Fonssagrives, Thomas Petillo, Chuck Dodson and Marcus Menefee, through Oct.. 501-6240516. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Tenses of Landscape,” invitational group painting show, through Nov. 4, Fine Arts Center gallery, lecture by painter Claire Sherman 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Room 213, Fine Arts Center (reception at 5:30 p.m.), lecture by artist Emily Gherard 7 p.m. Oct. 25 (reception 5:30 p.m.); Patti Chalmers, Linda Lopez, ceramics; Mathew McConnell student work, hallway gallery, through Oct. 26. 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 479-575-7987. GOSHEN DOMBEK STUDIO & GALLERY, 844 Blue Springs Road: “Birds and Butterflies and Earlier Work,” paintings by George Dombek, studio open 1-5 p.m. every Sat.-Sun. in Oct.
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “50 for Arkansas,” work donated by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, through Jan. 6; “Multiplicity,” exhibition on printmaking from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, through Jan. 6; “Formed from Fire: American Studio Glass from the Permanent Collection,” through Nov. 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. THE ART LOFT, 1525 Merrill Drive: Work by Dan Thornhill, Catherine Rodgers, Rosemary Parker, Kelly Furr, Melody Lile and others, with music by Rico Novales. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 251-1131. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “A Photographic Celebration: The 40th Anniversary of the Buffalo National River,” by Paul Caldwell, through Oct. 20. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Recent works of Jennifer Bryant, V.L. Cox and David O’Brien, through Oct. 27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Landscape,” work by Al Allen, Thomas Hart Benton, Darrell Berry, Gary Bolding, Adrian Brewer, J.O. Buckley, Roger Carlisle, Carroll Cloar, Shelia Cotton, William Dunlap, Louis Freund, Charles Harrington, Colette Pope Heldner, Dolores Justus, Matt McLeod, Laura Raborn, Ed Rice, Kendall Stallings, Barry Thomas and Rebecca Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Fighting
AFTER DARK, CONT. the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, through Oct. 28. 758-1720. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Portraits,” paintings by Louis Beck, through Oct.; giclee giveaway 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell: “Lifelines,” photographs by Brian Fender, paintings by Kathy Bay, portion of proceeds from Fender sales go to ALS research. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Karlyn Holloway. 374-2848. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR: “Small Works on Paper: 2006-2011 Retrospective,” Bank of the Ozarks Gallery, Ottenheimer Library, through Oct. 24. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat. 812-4102. TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts touring exhibit by Linda Williams Palmer, show continues through Nov. 4. 372-4000. CONWAY FAULKNER COUNTY LIBRARY: 501-327-7482. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “Baum MFA Biennial,” work by Jo Ann Block, Erica Nickol and Carmen Niichel; “Small Talk: Works on Paper by Heather Gordon,” both through Oct. 25; “So Tiny: An Exhibition of Small Works in 3D,” Baum Gallery, through Oct. 25. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-450-5793. FAYETTEVILLE WALTON ARTS CENTER, 495 W. Dickson St.: “20 Years,” commissioned installation by Kathy Thompson, “My Folklore: The Art of Letitia Huckaby,” both through Jan. 13. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 479-443-5600. HOT SPRINGS ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: “Journeys in the Art of Clay,” sculptural ceramics by Lori Arnold; also work by Alison Parsons. 501-625-3001. ARTCHURCH STUDIO, 301 Whittington: “Day of the Dead” exhibit through Nov. 16, closing reception 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2. 501-655-0838. BLUE MOON, 718 Central Ave.: Work by Randall Good, through November. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Self Portraits,” through Oct. 27. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave: Tracee Gentry-Matthews, paintings. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: New work by Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Steve Griffith and others. 501-321-2335.
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ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Dorothy Howell Rodham and Virginia Clinton Kelley,” through Nov. 25; permanent exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Vietnam: America’s Conflict,” other military exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “A Voice through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’ Black Community by Ralph Armstrong,” through Jan. 5, 2013; permanent exhibits on African-American entrepreneurial history in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “GPS Adventures,” ages 6 to adult, through April 1; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 12 and older, $8 ages 1-11, free under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. More gallery and museum listings at arktimes.com.
OCTOBER 10, 2012
Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ ACCORDING TO ITS FACEBOOK page, the Hillcrest Farmers Market will become the very first year-round market in Little Rock, with plans to move indoors at its Pulaski Heights Baptist Church location when the weather gets cold. The winter market will start at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 and continue all the way through until spring.
