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Those activist judges Doug Smith’s article (“Toxic judicial elections and how to avoid them,” Nov. 2) did not scratch the surface of this important issue. “Greedy corporations and bigoted, right wing religionists seizing control” of the judiciary is the most sophomoric and irresponsible comment I have ever read in your paper. What Hon. Robert Brown describes as “toxic judicial elections” and demagoguery are actually, in my opinion, positive and healthy democratic responses to judicial overreach. For example, the judges invent a right of privacy (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965), which is contained nowhere in the Constitution. Then, the courts invoke these judicially created rights to invalidate laws passed by our elected representatives and by the people themselves (e.g., Initiated Act 1 in Arkansas). In Iowa and elsewhere, the courts consistently ignore public opinion in enacting same-sex marriage, which has been rejected every time it has been put to a vote. And you and others criticize us for having the audacity to remove activist judges from office? Exactly what do you propose we do? Judges who want to “constitutionalize” very sensitive and contentious social and political issues do so at their own risk and should not complain when they are thrown out of the political arena they chose to enter. Thankfully, they are not immune from democratic oversight. We are all familiar with the concept of “judicial review,” another power the judges awarded to themselves in 1803 (which was considered and specifically rejected by the Constitutional Convention). Let’s call this “democratic review.” Yes, it is messy, imperfect and expensive, but it is far better than the alternative. Michael Emerson Little Rock

Don’t forgive loans At what point did a “loan” not become a loan? I was shocked recently when I read that the government was (by executive order) reducing the time on “forgiving” a student loan from 25 to 20 years. In my ignorance, I simply went to school and paid my way through by working. After all that education, how dumb am I? I simply could have taken a student loan and not paid it back, only to be forgiven after the time limit on it expired. What a message we are sending to young people being educated. Get the degree we told you would be beneficial, but if it doesn’t work out, hey, don’t worry about it. We’ll forgive it, 4 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

at which point your kids and the construction workers who didn’t go to school will pay it off for you. In the meantime, don’t shower for a couple of weeks, go down and occupy Wall Street, and urinate in public. God Bless America. Ron Collins Hot Springs

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ness for the civilians who stepped in and did their part in making sure this was brought to light. NoMasBadgeForThisGuy What this video doesn’t reveal is the conversation between the suspect and the officer. It looks like the officer was giving the suspect plenty of opportunity to place his hands on the wall and to comply. As you can see, the suspect never does and is continually trying to turn around to face the officer. As an officer who has been in such situations with a non-compliant suspect, it was always my practice to leg-sweep them and get them to the ground where I could gain compliance and get them handcuffed as quickly as possible. The only thing I can say about this video otherwise is that as an officer it has never entered my thoughts to ever just punch anyone in the face. Also, such incidents don’t need to be reviewed or investigated by, at least solely, a civilian. Civilians do not go through the use of force training and are not educated on the real threats that are out there for police officers. So a civilian without the training and experience will be too quick to judge such incidents. Citizen This is another good reason why police officers should not be allowed to work private security jobs while off duty. Just as the two female officers in the apartment complex who killed the old man recently, these cops were representing and protecting private interests, but since they are police officers 24/7, they have subjected the City of Little Rock to potential liability for their off-duty exploits. Just about all police departments allow this; none of them should. plainjim I know this “cop.” He is not a thug or a criminal but a decorated and respected police officer. That man resisted arrest and was treated accordingly. It’s too bad that a 175-lbs. yuppie picked a fight with a 250-plus-lbs. experienced police officer. It tends to screw your face up a bit. Next time he should think about what he says and does in the presence of law enforcement. I always do and I have never had my ass kicked by one. Kimberly Green

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EDITORIAL

EYE ON ARKANSAS

Praying for dollars

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here is no record of a non-Christian state legislator ever receiving state and federal tax dollars to run a school openly promoting atheism. Or Buddhism, for that matter. Or Islam, or any other of the off-brand beliefs. If ever such a thing happens, we’ll begin to pay attention to the Religious Right’s complaints, voiced loudly at a recent Washington convention, that Christians are persecuted in this country. In the meantime, we have the case of state Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork), who rakes in almost a million dollars a year in state and federal money for operating a “Christian” day-care center, in bold violation of the Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. We have, too, Harris’s colleague, Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home), whose pre-school operation receives almost $200,000 a year in tax dollars to provide Christian religious education. A couple more legislators in this line of work and there’ll be enough for a standing Committee on Religion and Flimflam. Are there not state officials charged with keeping boodlers’ hands out of taxpayers’ pockets? There are, but they appear to have been dozing. (At least, that’s the most charitable explanation for their inactivity.) How else could they avoid concern about public money going to a pre-school called “Growing God’s Kingdom”? In any event, it was a private, non-government agency, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, that blew the whistle on the Harris and Key schemes. Americans United has called on the state Department of Human Services and the state Education Department to investigate the dispensation of public money to religious groups. It appears the bureaucratic response will be painfully slow and, we expect, excusive of the legislators and the DHS and Education Department employees who abetted them. So criminal prosecution is probably too much to hope for. (It would be easy for Harris, for example, to convince investigators that he didn’t understand the law. His public responses to the accusations against him suggest that he doesn’t understand spelling very well.) Restitution would be a reasonable request, and public apology for the legislators’ offenses, with promises to sin no more. The United States Constitution is not to be mocked. At the very least, the disbursement of public money to these church facilities should be ended immediately. If the agencies won’t do it on their own, surely Governor Beebe can give commands. And somebody — perhaps a more conscientious legislator than Harris or Key — might want to ask Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for a legal opinion on this public financing of church institutions. It shouldn’t take long to write that opinion.

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hurch-state disputes arise frequently in Arkansas because we are a state dominated by conservative Christians who believe in evangelism. The latest on the agenda: Americans United for Separation for Church and State last week wrote state Human Services Department and Education Department officials with concerns about the amount of religion present in Growing God’s Kingdom, a West Fork pre-school run by Republican state Rep. Justin Harris. The school’s bulletin boards carry Bible quotes. A Bible lesson is taught daily. Parents and teachers are informed that spreading God’s word is a mission of the school. The state provides more than $500,000 a year to pay the tuition for some 110 students. Harris actually gets a great deal more public money, nearly $900,000 a year counting federal nutrition and other aid. Harris contends he’s gotten the state OK to offer religion, so long as it’s outside the 7.5 hours care that he must provide for each publicly paid child and so long as he pays for supplies. Americans United says he’s wrong. A landmark decision in the 8th U.S. Circuit, which covers Arkansas, said a prison ministry in Iowa was unconstitutional because prison expenditures, though for indirect support like housing and equipment, amounted to religious establishment. Harris couldn’t operate his school — in a building his family owns and whose expenses are paid with public money — without taxpayer support. Yet, until now, the state has clearly left the impression that if a school teaches Bible outside the grant-required 7.5 hours daily the taxpayer subsidy of building and staff is irrelevant. The issue is bigger than Justin Harris. Stephens Media reported Monday that state Sen. Johnny Key also gets almost $200,000 in public money a year in support of his Noah’s Ark Preschool in Mountain Home, which also provides Bible lessons and daily prayers. Nearly 300 agencies — many of them with religious roots — receive $100 million a year in public

Arkansas Better Chance funding to provide preschool for poor children. Who knows how many teach Bible? Harris seems determined to be a martyr, so overt his proseMAX lytizing. Key, perhaps the most BRANTLEY maxbrantley@arktimes.com measured Republican in the legislature, is believable when he says the state had signed off. But the state has had no written guidelines that provide a constitutional path to religious instruction. It has had no legal analysis. What’s worse, the state law that authorizes the funding of preschool programs specifically requires an audit of religious recipients to be sure they don’t run afoul of the Constitution. There’s no record that such an audit has ever been performed. Americans United notes the schools ARE regularly inspected. Surely an inspector at West Fork, while checking the sanitary conditions, happened to glimpse the Bible quotes on the bulletin board or, as last Friday, heard a teacher talking about Samson and Delilah. A Human Services spokesman says that the issue is now getting a closer look and that it will eventually “issue some guidance.” She insists, however, that grantees were always told they “cannot teach a religious curriculum and use state funds to teach and buy material.” But they do. Key spoke honestly when questioned by Stephens Media on whether his school’s religious instruction — admittedly mild stuff like being thankful at Thanksgiving — was being funded by tax dollars. “I won’t say that it is not,” said Key. But he insisted the state approved. That is the real problem. Arkansas government has provided public support for faith-based institutions in exactly the religiously permissive way the proselytizers like George W. Bush had hoped. Americans United will win few friends in Arkansas for pushing back. But it should win in court.

OPINION

For a dirty USA

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was a lucky boy. You could catch a string of bream for dinner in the spring-fed creek below the house on Champagnolle Road, swim in its frigid “blue hole” below the bridge and not get sick from either activity. But if you traveled in either direction the eight to 12 miles to El Dorado nearly every other stream was dead and you would not put a toe in the fetid waters or hike the bleak valleys. A test well had blown out in 1920 and the oil boom was still in swing when I was born 17 years later. Oilfield operators then were free of the heavy hand of government regulators. How today’s Republican presidential candidates, the Tea Party and our own congressman would have loved those days. Oil was pumped into holding ponds and it and the salt water from the wells leached out into nearby streams. Spring rains swelled the creeks, and the oil and salt settled on the branches and around the roots of vegetation. Before long, gentle valleys a half-mile or more wide were devoid of all life — moonscapes of rotting tree trunks bare of either bark or limbs. Water trickled down stream beds caked with brown and blue sludge. They reassigned the name Salt Creek to a dead stream that started in the East Field oil patch and crossed the road four miles west of my house before feeding into the Ouachita River. My father, who hauled wood for a living, loved to fish but he had to drive east

to the bottomlands in Calhoun County to find a stream where he was sure the bass were fit to eat. ERNEST There was no DUMAS Environmental Protection Agency then; Congress passed a law in 1948 to regulate stream pollution, but it applied only to interstate streams. In 1939, the state of Arkansas finally created an agency to regulate water pollution. The first timid steps by the state came too late for people on Champagnolle and Armer roads, but regulation elsewhere forced improvements in the technology of extraction and disposal and the benefits trickled into south Arkansas. Can I insert a little more history here? In the 1960s, the American people, especially those in smog-smothered cities, demanded that the government protect the environment. In 1970 and 1972, President Richard Nixon — let’s hear it for Tricky Dick! — signed the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, backed by Republican and Democratic leaders, and created the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out a great range of steps to control industrial effluents into the air and waters. Other congresses and presidents — notably President George H.W. Bush — expanded the range of EPA’s activities. Sulfuric acid from power plants was spreading acid rain, which was taking a

deadly toll on forests from Appalachia to the Mississippi, and Bush signed the law that forced operators to install technology to stop it. (A couple of our coal-burning plants got under the wire.) The National Association of Manufacturers, many utilities and the hydrocarbon industries warned of terrible economic consequences from each heavy-handed regulation of pollution or worker protections — slower growth, loss of jobs, skyrocketing energy costs, they said — but the public seemed to like it when rivers and harbors were cleaned up, the smog began to evaporate and the air was healthier. People thought it silly to go to lengths to protect species like the fat pocketbook pearly mussel, but they liked the government getting tough to clean up their air and water. Measured by all the products of better health, such as reduced medical costs and greater productivity, the regulation has meant many trillions of dollars to people. But times seem to have changed. The energy industry, the NAM and their mouthpieces now control the national dialogue and they have persuaded a great many Americans that regulation is evil. The entire Republican Party has now saddled up with the industry. Regulation and high taxes on corporations and the wealthy, they say, are responsible for the great recession; never mind that taxes on business and wealth are near historic lows and that regulatory failure precipitated the financial collapse. Last week, Congressman Tim Griffin posted on Facebook his “Top 10 JobDestroying Regulations.” House Republi-

can Leader Eric Cantor had sent it out to acolytes, some of whom, like Griffin, dutifully posted it. The list was the NAM’s talking points. The 10 rules require industries to take steps to halt poisonous emissions or protect the rights of workers. Griffin/Cantor/NAM say that new rules to enforce the Clean Air Act would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and drive up energy bills to stratospheric levels, though all previous scares proved to be wrong. The rules would require generating plants to take steps to reduce mercury and other toxic emissions that drift across state lines and to reduce carbon and nitric gases that accumulate in the atmosphere for centuries and cause global warming. The EPA is imposing standards on handling and disposing of coal ash from power plants. The NAM and Republicans say coal ash is safe stuff and not worth controlling. It only contains arsenic, boron, lead, mercury, dioxins and about 20 other known poisons. As luck would have it, when Cantor was sending out his list, including the coal-ash tirade, a coal-fired utility’s giant ash dump in Wisconsin collapsed into Lake Michigan, sending arsenic, dioxins and boron into the waves. The EPA had warned the utility about the ash last year. But that is a lot of water, so who should care? Maybe the megaphone of the Koch brothers and the NAM is not so potent. A nationwide poll by Hart Research found that people favored tougher air-pollution protections by percentages from 60 to 77 percent. But that is without telling them that Barack Obama and “the government” are behind the standards.

