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For advertising information, please call 501-476-4200. For Subscription services, please call 501-554-1126. Local. Magazine is published bimonthly by 411 Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 1835, N. Little Rock, AR 72115 The contents of Local. are copyrighted, and material contained herein may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without the written consent of the publisher. CONTRIBUTOR SPOTLIGHT ADAM CHEREPSKI Adam received his Master’s degree in Education from UALR. He enjoys everything there is to do with food, from cooking at home to dining at locally-owned establishments. Writing is a passion of his. Be sure to check out his blog, oneflewovermyhouse.tumblr. com and on Facebook at One Flew Over My House. RICHARD LEDBETTER Richard Ledbetter resides among the gentle-rolling hills of his South-Arkansas farm, where he penned and published a pair of historical novels, "The Branch and the Vine" and "Witness Tree;1910." He regularly contributes to several regional periodicals and performed feature roles in a number of Arkansas made movies.















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INFORM. INSPIRE. IMPACT. Little Rock Hosts Global Women’s Summit - Jillian McGehee Little Rock will play host to a global conference in September. The World Woman Summit – the “global stage for women’s voices” – takes place Sept. 30 at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event is hosted by World Woman Foundation, which recently moved its summit to the Capital City. At its core, the foundation believes that equality for women is progress for all. To support this belief, the organization advocates mentoring women worldwide in business, entertainment, science and technology. Women from all walks of life are supported by the foundation and recognized for their entrepreneurial contributions. The foundation hopes to facilitate mentoring programs for 1 million women and girls worldwide by 2030. The summit serves as the global stage for celebrating women from around the world. The summit focuses on four relevant topics with the following goals: • Health for Women – Make available to women health coverage, preventative care, pregnancy and more wellness care. • Economic Development for Women – Equal pay and paid leave as well as childcare and diversity to provide economic development and sustainability for the world. • Violence Against Women – Help prevent violence against women as well as provide services to victims who experience it. • Social Entrepreneurship - Identify the policies in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem that is preventing us from finding more women leaders The summit is an ideal place for: • Working women seeking guidance on how to use business, education and family to create a more fulfilling lifestyle. • Professional women looking to network with experts in various fields. • Community women wanting to explore business opportunities and obtain advice. Featured speakers include: • Anna Maria Chavez, ex-CEO of Girl Scouts and official counsel to President Bill Clinton. • Ravi Karkara, executive director of UN Women and Youth Development. • Erin Gavin, Hollywood actress known for playing Marilyn Monroe in The Last Investigation. The summit features many other noted panelists, including local movers-and-shakers Arkansas state Rep. Warwick Sabin and fashion designer Linda Rowe Thomas. Woman World Summit was co-founded by Rupa Dash, who has quite an impressive film

and leadership background. She says more than equality, the summit’s mission is about harmony between men and women to solve the world’s biggest problems. “We believe equality for women is progress through global movement for gender harmony today,” she said.

Why Arkansas? World Woman Foundation is headquartered in Los Angeles. Dash says for months the organization had been scouting locations in the mid-U.S. to launch this global initiative. Little Rock is now the base for mid-U.S. operations. “Little Rock was very intentional, as it is truly a global village, hosting this global conference to send out a global message at an important time,” Dash said. “I am so excited to partner with a community of heart-centered leaders to make an impact together, locally and globally.” Still, of all the places to move in the country, one might wonder why Woman World Summit landed in Little Rock. Dash shares some relevant facts explaining the decision. Women in Arkansas are less likely to be in the labor force and are underrepresented in the state legislature, for example, Dash said. “If current trends continue, women in Arkansas will not see equal pay until the year 2082. And 41 percent of single mothers with children in Arkansas live below the poverty level.” Global Leader Dash’s history comprises 10 years in the international film marketing business before World Woman Foundation. She worked with Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers in India. Her interests started leaning to gaging the impact film has on society, which led her to Brillstein Entertainment Partners in L.A. to learn more about crossover films and their influence on global issues. “This experience led to my personal mission of changing the film protagonist in