ACADIA Unbelievable fixed-price, threecourse dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS A menu that covers a lot of ground and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8687600. LD Mon.-Sat. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri.
OCTOBER 10, 2012
QUICK BITE If you’re the rare diner interested in The Box who wants something other than a hamburger, you’ve got some options: sandwiches including bologna, grilled cheese, grilled chicken, a turkey melt, a jerk chicken, a BLT, a club sandwich and a ham and cheese and salads including a chef’s salad and grilled chicken salad. HOURS 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday OTHER INFO Credit cards accepted, beer.
FAMILIAR SIGHT: The Box’s burgers are still big and juicy.
The Box abides Big delicious burgers still the speciality.
ow does an old dive generate new buzz? Taking a two-year hiatus seems to have worked well for The Box. The old-line burger joint, originally known as The Band Box and housed in a squat, windowless cinderblock building on South Main, closed in the summer of 2010 to make way for a USA Drug store. At the time, owner Kelly Joiner said he would reopen in a matter of months. As the months stretched into years, we’d just about come to grips with the idea that the restaurant wouldn’t live past 62 years. But in July, The Box returned in new digs, the former home of an electrical supply company. Unless you sentimentalize grime, the new location is a significant improvement on the old one. It’s airy-er with big windows in the front and tall ceilings. The walls are bright red and decorated with the likes of a giant Razorback painting, salvaged bumper-sticker-plastered refrigerator doors from the Main Street location and a framed picture of a dancing burger and fries below the words “I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain for tofu.” A J-shaped granite-bar, lined with shiny pressed-tin panels, overlooks a prep area and the griddle — A.K.A., the soul of The Box — brought along (of course) from Main Street.
LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITIES Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton of 100.3 The Edge will be hosting the 7th Annual Guns N’ Hoses Chili Cook-off on November 3 at the Clear Channel Metroplex. Proceeds from the cook-off will go to the September Fund, which provides scholarships to the children of police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids under 8 get in free. Tasting begins at 11 a.m.
1023 W. 7th St. 682-7777
THE ARKANSAS LOCAL FOOD NETWORK, TALES OF THE SOUTH, THE BERNICE GARDEN and several SoMA businesses are holding a Local Food Tour in the form of a hayride that will visit South Main’s community gardens and local food-related businesses. The tour runs from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 with dinner to follow. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
NEW DIGS: The Box has re-opened at 1023 W. 7th St.
So how’s the new Box stack up against the old one, as well other burgers in town? Pretty favorably. They’re still as juicy, well-spiced, appropriately charred and irregularly shaped as ever. We got our hamburger ($5.25 or $7.75
with fries and a drink) with everything on it — mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion — with grilled onions and jalapenos added for extra (bacon and chili are also options; all extras cost 50 cents each), and will likely make that order again. On another visit, we were drawn to the stuffed cheeseburger ($7.25), which turned out to be not much different than a plain ol’ cheeseburger. It’s apparently The Box’s attempt at what folks up Nawth call a “Juicy Loosey” which is, according to the New Jersey-born companion we had tagging along that go-round, two burger patties sealed together around a core of sliced cheese so the molten cheese doesn’t goosh out until you take the first bite. The Box doesn’t seem to have time for sealin’, so what we essentially got was a double cheeseburger with a lot of American cheese tucked between the patties (hot, Swiss and cheddar are also available). That was kind of a letdown given that it’s set apart as its own species on the menu, but it didn’t hurt the flavor. Like The Box’s standard burgers, our stuffed cheeseburger was big and tasty. It was enough to take us back to the days of hanging at the dairy bar, especially when paired with a side of their tasty, handcut fries. Less successful: the chili cheese dog ($5.50 with fries) and chili cheese fries ($3). The dog itself was good and considerably more substantial than most, but the chili was more like runny chili sauce and the cheese looked and tasted like the yellow glop that comes with nachos at the fair. But, really, who would get anything but a burger at The Box?
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DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. REDBONE’S Piquant Creole and Cajun food that’s among Little Rock’s best. The shrimp po-boy and duck and andouille gumbo are standouts. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-2211. LD daily. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-2900. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly ’50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3366. BLD Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. VIEUX CARRE A pleasant spot with specialty salads, steak and seafood. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat.
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few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301
Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Finedining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
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CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-9076124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.
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ast week a panel of experts, Denise Johnson, RN, BSN and Treva Roberts, owners of Arkansas Laser Dynamics; Cassandra Smith, an aesthetician and yoga instructor and owner of The Floating Lotus; and Vianca Armstrong Jordan, a consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, gave us some of their picks for taking care of our faces. This week, they give us the lowdown on products for the body.