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More than a magazine

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he Oxford American, the 19-yearold “Southern Magazine of Good Writing” that has been published in Arkansas since 2002 and run under the auspices of the non-profit Oxford American Literary Project since 2004, has signed a five-year lease on the buildings at 1300 Main Street that formerly housed Juanita’s. The business staff of the nonprofit will move into office space on the property at the end of November or early December. The editorial offices of the magazine, which have been housed on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas since 2004, will remain at UCA. The new space, which includes a stage, a bar, a restaurant kitchen and two large ground-floor rooms, will allow the Oxford American to broaden its reach, publisher Warwick Sabin said. “I’m looking to continue to develop the Oxford American as more than just a magazine, to establish it as a cultural

institution dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Southern culture in all its expressions.” LINDSEY To that end, MILLAR Sabin said he lindseymillar@arktimes.com hopes the new location will eventually house a Southern cafe that will host noteworthy musicians, writers, artists, photographers, chefs, filmmakers, playwrights and others for evening programming. The potential for collaboration with local arts organizations like the Little Rock Film Festival and The Rep is great, he said. Sabin’s vision represents a growing trend among media companies looking to expand beyond their publications. For many, like the venerable Seattle altweekly The Stranger, which now sells concert tickets and develops web pro-

grams, self-preservation is the driving factor. Until advertising revenues on the web offset a steady decline in print ad revenues (if ever), publishers have to be creative about propping up their bottom lines. Others, like the two-year-old non-profit Texas Tribune, see it as their mission to engage with their communities. “Events are journalism — events are content. And in this new world, content comes to you and you create it in many forms,” Evan Smith, the Tribune’s chief editor and chief executive, told the website Nieman Journalism Lab in July. “We think much of the technology world embraces ‘push’ as opposed to ‘pull’ as a way to reach people. We are taking a ‘push’ approach to content, and that means going to people with content where they live.” Over the last several years, the Oxford American has taken a similar approach, hosting dozens of events in Arkansas and throughout the South, including a writing summit held this summer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute that brought

the New Yorker’s David Remnick to Arkansas and a “Future of the South” symposium held earlier this month at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Sabin said such programming occasionally benefits the editorial budget of the magazine, which publishes quarterly in print and monthly on the web. Like the Tribune’s Smith, Sabin sees the programming as a way, in part, to “push” the magazine’s content to readers. With events surrounding the release of its popular Southern music issues, “we want people to experience the music and hear it themselves in venues that have some cultural significance,” Sabin said. Of course even if people who go to events don’t become readers, the Oxford American still fulfills its mission. That means, ultimately, Sabin is responsible less for selling a magazine than for selling the cultural vitality of the South. As I hope the Oxford American’s new home proves, that’s a sales pitch with growth potential. In full disclosure, I worked at the Oxford American early in my career. www.arktimes.com NOVEMBER 9, 2011 7

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here are two emerging constants in Bobby Petrino’s tenure as Arkansas coach. The first is that the Razorbacks have established an almost crippling psychological dominance over South Carolina, even as the latter continues to stockpile splashy recruits and allegedly trend upward in what seems like the fifth decade of the Steve Spurrier era. He is now 2-5 against Arkansas since taking over for Lou Holtz in 2005, with both of those wins coming at the expense of Razorback squads that finished below .500. Petrino has claimed three straight wins in the series by an average of 18 points. (Aside on Spurrier: Has any coach ever looked more disengaged and just plain overmatched than this onetime sultan of the ranks? I think he might honestly covet a reunion with Dan Snyder at this point.) The second is the affirmation of a genuine, meaningful rivalry with LSU. For years, it was about as significant on the national scale as the Egg Bowl, or the Little Brown Jug game, or whatever the hell absurd token neighboring also-rans play for these days. But of late, Arkansas-LSU is a game of consequence, played with vigor until the end gun, and provided that neither team experiences a hiccup the next two weeks the enormity of the 2011 edition will be unrivaled. And as we all saw Saturday night, likely by shuffling from one room to another or hammering the “back” button on the remote feverishly, both teams remain on that collision course. LSU nudged by Alabama, 9-6, in extra innings, closing out the Tide in their aggressively overhyped 1-2 matchup not long after the Hogs registered their 44-28 win over South Carolina in a game that should have boasted an even wider margin. Neither game was especially palatable, but if you are an Arkansas fan, you went to bed Saturday night knowing that the entire postseason menu remains available even if the most desired option is still a reach. The South Carolina “test”, as it were, shouldn’t have been as close as the final score. Dropped certain touchdowns by Ronnie Wingo and Cobi Hamilton — normally as sure-handed as they come — took points off the board for Arkansas, and Tyler Wilson made an uncharacteristically bad decision that turned into an interception return for a touchdown. Zach Hocker missed two field goals in a single game for the first time in his two-

year career as well. While the Razorback defense played inarguably its most complete game of the BEAU year, it once again WILCOX extended South Carolina’s rare scoring drives with penalties. All of this mattered little in the end because South Carolina was punchless (207 total yards) and had no answer for Dennis Johnson, who amassed 252 all-purpose yards by himself, or Jarius Wright (four receptions for 103 yards and two first-half touchdowns). You could, therefore, say that once again Arkansas failed to play a perfect game. Frankly, I prefer it this way. If we’re saving our magnum opus for the very end, there’s no better place to unleash that kind of performance than in Baton Rouge.  Thankfully, the Hogs get two more home games to purge whatever ailments they continue to have. This weekend’s tilt with Tennessee brings the not-yourfather’s-Volunteers into Fayetteville, seeking their first SEC win of the year in mid-November. The Vols have one of the country’s worst rushing offenses, and will likely start their third-string, true freshman quarterback Justin Worley for the third consecutive game while phenom Tyler Bray continues to nurse the fractured thumb on his throwing hand. All of these offensive woes have left a fairly capable but shallow defense hung out to dry. Oh, and they had to find a kicker for the Middle Tennessee State game last week by scouring a frat house. I am not embellishing for comedic effect here. It shapes up as a likely rout but the tussles at Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, perhaps fortuitously, provided a sharp kick in the arse that reminded us all why no game can be taken for granted. This is, after all, the toughest conference in America. I learned that watching a press conference in Oxford on Monday afternoon. It was repeated many times by an oddball in a suit. What the Hogs have lacked in panache thus far, they have made up for with sheer will. It won’t take much of that to beat Tennessee, but it’s a game that demands caution nonetheless. And for the first time all season, it merits an honest prediction: Arkansas 41, Tennessee 24.

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Hanging noodles, pulled legs: It sounds like banana oil to me, but according to Jag Bhalla, “thighs DOUG shaped like banana SMITH trees” is a Bengali dougsmith@arktimes.com compliment to an attractive woman. This is one of the “intriguing idioms from around the world” included in Bhalla’s book “I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears” ($12.95, paper). The title is a Russian idiom for “I’m not pulling your leg,” itself an English idiom. Bengali is a language spoken in East India and Bangladesh. Will Taylor submits what he says is the true story of Google’s name, somewhat different from the one I quoted last week. In this version too, the name is derived from the mathematical term googol, which is a number equal to 1 followed by 100 zeroes. But rather than being an accidental misspelling, the version I quoted, the company’s founders discovered that the domain name “googol.com” was already taken. So they picked Google instead, figuring that some people, at least, would catch on to the wordplay.

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It was a good week for… THE DUGGARS’ EVEREXPANDING BROOD. People magazine reports that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are expecting their 20th child this spring. Michelle is 45 and had a rough time with her 19th, Josie, born prematurely weighing 22 ounces. HYPOCRISY. Last week, the U.S. Senate approved a spending bill that would provide $60 million for the National Center for Toxicological Research at Pine Bluff. Sen. John “Dr. No” Boozman voted against the funding bill that included the NCTR. Nonetheless, Boozman spokesman Sara Lasure gave this statement to Stephens Media: “He is pleased to see more funding for this important center in the Senate version of the appropriations bill.” THE SOUTH MAIN DISTRICT. SOMA, as the district calls itself, hosted its inaugural Arkansas Cornbread Festival on Nov. 5 and drew 2,600 — far more than expected. The Times also reported that The Oxford American had signed a five-year lease in the buildings that formerly housed Juanita’s. With plans to host a wide variety of entertainment, the magazine’s presence in the neighborhood seems likely to enhance South Main’s rebirth. 10 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

It was a bad week for… HOUSTON NUTT. The former Arkansas football coach and Little Rock native was forced into resigning as head coach of Ole Miss. Nutt will finish the season. His contract included a $6 million buyout clause. LITTLE ROCK POLICE LT. DAVID HUDSON. A video posted to YouTube showed the officer repeatedly striking a man in the face outside of Ferneau Restaurant. The man, Chris Erwin, was later charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Hudson was working as off-duty security for Ferneau at the time of the incident. LRPD spokesman Terry Hastings said a use-of-force investigation and an internal affairs investigation are underway. TAX-SUPPORTED RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION. The state spends $100 million a year to subsidize preschool programs in some 300 places around the state, but despite the specific requirements of a state law, has never done the required auditing that the money not support religious instruction. Two pre-schools, run by state Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) and Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) respectively, have come under scrutiny for teaching Bible lessons while receiving taxpayer funding.

THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE

Ships, ahoy SLOW FRIDAY AROUND THE NEWSROOM at the Fortress of Employment

last week, so The Observer decided to take an afternoon stroll down to the Arkansas riverfront and check out the Nina and the Pinta, exact replicas of two of the three ships that brought that Patron Saint of all Men Who Refuse to Stop and Ask for Directions ’cross the ocean blue in 1492 (they’ll be gone from Little Rock by the time you read this, but will be docked in Fort Smith from Nov. 11-20 if you’re in the area and want to shell out $8 for a tour). Reading about Columbus in elementary school, we imagined the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria in the same way we imagined the Mayflower: wooden versions of the Battleship Missouri; vast, broad, strung with miles of hemp-rope and bedecked with the proud standards of distant lands, big enough to bear the weight of history. At least we got the rope part right. Laying at anchor just behind the Old State House on that gray Friday were two black ships, neither of which would probably qualify as a good-sized tugboat these days — the larger Pinta nearest the shore, the smaller Nina snuggled up against her starboard side like a calf against its mother. Something we read online said they were built using only hand tools in Brazil, and are the most accurate knockoffs of Columbus’ ships ever built. They’re currently touring the waterways of America, far inland of where Ol’ Chris ever ventured. When we walked up, their decks were awash in elementary school kids in their fall jackets, milling about, looking over the rail into the muddy water, staring at the thousand yards of line that made the sails go up and down and not fly away like birds in a gale. The Observer, meanwhile, kept a reverent distance. We don’t even like water with our whiskey, so we admired the two ladies from afar. We stood there in the chilly, gray air and thought about the kind of stones it must have taken for men to set out across the uncharted ocean in tubs such as these, with a captain who couldn’t ever find India with

both hands: fragile boats against the enormous sky and sea, the sheltering ships ready at any moment to be consumed by storm, or wave, or fire, or just bad luck. Men were, of course, men in those days, back when you could die of an ear infection or bad case of the flu or appendicitis, lickety-split. That’s the thing about history that has always struck The Observer odd: that those who had so much less living to lose than we do in the modern world were always willing to risk what they did get at the drop of a hat. It doesn’t seem to make a heck of a lot of sense, but we’re glad folks were willing to take those risks back in those days. The foundations of civilizations are not stone and mortar, not really. They’re built on flintier stuff: the shoulders of those who dared to risk everything. As we were standing there contemplating the great sprawl of human mortality and human history, a mother with a boy in arms walked past. The boy’s eyes lit up as he saw the boats in the river. “A pirate ship!” he exclaimed. We couldn’t help but grin. Nobody wants to be an adventurer anymore, The Observer thought. Everybody wants to be a pirate.

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Sexual harassment by a presidential candidate has been in the news of late and, as coincidence would have it, a famous name from bygone years popped up on our computer screen Tuesday with a delayed benefit from her days as a candidate accuser. Remember Paula Jones of Lonoke, who complained about an improper overture from thenGov. Bill Clinton, an episode that seemed to run for years and included Jones’ boxing match with Tonya Harding? She lives the quiet life of mom and medical officer worker now. But her celebrity doesn’t always hurt. She posted this on her Facebook page Tuesday. “Talk about LUCKY this morning … I got stopped by a state trooper going 80 and when he only gave me a warning and said “we have 180 something mutual FB friends” then I was like well we should be friends too! He was very polite and nice and told me to SLOW way down tho!!! Thank you sir! :D” To the uninitiated, :D is the emoticon for a BIG smile. Commented a Facebook friend: “I am wearing a Paula Jones mask next time if I want to speed in Arkansas. Lol”

Walking it off A visitor to Heber Springs was surprised to see a woman walking up and down the sidewalk in front of the Cleburne County District Court building wearing a sandwich board sign with the message, “I am a thief.” Turns out, the sight is not so unusual for Heber Springs. District Judge Michael Irwin says he has for years allowed some of the people convicted in his court of misdemeanors such as shoplifting to choose the sign over jail time. He’s never ordered anybody to carry the sign, he says, but sometimes offers it as an alternative. He says some offenders ask if there’s anything they can do to avoid going to jail. The length of time the offender walks depends on the circumstances of the offense. It might be five days; it might be half the length of the jail sentence it replaces. Irwin said he didn’t know of any other judges doing what he does, but some judges have talked to him about it. A number of parents have complimented him, he says, believing that the sign carriers provide a good lesson for children. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

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Being Paula Jones

CALS: Needs more space.

Asking a lot of the voters Tax elections are bunching up in Pulaski County. BY DOUG SMITH

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he generosity of Pulaski County voters is being severely tested these days. Little Rock voters in September approved a one-cent increase in the city sales tax. North Little Rock residents were voting on a one-cent sales tax increase Tuesday; the results were not known when the Arkansas Times went to press. The Central Arkansas Library System plans to ask Little Rock voters for additional property-tax support, probably in March. (North Little Rock has its own library.) The North Little Rock School District plans to ask for a millage increase in February. And a new player may enter the tax arena. Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock is seriously considering whether to ask for county-wide property-tax support. It has no local tax support now. Dan F. Bakke, president of Pulaski Tech, was asked if this might be too many tax elections. “That’s what we’re going to have to look at,” he said. Bobby Roberts, director of CALS, said the library system could have set its elec-

tion earlier, but “We didn’t want to get in the way of the city [Little Rock] election.” CALS will ask for a $19 million extension of an existing bond issue. The existing tax rate will not go up — in fact, it will go down somewhat — but Pulaski Countians will pay the tax longer. The proceeds from the extended bond issue will be used to add storage, auditorium and parking space at the main campus downtown; to add on to the McMath Library on John Barrow Road, and to buy land in far western Little Rock, where a library will eventually be needed. The North Little Rock School Board is expected to officially authorize a millage election at its next meeting, Nov. 16. School Superintendent Kenneth A. Kirspel said a 7.4 mill tax increase is proposed to build new facilities. The election will be February 14 if the Pulaski County Election Commission approves the date, as it does routinely in most cases. “It’s been 18 years since we asked for a millage increase,” Kirspel said. “We’re overdue.”

