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Government not the enemy During a time of great hardship for our nation, the Depression, a wise president, born to wealth and privilege, but reviled by the elite as traitor to his class, once said, “Government can err, presidents do make mistakes. But the immortal Dante tells us that the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted are weighted on different scales by divine justice. Better the occasional fault of a government living in the spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” A later president, an amiable, wellliked dunce, once said, “Government is not the solution. Government is the problem.” This has become a mantra of right-wing editorialists, along with the even more unfeeling and stupid, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” These shallow sayings are repeated ad nauseam by some of our local editorial writers and pass, these days, for wisdom. Simple, unthinking people do not stop to realize that if our government is actually our enemy, then there is little hope for us. I do not believe that this is the case. I believe that we, the people, are the government, and that if we stop electing our officials and members of Congress and various legislatures solely on the basis of narrow ideologies, we can yet put our nation back on the right track, that of fiscal solvency, while preserving essential, compassionate assistance for the less-fortunate in our midst. I pray that it may come to pass. J.R. Johnson Mabelvale

Lancaster’s DP-G contributions I will miss reading Bob Lancaster, just like thousands of other Arkansans. There won’t be anymore like him in the future because writers who grew up in the 1940s and ’50s are dying out. We, as a society, are going to be poorer in every way because of it. For example, Bob was the state’s foremost observer of the nasty, mean dog-peter gnat (D-PG). I just wish Bob had been able to continue his groundbreaking research to find the answer as to why the D-PGs continue to harass and intimidate our dogs! Maybe someone can pick up where Bob left off and get our dogs out of this mess. When Bob was a boy hanging out in Grant County, I was a boy puzzling over my dog’s D-PG problems in Benton County. We boys in Gentry spent many hot summer afternoons trying to stay cool under the huge maple trees 4

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in my yard. Our dogs joined us, sprawling and panting, and we witnessed the D-PGs kamikaze attacks on our helpless dogs. We couldn’t swat the gnats, as Bob’s pointed out, because we would’ve injured our dogs’ tender area. Our dogs would start jumping and hopping around, scratching and biting at the swarming gnats. It wasn’t a pretty scene. My black and white dog, Bullger, a hound/beagle mix, spent most of his days trying to out run the divebombing D-PGs. It was a grateful day for Bullger when we put him in the ground. The mean D-PGs couldn’t tor-

ment him anymore. Unfortunately, I don’t see a younger generation stepping up and solving the D-PG problem. But we may solve it unintentionally: pollution, greenhouse gases, climate warming, rain forest elimination and other self-destructive behavior. The D-PGs and dogs may simply disappear like the dodo bird. Wayne Jordan Little Rock

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Ideologues v. empiricists While following this great state’s current bamboozlement of a legislative session, I’m reminded once again of a quote from Edward Ashment, “There can be little or no dialogue between ideologues ‘proclaimers of the truth’ and empiricists ‘discoverers of truth’. The former tend to debate while the latter tend to discuss.” Jason Cauley Sherwood

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Head-hunting “WASHINGTON — After three months of study and funding from the National Rifle Association, former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Tuesday recommended that schoolteachers and administrators carry guns to defend against school attackers.”


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eeing this item in the daily paper, we were reminded of a headline from the satirical on-line journal, The Onion: “Unstable Man Plots To Bring Guns To Schools.” The Onion head was on a piece about Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, and it was probably a little better fit there. Hutchinson is not as dizzy as LaPierre — who is? — but if you accept donations from the unstable, and champion their creepy causes, you’re apt to be tarred with the same brush. Hutchinson is really not so much unstable as unscrupulous, mercenary and madly political. He’s running for governor again and doubtless expecting a sizeable contribution from the firearms industry. He’s also counting on help from the large and wellheeled drug-war lobby. He recently joined seven other former heads of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in calling on the Justice Department to prevent Colorado and Washington from adopting regulations for the legal sale of marijuana, which those states’ voters approved in November. Drug reformer Mason Tvert was moved to say, “It is not surprising that these exheads of the marijuana prohibition industry are taking action to maintain the policies that kept them and their colleagues in business for so long. Their desire to keep marijuana sales in an underground market favors the drug cartels, whereas the laws approved in Colorado and Washington favor legitimate, tax-paying businesses. Marijuana prohibition has failed, and voters are ready to move on and adopt a more sensible approach. It’s time for these former marijuana prohibitionists to move on too … The Cold War-like mentality by the former DEA heads is as outdated as the Cold War itself.” Asa is plenty cold, all right. When he was drug czar, he sicced federal agents on cancer victims who tried to relieve their suffering with marijuana. Even Dick Cheney was impressed. As congressman, he was an active member of the cabal that tried to remove from office a president the American people had elected. He’d give the people arms, but not pain relief, or selfgovernment. Not from The Onion, though it sounds like it could be, is the headline “Senate backs slash to jobless benefits.” This one actually described an action of the Arkansas Senate. The popular headline verb “slash” never seemed more appropriately nasty. The only thing we’d do to improve the head is leave off the last word. “Slash the poor! Slash ’em good!” is a theme of the current legislative session. All the hateful anti-female bills the legislature has approved might lead one to believe the lawmakers are totally absorbed in their war on women. Not so; they’re waging class warfare too, and vigorously. (“Slash the poor! Slash ’em twice if they’re women!”) Tax breaks for the rich, benefit cuts for the poor, and let’s make it harder for them to vote too. As we write, the legislature still has not decided whether to grant or deny health care to a quarter of a million of their fellow Arkansans. Most people — most ordinary people — would find this decision not so difficult.

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Greed rules


he Arkansas legislature earns its low regard daily, last Friday with committee approval of a constitutional amendment labeled “ethics reform.” It’s sponsored by freshman Rep. Warwick Sabin, a proven progressive, fine fellow and former Times colleague. It was endorsed by Paul Spencer, leader of the Regnat Populus grassroots effort to pass a ballot initiative to tighten ethics rules. To win approval from the legislature, the ethics measure was amended into worthlessness. It gives constitutional protection to junkets and expense account dining on the lobby’s tab and it also gives legislators a way to stay longer in the legislature at higher pay. Sabin started with a measure to fulfill Regnat Populus’ aims of outlawing corporate campaign contributions, requiring a two-year waiting period before a legislator could become a lobbyist and prohibiting gifts from lobbyists to legislators. The measure still retains the corporate contribution ban. (Nice, though typically a factor in only a minority of races. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court may soon strike down such limitations.) That lobby cooling-off period? It won’t apply to current legislators if they don’t run again. That ban on lobbyist gifts? It gets way worse. The amendment incorporates a huge loophole in existing ethical rules. It says lawmakers still may partake of “food or drink available at a planned activity to which a specific governmental body or identifiable group of public servants is invited.” This provides constitutional cover (out of reach of future legislatures) for all the hog slopping by the lobby during a session, including big balls for legislative leadership and lesser nightly parties for invited guest lists. The amendment provides no bar for tightly targeted guest lists — a soiree for select members of a committee considering tort reform, for example. The nightly round of lobby — paid social activities would continue, with constitutional protection. It gets worse. The amendment also now gives constitutional protection to junkets. It makes legal forever “Payments by regional or national organizations for travel to regional or national conferences at which the

State of Arkansas is requested to be represented. ...” If the electric co-op throws a conference in New York, all it takes for a legislator to get a free plane ticket, Ritz-Carlton room, MAX meals, drinks and a round of golf BRANTLEY or two is an official invite requesting the presence of Arkansas at the event. Remember the big Turkey junket that produced a legislative resolution in support of Kazakhstan? It, too, could be constitutionally protected if this amendment passes. And I still haven’t gotten to the worst of it. In return for empty nods in the direction of better ethics, greedy legislators also insisted on some kickbacks. 1) The amendment would establish a commission (a majority named by legislative leaders) to set legislative pay. This would take the political hot potato out of legislative hands. Pay raises could be expected to follow forthwith. 2) Term limits would be eased considerably. Where lawmakers now may serve no more than six years in the House and eight, generally, in the Senate, a lawmaker could choose to serve 16 years in either the House or Senate. That functionally neuters term limits. With 16 years in a single chamber, a lawmaker can acquire immense power. A sound argument can be made for higher legislative pay and an end to term limits. But no argument can be made that the legislature is giving back anything of significance to get these benefits. The legislature has killed meaningful ethics legislation this session, such as a move to end logrolling of campaign contributions from one candidate to another and to stop multiple donations from the same corporate source. This same legislature, furthermore, is spoiling to make citizen ballot initiatives just about impossible. If this amendment passes, we could be stuck with it forever. Free meals, free junkets, higher pay, longer time in office. Only an Arkansas legislator would call this “ethics reform.”


Griffin touts Exxon to oiled constituency


ut yourself in the shoes of Rev. Pat Robertson or one of the other clerics who insist that disasters, whether natural or manmade, are God’s way of showing His wrath over the stupid things people are doing. What is God trying to say with the rupture of the tar-sands pipeline that poisoned a neighborhood at Mayflower, in the heart of Congressman Tim Griffin’s district? Could He have been registering His displeasure with Griffin’s relentless championing of the big tar-sands pipeline that will run from Alberta to the refineries on the Texas coast and with Griffin’s efforts to roll back the government’s protections for His planet? Personally, I never believed that God went out of his way to cudgel people with whom he was displeased by flying airliners into the World Trade Center or by sending plagues, droughts, floods or tornados their way. (What could He possibly have against Rick Perry and the West Texans suffering through an awful three-year drought? Governor Perry does believe God acts that way and asks Texans to pray for Him to stop.) But people who claim to have better celestial rapport than I, believe as Perry does, and that includes 38 percent of all Americans (and a considerably higher percentage in the South), according to a poll

last year. You have to give the theory more credence with the Exxon Mobil spill at Mayflower because ERNEST of the unusual coinDUMAS cidences. When Pat Robertson and Rev. Jerry Falwell said God was responsible for the 9/11 attacks because he was mad at America for tolerating gays, abortions and the American Civil Liberties Union, you had to wonder why then He targeted the Pentagon, airliners filled with proper people, and the seat of capitalism, the World Trade Center. But, if you are inclined that way at all, Mayflower almost seems too much of a coincidence to dispel the theory that it was God’s hand. Yes, Republicans everywhere had jumped on the Keystone XL pipeline as a political issue to beat up the president and Democrats, but Tim Griffin took it on as his personal cause, running for re-election almost on that alone, issuing statement after statement and resurrecting it again recently as the time approached for the president to make a decision. People who follow politics closely knew what Griffin was up to. The biggest bankrollers of both Griffin’s campaigns were petrochemical industries ($214,000),

The human impact


n recent years, my partner and I have come to spend chunks of time at our second home — a little cottage across the street from temperance fanatic Carrie Nation’s “Hatchet Hall” in the gorgeous, historic community of Eureka Springs. Thus, I get to spend almost all of my life in perhaps the three funkiest spaces in Arkansas — Little Rock’s SoMa neighborhood, the Hendrix College campus, and Eureka Springs. But, it is the last of these that immediately ratchets down my blood pressure and enhances my productivity. It is also this time in Eureka Springs that has helped me best understand the importance of the Medicaid expansion debate in full throttle this week at the State Capitol. Despite its natural and architectural beauty and relatively high property tax values, Eureka Springs is ground zero for the health care coverage crisis in Arkansas. The economic travail facing many community members is shown in the fact that nearly seven in 10 students in the Eureka Springs schools are eligible for free or reduced lunches. More directly to the issue of health care, 35.9 percent of

all Carroll County adults of working age and more than half of the county’s adults making less than 138 percent of JAY the federal poverty BARTH level are uninsured, placing it second in the state in both categories. This rate of uninsured is so high in and around Eureka Springs because the community’s residents are disproportionately self-employed and seasonally employed. The waitresses, antique shop owners, artists and massage therapists (many working multiple jobs) who are vital to creating the wonderful community that is Eureka Springs rarely have access to insurance coverage through employers and generally lack the incomes necessary to purchase coverage on the individual market. Because Eureka Springs has a vibrant communitarian spirit, when a medical emergency hits these individuals, the whole community comes together to try to help. Fundraising concerts are held to

including the billionaire Koch brothers, followed by Americans for Prosperity, the ultraconservative outfit founded by the Koch brothers ($156,183 for Griffin in 2010 alone). The oil industry is the big exponent of the pipeline, which will take the nastiest, most toxic hydrocarbons in the world from Alberta, Canada, across Western states down to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. The word was that the oil would go to Koch Industries’ Flint Hill refineries on the Texas shipping channels. (Koch insists that it has no direct interest in the pipeline, but it sent a form to Canada’s National Energy Board that it had “a direct and substantial interest” in application for the Canadian section of the pipeline.) Griffin pooh-poohed the concerns of Nebraska Republicans that a breach in the giant pipe when it crossed the Ogallala aquifer would corrupt the water source that allows people to live in arid Nebraska, and others that toxic emissions from exploring and refining the dirtiest tar in the world would speed climate change. Pipelines are perfectly safe, Griffin said. (For a list of some 250 pipeline accidents since 2000, see this website: http://en.wikipedia.