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âžĽ Everybody wins at CHILI FIGHTS IN THE HEIGHTS, which is scheduled for Oct. 20. This is a family-friendly event, hosted by the Heights Neighborhood Association and Heights Business Association, aims to bring the community together to showcase a unique neighborhood and raise funds for the Arkansas Foodbank Network. The cooking starts at 2 p.m., with judging and tasting beginning at 5 and winners will be announced at 7. Chili tasting kits will be available to purchase at the event for $4 with all proceeds benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank Network. There will also be live music and other contests this year. âžĽ Let your book nerd flag fly at the PORTER AND BOOKER WORTHEN LITERARY PRIZE reception at the main libraryâ€™s Darragh Center, which will be from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11. Admission is free, and there will be libations and hors dâ€™oeuvres. To RSVP, call Kathryn Heller at 501-320-5717. âžĽ Get started on your fall planting and support a great cause by shopping the ACCESS FALL PLANT SALE at the Access Stella Boyle Smith Campus, located at 10618 Breckenridge
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Drive. The sale is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Proceeds will benefit programs for people with language and learning disabilities. âžĽ THE PROMENADE AT CHENAL will host its first annual Fall Shop & Save Sidewalk Sale on Oct. 20-21. There will be deep discount for shoppers along the sidewalks of the centerâ€™s main street from retailers. Thereâ€™s also the Pumpkin Patch at The Promenade every weekend in October, where families can pick up pumpkins from the locally owned Farm Connection, as well as get their picture taken with a fall landscape of hay bales, pumpkins and more. Times are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. âžĽ The SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE RACE SPACE is now open at Pleasant Ridge Town Center through Oct. 19. You can register for the race, shop of gear and take a peek at the Fired Up for the Cure calendar. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Nia24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands can help repair sun damage and lighten age spots on the hands, décolleté and shoulders. The product contains licorice, mulberry, bearberry and Luna-B White visibly to reduce discoloration, in addition to the line’s signature ingredient of niacin, which helps protect the skin from further damage. For firming, Johnson suggests SkinCeuticals’ AOX Body Treatment, which helps protect against damaging environmental aggressors, lightly exfoliates dead skin cells, and deeply moisturizes dehydrated areas for smoother, healthier-looking skin. Ingredients include grape polyphenols, ectoin, and vitamin E. In addition to skin care products, Arkansas Laser Dynamics provides a variety of laser and broadband light procedures, including hair removal and treatment for varicose and spider vein therapy.
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The Floating Lotus has practically anything you would need for a beautiful, healthy body: In addition to yoga classes, a variety of facials, massages, body treatments, waxing services and eyelash extensions are available. “All of our services are exceptional and focus on healing, but a few of my personal favorites are the fire and ice facial, the aloe vera detox wrap, and the hot stone massage,” Smith said. There are also many skin care products for the body, including the Eminence Biodynamic Collection’s Quince Nourishing Body Lotion. Its special ingredients include quince seed juice, alfalfa extract and sesame seed oil, which gives it nourishing, anti-inflammatory and nutrient enriched moisture that helps soothe sensitive skin. For firming up those jiggly areas, Smith recommends the Eminence Age Corrective Collection’s body Coconut Firming Body Lotion, which uses coconut milk to provide moisture and coconut water for balancing pH levels. To combat cellulite, the Eminence Cinnamon Paprika Body Lotion’s paprika gets the blood flowing to the surface, which helps to flush unwanted toxins from the area. Smith said your skin will turn red and start to tingle after application, but that’s how you know it is working.
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Kathy Fields expanded into skincare that combats aging. Armstong Jordan is a consultant for the line and recommends several products for tackling some of those tricky body-care issues like dry skin. “For the body, we have everyday dermatological necessities such as the Essentials Body Sunscreen, Essentials Lip Shield, Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan and the Essentials Vitamin D3 supplement,” she said. For treating dry, flaky skin, Armstrong Jordan suggests Essentials Daily Body Moisturizer or the Essentials Moisturizer with Melaslow, which is a lightweight moisturizer that dries to a matte finish and is a skin brightener.