Bakke could reply that his institution has never asked for local tax support since its founding in 1991. Pulaski Tech is one of the seven state community colleges that receives no local taxes. All of the other 15 benefit from either the property tax or a local sales tax. Pulaski Tech could ask for either property tax or sales tax, but Bakke said, “To me, the sales tax is regressive.” Bakke said he’d been talking to business and community leaders about a tax election, and that a committee would be formed to study the matter further. Pulaski Tech is the largest of the state community colleges, and, with 12,000 students, bigger than all but three of the four-year colleges — the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With no local tax support, and a low level of support from the state, Bakke said, Pulaski Tech’s only other choice to raise revenue is to increase tuition and fees. “If you keep raising those, you keep people out of school. … We’ve got to have technical programs if we’re going to build the work force.” Kirspel said he’d heard that Pulaski Tech was considering a tax election. Having more people looking for tax money “could” be a problem, he said. As to whether a Pulaski Tech election specifically would adversely affect the North Little Rock School District’s plans for an election, he said “I guess it depends on when they do it.”

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A STREETCAR NOT MANY DESIRE Last week, officials with Central Arkansas Transit Authority met with community leaders in Little Rock to discuss ways to attract more riders to the River Rail trolley and combat the widely-held impression the trolley is more of a rolling tourist trap than a viable commuting option. Some of the options discussed: free-fare lunch hours, special holiday-themed rides and speeding up the time it takes the trolley to make its loop. Below are a few facts about the River Rail and what it costs. Figures provided by the Central Arkansas Transit Authority.

NOVEMBER

Total length of track in the River Rail system: 3.4 miles

Start of operation: Nov. 1, 2004

Cost to ride: $1 per boarding for adults, 50 cents for ages 5-11, 5 and under free.

Estimated top speed of a River Rail streetcar on high-speed tracks: 40 miles per hour

Speed on the Little Rock/North Little Rock loops: 8-10 miles per hour

Total cost of construction: $27.2 million

Top speed achieved on Little Rock tracks during testing: 20 miles per hour

Number of hours the River Rail trolley is scheduled to be in service in 2011 (not counting hours off due to mechanical breakdowns, power failures, accidents, track blockage, etc.): 1,742.5

Number of trolley cars: 3

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Political wild card Americans Elect, a somewhat mysterious group that filed petitions last week to have its presidential candidate on the ballot in Arkansas, has been described as a “virtual third party,” but its chief executive officer insists it’s not a party at all. “Americans Elect is a second – and we believe better – option for nominating a presidential ticket,” Kahlil Byrd says. “It’s a way to find, nominate and elect our leaders using a platform that allows everyone to be included in the process.” If it succeeds in getting a third presidential candidate on the ballot nationwide, it might as well be a party, as far as the Democratic and Republican nominees are concerned. Even Americans Elect spokesmen admit they don’t expect to elect their candidate in 2012 – they’re hopeful for future elections – but a strong candidate could swing the election to one or the other of the major candidates, depending on who he takes votes from. That’s happened before with third-party candidates. Americans Elect plans to find and nominate a candidate through on-line voting, avoiding the political parties and their conventions. That may sound far-fetched, but no one knows yet how much the new technology can affect politics. Commentators say Americans Elect appears to be well funded, and expect that it will appeal to independent, middle-of-the-road voters not strongly attached to either of the big parties. Byrd, for example, is identified on the group’s website as a former communications strategist for Democratic and Republican candidates. The organization itself has given no indication of the kind of candidate it hopes for. Presumably, the group could pick someone from one of the major parties who is not his party’s nominee. It couldn’t force anyone to run, of course.

CORRECTION Projected operating expenditures to run the River Rail trolley system in 2011: $928,882

Projected per-hour cost to operate the River Rail trolley system in 2011: $487.43

Projected revenues from all sources (fares, advertising, etc.) in 2011: $79,525

Projected operating expenditures to run the River Rail trolley system in 2012: $962,758

Projected revenue generated per hour in 2011: $45.64

Projected River Rail revenue in 2012: $79,025

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Letters from the

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Leland Duvall wrote about love and war to his future bride.

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eland Duvall was nearly 31 years old when his draft notice arrived at his father’s farm in the mountain valley near the hamlet of Moreland, Arkansas, in March 1942, three months after Pearl Harbor. While older men would be taken afterward, 31 was then the upper requirement for men to register for the draft. As the bloody Battle of the Bulge got underway in 1944, Duvall would ruminate in a letter that older men like him who had long-settled habits before the war were more impervious to the life-changing horrors of battle than the young soldiers. It may be said that every man who fought and survived had entered that war as one person and emerged as quite another, even if limbs and mind were intact, and Duvall was no exception. For him, World War II changed everything, starting with the lifelong romance that the war engendered and that is recounted in these letters. His self-description of a man of settled habits must have defined

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BY ERNEST DUMAS his emotional and social development, for it could not in any way describe the wayfaring life Duvall led before the war. He had little formal education, and if itinerant farm labor can be called a career, it was the clearest path for a man with his upbringing in the hardest of times and the hardest of places, Depression Arkansas. His lack of schooling was not by choice. School at Moreland, such as it was, ended with the eighth grade. A youngster ambitious for more learning needed to go off and board at Atkins, a town of 1,400 that had a high school, but it was 15 miles to the south of Moreland by dirt roads, which in the 1920s might as well have been a hundred miles. * * *

For years, he followed the planting and harvests from the Mississippi Delta to the west Texas high plains, on cotton plantations and at other odd jobs left by the migration from the panhandle during the great dust storms of 1934 and 1935. He worked in cotton fields and gins and a sawmill in Arkansas’s Mississippi County,

but the vast floods that inundated much of east Arkansas in 1937 chased him home. * * *

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, Duvall came home from the Texas plains and worked at an ordnance plant at Jacksonville until his induction notice came. The draft offered him the prospect of steady employment and, even at a private’s pay, better money than he had usually enjoyed. But the U.S. Army gave him much more than that — new worlds, new experiences, a chance to expand his learning, and patriotic contentment. More than anything, the war gave him chances and reasons to write. And write he did — hundreds of thousands of words, from desert sands, pup tents, hospital beds, the floors of armored cars and bombed-out buildings, on stationery, tablets, and wrapping paper, by candlelight and moonlight. Letty Jones had met Duvall in 1935, when he came to the Methodist Church on Crow Mountain one morning to help

a friend from Moreland teach singing. She made faces at the teacher, and her mischievousness intrigued him. He explained years later that he thought the girl might grow up to be something special, and in his mind he “put her on lay-away.” He encountered her from time to time during the next six years at gospel-singing conventions. He learned shortly before he was inducted that she had a serious boyfriend and was engaged. The boyfriend was drafted with Duvall, and when the troop train neared the southern California army camp where they were to get basic training, Duvall introduced himself to the fellow and learned that the romance was over. From Camp Cooke he mailed a postcard to “Letty Jones, Pottsville, Ark.,” giving his address and asking if she would correspond with him from time to time. She wrote back that she would, and the romance blossomed. During the next three and a half years, he wrote her at least 403 letters and many postcards and

telegrams, which altogether reached the sum of 160,000 words. Mostly, he scribbled with dip pens that were refilled from a bottle of Carter’s ink that he took everywhere. They were married in November 1945, two weeks after his discharge from the Army. Duvall went to work at the Arkansas Gazette in 1955 as a farm and business writer and editorial writer. After retiring in 1990, he and Letty returned to Crow Mountain, where she was reared. He died in 2006 and Letty moved to a retirement home in Russellville. His war letters were discovered last spring by their daughter when she was clearing out the family’s garage. Camp Cooke, Calif. May 23, 1942 Dear Letty: When I sent you the card I did not dare hope that you belonged to a Keep ’em Happy Club, but I am glad you do. Your letter went a long way toward relieving the monotony of a week in the Army. Yes, several Pope County boys are in camp here, but only about a dozen are in the 85th. The others are scattered around and I seldom see them. Loyd Bowden is in my company and there is another fellow with a glorious past and little future in “B” Company. He lived somewhere east of Russellville. He and I go to the show together occasionally, but I have failed to get any ideas for the Great American Romantic Novel from him yet. However, I should keep trying if you insist that I write the book. You should see some of this country if you are interested in the mountains, the seashore or flowers. Our closest town is Lompoc. The word, translated literally, means “Valley of Beautiful Flowers” and it certainly lives up to the name. Many of the big seed companies grow their flower seed there. In fact, the farmers of the valley produce little else. Most of the crop is in full bloom now. Hundreds of acres abound in flowers. If you should see the valley from the top of one of the mountains it would remind you of an oriental rug whose creator had an endless variety of richly colored threads on his loom. But he is no artist so he gives little thought to the design or pattern. His sole purpose is to weave as much color as possible into the tapestry, and in this he succeeds. It makes a strangely beautiful covering for the earth’s nakedness. I am afraid if I let this run on you will become so bored and disgusted that you won’t write again. That would be one of the great tragedies of my young life. Youth is so emotionally unstable, you know, and things like that can undermine the morale of the Army. As ever, Leland

About the letters From new book from UA Press.

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e’re happy this week to share a selection of letters from a new book from the University of Arkansas Press: “Dearest Letty – The World War II Love Letters of Sgt. Leland Duvall.” Through a chance remark, Arkansas Times columnist Ernest Dumas learned of the trove of letters written by Leland Duvall, his long-time colleague at the Arkansas Gazette. They constitute a love story told in the prolific writing of the self-taught Duvall, from a military training camp to service with a cavalry squadron on the battlefields of Europe. Duvall was a farm worker with a grade-school education when he joined the Army near Moreland, Arkansas, in 1942. In training camp, he began writing Letty Jones, a Pottsville girl he’d had a crush on for years. By turns tender,

Camp Cooke July 2, 1942 My Dearest Letty: Your letter came Monday, but I have an acceptable reason for not answering it before now. I had six letters in the mail call. I had first opened yours, and the others were waiting to be read when the sarge blew the whistle and called us out. They took us into the mountains for a bivouac. We climbed until 11 o’clock and they stopped us on a ledge somewhere up in the Rockies. By this time the moon had come up and we could see that our little shelf was about 50 yards wide. Above us, a cliff rose 300 feet. On the other side of the ravine, the mountain dropped away so that we looked down on the tops of trees. Such places always deflate my ego and I felt like a bit of bric-a-brac on a corner shelf.

charming and humorous, Duvall wrote from the desert, military hospitals and bombed-out buildings. The letters were discovered by Duvall’s daughter in 2010, four years after he died. Dumas researched military records to help fill gaps in the censored letters about where the young Duvall was serving when he wrote his Dearest Letty. Even in combat, the letters were as careful and informed as the thousands of columns and editorials Duvall wrote for the Gazette as a business editor and editorial writer. He was legendary for his precision and knowledge. The excerpts printed are reprinted with permission of the University of Arkansas Press. The book is now available in stores or through uapress. com.

I was trying to think of some excuse to stay when they put me on guard. When the others had gone to sleep, I could hear the voices of the mountain wildlife. A coyote perched on the cliff over my head and sent his howl out across the canyon. The owls held a convention in the trees, and about three o’clock some kind of a mountain cat gave out an eerie cry. And all the time a chorus of frogs were doing a grand symphony. I thought there must be a stream down there, and when day came I went down to investigate. I found the clearest little river I have ever seen. The water was icy, but I went swimming and almost missed breakfast. Wish I were able to describe all this to you. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Even if I tried to write poetry I didn’t have a chance to describe

the bivouac area. Thanks for the compliment on the newspaper article, but there is really no excuse for my dear uncle, Sam, to be proud of me. I am the most inconspicuous rookie among all the six million guys. We are the modern version of Daniel Boone. That is, we are scouts who ride in cars and send our information back to the main Army by radio. It should be a lot of fun. I hope you understand that my letters must be detached and impersonal. Military reasons, you know. But don’t think I don’t enjoy the clever notes you write. Love, Leland Mohave Desert Oct. 18, 1942 My Dearest Letty: … Your act of pretending you didn’t know I was crazy about you was a good act but it fooled no one. You knew it all along. But remember, I was more than a little surprised at your letter. I had not even hoped for a letter as wonderful as yours. I only wanted to love you silently until we get this mess over. Then, young lady, I will talk plenty fast. I am giving you a fair warning now so that you can have your mind made up. Love Always, Leland Pine Camp, N.Y. Nov. 16, 1943 My Dearest Letty: Just have a moment, so I am writing a note to let you know I still love you and that I got back OK [from furlough]. I had a nice trip up here. In a few hours I had the experience of passing from autumn where the trees were a thousand colors to a winter where they were strung with silver icicles and sparkling snow. We have about six inches of snow. It melts on the roofs of the buildings and freezes into immense icicles at the eaves. They are three to four feet long now and grow longer by the hour. Every time I look out I think of the verse I read somewhere. When icicles hang by the wall And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom bears logs into the hall, And milk comes frozen home in pail . . . It goes on for several stanzas, like the Pussy Cat song, and I can’t remember who wrote it. I think a chap called Shakespeare had a hand in it. Love Always, Leland The 5th Armored Division left New York Harbor for England on Feb. 10, 1944, to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. Duvall’s cavalry troop landed on Omaha Beach July 25. The division broke through the German lines in Normandy and plunged 405 miles through German-occupied France in its first 21 days of combat. Duvall’s troop would fight in all five European campaigns, in France, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 www.arktimes.com NOVEMBER 9, 2011 15

Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium and Germany. His scout troop spent much of the time behind enemy lines. Duvall would be awarded five bronze stars for bravery. He would be wounded three times but never leave the front. [Salisbury, England] March 27, 1944 My Dearest Letty: … Your letters are coming regularly now, which helps morale. Hope mine are doing as well for you. But no interesting letter could come from here. If one thing sets this village apart from any other it is the sameness with which the days pass. In the evening after chow the guys gather in groups and discuss everything from the war to baseball, and one group is always in my room. But the têteà-tête of a bunch of dogfaces is no good as material for a letter to the girlfriend. If you culled the language and made it admissible to polite society you would take all the color out of it. Of course, we make coffee on such nights, boiling it in a can over the open fire. Believe it or not, it is good coffee, the same kind one has on fishing trips when he makes it over a campfire. Then we usually have cakes or sandwiches, but I must tell you about one bunch of sandwiches we got. They were made on the style of fried apple pies with a beautiful nut-brown crust that promised to be delicious. But when we bit into them we found a filler of raven meat. You know what a raven is. It is a crow with a British accent. Poe did more to eulogize the raven than anyone else when he wrote: Once upon a midnight dreary, While I pondered weak and weary, etc. But he arrived at the dismal conclusion “Nevermore,” which was the unanimous opinion of everyone who tasted raven pie. … Love Always, Leland [Luxembourg, on the Our River] Sept. 28, 1944 My Dearest Letty: I am writing this under very trying circumstances. The mud is three inches deep and my writing case has just fallen into it. The boys are frying eggs and potatoes, and since I have not eaten in several hours I am plenty hungry. The aroma is tantalizing. So why am I writing? It must be because I am still in love with you. Haven’t had any mail in quite a while, so it is not easy to write. Don’t suppose you have been so loaded with mail from me either, as I have been rushed for writing time. Love Always, Leland [Malmédy, Belgium] Oct. 7, 1944 My Dearest Letty: … [Y]ou should have been with us a couple of days ago. It was 16 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

Jim Modlin’s wedding anniversary, and we had to do a bit of celebrating. So we did it with a dinner. We are staying in an abandoned farmhouse just now, so we had a stove. One of the boys acquired three fryer chickens for the occasion, and we did them in grand Southern style. I must break down and modestly confess that I am not a bad cook when it comes to preparing fried chicken. (But I cannot compare with your mother, of course. You may tell her that truthfully.) Anyway, we fixed up quite a tasty meal. We had genuine milk gravy (we also have a cow, which we milk twice a day), salad, cheese, onion, French-fried potatoes, milk and coffee, toast and jam. It was very good. The best part of it was that some of the boys discovered a white table-cloth, so we ate from China plates on a nice clean table. To add a bit of the feminine touch, some guy produced two big beautiful dolls (one blonde and one brunette) and set them up on either side of Jim’s plate. A party is a dull affair without girls, you know, and the dolls were the best we could do. There was only one hitch to the whole party. While we were lingering over our coffee and cigarettes, the jerries opened up with their artillery. One shell landed on a side room of the house and blew the roof away. It knocked soot into all our coffee and we had to pour out a gallon of good milk. They have very bad manners about such things. (Naughty boys!) … I was pleased to learn that you would probably go to work at Russellville before long. It is a pleasant little town, and you should enjoy working there more than at Kansas City or Fort Smith. Then, too, you will be easier to find when the war is over. Hope you don’t mind my starting this note with ink and finishing with pencil. My ink supply is exhausted and there is no drugstore on the corner. Love Always, Leland [Belgium] Oct. 29, 1944 My Dearest Letty: Lady, if you could only see me now you would never suspect that I am not a gentleman. You see, I have a clean shave, a new haircut and I am sitting in a chair to write this. Yes, a

real honest-to-goodness chair. Sitting in a chair and doing the other civilized things we do occasionally helps us to stay in the habit of the conventional life. We have lived in the open and slept on the ground so long that there is a real danger of forgetting what a bed or a table is like. We bathe and shave so infrequently that we lose the knack and grow careless of all personal appearance. You seem to be curious about where I am, and it is too bad that I cannot tell you. I can tell you to not imagine anything too unpleasant. It is really not so tough as all the papers would make it seem. Those stories come from guys who are in a habit of sleeping on a Beautyrest mattress in a steam-heated room. I can tell you this. I have been in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Saw Paris but briefly and wished I could spend some more time there. I learn from the local papers that soldiers are going there on pass now, but we are too far away for that to mean anything to us. … [Near Neudorf, Belgium] Nov. 14, 1944 My Dearest Letty: The smoke from my fire makes it impossible to see the paper at times, and so I am not entirely responsible for what may come out of the pen. But it is out of the question to move away from the fire, so I will have to take a chance. I will have to make sure that I get over the fact that I am still in love with you, but beyond that the letter will be unimportant. Snow came to the Western front a few days ago. It started with flurries such as you would expect to see there around Christmas, but in a couple of hours it settled down to the serious business of changing all the landscape. It placed quaint little white nightcaps on all the fence posts and draped a heavy robe over the complaining fir trees. It carpeted the whole earth with a soft white rug so that not even a mouse or rabbit could move without tracking up the floor like a small boy who had forgotten to wipe his feet. It was all beautiful, but it did not make me happy. My tent is not designed for snow. It brings up the nostalgic picture of a warm quiet room. I dream of the glow of

an open fire, a deep easy chair, a thick robe and — well, you know the picture. Let the snow fall outside. The room is pleasant. The music on the radio is soft. The light is turned down. “Shall we go to the show?” you ask after you have checked on the fire to see that it has plenty of fuel. I glance out. It is still snowing hard. “Suppose we skip it and spend a quiet evening at home,” I decide. “It is pretty cold outside and I can see the show tomorrow.” Of course you are hoping I will say that, and you have already learned to agree me with anyway. We spend the evening at home. You know you will have to be up early tomorrow to go to work. It takes long hours to support a husband. Maybe I’d better stop before you start throwing things in my direction. Love Always, Leland Two of Duvall’s three younger brothers, Ardis and Aaron, were fighting in Europe, too. When his troop was camped on the Belgian-German border Duvall learned that Aaron was missing in action. He was liberated from a German prisoner-of-war camp near the war’s end. [Verviers, Belgium] Feb. 5, 1945 My Dearest Letty: It is pretty difficult for me to write tonight for a personal reason, which you will understand. I had a letter from Mom recently that leaves me in no condition to think of anything pleasant. You, of course, know the contents of the letter, but you cannot know how utterly helpless it makes me feel. He was my youngest brother, you know, and we always understood each other to a degree that most brothers never reach. I was always able to help him get out of the little jams in which all boys become involved, and if he had any problems he came to me, even when he knew Dad would help him as readily as I. Now I have to wait for someone to tell me when I can go in and see if he still needs me. Please forgive me for writing like this but I need to tell someone. Love Always, Leland [Munchen-Gladbach, Germany] March 8, 1945 My Dearest Letty: For days I have not had a chance to write, and this is not exactly a golden opportunity. The guys have picked up an accordion, guitar and a lot of other noisemakers and are having a jam session. Also, the artillery is rattling the windows so that they seem ready to fall out. So, you see, if you want a letter you will have to wait a couple of days until things quiet down some. But some of our mail caught up with

us today, and among the letters was your picture. Now, that picture was the kind I wanted. It is you, as I think of you, and as I dream of you. That is the vision that dances out to me in the darkness through the mud and snow and across the thousands of miles of water. It is the same gay, laughing creature that is forever tantalizing me when the game gets rough and it becomes difficult to remember that all the world is not hatred. It is the image that shows me a smile when I forget how to smile myself. It is the woman I love. Always, Leland [Rhineland, Germany] March 12, 1945 My Dearest Letty: … I liked your picture of Main Street on Saturday night. It was just as I remembered it, but I needed to be refreshed. Perhaps it is hard for me to make you understand what I mean, but it is an acute and very real situation with me and with all of us. The kind of existence we go through makes it difficult to retain an acute memory of the thing we love and the things we hope to go back to when this is over. We try to reform the picture of those things, but it is not easy. The picture dances and blurs at the edges like a movie when the projector is out of focus. It is not easy to shut out the war, distance, absence and time by merely shutting the eyes and trying to imagine what the things

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at home are like. … When this is over I hope the Army provides a two-week school on how to be a civilian. It would have to include such subjects as “eating,” “sleeping,” etc. One lesson would, for example, go something like this: “If you should be invited out to dinner and should desire, say, a second helping of butter you will find that it can be obtained merely by expressing a desire for it in a moderate tone. The phrase ‘May I have some butter, please?’ is the accepted form, and usually gets results. It is not necessary to yell ‘Throw me the — grease,’ for such practice is frowned upon in polite society.” Or: “After a visit with friends, if you do not

find your hat where you think you left it, your hostess will usually produce it with a minimum of excitement. It is quite likely that she has put it in a closet, which was built for the purpose. As a civilian, you will find that it is not necessary to stand in the middle of the room and yell, ‘Don’t nobody leave the house. Some lousy — stole my hat, and I’m gonna find it before anybody gets away.’ ” The course would cover every phase of civilian activity, and would save many a poor ex-soldier a lot of embarrassment. But I will take my chance on it when this is over, and I don’t care to spend two weeks learning to be a civilian. Can you trust my behavior? Love Always, Leland

[Rhineland, Germany] March 28, 1945 My Darling: Must finish this in a hurry for I have another job to do, but I could not do it efficiently until I said I love you. Letty, I am afraid I neglect telling you how much I need you. Perhaps I could not tell you even if I tried harder, but I can see how it is easy for the girl back home to imagine that a soldier grows independent and doesn’t need her. This may seem reasonable, but in my case it is not true. Every day I am reminded in a thousand ways that it is always you I need and that it is you who keeps me dreaming of a future that is worth waiting for. Love Always, Leland Germany May 12, 1945 My Dearest Letty: It is such a beautiful day that I can barely muster the energy to do anything but stretch out on the new grass and watch the shadows slide silently across a peaceful countryside. It seems funny to know that the war is over and to realize that the planes that pass over will not take a shot at you and that there is no necessity to shoot at them. Today, the air is heavy with the scent of lilacs and apple blossoms. Strange how soon the smell of powder and burning flesh can be filtered out by growing CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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shrubs. Yesterday, we drove about 150 miles through the heart of Germany. The war had passed lightly over much of it, for the Germans were on the run when this part was taken, but there were plenty of signs of the fighting. Already the hulls of the tanks had begun to look as if they had been knocked out a long time ago. They were beginning to rust and new blades of grass were creeping up through the tracks. What I am trying to get at is the war is not permanent and the world will soon forget it. Not literally, of course, nor completely. It will live on as a terrible dream and will be something that youngsters will find on page 435 of their history books. But the edge of the picture will be blurred and there will be no sharp outlines of black and white. We will forget the sharp crack in the wind that a bullet makes when it passes overhead, and how it sounds like the gun is behind you and you begin to imagine the enemy has filtered through the lines. The sharp sting of the tiny pieces of shrapnel will be forgotten and we will find ourselves trying to remember exactly how German powder smelled. The disrupted fragments of lives will form new and more tranquil patterns — yours and mine together. Love Always, Leland Heldra, Germany August 6, 1945 My Dearest Letty: … This is not a nice place to see. You could have no idea what a war can do to a country unless you get a chance to see one city that has been destroyed and one country road that is clogged with people who do not know where they want to go. There are literally millions of people now who have no idea where they are going and what they will do when they get to the end of the road. In one little town no larger than Dover, a park cares for the wanderers. It is a sort of small town Bowery or flophouse where the lost people can sleep and spend a night before pushing on to a destination that is unknown to them. Every night the place is crowded with a new group of people. When morning comes, they are on the road again, traveling by every means available. Wheelbarrows, toy wagons, bicycles, wagons drawn by horses or cows and tractors pull trains of anything that will roll, and there are a few automobiles. The convoy lines up at sunrise and moves out in the direction of the Ruhr or toward the southern part of Germany. None of them goes east. In one such convoy, I counted three tractor trains (each tractor was pulling at least two trailers and as many small wagons as the owners could find space to hitch on), 16 animal-drawn wagons (these, too, had a string of small wagons behind them),

five cars of various makes, and at least 30 small wagons that were being pulled by their owners. Each small wagon was piled high with bedding, suitcases and all the goods that the family owned. It was not a pleasant sight, but somehow I can feel no pity for the German people. If it were not for them, I should be telling you this evening that I am crazy about you instead of having to write it. That would be more fun, I am sure, and I could certainly make it sound more convincing that way. Love Always, Leland Heldra, Germany August 13, 1945 My Dearest Letty: … Logically, in the long months we have been apart, we should have learned the knack of letting well enough alone, but I have never learned. Always when I go to bed there is the same mischievous face, the same impish grin etched in the blackness of the ceiling. Always there is you. I cannot dismiss the face, nor do I want to. It says, “Take things easy, Junior (sometimes it says ‘Toots’ but it always means the same thing). There is really no need to be serious about all this that you see. The world is a place to laugh in and a thing to laugh at. There is war and suffering, like it says in the papers, but that is only a small part of the picture. There is the mountain where the wind is clean and sharp and where the leaves play a soft symphony in the evening. There are quiet lakes where the grass has been nipped short by the grazing cattle so that it makes a carpet of green velvet. There are white birches for the shade, and thrushes and catbirds for the orchestra. Not all the world is tired and hungry and looking for some place to spend the night under a shed before moving out on a road that leads into the unknown.” “There is still the hometown,” the face says to me, “where you meet people who will call you by your first name and who really mean it when they shake hands with you. This is the part of the world that you grew up in. This is the kind of life that you learned to like, and it is the kind that you are going back to. I am marking a little corner of it ‘Reserved’ and that is for us. I hold the other end of the rope that keeps you from drifting into the belief that all the people of the world are a sordid, drifting herd of animals who have not made any progress in the thing we like to call civilization.” All this the face — that is, your face — says to me. Not in so many words, of course, for you would never be so verbose as all that. But you say it in the way you smile, and the way the smile makes me remember that all this is true. Love Always, Leland