Koch pipelines and refineries paid the largest civil fine ($30 million) ever imposed on a company under federal environmental law for the illegal discharge of crude and other petroleum products in 300 spills. So the Pegasus pipeline, which transports the toxic heavy crude for Exxon Mobil to the Texas coast, ruptures right

in the middle of Griffin’s district, and in his stronghold. Not only that, it is the little district of state Sen. Jason Rapert, the Arkansas legislature’s chief champion of the exploration companies and the author of a bill to give pipeline companies like Exxon the authority to condemn the land of private landowners for their own use. But typical of God’s restraint, He didn’t cause the pipeline to rupture three or four miles to the south, where it crosses miles of the wilderness watershed of Lake Maumelle, the drinking-water source for 400,000 people, which would have been a true cataclysm, but in a little neighborhood of suburban Mayflower, where it would be spotted almost instantly and the flow halted after 20,000 or so gallons had escaped. As it was, the Arkansas DemocratGazette gave Griffin space on its op-ed page to extol the work of Exxon and others in cleaning up the site and assuring people that he was going to see that Exxon stayed on the job until people were satisfied. Griffin won’t push Exxon too hard or else its PAC won’t renew its campaign gift to him. He denounced people for using the oil spill to score political points and said he was staying away from politics. Then he attacked everyone who was alarmed by the spill and those who objected to the Keystone pipeline’s crossing sensitive areas on the Western plains as people who do not want Americans to have affordable energy or to prosper. Tim Griffin play politics? He has never done anything else.

help the waitress cover the health care costs from a sledding accident and donation jars with a resident’s photo pop up at cash registers all over town when the person faces an expensive operation. Increasingly, having been a part-timer in the Eureka Spring community for nearly three years now, I recognize the faces on these fundraiser posters and jars. Such public expressions of personal health care needs make human the abstractions of the health care debate underway in Little Rock. The increasingly nationalized ideological debates about the pros and cons of the “private option” at the heart of the “Arkansas Plan,” the abstract concepts such as “churn” (folks moving back and forth from Medicaid to the health exchanges that will be reduced under Arkansas’s proposal), and the mammoth numbers (250,000 uninsured to be covered and a $550 million positive economic impact on the state) are all fascinating and important. But, it’s vital to remember that real humans are at the heart and soul of those policy debates and economic analyses. While the health coverage crisis hits many with whom I interact regularly, it is in Eureka Springs where it is omnipresent in the lives of folks who make up

such a wonderful community that has become so important to me. We know that the “private option” plan agreed to by the Beebe administration and Republican legislative leaders is slightly more expensive than traditional Medicaid would be. We are right to worry about whether the necessary number of insurers will enter the market in rural areas — like Carroll County — to provide real choice to the newly insured. We should be concerned about whether such a large number of folks (many of whom have never before had access to private insurance) can be processed during the open-enrollment period along with the tens of thousands of other new participants in the health care exchanges. In short, it’s not a perfect plan, and it’s a plan in which uncertainties will remain as implementation occurs. What is certain are the ramifications of the failure to take advantage of the opportunity offered to Arkansas. The legislators at work in the General Assembly have focused on ideology and economics in their debates over Medicaid expansion. Ultimately, their decision is about a human impact — for good or ill — in communities like Eureka Springs and in towns large and small all over Arkansas.

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nippets from Hog land as we enter the quasi-doldrums of late spring: • Nobody is likely to accuse Bret Bielema of being a renaissance man, and maybe that sounds like derision, but it’s far from it. Pearls can and does appreciate the modern bravado that he employs, though Jeff Long may ultimately have to yank the reins on his ebullient coach. Bielema made a smattering of noise at the start of the month by basically denouncing Nick Saban’s Michigan State record compared to Bielema’s own ledger at Wisconsin. He goosed some smack-talkers on Twitter again, too. Some predictably bristled, and others hailed it as bold gamesmanship. Whatever you want to call it, Bielema basically did what Bielema does: He shows gusto even when it’s on the speaking circuit. Last year at Wisconsin, with the ever-unctuous Urban Meyer about to join the Big 10 ranks, Bielema promptly took a dig at Meyer’s recruiting tactics. This is, for better or worse, the Bielema shtick. He cajoles and takes the occasional swipe, and basically does things to upset the stodgy apple cart of college football coaching ranks. And even Alabama fans would have to concede that Saban is a remarkably rigid figure, and that for the foreseeable future, perhaps the best way for Arkansas to try to get a leg up on the Tide is by way of public needling. It may not work. Hell, it may be the underpinnings of a later implosion. But in all sincerity, can you fault Bielema for taking even dramatic and dangerous steps to try to restore the Hogs’ general swagger? After a 52-0 pasting last year at home against the Tide, and with John L. Smith’s media relations being so insipid, it’s hard to quibble with the new rhetoric. • The diamond Hogs’ ascension back into the Top 10, from which they plummeted after a bad but largely inconsequential Western swing, is nothing more than validation of the raw value of experienced pitching. Arkansas has a team ERA that, after 32 games, is the kind of figure (1.59) you expect to maintain only after a season-opening series or two against patsies. If the team’s .278 batting average doesn’t pop off the stat sheet, the fact that it is eightyfour points higher than the opposition’s cumulative clip certainly should. More numbers that will astonish and beguile you: There is not a single pitcher on the Razorback staff who has an ERA over 3.00. There are nine hurlers who

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“Obama’s budget was due in February, Watson.”) but administration officials said it was Our discussion delayed by the year-end fiscal negotia- of jig got Angie tions and resulting tax changes. It is to wondering also about gig, as in arrive on Capitol Hill hours before the president dines Wednesday evening with “He has a gig playDOUG a dozen Senate Republicans — his second ing cello at Red SMITH such parlay in recent weeks.” Lobster.” Gig, like Sounds like the president and the sena- jig, has several tors will be meeting at the race track. A meanings, including “a job, usually for a parlay is a kind of wager, in which the specified time; especially an entertainer’s gambler bets his winnings from one race engagement.” Random House says this on a subsequent race. A meeting to discuss slangy usage of gig dates from the late disputed matters is a parley. 1920s; the origin is “uncertain.” Another meaning of gig is “a light, twoElaborating, he admitted that only one wheeled, one-horse carriage.” Only one was like snow, the other more like milk: horsepower? Why then, one wonders, did Angie Wilson asks where “The jig is up” Curly refer to his Surrey with the Fringe comes from. Jig has several definitions, on Top as a “gig,” even while assuring Lauincluding “a kind of lively dance” and “any rey that she’d sit behind a team of snowof several fishing devices that are jerked white horses. Ah, so many uncertainties. up and down or drawn through the water.” The rite stuff: There’s also one involving race. But none of those is the origin of “The jig is up.” “Since the spill, local residents and According to Merriam-Webster and members of the media have received conother sources, jig also means, or once did, flicting information about the size and “trick, game.” This usage has largely van- scope of the spill. The spill is significant ished except for “The jig is up,” meaning in its own rite, but also in the red flags “The game is over. You’re done.” (“The it raises for the Keystone XL tar sands jig is up, Moriarty. Keep an eye on him, pipeline.” WEEK THAT WAS

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BIG RIVER STEEL. The House overwhelmingly approved, 78-17, legislation to issue state bonds for the startup Big River Steel mill proposed for Mississippi County. The state is prepared to put $125 million in incentives into the project in the hopes of creating more than 500 jobs. A supermajority of the House still must approve a budget bill before the proposal is finalized. The legislation has been approved in the Senate previously.

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THE FIRST OF MANY LAWSUITS. Two residents of the neighborhood affected by the ExxonMobil pipeline spill are named plaintiffs in a class-action suit targeting ExxonMobil. The suit argues that the pipeline carrying Canadian crude was in unsafe and defective condition and the break has diminished the value of property all along the pipeline.

TAX JUSTICE. House Speaker Davy Carter’s bill to cut capital gains originally included a 70 percent exemption on gains of $5 million or more. A tax break only for millionaires. Last week, he amended it to include a total exemption for capital gains in excess of $10 million. That’s a gift worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the very wealthiest in Arkansas. For those on the opposite end of the income spectrum, Carter’s amendment also increased the standard deduction by $200 in 2015 and $200 more in 2016. A Democratic proposal has called for raising the standard deduction from where it currently stands — at $2,000 — to $5,000.

EXPANSION. The Senate and a House committee advanced enabling legislation to expand Medicaid in Arkansans through the “private option,” which would give low-income Arkansas access to private insurance paid for by government subsidies. The legislation is sure to clear the full House. Whether the architects of the plan, Senate Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux and House Speaker Davy Carter can muster

WORKERS BETWEEN JOBS. Without debate, the Senate passed legislation requiring random drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits. No mention in the bill of drug testing all the unemployed members of the legislature periodically. But that was only salt in the wounds to the unemployed, who would see their unemployment benefits cut by $126 in another proposal that narrowly passed the Senate.



Lake Conway memories THE OBSERVER SPENT a good part of last week in Mayflower, that sleepy little burg to our north that we knew mostly as the place where we turn to get to our favorite Halloweentime pumpkin patch until an ExxonMobil pipeline burst there and made a hell of a mess on the Friday before Easter. Mayflower, we only knew a bit. When it comes to Lake Conway, though — the lake threatened by the spill — The Observer’s memory hole is a little deeper. When Yours Truly was a lad, Ma and Pa owned a fishing cabin on that lake, up on the north end. Pa was a consummate stalker of anything with fins. And Ma no slouch. Ma and Pa, when they were quite a bit younger than their boy is now, bought a pie-shaped lot on the water — a lot so vine-choked that you couldn’t actually see the water until we cleared the place over the course of several very long weekends with the help of chainsaws, heavy gloves, anyone The Observer’s father could shanghai into helping us with an IOU. of heaping plates of fried fish and several Army-surplus machetes. All through The Observer’s childhood, the place took shape: first the ramshackle fishing cabin with the long, screened porch, then the boat dock that stretched 100 feet through the trees, over the mucky shoreline and out into the lake, with lights on poles and chicken wire all along the rail, lest one of us step on one of Lake Conway’s storied, jumbo-sized cottonmouths while night fishing. At least a few weekends a month until they sold the place just before The Observer turned 12, we would load up and go there, spending the weekend staring at bobbers and waiting for the tug of a rainbow-colored, palm-sized bream. No TV, no air conditioner, just the radio and each other. Then, as now, Lake Conway was too muddy for swimming or skiing, jammed with logs and slick black stumps left over from the vast lowland the water swallowed when the lake was built. In those days, there was a restriction on the size of boat motors, 10-horse or less, which meant it was the domain of flatbottoms and chugging outboards. Those restric-

tions have since been lifted, we heard from one resident, so now you’ll see the high-dollar bass rigs zooming over the water, barely seeming to touch. As someone who has been aboard when our boat ran afoul of a submerged stump, The Observer told that resident: the speed demons can go right the hell on with their bad selves. We’d be fine with the 10-horse, thank you very much. Best not to get in too big of a hurry when fishing, anyway. You’re at the mercy of the fish, and they seem to love taunting the impatient. Some of The Observer’s best memories orbit around the shore of that nogood-for-swimming lake: Hearing our first screech owl. Holding the flashlight so our dear, departed Dad could run trotlines in the dark, pulling up monstrous blue channel cats and dropping them flopping on the floor of the boat. The plowed field a half-mile from our cabin where we used to hunt arrowheads. Sleeping on the porch in the hot summer dark, listening to cicadas and geese on the lake. The time they drained Lake Conway and we managed to fall into mud so deep that The Observer sank to his waist, with much pulling and laughing required to free us, but — sadly — not our shoes or pants. The time the lake froze. The time The Observer’s baby brother almost drowned. The time we went to the far shore to run a trotline, leaving our beloved white shepherd, Silver, on the dock, only to have him swim after us, The Boy Observer nervously waiting for him to turn back and him refusing, keeping on, swimming further and further into the channel until Dad turned back for him, hauling the dog, soaked and exhausted, over the side of the boat. The time we lived in the cabin, driving back and forth to Little Rock for work and school, after our house burned when we were in the fourth grade. A thousand memories in that muddy water. Which is what makes the spill over near Mayflower so distressing. They say they have it contained. They say the oil has not made it to the main body of the lake. They say they will clean it up. The Observer can only hope.