Those who have more serious skin issues such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis can benefit from the Soothe As Needed Hydrocortisone Lotion, which provides acute relief to patches of dry, irritated, itchy skin, Armstrong Jordan said. Formulated with 1 percent hydrocortisone, it helps to immediately relieve inflammation while helping replenish and maintain the skin’s natural barrier to prevent future irritation. So there you have it — some of your skin questions answered. If there are specific issues you’d like to address, give one of these professionals a call, and they can set you up with a free evaluation to see what works best for you. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES
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all fell recently and I missed it. I was thinking about something else. Probably some political foolishness that in the end won’t amount to a hill of beans, as none of it ever amounts to a hill of beans. A hill of beans amounts to more of a hill of beans than anything that ever sprouts up in the mind of Antonin Scalia. But when fall falls something of giant consequence has occurred. Or recurred. One of fall’s best intrigues is the great migrations, older in the blood and chemistry of individual beasts than creationists credit the whole shebang for. The waterfowl get the ink, the v-strings of geese winging halfway down the world, knowing exactly where to stop, and when to stop so they can rest up sufficiently to turn around and go back at the appointed time. Spring upward and fall back down. Endlessly on the move. The eternal infernal rootlessness of it maybe nothing more than a way for the animals to differentiate themselves from the plants. Our only roots are metaphorical. The birds get the attention but the falling of fall always puts me in mind of the great seasonal Arkansas crawdad migration. I mean the wild crawdads rather than the farm-raised ones that are common fare now in restaurants and at your good bud’s big backyard crawdad boil. The wild ones that
live in the mud flats, in cricks and ponds and barpits and roadside ditches where the runoff puddles. The ones BOB that push up the litLANCASTER tle Whopper castles in the damp corners of your yard. They migrate seasonally just as the wild birds do, only their migration route is a strange one pioneered by the Arkansas river eels. They make their way into the smaller streams and bayous, and on into the larger rivers, notably the Arkansas, then on down the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. There they turn east and skirt the Redneck Riviera to Florida, then south down the great peninsula, crossing at the Keys over into the South Atlantic and gathering somewhere in the Gulfstream south of Bermuda for the big annual crawfish homecoming get-together and jamboree. It’s not far — not far at all — from where the midcontinent eels congregate. An exhausting trek, not a single stopover for snacks or naps, takes two months or more just to get there from here, and crawfishologists have no clue what the objective is. They think forces might be at work — sunlight angles and magnetic shifts — similar to those that inspire the spring-
break migration of American human college students, or the summer migration to Disney World of American human families with small children, or the winter migration to lower Florida of American urban ethnic oldtimers from the East Coast or the Great Lakes metropoli. But that’s just a guess. Crawfish swim backwards, pulling themselves along with their tails, so they make this monumental journey every year backwards. They can’t see where they’re going, and have to keep their bearings by seeing where they’ve been. It’d be like you driving two thousand miles nonstop in your Silverado, in reverse gear, and with no rearview mirror and no neck to crane. Vicksburg doesn’t loom ever larger as migrating crawfish approach it. It rather pops suddenly into full view as they tailpaddle past under the big I-20 bridge, and then diminishes slowly until its markered hilltops disappear behind the northern horizon. Same thing on the way back, except the opposite. And always the great question of why. Some kind of mating ritual? A survival tactic developed during the Ice Age and not yet bled out of the crawfish DNA? Our only clue is from an old seafarer tale that large groups of the wild crawfish assembled there in mid-ocean have been heard to emit rhythmic though not harmonic vibrations that possibly amount to the crawfish equivalent of a hoedown. This raises the prospect of a Crawdad Branson or a craw-
dad hadj, but that is so farfetched in my opinion as to strain credulity. You know we used to migrate ourselves, when we were hunter-gatherers, following the great migrating herds of meat animals, the buffalo and mastodons and possums the size of a Hummer. But the impulse to hit the road when fall falls has almost been bred out of us. There’s still a brief tug of over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house at Thanksgiving, but it’s quickly satisfied and it’s usually home again the same day you left. And the beckoning of old home, home home, at Christmas — you could count on that, according to the song — but the War on Christmas is now officially lost, according to Fox News, and the migratory Christmas home pull has largely been lost along with it. Season’s Greetings is not something that would impel anybody anywhere. For your consideration, as they used to say on “The Twilight Zone,” one further thought on the mysteriousness of the fallfalling grand migration. It’s said that those on the trek who finally come to the fork always bolt. But it’s a bolting inward. No outside indication of it. All seems the same out there — an immense slow-wheeling of the firmament. Traveling on. But a skittering inside, like blown leaves, or lizards or cottontails darting on the periphery. I don’t know yet. Soon enough, though, I reckon. Soon enough.
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