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hat is burlesque? Lap dances and stripper poles? Not quite. A Cinderella story with Christina Aguilera belting ballads and writhing in lingerie? Cute, but too Hollywood. Maybe the dusty image of Gypsy Rose Lee performing revolutionary striptease in the 1930s and ’40s? Almost there. Perhaps Dita Von Teese in a martini glass? Getting closer. Burlesque may be difficult to pinpoint, especially with today’s variety, but there’s no mistaking it once you’ve seen a show. And luckily, Arkansans are finally experiencing the art form in the flesh. A modern reincarnation of burlesque has enjoyed explosive popularity in big cities like L.A. and New York since the mid-’90s, and the movement has now found its stiletto-clad footing in central Arkansas. In the past year, two troupes — Little Rock’s Diamond Dames and Hot Springs’ Foul Play Cabaret — have formed. An upscale club, Rumorz Has It Burlesque, is sched20 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

uled to open in Hot Springs in December. Owner Brooke Schuck plans to establish an in-house troupe for weekly shows, as well as organize showcases that feature traveling acts. The burgeoning scene was spearheaded last year by the Arkansas Pin Up & Burlesque Society, which is trying to bring more acts into the state. Founder and Executive Director Bre Schrader says the group’s big break came last October when a group of five burlesque superstars, including Anita Cookie, Gigi La Femme and Clams Casino, sashayed into Little Rock for a gig. The only catch — they needed an opening act. The Diamond Dames pulled themselves together in a month to fill the need and Schrader, who performs in the Dames as Bre Von Buxxxom, says the momentum hasn’t slowed since. “The gigs just fall into our laps, because people in Arkansas are getting tired of seeing the same old band or the same old thing,” says Schrader. “People are so excited for

something different and new.” Hot Springs wasn’t far behind, with the Foul Play Cabaret debuting in February 2011. Sarah Curtis, the victory curl-sporting Ruby Lead, organized the Spa City Sweethearts Burlesque Revue to benefit Hot Springs’ Low Key Arts. Brittany Thompson, AKA Violet D’vine, says that after the first performance, “We all got the bug! We thought ‘This isn’t just an annual thing.’ We want to make pretty costumes and make lots of tassels and wear our hair nice and very retro and we want an ungodly amount of glitter!” Since then, Foul Play Cabaret has performed around the Spa City at venues like Maxine’s, where Curtis is a bartender, and the Malco Theatre after a screening of “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival” at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Both troupes have found their places in Arkansas’s cultural landscape — and the fans to boot — but still struggle to define burlesque to those who’ve never seen it. Inevitably, the discussion turns to the difference between burlesque and stripping or pole dancing. “People get hung up on the clothing removal,” says a dancer who goes by the

name of Heaven Lee (she wouldn’t give her real name) during a Diamond Dames meeting in the downtown Little Rock home of Scott Waller, the Dames’ “butler” and “boylesque” performer, Puss Powerbottom. “We have to explain to people that we don’t do lap dances. Don’t stick money in our g-strings.” In addition to focusing on the slow tease of stripping and stylish, old-school moves, burlesque dancers set themselves apart with elaborate (and usually home-made) costumes, vaudevillian slapstick humor and creative original numbers. The format mirrors a variety show, with an emcee introducing short vignettes. Brett Russell, better known as Vincent Vagabond, is Foul Play’s regular emcee. The Dames will bring in local comedian Amy Parnell for their November show. Acts range from classy to raunchy, saucy to silly, vintage to modern, and include solos and group numbers, but one thing remains constant: the performers constantly churn out new material. Fannie Flamingo (Miranda Price in real life) of Foul Play wears sock garters and tighty whities while doing the sprinkler in her “Hard to Handle” routine; In Bre Von Buxxxom’s skit to Lady Gaga’s “Teeth,” she wears a “meat” costume made from dog toys; Ruby Lead smolders with old-school sex appeal as she peels away a skin-tight gown; Violet D’vine mesmerizes as she twirls in a Gypsythemed homage to her mother’s roaming lifestyle; Puss Powerbottom cracks dirty jokes about oral sex onstage, but is also CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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about the dozens of DJs that Clear Channel laid off recently at radio stations around the country. That’s why it has been a while since you’d heard Rick Steel on KSSN 96 or Bob Terrell at 105.1 The Wolf or Kelly Boom at 100.3 The Edge or Anastasia on 93.3 The Eagle up in Northwest Arkansas. “People were affected in all of our regional markets as far as I know,” said Ron Collar, general manager for Clear Channel’s Little Rock stations. But he would not confirm which people were let go or even how many. “It’s not our policy to talk about personnel matters,” Collar said. However, none of the aforementioned on-air voices are still listed on their respective stations’ websites. The Times called 93.3 The Eagle and asked to speak to Anastasia, but was told she no longer worked there. An e-mail sent to Steel was not returned. According to a recent New York Times story, Clear Channel’s recent firings “signaled the continuation of a several-years-old strategy that replaces locally produced programming with less costly nationally syndicated shows.” Clear Channel “has a lot of assets to pull from, as large as they are. And they look for areas, especially in tough economic times, to run as efficiently as possible,” Collar said. As for whether the layoffs mean Little Rock listeners might hear more non-local DJs on the airwaves, Collar said it was a possibility. IT IS TIME ONCE AGAIN, all ye merry musicians, to enter the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. According to the ancient customs handed down by the council of old-timers, it’ll go down thusly: your trusty Times staff and the folks from Stickyz and Revolution pare down the field to a gaggle of semi-finalists. Starting Jan. 26, four of those acts will square off each week at Stickyz and five judges will select a winner. Each week’s winner moves on to the finals at Revolution. The winner of the final round will receive a bevy of excellent prizes and a drink named in his, her or their honor. So if you are an Arkansas-based musical act (solo or band) performing original material in any genre, you should go ahead and enter at www. arktimes.com/showcase12.

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See what’s NEW at the Clinton Center! Audio Tours Audio tours narrated by President Clinton are FREE. New features added to the audio tour!

See amazing sculptures out of LEGO® bricks.

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Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick Open until February 12, 2012 Dubbed the Picasso of LEGO® bricks, lawyer-turned-artist Nathan Sawaya creates artistic masterpieces from the beloved toy. LEGO® Robotics Demonstrations 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clinton Center, in partnership with the Science and Technology Group and FIRST® LEGO® League, will showcase LEGO® MINDSTORMS Robotics. Arkansas FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams will present their robotic designs and showcase their problem-solving skills, creative thinking and teamwork to school groups. Demonstrations will be held every hour.

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THE TO-DO

LIST

BY ROBERT BELL

WEDNESDAY 11/9

JUCIFER

8 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $7.

One night about 10 years ago, at the old JR’s Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville, I went downstairs to check out this band on the advice of my buddy, who was the doorman. “They’ve got so many amps it looks like they’re trying to hurt people,” he said. “Like, cause bodily harm. They’re called Jucifer.” Indeed, there on the tiny stage towered at least 47 million watts’ worth of massive guitar amps, dwarfing the tiny woman standing there with a tiny guitar and a tiny drummer sitting at a tiny drum set. I’m not exaggerating here: it looked comical. Unsurprisingly, it was deafening. Surprisingly, it was pretty awesome. Often, when you see a band that wears silly costumes or has a zillion amps or something like that, what you’re seeing

is novelty trying to mask poor songwriting. Not so with Jucifer. The band has traversed a lot of stylistic territory over nearly two decades, from blunt-force stoner riffage to skeeze-rock sleaze-orama to free-form feedback squalls that recall My Bloody Valentine, another band that was certainly fond of guitar volume violence. Guitarist and singer Amber Valentine’s vocals, too, range in style, from ethereal beauty to raw, guttural throat damage. The duo has convincingly pulled off this sonic grab-bag on a handful of albums, though 2010’s “Throned in Blood” saw a decidedly more metal concentration. Which is just fine, as heaviness for its own sake can be a good thing for an inspired, veteran act such as Jucifer. Just be sure to bring some earplugs. The opening acts are Oracle and DDT.

WORLDLY DUO: Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, a.k.a. Brasil Guitar Duo, will play an array of chamber music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Thursday night.

THURSDAY 11/10

BRASIL GUITAR DUO

7:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. $10-$25.

Attention, fans of chamber music and classical guitar duos: here’s one you’ll want to be sure and catch. Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, longtime friends and natives of Sao Paulo, have been performing together for many years. The pair has toured the globe to widespread

acclaim, playing a blend of classical pieces, traditional Brazilian songs and new compositions for guitar. Recently, the duo performed with symphony orchestras in Dallas and Houston, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and at the University of Chicago, among other high-profile gigs. The Brasil Guitar Duo will perform works by Piazzolla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Villa Lobos, Debussy and Rameau.

THURSDAY 11/10 ‘HEY MAN, YOU THINK THIS’LL PASS THE SMOG CHECK?’: Writer, director and actor Evan Glodell will be on hand for a visit after screening his feature-length debut, “Bellflower,” at Argenta Community Theater Wednesday night.

WEDNESDAY 11/9

“BELLFLOWER”

7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $8.

Young manhood can be a confusing, challenging time, especially for the budding pyromaniac-would-be-postapocalypse gang leader. “Bellflower” follows Woodrow and Aiden, two best bros who while away the hours drinking hard and crafting flamethrowers and tinkering on their Mad Max-style death-machine hotrod in anticipation of the end of the world and the opportunities for social advancement that will presumably arise thereof. Throw a sassy blonde love interest into that 22 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

already volatile mixture and somebody’s likely to get themselves blowed up. This feature-length debut has earned bigtime plaudits from legit sources, such as The New Yorker (“agonizingly intense, almost unbearably beautiful”) and Roger Ebert (“possibly represents the debut of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like Tarantino”). As with many entries in the Argenta Film Series, this screening includes a visit with one of the film’s principals, in this case writer, director and star Evan Glodell. He’ll also be leading some workshops and a screening of “Bellflower” at UCA on Nov. 10.

THE DIRTY GUV’NAHS 9 p.m. Stickyz. $7. 18+.

Among the many things for which we can praise/blame (but mostly praise) The Black Crowes, one of them has got to be that the brothers Robinson et al made it safe for subsequent generations of gangly white boys to get on down, let it all hang out and boogie with unselfconscious, funky abandon and smokin’ hot backup singers. Yeah yeah, the Stones are God and blah blah. And really, they are. “Moonlight Mile” is probably the second best rock song of all time. But it’s been at least 30 years since Keef ’n ’em put out an unqualifiedly great album, while there’s nary a bum note in the Crowes’ 20-plus year catalog. Currently, there are probably half-a-dozen or so acts on the middle-market touring circuit

that owe a heavy debt to the Crowes’ greasy Southern gospel. Exhibit A: The Dirty Guv’nahs, a Knoxville sextet that’s been plying its bloozey, boozey trade for the last few years to general acclaim. So do these Tennessee boys, with their aviators and perfectly broken-in denim and song titles like, “We’ll Be the Light” and “Baby We Were Young” sound like the Crowes? ’Course they do. So is it derivative? Yes, unquestionably. Does that matter? No, not even a little bit. If you dig bluesy Southern rock with a hint of soul and a touch of swagger, The Dirty Guv’nahs should tide you over very nicely until about a month from now, when you can get your next fix at Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights at Stickyz. Opening act at the 18-and-older gig is Moon Taxi.

IN BRIEF

THURSDAY 11/10

TED NEWSOME

Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison and Micky Rigby present “Artistry of the Guitar.” The three will perform a wide range of styles for the monthly concert series at Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. Downtown Music Hall has another fine eardrum-destroying lineup, with the down-tuned sludge-folk of Cookville, Tenn., band Hellbender, locals Holy Angell (featuring members of, among others, Deadbird and Ridin’ Dudes), Mainland Divide and Sound of the Mountain, 8 p.m., $6. It’s time to bust out the Vicks VapoRub, glo sticks, pacifier and those giant orange pants you never thought you’d wear again. That’s right – it’s a night of techno music with Designer Drugs, Black Matter and PLS DNT STP at Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s., 18 and older. Nashville trio The Eskimo Brothers (Google that one) bring some neo-rockabilly to Vino’s with Thee Swank Bastards, a lowbrow surf-rock outfit from Las Vegas, 9 p.m., $8.

FRIDAY 11/11

RAMBLIN’ ALABAMIAN: A.A. Bondy brings his quietly haunting Nu folk to Stickyz Friday night.

FRIDAY 11/11

A.A. BONDY

9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Last year, the Alabama-born singer and songwriter A.A. Bondy crashed his motorcycle in upstate New York, sorta like Dylan did way back yonder, in the olden times. Bondy, though, he really did tump his hog pretty bad. He got scraped up and went to the hospital, unlike Blind Boy Grunt, who probably just consulted the closest blind veterinarian he could rouse. Also, Bondy didn’t use the wreck as

an excuse to ditch everybody and hang out down in the basement. No, he got back on the hoss and into the studio and recorded “Believers,” which came out back in September. Man, this is a good album. The opening track, “The Heart is Willing,” is a hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing tune. The rest of the album follows suit, enveloping the listener in a warm, hazy cloud of songs that blur together nicely — like you’ve taken one too many Xanaxes, but you’re still OK. Previously,

SATURDAY 11/12

ASO: “BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANS”

Times boss-man Lindsey Millar wrote that Bondy was “Cat Power for dudes,” and as a dang-near fanatical devotee of Cat Power I pretty much concur, though I’d add “bros,” “brahs,” “guys,” “fellows,” “chaps,” “punters,” “lads,” “blokes,” “gentlemen,” “scoundrels,” “wastrels,” “drifters,” “grifters,” “scholars,” “drunks,” “convicted felons” and “dangerous loners” to that description. Bondy’s tunes will appeal to all of those types and more. Opening act is Gold Leaves.

SUNDAY 11/13

CHUCK RAGAN

8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$48.

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10. All ages.