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By week’s end, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor was listed along with Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia as the only Democratic senators who remain opposed to marriage equality. But where, really, does Mark Pryor stand on gay rights? Struggling. March 28, Pryor was quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as saying he had a “moral belief that marriage is between a man and a woman” and, according to an aide, he believed that homosexuality is a choice, not a characteristic people are born with. Some friends in the gay community weren’t happy. Nobody expected a change of heart on marriage, but for Pryor to also say homosexuality was a “choice” disappointed many. Talks ensued with the likes of Kathy Webb, the first openly gay Arkansas legislator, and Chad Griffin, the Arkansas native who heads the Human Rights Campaign, a gayrights lobby. Last week, Pryor began walking the “choice” statement back. With something less than clarity. First he told the Northwest Arkansas newspaper combine’s editorial board: “When I got asked this question I honesty hadn’t given it much thought and I said ultimately I didn’t know — Since then I’ve had time to visit with my friends in the gay and lesbian community and they very strongly believe that this is not a choice for them. I respect that, I understand where they’re coming from, I will not dispute them. I appreciate their time, openness and patience.” This was the gentle and open and maybe evolving Pryor on display, though still opposed to same-sex marriage. Or so his aide Michael Teague confirmed to the Times after supplying the quote. But then came word that Pryor had also spoken with representatives of a Northwest Arkansas TV station. Mark Henry quoted Pryor on his political blog: “ ‘I would put me down in the undecided category,’ ” he [Pryor] said of same-sex marriage. ‘I did talk with some friends of mine in the gay and lesbian community over the last week or so. We talked about this issue. We also talked about a question I received in the office not too long ago where they asked whether CONTINUED ON PAGE 13


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iation between Catholic and secular hospitals,” but that he would oppose an affiliation that would “implicate” St. Vincent in violations of the Catholic Directives and undermine the Catholic identity of St. Vincent. Taylor added that the “ ‘devil’ (so to speak) is always in the details.’ ” Devil’s in the details, bishop says. Among the details to be worked out would be whether a patient seen in a clinic BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK operated under the “network” could be referred to UAMS over SVHS’ ishop Anthony Taylor of objections for a service the Catholic the Catholic Diocese of church considers “immoral.” If so, Arkansas, commenting on would the referral constitute “matethe proposed affiliation between rial cooperation”? If not, would the St. Vincent Health System and the patient be denied a legal service preUniversity of Arkansas for Medical viously available at UAMS? In an affiliated heart clinic, for Sciences, left the door open to the idea, saying that cooperation “that example, what happens to the does not violate the ERDs [Ethical pregnant woman who, unless she and Religious Directives for Cathoterminates her pregnancy, could lic Health Care] or otherwise unsuffer heart damage or even dermine the Catholic identity” of death? If the cancer clinics affilSt. Vincent “could be acceptable.” iate, what would happen to the A draft term sheet of how the cancer patient who wishes not to be kept alive artificially? affiliation could work was released last week at the meeting of the UniThe Times was unable to reach St. versity of Arkansas Board of TrustVincent CEO Peter Banko for comees. That draft, prepared by Hogan ment. Banko told the Times a couple Lovells law firm, said that large hosof weeks ago that he believed he and BISHOP TAYLOR: No affiliation that “implicates” St. pitals such as UAMS and SVHS must the bishop had a good relationship Vincent cooperates with the “immoral” practices of “perform their special roles as part of and could “work through anything UAMS. larger networks.” The model envitogether.” To not find a way to grow our material cooperation with any of the sions a “network collaboration” that the hospital, Banko said, would “diminish the Catholic ministry” of St Vincent. immoral medical practices you describe.” would not only consolidate some of the hospitals’ services, like heart and cancer While UAMS and SVHS have repeatMargaret Preston, spokeswoman for edly stated that their affiliation would not care, but would establish affiliations with St. Vincent, did respond, saying in an email that “Since the beginning of our affect UAMS’ ability to offer such services hospitals across Arkansas “to achieve a level of financial alignment and clinical as outlined in Coleman’s letter, the term discussions with UAMS in August 2012, sheet says the Network Collaboration integration such that they will be able we have been clear that we will not enter “will provide world-class care to comlawfully to jointly contract with payers into any affiliation model that impacts our munities throughout Arkansas, and do so for certain services.” The term sheet enviCatholic identity or UAMS’ identity as a in a manner that is accessible, responsive, sions a third entity overseen by a council, public, academic institution. That has not and respectful of the dignity of the indihalf from UAMS and half from SVHS. changed and will not change. As a Cathovidual human being.” Since the church lic ministry, we work closely with Bishop After the release of the term sheet, defines human being as the embryo, the Anthony Taylor, the Catholic Diocese of activist Jo Ann Coleman e-mailed the Little Rock, and other Church leaders on language suggests that St. Vincent might Diocese asking for the bishop’s reaction to require affiliated hospitals outside Little a “blended Little Rock institution, jointly all aspects of our strategic development. Rock to abide by its Ethical Directives. governed, that included a public affiliate We require that at least one representative After being provided the bishop’s coroffering services to patients or employof the Church is a member of all of our govrespondence with Coleman, the Times ees which the church does not approve erning bodies (fiduciary and advisory). We asked Taylor if his response to Coleman — birth control pills, abortion, in vitro received a first draft of a proposed affilimeant that he would “disapprove of a fertilization, patient directives on end of ation model from UAMS yesterday and life decisions, tubal ligations, vasectomies, cooperative venture with UAMS even if will be actively negotiating with UAMS it offered such enumerated services indemorning after pill dispensation to rape over the next month or two. We will be pendently and outside of the collaboravictims in emergency rooms, abortion simultaneously engaging Bishop Taylor, training at UAMS and more.” The bishop tive network proposed this week in draft the Diocese, and other Church leaders in form for the two institutions?” responded to Coleman personally, writour review and approval of potential modTo the Times, Taylor wrote that “I do ing that “I will not allow any affiliation els. Again, St. Vincent Health System will not automatically oppose as a matter of that implicates St. Vincent in any jointly engage in no activities that compromise our Catholic identity.” principle every conceivable model of affilgoverned institution that would result in



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1. During an appearance on “The Colbert Report,” Bill Clinton told host Stephen Colbert he was a little “insecure” about the whole Twitter thing. Nonetheless, Colbert convinced him to send out a Tweet on an account (@PrezBillyJeff) created for the occasion. What did it say? A) “Neither boxers, nor briefs.” B) “Snow on the roof, but a furnace in the basement.” C) “Just spent amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool!” D) “I’m on the Cold Cut show! Gold Bear! God Beer! Damn you, Autocorrect!” 2. The Clinton Foundation, whose global work reaches far beyond supporting the presidential center, recently announced that it’s changed its name. What’s it now called? A) McClinton’s B) Willie C. and the Fabulous Clintonettes C) The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation D) The Many Magnitudes Better than George W. Bush Foundation 3. Last weekend, the Clinton School for Public Service hosted Little Rock’s First Start-up Weekend, a rapidly paced event where programmers, designers and others meet and mingle, pitch start-up ideas, form teams around the best ideas and then work furiously to develop a business plan. One of the winners was called VidLibs. What does it do? A) Opens a blessed, blessed wormhole to return us all to the Clinton years. B) Gives a job to James Carville. He’ll take any job. Seriously. Call him. C) Replaces words with videos in a MadLibs style game. D) Creates custom-embroidered bathrobes for ex-presidents. 4. On Monday, a Senate committee endorsed legislation that would cap the total number of types of specialty license plates to whatever that number is Jan. 1, 2014. Just before the committee approved the cap, it sent two bills that would create additional specialty plates to the full Senate. What organizations did those plates represent? A) The Foundation for Finding Jason Rapert’s Brain and The Foundation for the Foundation for Finding Jason Rapert’s Brain. B) One was for employees of ExxonMobil Corporation. We’re forbidden from reporting on the other. Now move along. C) Arkansas Rice Council and Rotary International D) The Society to Prevent the Theft of License Plates and The Association for the Advancement of Tacky Wall Art in Country Cookin’ Restaurants. 5. The House approved a bill to reduce the permit fee for concealed weapons for a certain group of people from $100 to $50. What is the group? A) Those with itchy trigger fingers. B) Anyone who says today’s 109.4 FM phrase that pays: “I’m at work listening to Kook Conroy and the Morning Zoo!” C) People 65 and older. D) The stingy and terrified. 6. The House recently approved a proposal to allow Arkansans to sell something that’s previously been against the law to sell. What would the bill allow? A) Junior’s Old-Fashioned, Agonizingly Painful Poison. When a fool needs poisoning, ask for Junior’s! B) Nude photographs of District 20 State Representative Nate Bell C) Unpasteurized milk from cows and goats. D) China Unified Toy Conglomerate’s “My Little Table Saw” set.

being gay was a choice or whether you were born that way. I told them, I said, ‘Honestly I’ve never really thought a lot about that.’ Maybe a lot of people think about that. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that. But one of the things I hear from them is they feel very strongly that it’s not a choice for them, and I respect that. I’m not going to dispute that. I appreciate that, and I appreciate their honesty. For a lot of these people they just really opened their heart to me and talked about some of the struggles they’ve had over the years with their sexual orientation. I respect that and appreciate their patience, and I appreciate their honesty.” Against gay marriage? Undecided on gay marriage? Thinks being gay is a choice? Doesn’t think it’s a choice? Some of his friends support gay marriage and some don’t and Mark Pryor supports his friends? It was not a promising start to an election season in which Pryor is widely viewed as vulnerable. He needs all the friends he can get. He was never going to have many among extreme conservatives who’ll see Pryor in this exchange, with some justification, as trying to have it both ways.

Choking regulation (and those who stand in the way) We’re long passed the days of knife fights on the state House floor. Now legislators take to Twitter when they wish to inflict bodily harm on those who disagree with them. Last week, during testimony in a House committee from Arkansas Municipal League attorney Mark Hayes against a bill to strengthen private property rights — and end zoning regulation as we know it in the process — Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Gravette) Tweeted, “Municipal League Lawyer speaking against property rights bill — trying not to grab him by the throat.” After the Times posted a screenshot of the Tweet on our Arkansas Blog, Hendren deleted it, explaining in another Tweet, “Had to delete tweet joking about grabbing attorney by throat — gotta be more sensitive (yuk).” Hendren’s proposal failed to advance from the House committee. It needed 11 votes to advance and only received seven.

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It’s all fun and games until the world’s richest corporation spills 200,000 gallons of goop in your backyard. Will Mayflower and Lake Conway ever be the same? BY DAVID KOON AND LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


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wo weeks ago, it might have been hard to imagine sleepy Mayflower, population 1,631, at the center of a growing international debate over corporate influence, the multi-billion dollar Keystone XL pipeline project and the environment. That was before ExxonMobil’s Pegasus Pipeline burst in the backyard of a middle-class house in the Northwoods subdivision there on March 29. Though the site around the breach was soon clamped down tight, video and photographs taken just after the rupture show a black horror emerging from behind houses and pouring over perfect lawns before snaking down

the gutters of Starlite Drive like something out of a nightmare. An Exxon spokesperson said the current estimate is that 5,000 barrels of Wabasca heavy crude — or 210,000 gallons — spilled from the breach. From there, at least some of the crude went into the storm drains and ditches, crossed under Interstate 40, and drained into a sensitive wetland area and a picturesque, nameless cove, lined with fishing cabins, that lies south of Highway 89. That cove connects to the main body of Lake Conway through a series of culverts. Those culverts were quickly blocked with plywood and gravel — before, officials say, oil


ven a week after the spill, the smell of crude oil lingers near the cove area east of I-40, a turpentine/diesel stench that makes your head go a little swimmy if you breathe it too long. Residents we talked to say it was much worse right after the spill happened, but it still makes you wonder how the hive of more than 600 ExxonMobil responders who’ve been working there 24/7 since the pipeline rupture, rushing around in hardhats and hazmat suits and working at night in a swamp lit by tall, powerful lights, can stand it, especially given that many of them we saw weren’t wearing respirators. Howard “Duck” Sentney lives near Dam Road, which divides the cove from Lake Conway. A former Army survival instructor who has lived on Lake Conway for more than a decade, Sentney said the smell of oil was almost unbearable soon after the breach. “The first thing we smelled was like natural gas,” Sentney said. “My nose was burning, my eyes were burning, it gave me a scratchy throat. Then all of a sudden Friday evening, the smell penetrated into the house. ... Friday evening and Saturday evening, it was bad. Sunday evening, we had a cookout and Sunday night it ran us off the porch.”