If the only thing that’s been holding you back from checking out the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is your lack of a tuxedo, top hat and monocle, well here’s your chance to take in some Beethoven while wearing your Saturday evening best. That’s right, you can go to the symphony wearing your Loverboy T-shirt and those purple acid-washed Z. Cavariccis with the nine pleats and the ultra-high waist (and yes, you are encouraged to tight-roll those bad-boys). This program features, of course, Beethoven (Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b and Egmont: Overture) as well as Bernstein’s symphonic dances from “West Side Story” and Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 by composer and electric violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, who performs with the ASO. Roumain is often referred to as DBR. You know somebody is for real if he goes by initials alone, which means DBR is probably the SRV of the classical scene. In addition to the Beethoven and the blue jeans, concertgoers can enjoy bratwursts and $2 beers from Diamond Bear. The ASO reprises the concert at 3 p.m. Sunday; same price and place.

For at least a decade, you couldn’t beat Hot Water Music out of Gainesville, Fla., for rousing, anthemic posthardcore, with crunchy Gibson guitars and virtuosic bass playing. And have you noticed how everybody has a beard these days? Yeah, the HWM guys started that whole thing way back in the mid- ’90s. Also the Bukowski-referencing band name was a good call. After the band called it a day back in ’06, co-frontman Chuck Ragan struck out on his own, pursuing a more roots-oriented, acoustic direction, country even. He’d hinted at this previously with a couple EPs from Hot Water Music side project Rumbleseat. Here in 2011, Ragan has just released “Covering Ground.” In keeping with his recent output, this album has much more in common with Springsteen than Fugazi. Ragan’s gravelly howl is probably even more effective in this mostly acoustic context than it was in his old band. Ragan’s songs aren’t as loud as they were a decade ago but they’re every bit as intense.

White Water Tavern has Jimbo Mathus, the Mississippi Renaissance man and blues player who, we kid you not, might be the hardest working man in show business. He’s backed up by The Tri-State Coalition, 10 p.m., $10. Get your country on with the Southern-fried chooglin’ of Chris Cagle. The concert includes opening acts Tonya Watts and Bailey Hefley, and it’s a benefit for Toys for Tots, Juanita’s, 8 p.m. $15. Sunshine-y modern pop is what Revolution has tonight, with Kate Voegele, who has a role on The CW series “One Tree Hill,” and youngster Conor Flynn. This all-ages show starts at 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

SATURDAY 11/12 Though she’s young, Fort Worth singer Tatiana Mayfield has earned numerous awards as well as praises from DownBeat Magazine and JazzTimes and performed on “Showtime at The Apollo” when she was still in high school. Her show at Porter’s Jazz Cafe starts at 9 p.m., $20. Modern country star Pat Green plays Henderson State University, 7 p.m., $10-$15. Discovery has a boatload of DJs to propel you into the wee hours, including Titan, Platinumb, Tyler Durden, Ewell and Hollywood, with performers Dominique, Whitney Paige and Roxy Starlite, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $12. The Little Rock troublemakers in Goodtime Ramblers soundtrack what’s sure to be a rowdy evening at Stickyz, with Memphis singer-songwriter Grace Askew, 9 p.m., $5, 18 and older. Jazz legend Clark Terry will sign copies of his autobiography at Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 2 p.m.

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AFTER DARK All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to calendar@arktimes.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9

MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Eddie Miles. Miles performs a “Salute to Elvis.” Dinner before show at 6 p.m. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 7:45 p.m., $31. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse. com. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Jucifer, Oracle, DDT. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Mike Mains and the Branches, The Undeserving. Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Scrote. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.

COMEDY

Gabriel Rutledge, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m.; Nov. 12, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Holiday House 2011. Statehouse Convention Center, 9 a.m., $5-$100. 7 Statehouse Plaza.

FILM

Argenta Film Series: “Bellflower.” Director Evan Glodell will be in attendance. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $8. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. “Rise Up.” Drama based on interviews with youth and families involved in creating Arkansas’s System of Care, which provides services for Arkansas children and youth combating mental and behavioral health issues. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys. edu.

KIDS

Rocktown Youth Slam Team Qualifier. Only ages 13-19 (as of July 19 2012) to compete. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5 to attend, $10 to compete. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www. facebook.com/rocktownslam.

THURSDAY, NOV. 10

MUSIC

Live at Laman: Artistry of the Guitar. Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison and Micky Rigby per-

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OPENING FRIDAY: The long-awaited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, established by Alice Walton and featuring “Kindred Spirits” by Asher Durand and hundreds of other American masterworks from colonial to contemporary times, opens at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Bentonville after festivities in the town square. The museum is at 600 Museum Way off J Street. Timed tickets required; reserve at 479-418-5700. form in a wide range of styles for the monthly concert series. Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. “BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Brasil Guitar Duo. Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $25, $10 for students. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. 661-0520. www.chambermusiclr.com. Central Business District with William Krzeszinski. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Crisis (headliner), Grayson Shelton (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. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. cstonepub.com. Designer Drugs, Black Matter, PLS DNT STP. 18 and older show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. The Dirty Guv’nahs, Moon Taxi. 18 and older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. The Eskimo Brothers, Three Swank Bastards. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Hellbender, Mainland Divide, Holy Angell and Sound of the Mountain. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.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, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thirsty Thursdays with Meek Mill. Hosted by Jaid Taylor and Infamous Big Lee, with Derrty DJ Deja Blu. VIP package is $500 and includes admission for six, reserved seating, a bottle of rose and 50 wings. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15-$500. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-944-7869. www. juanitas.com. Whiskey Rodeo. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-565-4003. www.shooterslittlerock.com/.

COMEDY

Gabriel Rutledge, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, through Nov. 11, 8 p.m.; Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m.; Nov. 12, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.

Attention!!! Admitting you have a problem with low quality food at low quality restaurants is the 1st step. Union Bistro is the 2nd.

UnioN BISTRO

3421 Old Cantrell Rd. • 501-353-0360 (One block from Loca Luna) www.unionbistrolittlerock.com

www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Holiday House 2011. Statehouse Convention Center, through Nov. 12, 9 a.m., $5-$100. 7 Statehouse Plaza.

LECTURES

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Arkansas Unionists and the Peace Society.” James J. Johnston will discuss The Peace Society, a secret homeand self-protection organization which saw the Confederate government as its major threat. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Greg Robinson. Robinson will discuss his book, “A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America,” which studies the transnational history of the wartime confinement of people of Japanese ancestry. Main Library, 6 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. 501-6835239. www.cals.lib.ar.us.

BENEFITS

Art & Soul. Fundraiser for Easter Seals, with live and silent auctions. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 6:30 p.m., $100. 1100 Napa Valley Drive. 501-227-3710. www.eastersealsar.com/.

BOOKS

“Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers during the Great Depression.” Featuring author Dr. William Downs. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

MUSIC

AA Bondy, Gold Leaves. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Brick Fields Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Carolina Story, Star & Micey, Sean Michel. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $10. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Chris Cagle. With Tonya Watts, Bailey Hefley. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., TBA. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Craig Davis Band. Fox And Hound, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-7538300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/northlittle-rock.aspx. Deer Widows Night with Gary Escoe. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-3729990. midtownar.com. Interstate Buffalo. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Jason Helms Band. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-565-4003. www.shooterslittlerock.com/. Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $10. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Kate Voegele, Kevin Hammond. All ages

show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Lance Daniels. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. PG-13 (headliner), Richie Johnson (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. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Third Day, Tenth Avenue North, Trevor Morgan. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, 7 p.m., $25-$75. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Nov. 11-12, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Timothy Woods. Porter’s Jazz Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-324-1900. www.portersjazzcafe.com. Tonya Leeks. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Tragikly White. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. The Van Dells. Rock and Roll review, dinner at 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., performance at 7:45 p.m.; brunch 11 a.m. Sun., show 12:45, dinner 5:30 p.m. Sun., show 6:45 p.m. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, $33 Fri.-Sat., $31 Sun., $20 Sun. matinee. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

COMEDY

Gabriel Rutledge, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, through Nov. 11, 8 p.m.; Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m.; Nov. 12, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

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. North Little Rock Veterans Memorial Ceremony. Laman Library, 1 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org.

LECTURES

Minnijean Brown Trickey. Part of the Scholars in Residence program hosted by the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy. Sturgis Hall, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. clintonschool.uasys.edu.

SPORTS

UALR Women’s Trojans vs. Tulsa. UALR, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. www. ualrtrojans.com.

BOOKS

Sherry Laymon. The author will discuss and sign her book, “Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator.” Historic Arkansas Museum, 5 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. www.historicarkansas.org.

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

MUSIC

Amy McBryde and The Active Ingredient. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St.,

NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Beethoven & Blue Jeans.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; Nov. 13, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/ conv-centers/robinson. Artistry of Guitar. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Ashley McBryde. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Big Stack. Fox And Hound, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-littlerock.aspx. Covershot (headliner), Tiffany Christopher (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. DJs Titan, Platinumb, Tyler Durden, Ewell and Hollywood. Performers include Dominique, Whitney Paige and Roxy Starlite. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $12. 1021 Jessie Road. 501664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. The Fragile Elite. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. Good Time Ramblers, Grace Askew. 18 and older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., TBA. 107 Commerce St. 372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. “KISS Saturdays” with DJs Deja Blu, Greyhound and Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Pat Green. Henderson State University, 7 p.m., $10-$15. 1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia. www.hsu.edu. A Plea for Purging, Take it Back, No Bragging Rights, Gideon, Words Within, Wake Dead Man Wake. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Sean Austin. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. The Smiling Dogs. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Tatiana Mayfield. Porter’s Jazz Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-324-1900. www.portersjazzcafe.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Trey and the Droppers. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com.

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DANCE

Soul Speak Vibrations. Includes a variety of dance styles. Hendrix College, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13, 2 p.m., $3-$5. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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EVENTS

Arkansas Queen Autumn Color Cruise. Arkansas Queen, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.; Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501372-5777. www.arkansasqueen.com. The Diamond Dames, Red Snapper and more. Burlesque Show. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Helena Second Saturdays. Enjoy art and live music along Cherry Street. Cherry Street, through : second Saturday of every month, 2

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Clark Terry. An appearance by the renowned jazz musician and author of “The Autobiography of Clark Terry.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 2 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501372-6822. hearnefineart.com/.

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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Beethoven & Blue Jeans. Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Chuck Ragan. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Eye Empire, Machina, Dark from Day One. Downtown Music Hall, $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Lance Lopez. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, 3 p.m., $8. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-767-5482. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.

DANCE

Soul Speak Vibrations. Includes a variety of dance styles. Hendrix College, 2 p.m., $3-$5. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.

EVENTS

Arkansas Queen Autumn Color Cruise. Arkansas Queen, 12:30 p.m. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501-372-5777. www.arkansasqueen.com. Big Dam Bridge Moon Walk. Walk on the Big Dam Bridge under the full moon. Big Dam Bridge, 6 p.m., free. 7600 Rebsamen Park Road. www.bigdambridge.com.

SPORTS

UALR Men’s Trojans vs. NW (La.) State. UALR, 2 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. www.ualrtrojans.com.

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MUSIC

Adelita’s Way, Art of Dying, Emphatic, New Medicine. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Monday Night Jazz with David Higginbotham Trio. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterghoughtbar.com. The Rocketboys, The Winter Sounds. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. “You Oughta Be in Pictures” cabaret performance. Features selections by Irving Berlin and George and Ira Gershwin. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., $20 general admission, $10 for students and UALR faculty. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-3288. ualr.edu/music.

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FILM

“The Tillman Story.” This documentary examines the death in 2004 of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and his family’s search for truth regarding his death. Laman Library, 6 p.m., Free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. “We Still Live Here.” This documentary tells

the story of the recent cultural and linguistic revival of the Wampanoag tribe of southeastern Massachusetts. Roosevelt Thompson Library, 6 p.m., free. 38 Rahling Circle. 501-821-3060.

LECTURES

Chris Masingill. Masingill will give a lecture about the Delta Regional Authority’s efforts to promote economic development in the Mississippi River Delta region. Statehouse Convention Center, 12 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. 501-683-5239. Donald R. Bobbitt. The new president of the University of Arkansas System, Bobbitt will give a lecture titled, “Innovate or Perish: The Challenges Facing Higher Education in the Next Decade.” Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. clintonschool.uasys.edu.

SPORTS

UALR Women’s Trojans vs. SMU. UALR, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. www. ualrtrojans.com.

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MUSIC

Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, The Gum Creek Killers. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Bridging New and Old.” Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $20. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.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, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.revroom.com.

EVENTS

Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; get schedule at www.talesfromthesouth. com. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Reserve at 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Wildlife Photography Presentation: “Arkansas Portfolio III.” Presentation from photographer Tim Ernst. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.

LECTURES

“Theatre for a New Millennium.” Moises Kaufman, the founder and director of the Tectonic Theater Project, will discuss his work with the play, “The Laramie Project.” Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4597. www.hendrix.edu.

SPORTS

UALR Men’s Trojans vs. IUPUI. UALR, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. www. ualrtrojans.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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Most folks who are married have a mother-in-law, and sometimes it works out well. That said, I know there are those mother-in-laws who seem like the spawn of Satan. Women can wind up like that for a whole host of reasons: jealousy, fear of growing older, general bad disposition, a need to control their child’s life or even just never being able to get over the idea that somebody is diddlin’ their baby within the bonds of matrimony. Whatever the case, when a mother-in-law relationship goes bad, it generally goes REAL bad, with the woman’s child caught right in the middle and forced to decide between mom and the person they married. In this new series from A&E, cameras go into the homes of those locked in the age-old sitcom-fodder battle of nature vs. nuptials. Turns out, in real life, it’s not all that funny. A recent episode I caught featured Brian, a 350pound newlywed who was being relentlessly tormented over his weight and eating habits by his live-in mother-in-law Teresa, with wife Christine caught in the crossfire. Teresa seemed to just be the monster-in-law from hell, eavesdropping on conversations, barging into Christine and Brian’s bedroom at all hours of the day

and night without knocking, and generally saying things to her son-in-law that most people wouldn’t say to their worst enemy. The couple had been driven to the point of divorce by her constant needling, and Christine was rapidly reaching the moment when a choice would have to be made. The shtick of “Monster-inLaw” — kind of a hallmark of A&E’s reality fare — is to bring in a psychologist to try and figure out why folks are butting heads. Once the shrink was on premises, the truth revealed itself: Teresa’s husband had died young of a massive heart attack after years of neglecting his health, and she was terrified that her daughter would have to go through the same anguish she did if Brian didn’t change his ways. As a generally caustic and non-emotional person, the only way she knew to do that was by belittling him at the dinner table to try to shame him into putting down the fork. While a lot of “reality” shows are scripted to the point of ridiculousness, A&E has generally been better than most at capturing what looks — at least on the surface — like real stories of real people with real problems. While this isn’t the kind of show that would become must-see TV for me, I could see where it could be “there but for the grace of God go I” viewing for many married folks. You can watch the whole Brian/Teresa episode and others by visiting: www.aetv.com/monster-in-laws.

BURLESQUE, CONT. inspired by Warner Bros. cartoons and talking “like it’s 1930s Chicago.” The creative nature of the shows keeps the audience entertained, and the performers inspired. Schrader jokes that “burlesque is a part-time job that pays like minimum wage in the ’90s,” so they do it for the love of art. Their day jobs range from a tattoo artist to government worker to manager to a preschool lunch lady — women who abandon their day-to-day and become badasses at night. Says Heaven Lee, “If you saw me at work, you would never guess that I do burlesque! I look like a total dork, having to wear the uniform T-shirt and the shoes that don’t quite match the pants, and my hair pulled back, no makeup.” Some of their biggest fans, in fact, are most thrilled by the idea of average women with imperfect bodies strutting their stuff on stage. Tonya Estell, the associate director of burlesque for the Arkansas Pin Up & Burlesque Society and the saucy redhead Ro Manic of the Diamond Dames, learned quickly that body acceptance is quintessential to the movement. Estell says, “At

first I said, ‘Oh I’ve gotta wait until I get my body a little more fit. I need to exercise more.’ And then I realized that I didn’t have to because I really want to dance!” Ruby Lead sings a similar tune: “The women who performed in the Spa City Sweethearts show were all different body types, all different types of women with different careers and prerogatives and ideas. And the next day everybody felt fabulous about themselves.” Catch both troupes this weekend when Hot Springs native (now an LA resident) Red Snapper comes to town for two special performances. In honor of Red Snapper’s signature fan dances, all the ladies will dance with feathered fans. Foul Play Cabaret performs with Red Snapper at the Low Key Arts Building, 118 Arbor St. in Hot Springs, at 9 p.m. Nov. 11 ($10), and with the Hot Springs band the Holy Shakes at White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Nov. 18. The Diamond Dames perform with Red Snapper, as well as Lola Vee and Sadie J. Byrd from the Memphis Belles, at 9 p.m. Nov. 12 ($10) at Juanita’s in Little Rock.

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“Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Arkansas TheatreWorks presents the rollicking musical ode to the life of the legendary Fats Waller. Central Theatre, through Nov. 17: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Mon.-Thu., 7:30 p.m., $20-$30. 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “Christmas Belles.” The Futrelle sisters are trying to pull off a perfect Christmas program,

but things get Southern crazy with squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Fort Smith Little Theatre, through Nov. 19: Wed.Sun., 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m., $10-$20. 401 N. 6th St., Fort Smith. “Crimes of the Heart.” Pulaski Technical College theater instructor Lesley Dancer will direct the three-act play, which examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by

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their passions. Argenta Community Theater, Nov. 10-11, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 11 a.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. Gladys in Wonderland. Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, Fri., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m., $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. 449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle. 501-352-4239. www.maumelleplayers.org. “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” Hendrix College, Nov. 9-12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 2 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu. “Mr. Marmalade.” Dark comedy explores the way children absorb adult issues and what it takes for them to grow up in troubled times. Recommended for mature audiences only. University of Central Arkansas, through Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., $10. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. www.uca.edu. “Much Ado about Nothing.” The Old State House Museum Historical Theatre Troupe presents a production of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Old State House Museum, Sat., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. “Not Now, Darling.” This British farce concerns the hilarious complications between a fur shop owner, mobsters and mistresses. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, Nov. 15-19, 6 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 16, 11 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 22-26, 6 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 23, 11 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 6 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 30, 11 a.m.; Dec. 6-10, 6 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 13-17, 6 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 20-24, 6 p.m.; Dec. 27-31, 6 p.m., $15-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Rock of Ages.” This hit musical comedy is a feel-good love story set on the Sunset Strip in the hair-metal heyday of 1987, with the music of Journey, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and more. Walton Arts Center, Nov. 15-17, 7 p.m.; Nov. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Nov. 19-20, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., $39-$59. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER: “Learnt in Translation,” Art of Architecture series lecture by Peter Rich of Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m. Nov. 15, lecture hall, free. 372-4000. “ART AND SOUL,” Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive: Auction of art to benefit Easter Seals featuring work by John Kushmaul, Ludwik Kozlowski and other area artists and Easter Seals clients, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10, live auction begins at 7:30 p.m., $50 general admission, $100 patrons. 227-3710. “ART FOR ARC’S SAKE,” Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham St.: Show and sale of work by artists in the Arc Arkansas program for people with disabilities, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 10. $25. 375-7770. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh: Brad Cushman, mixed media on paper; Kelley Edwards, raku; Donala Jordan, mixed media on paper and canvas, opens with reception 6-9 p.m. Nov. 12. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute: “Thomas Harding, Pinhole Photography”; “Reflections in Pastel,” Arkansas Pastel Society’s 4th national exhibition; “Leon Niehues: 21st Century Basketmaker”; “The Art of Living,” artwork by Japanese Americans interned at Rohwer, through Nov. 26. Open 5-8 p.m. Nov.

11, 2nd Friday Art Night. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 320-5790. CANVAS COMMUNITY CHURCH, 1111 W. Seventh St.: “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan,” traveling exhibit of work by artists and children from Kabul. Open 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2nd Friday Art Night. COURTYARD AT THE MARRIOTT, 521 President Clinton Ave.: ArtGroup Maumelle exhibit, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2nd Friday Art Night. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Blvd.: “The Old World, the New World and the Space in Between,” printmaking. 918-3093. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: 17th annual “Holiday Art Show,” show and sale of work by dozens of Arkansas artists, opens Nov. 12 with reception 7-10 p.m., continues through Jan. 14. 664-8996. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Fired Rhythm,” clay sculpture by Chukes, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2nd Friday Art Night, continues through Jan. 6. Drink Mocha Talk Art event with the artist 10 a.m. Nov. 12. 372-6822. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Tesseract Dancing: Brett Anderson and Emily Galusha,” opens with reception 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2nd Friday Art Night, continues through Feb. 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Ducks in Arkansas,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative, reception 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 10. 265-0422. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: Meet the cast of “Much Ado About Nothing” 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2nd Friday Art Night, performance at 8 p.m.; “An Enduring Union,” artifacts documenting the post-war Confederate and Union veteran reunions in the state; “Arkansas/ Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. ST. JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive: Jeannie Stone, oils, through Jan. 3. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and before and after Sunday services. 221-3559. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St.: Exhibit of work by Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients and artists-in-residence Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber, through Nov. 18, patient art sale 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 18. 379-9512. BENTONVILLE ARTSEEN 107, 107 S. Third St.: “Recordings,” ink on photo paper abstracts by Alex Amini, through Dec. 17. 479-619-9115. CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 600 Museum Way: American masterworks from colonial to contemporary times, opens Nov. 11 with special exhibit “Wonder World,” featuring work by Dan Flavin, Nick Cave, Richard Estes, Devorah Sperber, Anita Huffington, Claes Oldenburg and others. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Tickets free but timed; reserve at 479-418-5700. SUGAR GALLERY, 114 Central Ave.: “Finer Things,” juried exhibit of contemporary craft by artists, students, teachers, through Dec. 14. 2-6 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-273-5305. CONWAY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Baum Gallery: “BA/BFA Juried Senior Exhibition,” Nov. 10-Dec. 8, receptions 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 13. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu. 501-450-5793.

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SUSHI CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;˘ Extensive sushi offerings plus cafĂŠ specialties including American Kobe steaks is what sets Sushi CafĂŠ apart from others. The food is definitely what keeps people coming to this chic Heights location, but the in-depth wine and sake lists canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt either. Inventive item names means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have just as much fun ordering your food as you will eating it! Be sure to try Da Bomb or Spice Girls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two rolls out of many on the specialty rolls menu. Consistently voted Best Sushi by Arkansas Times readers! The front patio is the perfect place to eat and watch the Kavanaugh Blvd. happenings. Lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner Monday- Sunday, 5 p.m. to close. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888/9887 www.sushicaferocks.com

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CIAO BACI â&#x20AC;˘ The popular Hillcrest eatery has undergone some changes. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ventured in lately, nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to do so and experience the sophisticated new menu of promising executive chef, Yolanda Diaz. Chef Diaz trained in France and hails from Ashleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant. She has created a completely new menu with a variety of true Spanish tapas, as well as a large selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. With inventive cocktails and an impressive wine list, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a complete dining experience here. Stop in and see why Ciao Baci is consistently voted among the best by Arkansas Times readers. Dinner

Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to close. 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238 THE OYSTER BAR â&#x20AC;˘ Little Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Original Oyster Bar has been serving up great food in the Capitol View/Hillcrest Neighborhood since 1975. Sit back, put a quarter in the juke box, order a mug of the coldest beer in town and enjoy fresh seafood and authentic New Orleanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. At this friendly neighborhood seafood joint there is something for everyone: fried, grilled or peel emâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and eat emâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shrimp, mahi-mahi, chicken and shrimp salads and the traditional favorites: red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), oysters on the half shell, classic poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys, shrimp gumbo catfish and etoufee. See the online menu for daily specials. We also have a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to save room for delicious homemade icebox pies. The Oyster Bar has a great private party room with a big screen TV. Call 666-7100 for details when planning your next office party, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, etc. Find out why The Oyster Bar is where the locals go year after year! LD Mon-Sat. 11-9:30MonThurs/11-10:30 Fri./noon-10 sat. Closed Sunday. Park behind the restaurant. 3003 W.Markham â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beer and wine. 666.7100. www.lroysterbar.com

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MEXICO CHIQUITO â&#x20AC;˘ Proudly serving central Arkansas since 1935, Mexico Chiquito has grown into an Arkansas tradition and the cheese dip continues to win â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best ofâ&#x20AC;? lists year after year. The menu offers a variety of selections from enchiladas and seafood to chimichangas, fajitas and more. With food that is fresh and made-to-order, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something sure to please everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appetite. Come â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dip your Chipâ&#x20AC;? here and discover what makes Mexico Chiquito so special. Serving lunch and dinner daily at multiple locations around central Arkansas. 13924 Cantrell Rd. 217-0700, Mex-To-Go, 11406 W. Markham St., 217-0647, 4511 Camp Robinson Rd., NLR, 771-1604, 1524 W. Main St., Jacksonville, 982-0533 NYPD â&#x20AC;˘ NYPD is where foodies go for the best Pizza. Praised by local food critics, award winning NYPD Pizza is Little Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authentic New York Style Pizza. Offering the highest quality ingredients, all pizzas are hand-tossed with our freshly prepared unique dough, our specially spiced homemade tomato sauce and topped with 100% mozzarella cheese. Gluten Free diners will love our GF pizza crust which comes with any of our toppings. NYPD also offers a full menu of appetizers, pastas, calzones,

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he Little Rock area seems blissfully awash in Indian food these days. What was not long ago a one-Indian-restaurant town has seen slow but steady expansion to a number of restaurants, markets and even a lunch truck. This is a good thing, as Indian food is something one can never have too much of, like money or shape-enhancing underwear, and Indian food has the advantage over both money and underwear of being delicious. Still, one may wonder if there could be such a thing as too many Indian restaurants, a fair point, as the competition is growing around here. There’s not much room for phoning it in. What a delight, then, was the experience of dining at Taste of India in North Little Rock, a restaurant that seems dedicated to making a name for itself. It’s situated in Lakewood Village, a bit off the main drag, not the most highly visible location. Only good food and good word-of-mouth could overcome the drawbacks of that location, so since they provided us with the former, allow us to proceed with the latter. The atmosphere is pleasant and lowkey when you arrive — no loud music, intimate lighting, good smells in the air. There are TVs spaced around the restaurant, high enough on the walls that you can ignore them and have a con-

Taste of India

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Quick bite At lunch, the restaurant offers a large buffet. Hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. Other info Credit cards accepted, full bar.

versation if you like. The one behind the bar is for sports (cricket, the three times we went), the others a mixture of Indian and American shows. We had heard criticisms about the service, but our experience on the whole has been good — on one memorable occasion, our to-go order was delayed and the staff apologized by throwing in a free dessert. The wait staff is professional and polite, helpful with suggestions for those not familiar with Indian cuisine. The food itself is very good. Nothing we sampled tasted canned or warmed over, everything vibrant and fresh and at least mildly spicy. A bit of warning there: Taste of India, like other Indian restaurants, significantly dials down the heat for its American customers, but they do not go fully bland as some

others do. In short, there are entrees not specifically labeled “spicy” that carry at least a mild bit of heat, so if you are sensitive, be sure to let your server know. Our first taste of their food was a carry-out dinner of Aloo Gobi, a vegetarian dish of cauliflower and potatoes, and Chicken Vindaloo, made with potatoes and tomatoes in a spicy sauce. The chicken was juicy, the vegetables perfectly done, the sauces worthy of being mopped up with bread or just dumped over rice and eaten with the sort of abandon that one would not like to have videotaped. Our second visit was a sit-down dinner at the restaurant, where we loaded up. We started with two appetizers. First was Papri Chaat, a cool dish of spinach, potato and a sort of puff pastry in a tamarind sauce. It’s a light dish, refreshing, probably the least remarkable thing we’ve eaten there, but still a solid appetizer. Our other appetizer was another staple, fried vegetable samosas, which were hands-down the best we’ve had in town. Crisp-tender, not greasy, stuffed with potatoes and peas, and highly addictive. We chose three entrees for this visit: Karahi Chicken, Jeera Aloo and the Tandoori mixed grill. The chicken was the focus of a fair bit of contention — both of us quickly realized we each wanted a full serving of the stuff, yet were grudgingly required to share. It’s a bright and acidic curry made with fenugreek leaves and a tomato sauce, just the kind of warm and savory Indian food we prefer. The Jeera Aloo is a mildly-spiced potato dish, again delicious but not perhaps satisfying enough to eat on its own. As to the mixed grill? It will murder you, if you’re not careful. It’s a big pile of chicken, shrimp, salmon and lamb, cooked in a tandoor oven and served on a sizzling iron plate with sauteed onions. Everything came out juicy and flavorful and hit us in the nose long before we could get it to our plates. Perhaps the only criticism here is that it could have stood a little more spice (and you can’t order it extra spicy, as you can most of the menu), but it didn’t really suffer from the lack of heat. The menu is quite big, with lots of options for vegetarians. There wasn’t a disappointment or misstep in anything we sampled.