ome Wabasca heavy crude is produced from the The 858-mile Pegasus pipeline connects Patoka, Ill., Wabiskaw oil sands formation in northeastern with Nederland, Texas. Alberta, Canada and contains dense bitumen — The density of Wabasca heavy could cause a whole tar. It is so dense that it to pump it through conventional new set of problems now that large amounts of it have pipelines it must be diluted with other liquids, and is reached the unnamed cove, which is south of state referred to as “diluted bitumen.” Highway 89. (The cove’s culverts that allow water ExxonMobil, however, says that while the Wabasca to enter the main body of Lake Conway have been heavy crude that leaked in Mayflower comes from the blocked with plywood and gravel, according to Keith same Athabaskan formation in Canada that includes Stephens, a spokesman for the Game and Fish Comthe Wabsika oil sands, it does not contain tar. mission, which owns the cove and lake.) Photos taken ExxonMobil posted a story April 5 on its website, last weekend by activists who sneaked into an area near, called “Five Lies They’re Telling You about the Mayflower Pipeline Spill.” The company writes: “The crude that spilled is Wabasca heavy oil and it’s from Alberta near the area where there is oil sands production. It’s produced by conventional production methods — in other words by drilling a well into the ground through which the oil flows — and diluted by a light oil to help it flow through the pipeline.” The difference is important: It’s more difficult to clean tar sands oil from streams and lakes than conventional oil. The heavier compounds in bitumen oils can separate from their lighter components and sink to the bottom, mixing with sediments. OIL MARSH: Heavy crude. Bituminous or not, Wabasca crude is dangerous. The chemicals in Wabasca heavy, the cove that has been declared off-limits by Exxonaccording to Exxon, include the toxic chemicals benMobil showed a johnboat floating on a veritable lake of heavy, black oil that stretched into a wetland. The zene, cyclohexane, ethyl benzene, hydrogen sulfide, n-hexane, naphthalene, polynuclear aromatic hydroEPA said Exxon has vacuumed up 16,329 barrels of oil carbons, sulfur, toluene and xylenes. It is extremely and water from the site. flammable; vapor accumulation can cause an explosion In July 2010, an Enbridge Co. pipeline break spilled if ignited. Prolonged exposure may endanger health. It 840,000 gallons of bitumen-heavy oil into the Kalammay cause cancer. azoo River near Marshall, Mich. Three years later, According to a Corrective Action Order issued to Enbridge is still working to clean up that spill, with Exxon Pipeline Co. by the federal Environmental Proplans now calling for the dredging of large areas of tection Agency following the spill, a total of between the river to remove sediments contaminated with 147,000 and 210,000 gallons of the stuff leaked into submerged oil. Mayflower’s Northwoods Subdivision off Starlite Road At a press conference on April 6, Mark Weesner, when Exxon’s 20-inch Pegasus pipeline burst the afterExxonMobil’s on-scene coordinator in Mayflower, noon of March 29. The oil continued to flow until 3 a.m. maintained he’d never heard the term “diluted bitumen.” March 30, after the valves, 18 miles apart, were shut. Asked about whether ExxonMobil was monitorThe heavy crude flowed west along North Starlite ing the bottom of the cove to see if any petroleum has Road into a ditch that followed the Union Pacific railsunk, Weesner said there is a sampling program going road line and then flowed east under Interstate 40 into on, with information being passed along to the Departa cove of Lake Conway. ment of Health.


contaminated the lake — but they can’t stay blocked forever. Families in 22 homes in the subdivision had to evacuate to area motels; by Monday, 10 days after the spill, Exxon said four families could return, but the state Department of Health recommended that they wait until air quality tests confirmed it was safe. Residents Kathryn Chunn and Kimla Green of 38 Ledrick Circle have filed a class-action lawsuit against Exxon to recover the loss in the value of their property. At this early stage of the game, real answers to what’s going on in Mayflower would be hard to come by, even if a mega-corporation wasn’t on the ground in full damage control mode, and local and county officials hadn’t largely ceded jurisdiction to them, with workers and Faulkner County deputies barring the public and media from the scene. The emerging picture, though — a picture that includes wildlife coated in oil, devastated ecosystems in ExxonMobil’s “restricted areas,” residents who say they are sick, and the still-ticking time bomb on the shores of Central Arkansas’s primary water source, Lake Maumelle, where the Pegasus Pipeline comes within 600 feet of the shoreline — might be even uglier than a neighborhood coated in crude.


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ompleted in 1948 to deliver light, conventional crude oil from Nederland, Texas, to the Patoka Oil Terminal Hub in Patoka, Ill., ExxonMobil’s Pegasus Pipeline is an 858-mile, 20-inch steel pipeline with a capacity of up to 95,000 barrels per day. A project to reverse the flow of the pipeline — the first such reversal of an existing petroleum pipeline — was completed in 2006. Since then, the Pegasus Pipeline has been used exclusively to deliver heavier Canadian petroleum products to Gulf Coast refineries. Stretching diagonally across Arkansas from northeast to southwest, the Pegasus Pipeline crosses several major rivers in the state, including the Spring, Strawberry, White, Little Red, Arkansas, Caddo and Saline Rivers. When Lake Maumelle was built in 1957-58, the pipeline was diverted around the lake so it would not lie directly beneath the reservoir, but the Pegasus still runs through 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed, including one section buried fewer than 600 feet from the water. Dr. Carl Stapleton, director of the Environmental Health Sciences program in the Biology Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the shoreline of Lake Maumelle is, on average, much steeper than the shoreline of Lake Conway, meaning that if a pipeline break or rupture occurred in the Maumelle watershed, the spill would probably find its way to the water very quickly. Lake Maumelle supplies around 60 percent of the water used by residents of Central Arkansas. Asked whether the company would consider moving the pipeline out of the Lake Maumelle watershed given the damage caused by the spill in Mayflower and the potential for fouling a large portion of Central Arkansas’s water supply, Exxon spokesman Charles Engelmann said, “If there is absolutely any indication that there is a concern for that segment of the pipeline, then we’ll take whatever measures it takes to keep it safe. At this stage, there’s no indication that segment is a concern.” Exxon has not yet determined why the Pegasus pipeline burst in Mayflower. According to U.S. Department of Transportation data, there are 1,805 miles of hazardous liquid pipeline in Arkansas. That doesn’t include natural gas transmission and distribution lines. DOT information says that between 2003 and 2012, there were 28 incidents involving hazardous liquid pipelines in the state, including a 2009 accident on the TE Products Pipeline in Searcy that resulted in three fatalities. The total amount of hazardous liquids lost in Arkansas between 2003 and 2012 was estimated by the DOT at 6,107 barrels. Total property damage from those incidents was estimated at $5.05 million dollars.

As we spoke, a helicopter was flying slow circles over the cove. It was probably owned by ExxonMobil or someone working for the company, since on April 1, the Federal Aviation Administration had issued a NOTAM, or Notice to Airmen, which placed a five-nautical-mile flight restriction around the Mayflower site. All aircraft flying below 1,000 feet, the NOTAM said, were prohibited from entering the area unless

given permission by Tom Suhrhoff, an aviation advisor with ExxonMobil. The ban came after KARK-TV sent a helicopter to capture aerial footage of the spill. Many critics of the response immediately seized on the NOTAM as an ExxonMobil effort to create a “media blackout” of the site, but the company has denied that anything other than air safety over the spill was the goal. The FAA ban was lifted April 5.








Sentney said his sinuses have been acting up and he’s had a sore throat since the spill. As a homeowner, he wonders how the spill will affect the property values on homes along Dam Road. An avid fisherman, he wonders if it will be OK to eat the fish from Lake Conway in coming years. “It’s a big question,” he said. “I fish quite a bit out there and we eat a lot of fish. So, is it going to be safe? ... Personally, I think Exxon is not going to tell us the truth. They’ve got more money than we’ve got.” Sentney’s fears about the future quality of the lake are shared by biologist Dr. Ben Cash, a herpetology specialist at the University of Central Arkansas who has taken on the job of cleaning snakes that have been rescued from the marsh that feeds the cove. (Wildlife Response Services, hired by Exxon to clean the dozens of mallards, teal, coot, beavers, muskrats, raccoons, turtles, nutria, grebes, squirrels and ducks too coated to identify in a facility in Sherwood, draws the line at snakes; it’s delivered cottonmouths, water and mud snakes to Game and Fish to take to Cash.) “We know from other events like this that there is wildlife that moves back into the degraded habitat,” picking up contaminants and spreading them, Cash said. Also, he said, “there may not be black crude” in Lake Conway, but the naphthalene in the crude will leach into the cove’s water, which can’t be fully blocked from the lake. Today, the focus is on clean-up. “What will be important,” Cash said, is what kind of shape the area is in “two years from now.”


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Making Politics Personal The Story of the Arkansas Travelers

When then-Governor Bill Clinton decided to run for President of the United States, a small group of supporters banded together and set out to travel the country to share their enthusiasm about their governor. Their efforts were substantial and effective during the 1992 and 1996 campaigns. To celebrate their part in history, the Clinton Center welcomes a temporary display created in their honor.

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process, and know that everything was removed.” Since the spill, Senia’s been educating himself about pipeline safety. He said he hopes other residents will talk to reporters who are trying to cover the spill.





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Senia said he was at work in Little Rock when he got a text message about the spill from a friend and rushed to Mayflower to find his neighborhood already blocked off. He was able to get in to his house from 10 a.m. to noon March 30, the day after the spill. Oil had run up his driveway and seeped into the edge of his lawn. Like the press and public, Senia was warned away by local authorities acting under the instructions of Exxon. “When I came out, there was a police officer there and he said, ‘If you don’t have everything you need right now, if you leave, you can’t come back.’ ” He said he tried to go back to his house with a journalist in tow on April 1, but was turned away by sheriff’s deputies. “It’s easier to get onto a military base than it is to get into that neighborhood right now,” he said. Senia, who claims the neighborhood’s proximity to the oil pipeline was not disclosed to him when he bought his house, said he thinks no one will want to buy a home in the Northwoods subdivision for a very long time. He estimated that half the neighbors he’s talked to said they want to move out. “Even if not a single drop of oil got on my property, because my address is on that street, I just think no one is going to buy that house now,” he said. “Even if I’m not personally scared of contamination, a buyer might be unless there is someone to document the cleanup

ttorney General Dustin McDaniel toured the Northwoods subdivision on April 3, and called the scene “very disturbing.” “The people in the surrounding communities are very concerned about what this will do to their health and property values,” McDaniel said. “I still remain with more questions than answers. I have yet to be told what the opinion of the company is with regard to the cause of the rupture to begin with. I’ve yet to be told when their last inspection was. I’ve yet to be told when they first identified that section of pipeline as having some integrity questions.” McDaniel, like many others who have visited the site, said he came away with a headache that lingered into the next day, which he credited to the fumes there. He said his thanks and sympathies go out to both the homeowners who have been displaced, and to the cleanup workers. McDaniel had told members of the media that they could “tag along” as he took his tour of the neighborhood. Ninety seconds into the tour, however, Faulkner County sheriff’s deputies appeared and told reporters they would have to leave. One of the reporters who was there, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen, said that reporters were threatened with arrest if they didn’t comply. Hibblen has audio of at least part of the encounter with deputies. In the audio segment, a voice Hibblen identified as that of Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson directs media members to stand near a yellow pole. Thirty seconds later, however, another voice says: “You all have to go. Sorry. Exxon media, uh, Mobil has changed their minds. You have to leave.” “The Faulkner County deputies started telling us ‘ExxonMobil doesn’t want you here and you have to leave.’ ” Hibblen said. He said the deputies became “more agitated” after reporters began asking to speak to someone in charge, and the deputies then told them they had “ten seconds to leave” or they would be arrested. Hibblen said he’d already turned his tape recorder off by the time reporters were threatened with arrest.

“It did raise the question of who is running the show,” Hibblen said. Hibblen returned to the neighborhood for a media tour held by ExxonMobil on Sunday, April 7 (the Arkansas Times didn’t receive a notice of the tour), but said it was “disturbing” that the press wasn’t given a tour of the spill site for nine days. McDaniel said that during his tour on April 3, he and their staff were there “doing our jobs,” so he didn’t get involved when the press was removed from the site. “I was not told why the press was turned away,” McDaniel said. “We were asked by the press if they could tag along with us, but we told the press that they were on their own for credentials, and whatever they go to do on a normal day, they should be able to do.” McDaniel has issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil, requiring them to preserve and produce documents related to the Mayflower spill and the subsequent response. Exxon’s deadline to produce documents was Wednesday. McDaniel, who said private and public litigation over the Mayflower spill is “inevitable,” said he believed the company would comply and meet the deadline. “I’d like to think that we’re not going to start out litigating with a motion to compel compliance with a subpoena,” he said.


community meeting on Sunday, April 7, at the Faulkner County Library sponsored by the Sierra Club was well attended, with almost a hundred people there to share their concerns and ideas on how to make a grass-roots stand going forward. There weren’t many good things said about ExxonMobil or their response in Mayflower. One of those in attendance was Tony Dawson, who was there with his wife, Charity, and their son, Camden. A resident of the Dawson Cove subdivision, which lies across I-40 from the spill site, Dawson said he and his daughter have had sore throats since the spill. Dawson’s father, Delbert, is a homebuilder, and built most of the houses in Dawson Cove. Tony Dawson said he built his family’s “dream home” there with the help of his father, choosing the site because of the animals that come through the area. “The wildlife comes right there to drink that water,” he said. “Now they’re not going to be there. That’s what we bought that for. We have deer CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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coming down there, we’ve got turkey, beaver, raccoons. Everything comes down through there. Now it’s going to be gone.” Dawson said he came to the community meeting because he’s worried about what the spill will do to the lake, the local environment and property values in the area. He said he lost his trust in ExxonMobil early in the process, following a meeting between residents and response officials the night after the spill. “Let me put it this way,” Dawson said. “At the community meeting they had that Saturday, they guaranteed us that it wasn’t in the cove — guaranteed us. Sat right there, a panel of four ... Guaranteed it wasn’t in the cove, and they’d stopped it before it got to the cove. When we got back to the house, my neighbor went out into the woods, and there was oil out there. He said it was 250 feet behind his house. That Sunday, me and my wife got dressed in our boots and we went out there and got pictures of it.” Dawson said that it doesn’t seem feasible to him that the oil can be contained in the cove area and kept out of the lake. He said that the last time it rained, he saw workers pumping water over Highway 89 into Lake Conway to keep the cove from overflowing. Having come to live in the area because of the natural beauty, he believes the next phase in the woods behind his house will have to involve clearing the trees so ExxonMobil workers can excavate oil-soaked dirt. He fears that process has already started nearby. “They’ve already cleared a space on

Interstate Drive that’s 200 feet wide,” he said. “It’s a mess.”


ne of those trying to get the word out about Mayflower is Eric Moll with, which Moll said is a “sustained, direct-action campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline.” Proposed by oil company TransCanada, the 36-inch Keystone XL pipeline would run more than 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada, to refineries near the Texas/Louisiana border, pushing 800,000 barrels per day of heavy diluted bitumen from Canada’s “tar sands” region to the Gulf of Mexico. The project has become an environmental and political football, with critics of Keystone XL saying that construction will disrupt sensitive areas, increase the possibility of a catastrophic spill, as well as boost the supply of tar sands oil, which the National Wildlife Federation calls “one of the most polluting and carbon-intensive fuels in the world.” We met Moll on Friday of last week at the spillway on Bell Slough, a state Game and Fish property less than a mile south of the spill site. Nearby, a flock of buzzards ignored us, feasting on something unrecognizable. Moll and three friends had driven over from East Texas a few days before. Since then they had been canvassing the area, knocking on doors, talking to residents about their health issues, and shooting photos and video to upload to the web. The day after we talked to him, Moll and several activists slipped into the cove area near I-40 and shot pho-

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cleaned up. People are still sick. People are still getting sick.” Annie Dill, a college student from Little Rock (disclosure: Dill is a student in the author’s Fiction Writing class at UALR), was there when the photos of the marsh standing full of oil were taken last Saturday. She said the group had been given permission to walk into the area by the person who owned the property, but the property owner had warned them beforehand that having permission hadn’t kept others from being run off by ExxonMobil workers. Dill called the sight of the wetland full of oil “horrifying,” “We were like: ‘Oh my God. This is supposed to be marshland,’ ” she said. “It smelled so bad.” Earlier on Saturday, Dill and others found a mallard near Dam Road, its feathers and head matted with crude. Dill said when they called the ExxonMobil hotline to request someone pick up the duck so it could be cleaned, they were told it would be 24 hours before someone could respond. Dill said that after they called Arkansas Game and Fish and the HAWK wildlife rescue group in Russellville, a wildlife specialist with ExxonMobil eventually did come and pick up the duck, placing it in a plastic bin in a car trunk before driving away.









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tos and video of a lake of gooey black goop, a flat bottom boat floating on top of it, that stretched away into the marsh scrub. One person who was there dipped his hand in, and it came out completely black with oil. “A lot of the people who are right near the spill, even closer than some of those who were evacuated, didn’t even get told about it and they are very sick,” Moll claimed. “Some of them haven’t even been able to talk to us because they can’t come outside. We’re going around today talking to people, going door-to-door.” Though ExxonMobil says that what spilled in Mayflower is conventional “heavy oil” (see page 15), Moll contends it’s the same kind of bitumen-heavy material that will flow through the Keystone XL pipeline. He said Mayflower should be a wake-up call for those who are on the fence or have never heard about Keystone XL. “This stuff is not crude oil,” he said. “It’s a lot more dangerous than crude oil. It’s harder to clean up. Crude oil floats so you can scrape it off the top of water or get it with a boom. Dilbit — diluted bitumen, or tar sands — sinks, so it can never really be cleaned up. We’re seeing from the Kalamazoo River spill of 2010 that it still isn’t


MOLL: Campaigning against Keystone.

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BEARD: Paying homage to the neighborhood’s roots.


TO Craft beer coming soon from Stone’s Throw Brewing. BY MICHAEL ROBERTS


he old building at the corner of Ninth and Rock streets is more construction site than brewery right now, and the men behind Stone’s Throw Brewing are more concerned with paint and drywall than they are with the fermenting tanks and kegs that sit ignored, still in their shipping crates. The screeching buzz of a table saw is punctuated by the clacking of hammers as the men behind the brewery discuss the best way to turn their limited work area into something that can be Health Department-certified and ready to brew beer. But it’s quickly clear after only a few minutes of watching the group work that there’s a vision here


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among the loose wires and duct work, a vision that brewer Ian Beard is eager to share from his perch atop a ramshackle pile of paint-spattered scaffolding. Beard gestures grandly as he points out where the brewing equipment and taproom for this nascent “nano-brewery” will wind up, and it’s clear from the eager note in his voice that he can already see the taps, the chairs and the people enjoying local craft beer. Beard, along with partners Shawn Tobin, Brad McLaurin and Theron Cash have all been homebrewing for years, but this former liquor store and bakery they’re renovating is the first commercial brewing ven-

ture they’ve been involved with. The group has been taking on most of the work themselves, juggling day jobs and test batches in anticipation of opening for the American Craft Beer Week that starts May 16. When operational, the brewery will run a three-barrel system, equal to about 93 gallons of product every two weeks, which the partners intend to distribute across four to six taps of various styles, including some more experimental flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Watermelon Saison and Chipotle Porter. Each member of the Stone’s Throw foursome has his own specialty, and they hope to offer a selection of beers that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. According to Beard, there are two types of breweries in the world: the industrial setups that churn out product for distribution to supermarkets and liquor stores, and smaller, more intimate operations that combine beer handcrafted on site with the homey feel of a neighborhood bar. It’s this latter configuration that Stone’s Throw hopes to achieve with a tap room that Beard says will seat “at least 20 people.” Beard wants to be a part of making Arkansas a destination for “beer tourism,” joining the growing community of professional brewers in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas in advancing the state’s reputation for beer from relatively unknown to respectable. And while the brewery itself won’t be providing food, Beard is open to providing parking space for a rotating cast of food trucks, something no other bar in town has tried. In addition, the brewery’s location on Ninth Street is close enough to the River Market that food delivery is also an option. For Beard, bringing a craft brewery to this section of downtown is a suitable homage to the neighborhood’s German immigrant roots, including a biergarten that once stood just a block away from the Stone’s Throw building, at the corner of 10th and Rock. It’s in this same spirit that Beard talks of bringing to life historical beer recipes along with more modern concoctions at Stone’s Throw, highlighting the numerous pre-Prohibition breweries that dotted the American landscape along with the resurgence of craft brewing that has swept across the country in the last 20 years. As another nod to the community, the brewery also hopes to follow the lead of Vino’s brewmaster Josiah Moody in using the local hops and other botanicals that have begun springing up in some of Little Rock’s urban gardens, most notably the Dunbar Garden on Chester Street. Stone’s Throw Brewing can be found on Facebook ( and Twitter (@ StonesThrowBrew), and its own website should be up soon. In addition to these methods of connecting with potential fans, the group also plans to launch a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help offset some of their startup and operational costs. The brewery will initially open as an on-site watering hole, but fresh beer for takeout will be available retail in growler form. “We want to bring something good to Little Rock,” Beard says. If the group’s passion for hops, history, and heritage can be caught in a keg, Stone’s Throw could do just that.

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SCORE! CINEMAX HAS ORDERED a pilot for a new dramatic series scripted and executive produced by Little Rock’s Graham Gordy. The hour-long show, “Quarry,” focuses on a a Marine sniper returning from Vietnam in 1973, according to Variety: “Upon his return, he finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption.” Michael D. Fuller, Gordy’s longtime writing partner, is also onboard as executive producer and writer. Fuller and Gordy are part of the writing team for Ray McKinnon’s new series “Rectify,” set to debut on the Sundance Channel April 22. They’d previously come close to getting a pilot order from AMC for a college football drama (maybe they’ll revisit it if the Cinemax project is a success; there’s so much potential there). Of course, Gordy, who wrote a column for the Times before he got busy with “Rectify,” has been in the business for a while. He co-wrote “The Love Guru” with Mike Myers, wrote “War Eagle, Arkansas” and has a bit role in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.” Fuller’s done work on “The Soup.” John Hillcoat, director of the “The Road” and “Lawless,” is among other executive producers. He’ll direct the pilot. THE LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL is looking for volunteers. Each year, it enlists more than 300 volunteer workers in various capacities. In exchange, volunteers receive passes to all films, parties and special events. Those looking to volunteer should attend orientation meetings on April 11 or April 23 at Juanita’s. Each meeting will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Appetizers and sodas will be served. For more information, write


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9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

From the looks and sounds of it, there’s not going to be any kinda shortage on bluesy, stomping, reverbdrenched, gospel-informed rock ’n’ roll any time real soon. There’s a good many bands that are mining that intersection of the sacred and, well, if not the profane, at least the moderately edgy. Nashville quartet Luella and the Sun have that sound down as good or better’n anybody. Plus, the band’s fronted by Melissa Mathes (nom de rock: Luella). I mean dudes, she can wail. No, seriously: she can wail! And the band can lay down the grimy-nasty blues like it’s nothing. Several of them played on Isaac Alexander’s recent album “Antivenin Suite,” which you will likely recall is a very excellent record. So will Luella and The Sun catch that lightning in a bottle and blow up like that one band, The Mississippi Shimmies or whatever they’re called? Hard to say. But why take that chance when you could go see them now, in a small venue at what’s sure to be a killer show? If you’re up in northwesterly Arkansas, you can check out the band at Smoke and Barrel on April 12.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE: Luella and the Sun perform at White Water Tavern Thursday night.


LITTLE ROCK FILM FEST: ‘BLOODY MAMA’ 7 p.m. River Market Tower. Free with LRFF pass.


This looks cool: a rooftop screening of a Roger Corman flick that was filmed in the Ozarks and stars Shelley Winters, Robert DeNiro and Robert Walden, who will be in attendance. Set in the 1920s, the film concerns Ma Barker (Winters), a sweet old lady from Arkansas

KING GEORGE: George Strait plays at Verizon Arena Friday.


7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $86-$109.

One of the true giants of country music will be retiring from the road soon. George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” is likely your last chance to see King George perform in Arkansas. Let’s check out some of the man’s stats: More than 65 million albums sold; 59 No. 1 hits; highest-selling box set of any country artist (1995’s “Strait out of the Box” has sold more than 8 million copies); he’s the only musician ever to notch at least one 24

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Top 10 hit every year during his threedecade career, and he’s only the second artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame while still touring and recording hits. Speaking of hits, that’s what you’re in for at this concert, which Strait said will be “a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we’re going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects.” Opening the show will be Martina McBride, who’s certainly one of the biggest names in country music herself, having sold north of 18 million albums.

who just so happens to carry a machine gun and be a psychotic criminal mastermind. Oh, and she has four miscreant co-conspirators as sons, including drug addict Lloyd (DeNiro), recently released convict Fred (Walden), Arthur (Clint Kimbrough) and Herman (Don Stroud). It’s all violence and mayhem and gunplay on the highways and back roads as Ma Barker leads her awful brood on a multi-state crime spree that can only end in carnage.

Have you ever been listening to Belle and Sebastian and thought, “This is good and all, but dude just does not sound Scottish. I mean, where’s the brooooogue!?!” Well pardner, you will not encounter this problem with Glaswegian quintet Frightened Rabbit. Dude sounds awesomely Scottish. I listened to a few tracks from the band’s latest long-player, “Pedestrian Verse.” Opener “Acts of Man,” has production touches that wouldn’t sound out of place on a 1980s Paul Simon album — heavily reverbed drums, ultra-clean guitar lines. Check out the third track,

“Holy” — it would be the perfect song on your mixtape for the point where it starts to pick back up after the sad stretch in the mid-to-latter half of the tape, all upbeat and triumphant, all 16th notes on the bass moving things along, all 3:39 (just the right running time). The band has been around for a decade now, and if you’re into soaring, dramatic guitar-focused indie rock and you haven’t listened to them by now, you should check them out, chief. Also on the bill at this all-ages show: Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep, who’ve not only won a Juno Award (New Group of the Year, 2008) but also were handpicked by Sir Paul McCartney to open for him at a gig in Halifax.