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To vote for your favorite restaurants in Central Arkansas and throughout the state, visit arktimes.com/readerschoice12 HUNKA PIE OWNER CHRIS MONROE has purchased the Starlite Diner

in North Little Rock and closed Hunka Pie’s dairy bar location on Cantrell. Monroe said he doesn’t plan on taking the Starlite sign down anytime soon. He said he’s hoping to incorporate both the Hunka Pie and Starlite brands into the business. The new Starlite Diner will reopen Nov. 10 and serve pie from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. The full menu, which will be similar to Hunka Pie’s offerings on Cantrell Road plus plate lunch specials, salads and breakfast items, will debut Nov. 28. Starting then, the diner will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday for breakfast only. Monroe said he’s accepting pie orders for Thanksgiving via phone (612-4754), e-mail (chris@hunkapie. com) or Facebook. SUSHI CAFE’S ROBERT TJU hopes to open a new restaurant in The Heights by Valentine’s Day 2012. The new yetto-be-named venue will be located at 5501 Kavanaugh, in the space once occupied by Colianni Piano, and will seat around 120 in the restaurant and around 100 in an adjacent lounge. The restaurant may be a steakhouse, Tju said, but that’s yet to be decided. THE INAUGURAL ARKANSAS CORNBREAD FESTIVAL drew 2,600

to Bernice Garden and two blocks of South Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 4. Below are the winners: Best Overall Winner (best in show): Terry Wright; Best Professional Winner: El Dorado’s Old South Cornbread; Best Amateur Winner: Terry Wright; Best Professional, Traditional: Old South Cornbread; Best Professional, Non-Traditional: Loblolly Creamery; Best Amateur, Traditional: Terry Wright; Best Amateur, Non-Traditional: Johnny Reep; Best Amateur, Sweet: Ramona Cash.

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BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with boneless wings, whiskey on tap. Plus, the usual burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. DOGTOWN COFFEE AND COOKERY Up-to-date sandwich, salad and fancy coffee kind of place, well worth a visit. 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-3850. E’S BISTRO Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK Inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. GREEN CUISINE Daily specials and a small, solid menu of vegetarian fare. Try the crunchy quinoa salad. 985 West Sixth St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious meat-and-three restaurant. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Typical meat-and-two options. 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT AND MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 2900 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-375-3420. L Mon.-Fri. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3729316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat.

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CHI’S DIMSUM & BISTRO Menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the

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CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q Tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-5628844. LD Mon.-Sat.

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KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY The menu stays relatively true to the owner’s Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night. 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2279900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.

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VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.

MEXICAN

CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. BLD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. 5507 Ranch Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. LD daily.

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hen we meet Julie West at her studio/company headquarters in Hillcrest, she’s draped in an arresting green wrap, a spiral scarf pin securing it in place. She says laughingly that she’s not sure whether said wrap is a tablecloth, sarong, scarf or sofa throw but has used it as all of the above. Such is the versatility of West’s Red Sari creations. Continued on page 53

hearsay ➥ Mark your calendars for a holiday open house at GALLERY 26, November 12, 7-10 p.m. The 17th Annual Holiday Show and Sale includes the work of 70+ artists, including jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery, ornaments, sculpture, photographs and more. ➥ LCB NAIL LACQUER, a locally based line, announces that it is now available at Drug Emporium in addition to Box Turtle. Creator LaKhiva Blann adds that LcB will have new colors for the spring and summer 2012.  ➥ STANLEY JEWELERS celebrates 75 years with a weeklong celebration. Drop by the store through November 12 and enter to win a $2,500 gift certificate. Thursday, November 10, is Watch Day with a Bulova & Accutron Trunk Show and a collection of Rolex Accessories like diamond dials, bezels and replacement bracelets. Friday, November 11, is the big b-day bash. Drop by from 5-8 p.m. for the party and the possibility of scoring a special door prize. Saturday, November 12, will kick off Stanley’s holiday shopping hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and they’ll draw for the winner of the big gift certificate. ➥ BARBARA JEAN hosts a St. John Trunk Show, November 16-17. ➥ November 17-18, B. BARNETT welcomes a Sola Accessories Trunk Show. Several designers will be present, such as Diane Cotton, Dorie Love and Jane August. ➥ Need extra dough for the holidays? You can turn your broken gold or silver jewelry into cold hard cash at the AG COIN & BULLION “Gold Party,” November 14, 5-9 p.m., at Fringe

Benefits Salon in the Heights. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided. For more info call Allen Grimmett (501) 529-3826. ➥ BOX TURTLE owner Emese Boone just returned from market giddy with all she found there. And just what did she find? Says Boone, “We saw a lot of great things at market! Lots of color, especially shades of green and orange, particularly coral and kelly green. Maxi dresses are still everywhere, and they look better than before. Lots of super cute shorts and amazing palazzo pants in bright linen and patterned silk. Lots of chevron (which I love) and horizontal stripes, too.” Sounds like a sunny spring on the fashion front! ➥ The HILLCREST MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION presents “Holidays in Hillcrest” weekend open house, Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and November 12, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy trolley and carriage rides, carolers and general gaiety and frivolity. Register at all participating merchants for a $1,000 gift basket giveaway. The Heights is also getting in on the action with “Holidays in the Heights,” November 13, 1-5 p.m. Enjoy goodies, photos with Santa and a lighting of holiday lights while previewing what local shops have in store. ➥ Mark your calendars for a Brave Design Jewelry Trunk Show at BOX TURTLE, Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. during Holidays in Hillcrest Open House. Brave is the creative union of two Memphis residents with Arkansas roots. Their designs are very cool, and, dare we say, brave. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES

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Blue bird by Beth Lambert from BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES.

Ash pot by Gene Sparling from HAM.

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useums aren’t just places to learn about and celebrate the arts, they’re also shopping spots for the cultured consumer. Little Rock abounds with museum shops that carry unique gifts not available elsewhere, and each has a

distinct style. Want books about Arkansas history and by Arkansans? The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Gift Shop, the Old State House Museum Gift Shop and Historic Arkansas Museum Store have shelves full. Store manager Phyllis Brown of Mosaic Templars has gathered an impressive selection of both children’s and adult books related to the African-American experience in Arkansas. And Amy Peck of the Old State House Museum highly recommends the handsome, recently published Celebrating 175 Years: A Pictorial History of Arkansas’s Old State House for gift giving. Need something to distract the children while you prepare that holiday meal? How about a logcabin playset from the Historic Arkansas Museum Store? And while there, you can stock up your pantry with Arkansas-made goods. The Clinton Museum Store offers a wide selection of gifts for anyone with an appetite for objects from around the world and an appreciation of Arkansas’s rich political history. Store manager and long-time Clinton friend Connie Fails is particularly excited about a new addition to the store—the silver peace cuff. Created by the Quincy Jones Foundation, this handcrafted bracelet features symbols from the world’s religions and benefits the children of Bali and those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Tucked away in the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, you’ll find the Butler Center Galleries which houses a retail gallery featuring the work of Arkansas artists and art related to the state. There you’ll discover textiles, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and retro-cool desk chairs and beautifully crafted tables by Tommy Farrell. The Arkansas Art Center Museum Shop has long been a destination for savvy shoppers, with its wide array of eclectic gifts and jewelry by local and regional artisans. Plus, AAC members receive a 10 percent discount! So this shopping season, head to any of Little Rock’s many museum shops where unusual treasures await.

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Continued from page 51 Founded in 2009, Red Sari is a socially responsible fashion design company with a mission to create and sustain jobs for women in Nepal. For the women in this small South Asian country, jobs represent more than income—working liberates them from lives of isolation, builds confidence and bestows status within their families and communities. The Red Sari reinvests its profits in the people of Nepal by creating jobs and supporting educational and enrichment programs for the artists and their families. A graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service, West became intrigued with the idea of combining her love of folk art and fiber with her passion for empowering women. After a trip to Nepal while in school, her two interests coalesced. West now spends part of each year working side by side with the artisans and women’s handicraft groups there and has formed life-long friendships in the process. West’s signature product, the felted vintage sari scarf, is a result of her collaboration with this woman’s felting group in the Kathmandu Valley. Together they developed the process of fusing wool fibers with vintage tissue silk saris. The results are beautifully textured scarves, each a one-of-a-kind work of art. The scarves themselves are a fusion of old and new, a weaving together of contemporary design and traditional handicraft techniques. Using the felting technique they developed, West and the Nepalese

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few bits of Arkiana, definitions and elaborations, alphabetically arranged for your convenience, to pass a few minutes of a slow week. All get-out. A vague superlative, the meaning of which eludes and perplexes the authorities. “Them catfish are meaner than all get-out.” Arkansas go-getter. Said of an Arkansas man who has no job but has a wife who does have a job, “I take her to work in the morning, and then in the evening I go-getter.” Big old good ’un. The same as a good old big ‘un. The direct object needn’t be specified. And it needn’t be big, old, good, or just one. Cellar. A basement. Cellar is sometimes used in storm cellar or root cellar, but if it’s a dark airless place under the house at the bottom of the stairs, one that looks like the set of a horror movie, it’s a basement. Coffee. A non-native editorial writer eager to sound folksy went into a Little Rock diner not so long ago and ordered a cuppa joe. I’d bet anything that the very next words he heard were, “You ain’t from around here, are you, Slick?” No Arkie ever ordered joe, or a cuppa joe, or a cuppa anything. Or no Arkie ever did it without getting hoorawed something fierce.

Deep freeze. A food freezer about the size of John Adams’ casket. The deep freeze was the most common BOB piece of front LANCASTER porch furniture in Arkansas throughout the previous century. “If you don’t stay out of my deep freeze, I mona kill you.” Dingleberry. The worst of our native berries for making jam. Dinner. The noon meal. The evening meal is supper. We don’t have brunches, at least not on purpose. Or teas. Done crossed over into Campground. Dead. Fixing to. Preparing to. As in, “If you don’t shut up, I’m fixing to kill you.” Gone to glory. Dead. Goober. Can refer to an idiot, a peanut or a penis. The people of Goobertown, halfway between Jonesboro and Paragould, used to be called goobers, but now it’s said that the population is “about half goobs and half rubes.” Horsecock. What stick bologna used to be called. In this same neck of woods, in the same time period, Vienna sausages, which aren’t sausages and didn’t come from

Vienna, were often called puppy peckers. HOT Springs. Visitors and relative newcomers put the emphasis on the first name of this Arkansas resort town; they call it HOT Springs. Natives and longtime residents put the emphasis on the Springs part, pronouncing it Hot SPRINGS. It’s the same deal with PINE Bluff v. Pine BLUFF. Also, DeWitt v. DEEwitt. Houseshoes. Most of the rest of the country calls them slippers. Jaybirds. According to Vance Randolph, quoting well-known auspexes in Waldron, jaybirds carry firewood to Hell every Friday. Lost. Going to Hell when you die. Love offering. This is a second passing around of the collection plate at the same church service, the money designated for a special purpose, often to pay the visiting evangelist at a revival meeting. Might near. Almost. “I’ll eat might near anything, excepting a eel.” Purt near is not quite as near as might near. Mona. A contraction of the words “am going to.” As in, “ If you don’t shut up, I mona kill you.” Passed. Dead. Naught. Aught. “Jethro’s fixing to be a double-naught spy.” Peckerwood. Turn it around it’s a bird, but with the pecker first it’s a jasper whose highest aspiration is to live in a doublewide in a trailer park. There are no female peckerwoods, or black peckerwoods of either sex.

Removed kinfolks. I don’t understand the concept. I’ve read the usage mavens and I’m still at a loss. How is it possible, for instance, that my first cousin twice removed is not the same amount of kin as my second cousin once removed? And where do they go when they’re removed? Is it like the Cherokee Removal along the Trail of Tears? Ring-tailed tooter. A family of nocturnal stalker critters, with subspecies that include the Going Jessie. Except for the ringed tail, tooters are hard to describe, but you’ll know one if it gets after you on a country road at night. Sack. What our groceries come in. People elsewhere call it a bag. Saved. Going to Heaven when you die. Stuffing. We don’t call our main Thanksgiving dinner turkey go-with stuffing; we call it dressing. Stuffing belongs in a mattress or a couch, not in a turkey. Th’ow. Fling. Chunk. “If you don’t quit th’owing rocks at passing cars, I mona kill you.” Whatnot. Doodad. A store at Ico is named Nanaw’s Nick-Nacks. Y’all. This is a plural, referring to at least two people. Only tin-eared visitors from colder climes would think of using it in the singular: “Y’all are my best friend; I just love you to death.” Yard. What we usually call a lawn. If farm animals are eating grass off of it, it’s a pasture.

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