The Joint hosts a fundraiser to help fund singer Stephanie Smittle’s upcoming visit to Italy to sing opera in the Oberlin in Italy Program. There’ll be lots of guests, including The Meshuggah Klezmer Band and The Smittles, 9 p.m., $10. At the 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, Just Communities of Arkansas will honor Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Colette Honorable, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Statehouse Convention Center, 6 p.m., $250. CARTI’s 9th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Bash is at River Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., $30 adv., $40 door.


NEW PLAY: “The Odds are Against U.S.” premieres Friday at Argenta Community Theater.


‘THE ODDS ARE AGAINST U.S.’ 7:30 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $20-$30.

Chris James is a native of Little Rock and a member of the Foreign Tongues Poetry Group, a collective that has produced numerous events over the last few years. James wrote “The Odds are Against U.S.,” a play in verse that will

make its debut this weekend. Via email, James said the play “captures the reality of the youth in black America and how they are often affected by urban environments or ghettos.” He was inspired to write the play because he felt it was important for people to understand the struggle of black American youth growing up in such environments. The play’s nine-strong cast includes several

members of Foreign Tongues, Roots of Life Theatre Group and other folks who are involved in the local poetry, theater and spoken word communities, so if you’ve got an interest in checking out some of the next generation of talent from Little Rock’s fertile scene, don’t miss “The Odds are Against U.S.” The play also runs Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

went on to form the foundation of the Arkansas metal scene, but also much of the sludgy Southern metal that soundtracks bong-bubbling around the country. I mean, Jim Dandy and the rest of the crew in Black Oak totally set the template for that longhair trouble-causing, loud-amp rabble-rousing, backwoods attitude and outlook, if not

necessarily note-for-note sonic influence. Dandy will perform a set with acoustic guitar accompaniment, while Rwake and Pallbearer will play their usual scorched-earth electric sets. I’m told Pallbearer is going to be leaving town the next day, bound for the continent and Holland’s highly respected Roadburn festival.



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8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$52.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra winds down its current season with a performance highlighted by the monon-

ymous Midori, the world-renowned virtuoso violinist who hails from Japan. I guess she does technically have a last name (it’s Goto), but still, if you go by only one name or if you have an awesome-sounding nickname or initials, it can only mean one thing: You are bad to the bone at wrestling or computer programming or classical music or whatever

it is. In a video preview, ASO conductor Philip Mann said the show promises “one of the most popular works ever written for violin, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Violin Concerto.’ ” Also on the program is the frothy and festive “Marriage of Figaro Overture” by Mozart, “guaranteed to bring a smile to your face,” Mann said. The program returns Sunday at 3 p.m.

Juanita’s has all your punk-rock needs covered, with Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, The Bad Years, Glittercore and Crooked Roots, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Celebrate Chris B’s Celebrity Birthday with R&B singer Tank and Nicky Parrish, Montego Cafe, 8 p.m., $30-$50. The Third Annual Spa City Metal Fest kicks off at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, check Lowkeyarts. org for full schedule. Stickyz has an evening of raucous, whiskey-fueled country rock for y’all, with The Trey Hawkins Band and Swampbird, 18-and-older, 9:30 p.m., $5. The truth is out there, and you might just find it at the 2013 Ozark UFO Conference up in Eureka Springs. It kicks off Friday and goes through Sunday at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 8 a.m., $90 for a full pass. The Scimitar Shrine Circus has it all: tigers, bears, clowns, “The BMX Cage of Death” and more. Coupon for free child’s ticket with a paid adult ticket available at, Scimitar Shrine, 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., $10 for adults, $5 for 13 and younger. The Clinton School for Public Service hosts Sen. John McCain at Robinson Center Music Hall, 6 p.m., free.


Jackass and CKY star Bam Margera brings the madness to Revolution, with Hunter Moore and members of CKY, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $15-$40. As for the ragin’ after-party? Where else but Discovery? That gets rollin’ late and goes ’til even later, with a DJ set from Moore, as well as Sleepy, Wolf-eWolf, Justin Sane, Brandon Peck, a drag show at 12:30 a.m. and a Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.

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Aces Wild (headliner), DeClerk and Piazza (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Bat. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Brian Nahlen. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Luella and The Sun, Isaac Alexander. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Monkhouse. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. The Smittle Band. The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Third Day, Colton Dixon, Josh Wilson. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$43. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Victor Olston. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs.


Art of Motion: Tango. Includes lessons from local and national tango instructors. No partner needed. Arkansas Arts Center, through May 9: second Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $10, free for members. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000.


50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Just Communities of Arkansas will honor Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Colette Honorable, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Statehouse Convention Center, 6 p.m., $250. 7 Statehouse Plaza. 501-372-5129. CARTI’s 9th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Bash. River Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., $30 adv., $40 door. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-296-3406. www. Cause Day. Event will focus on topics including National Donate Life Month and Food Health


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PRAISE ROCK: Christian rock giants Third Day play at Verizon Arena on Thursday night, with Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson, 7 p.m., $21-$43. Awareness Month, in McCain Mall’s Center Court. McCain Mall Shopping Center, 1 p.m., free. 3929 McCain Blvd., NLR. Little Rock Sustainability Summit. Lunch is provided, RSVP to SustainabilitySummit@LittleRock. org to reserve space. Clinton Presidential Center, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.

Live horse racing. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622.



“Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” Screening of the award-winning documentary. Sue Cowan Williams Library, 6:30 p.m. 1800 Chester St. 501376-4282.


“Rape, Race and Popular Culture.” Academic and feminist activist Dr. Salamishah Tillet discusses how old racial stereotypes continue to shape public perceptions of sexual assault victims and assailants. University of Arkansas

Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Auditorium, 6 p.m., free. 2301 S. University Avenue.



The 1 Oz. Jig. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, Bad Years, Glittercore, Crooked Roots. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614

President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Chris B’s Celebrity Birthday with Tank and Nicky Parrish. Montego Cafe, 8 p.m., $30-$50. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep. All-ages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Genine Perez with Lagniappe. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. George Strait, Martina McBride. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $86-$109. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501975-9001. Hashish Mountain, Wreckless Endeavor, Eddie & The Defiantz. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jim Dandy, Rwake, Pallbearer. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, April 12-13, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. 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. Smokey Emerson. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Sweet Mother. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Third Annual Spa City Metal Fest. Low Key Arts, April 12, 3:50 p.m.; April 13, 2 p.m., $13. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Trey Hawkins Band, Swampbird. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Whistle Pigs. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” Original two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark. The Joint, through April 27: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Stewart Huff. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


Salsa Night. Begins with 30-40 minute salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton

Ave. 501-372-1228.


2013 Ozark UFO Conference. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, April 12-14, 8 a.m., $90 (full pass). 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479253-9768. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. Fifth Annual Practical Animal Law CLE. Presented by the Humane Society of Pulaski County and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund of the William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, accredited for 6 hours of CLE. 201 McMath Ave., 8:15 a.m., $75. 201 McMath Ave. 501-907-7070. 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. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Parking Lot On Main Street Between Fourth And Fifth Streets, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 520 Main Street, NLR. Scimitar Shrine Circus. Tigers, bears, clowns, “The BMX Cage of Death” and more. Coupon for free child’s ticket with a paid adult ticket available at Scimitar Shrine, April 12, 7 p.m.; April 13, 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.; April 14, 1:30 p.m., $10 for adults, $5 for 13 and younger. 1 Scimitar Circle. 501565-5992. U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain will discuss current affairs in the United States and abroad. Robinson Center Music Hall, 6 p.m., free. Markham and Broadway.


“Bloody Mama.” Little Rock Film Festivalsponsored rooftop screening of the Roger Corman film, which was shot in Arkansas, starring Shelley Winters and featuring Robert DeNiro and Robert Walden, who will be in attendance. Purchase of an LRFF pass is required to attend. River Market Tower, 7 p.m. 315 Rock St. 501379-8957.


Salamishah Tillet. Tillet is co-founder of A Long Walk Home Inc., the only organization in the country that uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Tour dePaul. See April 11.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Midori & Tchaikovsky.” Featuring Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro Overture” Robinson Center, April 13, 8 p.m.; April 14, 3 p.m., $14-$52. 426 W. Markham

St. 501-376-4781. Bam Margera After Party. With DJ set from Hunter Moore, plus Sleepy, Wolf-e-Wolf, Justin Sane, Brandon Peck, drag show at 12:30 a.m. and Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo. Discovery Nightclub, $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Bam Margera, Hunter Moore, members of CKY. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15-$40. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Bonnie Montgomery, The Hillbenders. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Cadillac Jackson. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Charlotte Taylor with The Mercers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See April 12. DJ Most1ted. Benefiting Arkansas Inner City Youth Football Conference. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 7:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Everyone Dies in Utah, The Overseer, Bleach Blonde, This Chaos Inside. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Hazynation. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. The Holy Ghost Electric Show. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501328-5556. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Katmandu (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 1412 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. 501-3214221. NSAI songwriters workshop. Second Presbyterian Church, 2-5 p.m. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Rodney Block’s Birthday Bash. Featured artists include Dell Smith, Dee Davis, Judson Spillyards, Tim Anthony, Osyrus Bolly, Mia McNeal, Nick Broadway, Bully Gang, Jeron and surprise guests. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Steve Bates, Midas Coven. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capi- Third Annual Spa City Metal Fest. Low Key Arts, 2 p.m., $13. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Trey Hawkins Band. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100.


The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” See April 12.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.


2013 Ozark UFO Conference. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 8 a.m., $90 (full pass). 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-9768. www. 4-H Youth & Family 5K Trail Run/Walk. Arkansas 4-H Center, 9-11 a.m., $5-$20. 1 4-H Way. 501821-4444. 8th Annual Pedal Car Races and Family Fest. Benefit for Pulaski County CASA. River Market Pavilions, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-340-6946. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. ArtWorks XXV. Live and silent art auctions, food, drinks, music and more, benefiting the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 6:30 p.m., $50. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Frank Frazier’s 70th Birthday Party. Hearne Fine Art, 2-6 p.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-3726822. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff. River Market, 5 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. Savvy Homemade Products. Maumelle Library, 11 a.m. 10 Lake Point Drive, Maumelle, Maumelle. 501-851-2551. Scimitar Shrine Circus. See April 12. Third Annual Plant Swap Saturday. Plant and poultry swap includes barbecue for sale from Boulevard Bread Co., music from Handmade Moments. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. Wildwood’s Wellness Weekend. Includes classes, guest speakers, demonstrations from wellness professionals and more. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $20 adv., $30 day of. 20919 Denny Road.


Ekphrastic Poetry Slam. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000.

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Girls Rollin’ In The South Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby vs. Mo-Kan Roller Girlz. Roller derby at the Fieldhouse. UALR, 5 p.m., $8-$10. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Live horse racing. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Tour dePaul. See April 11.


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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Midori & Tchaikovsky.” Featuring Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro Overture” Robinson Center, 3 p.m., $14-$52. 426 W. Markham St. 501-376-4781. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, 3 p.m., $8. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


2013 Ozark UFO Conference. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 8 a.m., $90 (full pass). 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-9768. www. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Scimitar Shrine Circus. See April 12. Spring Garden Buffet. Includes meal and music from Arkansas Chamber Singers. Home of Mike and Beth Coulson, 5 p.m., $65. 4 East Palisades Drive. 501-377-1121.


Tour dePaul. See April 11.



The 5 Browns. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Irish Traditional Music Session. “SloPlay” begins at 6 p.m. Public session begins at 7 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Monday of every month. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; first and third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Jazz at The Afterthought: John Burnette. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. State Champion, Animal City, Andy Warr. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400.


Robert Sharpe. The president of the nonprofit consultant The Sharpe Group presents “The State of Charitable Giving Today.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Tour dePaul. See April 11.

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Air Dubai, Wild Party, Flint Eastwood. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. Thirst n’ Howl, through May 28: 7:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Appalachian Spring.” Copland’s composition. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Close to Home, Adestria, Alive in Standby, Myka Relocate. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jeni & Billy. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Open Jam. The Joint, through April 30: 8 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Techno Squid Eats Parliament, Glittercore, Laundry for the Apocalypse. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Whitey Morgan & The 78s. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.


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


Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration. The Clinton School and Clinton Foundation will join participants around the world in a 50th anniversary celebration reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. stores/littlerock.


Tour dePaul. See April 11.


Launch party for “The Vortex.” Celebrating the 2013 edition of the University of Central Arkansas’s magazine of literature and fine art. With food and beverages provided. Branch Out, 7 p.m., free. 1116 Oak St., Conway. 501-450-5117.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. The Asteroid Shop, Tie Dyed Love Affair, Stuart Thomas. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through April 24: 5

AFTER DARK, CONT. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. In Dying Arms, Sirens & Sailors, Mureau, Stand Your Ground. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, through April 24: 8:30 p.m., $4. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Umphrey’s McGee. George’s Majestic Lounge, April 17-18, 9 p.m., $25. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­ di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4

for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.


Delta Symposium XIX. The folklorist, filmmaker, photographer and State University of New York Distinguished Professor will speak at the Carl R. Reng Student Union auditorium. ASU Jonesboro, 7 p.m., free. 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. Katherine Hammack. The assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment presents “Energy and Sustainability in the U.S. Army.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. html.


Tour dePaul. See April 11.


“Anything Goes.” Cole Porter’s high-seas musical comedy. Contains mild adult situations. Walton Arts Center, through April 11, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 2 and 7 p.m., $40-$63. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “As You Like It.” Touring production of Shakespeare’s play by The Acting Company. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, Sat., April 13, 7 p.m., $18-$35. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. Auditions for upcoming musicals “13” and “Bare.” The Weekend Theater, Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.; Sun., April 14, 6 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-

10th Annual

374-3761. “Doubt: A Parable.” John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play about Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, and Sister Aloysius, the school’s rigidly conservative principal, set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx. The Weekend Theater, through April 20: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Harvey.” Presented by The Maumelle Players. Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, April 12-13, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.; April 19-20, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 21, 3 p.m., $12-$15. 449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle. “The Little Foxes.” Lillian Hellman’s play, set in the early-20th-century American South, chronicles the Hubbard family and their attempts to become wealthy at the expense of their relationships with each other. Pocket Community Theater, through April 14: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $5-$10. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs. 501-623-8585. “The Odds Against ‘U.S.’.” An original play written and directed by Chris E. James. Argenta Community Theater, Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., $20-$30. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-366-3793. “Rex’s Exes.” Comedy in which the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmy Wyvette — teeter on the brink of disaster again. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through April 13: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “See How They Run.” A former American actress and wife of the vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through May 12: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.;

Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Spring Awakening.” Presented by UCA Theatre. Recommended for adults only. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, April 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; April 17-19, 7:30 p.m., $10. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-450-3265.



More art listings can be found in the calendar at ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER: “THREADS: Ennead Architects’ Recent Works,” lecture by Kevin McClurkan of the New York architectural firm formerly named Polshek Partnership, 6 p.m. April 16, reception at 5:30 p.m., presented by the Architecture and Design Network. ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE: 25th annual “ArtWorks” auction of work by more than 90 artists and artisans to benefit The Rep, 6:30 p.m. April 13, silent auction starts 6:30 p.m., live auction starts 7:30 p.m., with music by Jimmy Landfair, hors d’oeuvres and open bar, $50. 3780405 or for tickets. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective,” cartoons by Michael Jukes; “1st Annual Membership Exhibition” by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers, through April 27. 2nd Friday Art Night events 5-8 p.m. April 12: Melissa Gill, artist session, 5:30 p.m., Room 110; live music from Opera; featured retail artist Suzi Dennis. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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COURTYARD MARRIOTT, 521 President Clinton Ave.: ArtGroup Maumelle, featuring Marsha Hinson, 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 975-9800. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Bridging the Burden: In Their Shoes,” honoring Arkansas soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, reception 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 918-3093. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “A Spring Celebration,” featured artist Gino Hollander, reception 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 801-0211. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “The Struggle Continues ... History Unfolds,” paintings and mixed media by Frank Frazier, closing reception and birthday party 2-6 p.m. April 13, with auction of one work by the artist. 372-6822. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: Mint julep lessons from David Burnette, 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night; “Hidden Arkansas,” photographs by 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, through May 5; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12; “Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas,” through May 5; “Perfect Balance,” paintings by Marty Smith. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: Jazz musician Tim Anthony in concert, 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 N. Main St.: “Remembering Rick Redden,” 5-8 p.m. April 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. TEMPLE B’NAI ISRAEL, 3700 N. Rodney Parham Road: “Expressions Art Show and Sale,” work by the clients of Birch Tree Communities, 6-8:30 p.m. April 18, music by Wine and Roses, $10, tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 303-3202.



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FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Fine Arts Center: Reilly and Kelly Dickens-Hoffman collaborative sculpture project, Anne Kittrell Gallery, through April 16, closing reception 6:30 p.m. April 16, lecture 6:30 p.m. April 18; MFA exhibitions by Nichole Howard, through April 12, Samantha Dixon, April 15-19, Fine Arts Center Gallery. 479575-7987.

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FORT SMITH FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM: “From Landscapes to Cityscapes: A Section of Vistas from RAM’s Permanent Collection,” through April 21; “Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos,” prints, video and objects by Cuban artist, through July 7; “The Secrets of the Mona Lisa”; “Mona Lisa’s Daughters: Portraits of Women from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection,” works by 31 artists, including Milton Avery, Will Barnett, Chuck Close, Naomi Fisher, Norman Rockwell, Byron Browne and Alex Katz. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HOT SPRINGS JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “The Tree Show,” work by Steve Griffith, Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson and others, through April. 501-321-2335.


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational”

through June 7. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie,” 100 ceramic pieces in various forms and drawings, through May 5; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, through May 5; “Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/Executive Order 9066,” work inspired by the internment, through April 21; “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass,” 53 gelatin-silver prints, through April 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Looking Out,” pastels and paintings by Robin Hazard-Bishop and Hans Feyerabend, through April 13. 664-0030. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Mid-Southern Watercolorists Spring 2013 Juried Exhibition,” through April. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: New paintings by Mike Spain. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10-3 p.m. Sat. 374-2848. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., through May 28, $12 non-members ages 19 and up; “Abstractions on Paper: From Abstract Expressionism to Post Minimalism,” through April 29, works from the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center by Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly and others; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.


CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “The Inauguration of Hope,” lifesized sculpture of the First Family by Ed Dwight; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body,” through May 26; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050.

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THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY: That’s what ‘42’ is. Market Street Cinema times at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Rave showtimes are for Friday only. Full listings for some theaters were not available by press deadline. Find upto-date listings at NEW MOVIES 42 (R) — Jackie Robinson bio-pic. Chenal 9: 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00, 11:50 (regular screen), 10:00 a.m., 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 (eXtreme). Emperor — Tommy Lee Jones stars as a general stationed in post-WWII Japan. (PG-13) Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. On the Road (R) — Kristin Stewart stars in this adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous novel. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. The Place Beyond the Pines (R) — Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper star in the latest from the guy who directed “Blue Valentine.” Rave: 10:00 a.m., 1:15, 4:30, 7:45, 11:05. Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) — Anna Farris is gone, but the yuks keep coming. Chenal 9: 11:30 a.m., 1:35, 4:00, 7:05, 9:50. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:00, 11:30. War Witch (NR) — A drama set in sub-Saharan Africa that was nominated for an Oscar. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. RETURNING THIS WEEK 6 Souls (R) — Psychological thriller with Julianne Moore. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Admission (PG-13) — Tina Fey is an admissions officer at Princeton in this First World-problems comedy. Riverdale: The Call (R) — 911 operator (Halle Berry) takes a call from an adopted girl (Abigail Breslin) and ends up in danger. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 5:10, 10:45. The Croods (PG) — Animated story of a cavefamily that must venture into uncharted realms. Chenal 9: 11:05 a.m., 1:20, 7:00 (2D), 4:00, 9:30 (3D). Rave: 10:35 a.m., 1:10, 4:05, 6:35, 9:10 (2D), 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:20 (3D). Dead Man Down (R) — Bullet-riddled revenge thriller, with Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Collin Farrell. Movies 10: noon, 3:15, 7:10, 9:45.

Django Unchained (R) — Another revenge flick from Quentin Tarantino, with Jamie Foxx and the guy from “Titanic.” Movies 10: 1:00, 4:30, 8:00. Evil Dead (R) — Remake of the classic ’80s cult horror film. Chenal 9: 11:20 a.m., 1:25, 4:20, 7:05, 9:30. Rave: noon, 11:55, 12:55, 2:20, 3:20, 4:45, 5:45, 7:10, 8:10, 9:35, 10:35. The Gatekeepers (PG-13) — Six former heads of the Israeli secret service share their insights into the country’s struggle with terrorism. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) — Sequel to the movie based on the ’80s cartoon and line of toys, which were based on a line of toys from the ’60s and ’70s. Chenal 9: 11:25, 2:00, 7:30, 10:15 (2D), 4:45 (3D). Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 (2D), 11:30 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:40 (3D). Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) — They’re just running out of ideas, aren’t they? Starring Jeremy Renner. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35. The Host (PG-13) — “Twilight” goes sci-fi, from the author of “Twilight.” Rave: 2:05, 7:40. Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) — It’s in 3D this time. Chenal 9: 11:00 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 (IMAX). Rave: 10:00 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 1:00, 1:55, 4:00, 4:55, 7:00, 7:55, 10:10, 11:15. The Last Exorcism, Part II (PG-13) — Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:00, 7:25, 9:40. Life of Pi (PG) — Based on the smash-hit book of the same name, from director Ang Lee. Movies 10: 12:35, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55. Olympus Has Fallen (R) — Terrorists overtake the White House and kidnap the president in this not-at-all-utterly-implausible movie with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Chenal 9: 11:15 a.m., 2:00, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 2:15, 5:15, 8:15, 11:10. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) — How the Wizard of Oz got that way. Chenal 9: 4:30 (2D), 11:05 a.m., 1:55, 7:15, 10:05 (3D). Rave: 1:20, 7:35 (2D), 10:05 a.m., 4:25, 10:05 (3D). Parental Guidance (PG) — Boomer grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are outmatched by their bratty post-millennial grandkids. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05.

Quartet (PG-13) — Bunch of retired British singers in an old folks home have to get the band back together to save the orphanage, er, sorry, the old folks home. Market Street: 2:15, 7:15. Rise of the Guardians (PG) — Animated adventure story about a group of heroes who protect the imaginations of children from an evil spirit who wants to take over the world. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30. Spring Breakers (R) — Sex-drugs-and-dubstep skeeze-fest from director Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and his cornrows, grill and terrible Southern accent. Rave: 10:05. Stoker (R) — Ultra-creepy family murder thriller, with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Market Street: 4:15, 9:15. Tyler Perry’s Temptation (PG-13) — The latest product to plop off the end of the factory line at Tyler Perry Co. stars an almost convincingly human hologram called “Kim Kardashian.” Chenal 9: 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:10, 7:15, 9:50. Rave: 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:05, 2:05, 3:55, 4:55, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30. Warm Bodies (PG-13) — Pretty much “Twilight,” but with zombies instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Movies 10: 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 10:15. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Movies 10: 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50 (2D), 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:00 (3D). Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Tandy 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380,


‘EVIL DEAD’: Jane Levy stars.

‘Dead’ re-do Frights aplenty in remake of cult classic. BY SAM EIFLING


ans of Sam Raimi’s seminal “Evil Dead” movies from the ’80s have to be amused that anyone would remake “Evil Dead,” not least because “Evil Dead 2” was more a reprise of the super-low-budget original than a bona fide sequel. In the 25 years since the second “Evil Dead,” leading jawline Bruce Campbell went on to bigger if not better things. So did Raimi. The director who scrounged to gin up a few hundred grand for his 1981 deep-woods supernatural slasher eventually got the keys to the Spider-Man films of the 2000s (total worldwide gross: around $2.5 billion). In that way, he’s not unlike Peter Jackson rising from the B-horror likes of “Dead Alive” to direct the “Lord of the Rings” empire. Campy, dinky horror pics can be kingmakers nonpareil. Funny thing about horror, though. More than any other genre, quality horror resists big budgets. (John Carpenter arguably never made anything scarier than “Halloween,” even after that lowbudget classic won him the right to spend freely.) The most frightening things in life are inherently rough-hewn and primitive, often making it damn hard to buy a scare. Happily this “Evil Dead” cost a relatively paltry $14 million. That turns out to be enough to break away from its camp potential, alas, but what you get instead is a disturbing demon-themed dismemberment spectacle inflicted upon a cast of five unknowns. None of them has the charisma of Campbell, and this “Evil Dead” skates by on just a threadbare backstory. But when you’re going into slow-mo conniptions in your seat, squinting and squirming in hard-cussing flinch-a-minute ecstasy, the lack of exposition won’t uncurl your toes. The setup seems so formulaic by now that the spoofy “The Cabin in the Woods” could be so named. Nonetheless: “Evil Dead” returns us to, yes, a cabin in the woods, where two young men and two young women have gathered, in

an asexual twist, to help another young lady, Mia (Jane Levy), follow through on her vow to kick a persistent junk habit. Her brother’s there, the Abercrombieesque David (Shiloh Fernandez), plus his mostly pointless girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and a nurse friend Olivia (Jessica Lucas). Upon arriving, Mia picks up the scent of something dead in the house. Everyone writes this off as dope sickness until their dog sniffs out a trap door that leads to a basement ornamented with dead cats hanging from strings. There’s also a book down there, shrouded in plastic and swaddled in barbed wire. The too-curious-for-his-own-good friend, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), decides to clip his way in with wire cutters and, as he browses this gruesome volume bound in human flesh, mutters some very ominous incantations he finds inside. An audience accustomed to yelling “Don’t go in there!” to characters on-screen will find themselves calling out, “Stop reading!” Of course he stupidly continues, summoning very bad things. He then has numerous opportunities to rue this decision, as when his variously demonically possessed friends repeatedly stab his face with a hypodermic needle, and riddle him with tenpennies fired from a nail gun, and bludgeon him with a blunt metal mattock, and perforate his guts with a utility knife, and shiv him with a slab of busted mirror — it goes on like this, really. And this is just Eric, one of only two characters who don’t deliberately dismember themselves in any fashion. Honestly, it’s exhausting. Diablo Cody, of “Juno,” wrote the screenplay along with newbie director Fede Alvarez, and it clicks along smoothly in a near-sprint for 90 minutes. Fan girls and boys should sit through the credits. Everyone else will stagger out into the daylight with these morals resonating: Never try to quit drugs, and never, ever read anything from a book.

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Dining BART BARLOGIE (son of the famous oncologist of the same name) and business partner Wilson Brandt are aiming for May to open their new upscale Mexican restaurant in Riverdale. The restaurant is called The Folde — like a taco folds, like bringing your friends into the fold; fold without the “e” seemed “harsh,” Barlogie said — and it’s located in a space that once housed an Alltel fleet service station at 3501 Old Cantrell Road. Barlogie and Brandt purchased the lot in 2010; Barlogie said resolving city code issues held up progress. Botanas — small plates, or “snacks” — are the focus of the menu, designed by Sonya Cote, chef of Austin’s Hillside Farmacy, which Brandt co-owns. Cote will serve as a consulting chef; she’ll visit quarterly or so to update the menu, Barlogie said. Joshua Fulton, sous chef, will run the kitchen on a day-to-day basis. Both Cote and Fulton are big believers in local produce and protein, Barlogie said. Mezcal will be the focus of the bar. All juice used for mixers will be handsqueezed. The main dining area, which will seat around 75, will be in the former garage bays. The garage doors will be up in nice weather. A patio out front will seat around 15. Alan Garcia Gonzalez, owner of another trendy Austin restaurant, Papi Tino’s, is serving as a consultant. The Folde will partner with Eatiply, a social-good start-up that donates a meal to someone in need every time a patron purchases a meal from an Eatiply-supported restaurant. Barlogie said Eatiply would donate meals through a hunger-relief organization designated by the The Folde. Restaurant management hasn’t picked that group yet. CLYDE-N-KIDDOS BBQ, The Food Truck, Green Cuisine Vegetarian, Santa Lucia Pizzeria, Sugar Shack Sweets, Green Cuisine Deli, kBird Thai and Le Pops ice lolly cart will attend SOMA Foodtruck Thursday at The Bernice Garden from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. The event takes place every second Thursday. It marks the final appearance of The Food Truck. Chef Jeffery Palsa, owner of The Food Truck, said he hopes to continue in the local culinary scene, but doesn’t have a firm plan yet. We’ll keep you posted.



1620 SAVOY The food is high-quality and painstakingly prepared — a wide-ranging dinner menu that’s sure to please almost everyone. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. 34

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FANTASTICO: The Italian Kitchen at Lulav’s Carni pizza.

Lulav goes Italian Excellent fare, but separate lunch menu needed.


ulav has been, is and — as long as it survives — will always be an enigma. It opened in 2004 as a Kosher restaurant that was closed for Shabbat from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, not a good strategy for a restaurant. It quickly morphed into a “regular” restaurant that in our experience was long on price and short on service, though the food was always pretty good. In early February, Lulav was rebranded as The Italian Kitchen. And the food continues to be good. Damn good, actually. But here’s the catch. There is one menu at Lulav — same for lunch and dinner. So compared to the fairly recent old days — when Lulav had sliders, sandwiches and reasonably priced lunch options contrasted with a much-higher-dollar dinner menu — it’s now a relatively inexpensive dinner option and a relatively expensive lunch option. Given the astronomically larger potential market for lunch vs. dinner downtown, that could be a fatal flaw. Another potential fatal flaw is the fact that owner Matt Lile — billed as “J. Matt Lile III, proprietere” on the website — last week was indicted by a federal jury on two counts of embezzlement for allegedly charging $300,000 in personal expenses on a company credit card when he was president of Cosmopolitan Insurance Co. of Little Rock. Lile says he’s innocent of the charges, and that they won’t affect his restaurant. Lulav’s menu now is simple and straightforward, as notable for what’s not there as for what is. Consider the lunch

The Italian Kitchen at Lulav 220 West Sixth Street 374-5100

QUICK BITE The eight wines for $8 deal on Wednesdays at happy hour is a good one. The wines, which are served in two-ounce tasting pours, range from really cheap to extremely decent. The whole experience, executed in the massive upstairs space that is available for private events, is really fun. There are cheap by-the-bottle selections, too. HOURS 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar. CC accepted.

visitor who finds there is no sandwich of any sort on the menu ... and no soup ... and no salad that’s less than $8. What is there: an $8 four-meat plate, a $10 four-cheese plate (each of which was served with three rather than four varieties with no explanation/apologies), four $8 salads, four $8 appetizers, an $8 focaccia/olive oil/balsamic vinegar option, seven $10 pizzas, six $12 pasta choices, seven $16 entrees, four $29 chef’s specialties and four $6 desserts. That is a reasonable, and reasonably priced, dinner menu. But it won’t bring in the lunch throngs like EJ’s right around the corner does with its reasonably priced sandwich/soup/salad model. On a recent

lunch trip, our quartet split the meat and cheese plates for appetizers, had just three main courses (one pizza, one pasta and one entree) and split two desserts. And water all the way around. With tax and a 20 percent tip for our friendly, attentive server, it was a $93 lunch. Ouch. The meat and cheese plates wouldn’t have been a good deal even if we’d gotten four vs. three. The quality is high but not exceptional; the quantity is low. The spicy smoked pepperoni and the Manchego were the highlights. The pizzas are the thin-crust, sparsely adorned style similar to but smaller than the ones served at ZaZa. The Carni, for meat lovers, is fantastic with hunks of Italian sausage, cubes of ham and slices of pepperoni studding a rich, homemade tomato sauce atop a crispy crust with a gooey slab of soft mozzarella in the middle. The Chef’s Fav was a bit too sparse with only gorgonzola and arugula leaves (and allegedly pistachios, though none were found). Pasta is definitely the top draw at the new Lulav. We’ve never had better carbonara ($12) — rich and creamy but not over the top, with plenty of hunks of savory ham — and the “alfredo formaggi” ($12) was also fabulous, likewise creamy but not too rich, with another slab of that creamy mozzarella. We added chicken ($3) and got bounteous strips of perfectly done breast. Our main course, the tilapia, was a decent-sized fillet of mild, tender fish that unfortunately was overwhelmed by the bold flavors of the tomatoes, capers and olives that made up the sauce that topped it. The scampi appetizer was one of the definite highlights — nine tasty, firm shrimp in a buttery, garlicky sauce and quite the deal for $8 — though some accompanying bread to sop up the remains would have been appreciated. The creme brulee ($6) was as good as but no better than most, while the strawberry panna cotta ($6) was delicious but tiny — tasting like homemade strawberry ice cream with more of a cheesecake filling consistency. Our lunch server far outshone our dinner server, perhaps because she was simply friendlier and more attentive than he was — or because the lunch crowd was so much smaller despite the beautiful weather that warm, sunny Friday. But that makes sense. A $12 bowl of fabulous pasta is a great deal for dinner but a little rich for most downtown lunchers’ blood.

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ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this train-themed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS Plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable chess pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3242449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-2969535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG’S CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. 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.


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DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387. LD Mon.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Think tearoom rather than bistro. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900.

FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975.

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KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious meat-and -three restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE 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. $$-$$$. 501-6604040. LD Tue.-Sat. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Gourmet sandwiches, salads and pizzas. 4317 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8826. LD daily. PACKET HOUSE GRILL An up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. D Tue.-Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-3729316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads. 10221 N. Rodney CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily; 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat.; 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat. 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. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously-portioned soulfood plate lunches and dinners — meat, two sides, corn bread — for $6. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-663-9901. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locally-sourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.


BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge 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. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are prepared with care. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. 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. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI 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. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657. LD Mon.-Sat. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.


CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2277427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q Features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worthy deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. 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, 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. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.


ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38


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On the hunt for antiques BY JANIE GINOCCHIO


uying antique furniture is an intimidating undertaking, especially if your past design schemes have involved concrete blocks or couches picked up from the side of the road. Fortunately, Little Rock has a number of antiques dealers who specialize in a number of areas. Ellen Golden, owner of Ellen Golden Antiques in the Heights, said consumers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t avoid antiques because of the perceived cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People get a nice surprise when they compare prices of antiques with contemporary furniture or new reproductions,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the time, you can do better with the antique, price-wise.â&#x20AC;? Golden, who specializes in French antiques she imports directly from Paris, said quality is a big selling point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antiques will stay with you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lasted for a century [or more].â&#x20AC;? Larry Jordan, owner of Fabulous Finds on Cantrell, advises inexperienced buyers to do their research before they hit the stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Internet is so available with valuable information,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find out how to determine true antiques from reproductions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is hard to tell sometimes.â&#x20AC;?

OUR FAVORITE ANTIQUE DEALERS ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Specializing in French antiques, the store also features gifts and works by local artists. 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 664-7746. FABULOUS FINDS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Home to 40 antique dealers whose inventory ranges from English to French to American antiques. 2905 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, (501) 614-8181.

An 18th century Louis XVI trumeau mirror from ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES.

MID-TOWNE ANTIQUE MALL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed with 20,000 square feet of new and antique home furnishings, rare coins, jewelry, stemware, estate pieces and more. 105 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 223-3600. OLIVERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANTIQUES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Specializing in country antiques, with a selection of furniture, fabrics, glassware, silver and toys. 1101 Burman Dr., Jacksonville, (501) 982-0064.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) will host the Open Book Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Tickets are $150 per person. ASMSA is Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only statewide public and residential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) high school. ASMSA students represent some of the most talented and college-ready young minds in the nation. ASMSA is one of 15 public, residential schools in the country specializing in the education of academically talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science. Their students receive free tuition, room and board and have access to some of the best course offerings and faculty in the state. Since the school opened in 1993, at least one student from every county in Arkansas has attended ASMSA. For more information about ASMSA or the Open Book Celebration, visit

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. THE PANTRY The menu stays relatively true to 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.


DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table. 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily.

NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily.


CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa and a broad selection of fresh seafood. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LA VAQUERA One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily.

MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla or the Cocktail de Campechana. 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Wed.-Mon. MERCADO SAN JOSE One of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO You’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL A “build-yourown-burrito” place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily.



THE HIVE The chef describes the menu as “High South,” with offerings like pimento cheese, “Arkansas Trail Mix” of pecans, soybeans, black walnuts and cheddar straws, grits, etc. The pork chop is great. 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 479-2866575. BD daily, L Mon.-Fri.


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ROASTERS A locally owned and operated chain of Fayetteville-area coffeeshops featuring hot coffee and chai, sweet pastries, sandwiches and live performances by area musicians. 1852 N. Crossover Road. Fayetteville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 527-0690. BLD daily. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. 479-442-9671. MARKETPLACE GRILL Appetizers set on fire, Italian chips, funky low-fat dressings, prime rib and pasta in big ceramic bowls, the fare is a combination of old standbys and new-age twists. Also at 3000 Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. 4201 N. Shiloh. Fayetteville. No alcohol. 479-750-5200. LD 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. SLIM CHICKEN’S Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. Also locations in Rogers, 3600 W. Walnut Street; and Conway, 550 Salem Road. 2120 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. All CC.

$$-$$$. 479- 443-7546. LD 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.


THE BLEU MONKEY GRILL High end, artfully prepared pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers are one of the hallmarks of this classy/casual newcomer to the Hot Springs dining scene. Stay for the interesting dessert menu. 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-520-4800. LD daily. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-767-5695. D Tue.-Sat. HOT SPRINGS BRAU HAUS All the usual schnitzels are available, an inviting bar awaits as you enter, and the brick-walled place has a lot of history and coziness. 801 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7866. LD. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD. LA HACIENDA Authentic Mexican food; array of entrees. 3836 Central Ave. Hot Springs.

501-525-8203. LD. OHIO CLUB Great atmosphere and a standout burger highlight what claims to be the state’s oldest bar. 336 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-627-0702. LD daily. ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. Lunch specials are a steal, especially the buffet. 3350 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-321-2313. LD Tue.-Sun. TACO MAMA Fresh, creative, homemade Mexican treats created with a Southwest flair. The menu is not huge, but there’s not a dud in the bunch. Truly a treasure for Hot Springs. 1209 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-6262. LD Mon.-Sat.


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