entertainment,” Dash said. “In the meantime, I was appointed as the first Indian woman to become the executive managing director of the largest women’s business network recognized by the White House.” In 2014, she assumed her current role with World Woman Foundation. “With my background in entertainment, we started our mission to change the portrayal of women in cinema,” Dash said. “The program was launched with strategic partnership with International Film Federation Board and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), which led to the launch of Film de Femmes Program under the Global Mentorship Program to support women filmmakers to solve global issues through art of story-telling.” The organization currently works with major film markets and film festivals, such as the Asian Film Market, Hollywood Film Festival and Indywood Film Festival. These partnerships have led to a $35 million investment to women-led films in India, the U.S. and South America, Dash said. “Now, we have expanded the Global Mentorship Program in business, science and technology.” Mentorship Program The organization’s Global Mentorship Program will assist in finding economic solutions through principles that help women thrive, Dash said. The summit will help further this goal. “Specifically, the World Woman Foundation Global Mentorship Program will provide a professional development and capacity building program for women 18 or older,” Dash said. “It is intended to help bridge socio-economic inequalities and provide direct engagement in the World Woman Foundation Institute.” The program, as it accelerates women’s leadership roles in Arkansas, is expected to be replicated across the U.S. with expansion plans in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Dash divulged. “We are handpicking our mentors from Arkansas to work with our Global Mentorship Program and engage with the organization in building a stronger community together, which will be one of the key highlights of the conference.”

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ne of the first things that comes up when you do a basic search for “selftaught artists” is an article posted by BBC titled, “Can a Self-Taught Artist Make It in the Art World?” Of course, there are many artists that have done very well in this demographic, but it is definitely a steeper climb than for those who are classically or formally trained. That is exactly what Josh Adams, better known as “Red,” has come to discover in his short time in the art world.

In 2011, Red’s best friend, Jarrid Stacey, decided to take up painting to see where it led. Stacey, in turn, convinced Red to join him on this journey, and he quickly developed a craving for it. Initially, Red began painting just for fun— something to keep his mind occupied and his emotions conveyed. It was an outlet of a creative nature. Shortly after he began posting some of his work on both Instagram and Facebook, his notoriety began to “take off,” as he described it. Red leverages social media to let the masses know about his art and his journey. Through the power of the hashtag, he has garnered fans from across the world. Red did what any artist that has a desire to get his art out there would do. He approached galleries to see if they would be interested in showing his work. Unfortunately, he was met with a few, “Thanks, but no thanks” during this time. He was told that his work was not marketable enough for the galleries. He was disheartened, but he would not be deterred. He continued to paint. The support from his fans encouraged him to continue to follow his passion. He continued to sell his wares online, and business continued to improve. After some time, he began to get commissions for pieces, and in 2015, he and Stacey opened their own gallery, Renegade Studios, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Renegade Studios was a place that Red and Stacey could show their work to a face-to-face audience and have open discussions about the different compositions, a place they could call their own and a springboard for opportunity. This opportunity was not meant for just the two of them. They took this space and opened it up to artists with similar backgrounds, trials and tribulations—artists who had a few doors closed to them along the way. Renegade Studios hosts six to seven different events over the course of the year, featuring different talented artists who may not have had a chance up until that point, and, surprisingly, the gallery takes no commission from any of the featured artists’ sales. They know how hard it was starting out as a “starving artist,” and they want to eliminate any potential roadblocks for these artists. Renegade does, however, get something in return—a varied gallery hosting some of the up-and-comers in the local art scene. Red’s background is as a tattoo artist, and this experience is evident in some of his work. Bold colors and intense lines are prevalent in most of what he does. He uses “anything that can stick to a canvas” as his medium. He works in oil, ink and even spray paint to bring his paintings to life. While most of his commission work centers around portraits, he is most in his element in the abstract realm.

that has given him such good fortune. You can find his work at many benefits across the state, including events for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, The Wounded Warrior Project, the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society. So, can a self-taught artist make it in the art world? Red proves that with talent and determination, anything is possible. For a comprehensive look at Red’s paintings, visit Renegade Studios in Hot Springs or find him online. officialartistred


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ornbread is a gastronomic staple that has been around for centuries. It is especially ubiquitous in the South due to the fact that corn meal does not spoil like wheat, and, therefore, can survive our somewhat dynamic weather patterns. More than likely, we have all had the opportunity to share in many different interpretations, whether it is baked in muffin tins, a cake pan or a cast iron skillet. There are sweet cornbreads with just a hint of molasses or honey. There are savory cornbreads made with more salt and fat. And, there are even spicy cornbreads made with jalapeños or other peppers. In fact, Crescent Dragonwagon (quite possibly the greatest name in human history), author of The Cornbread Gospels and former Eureka Springs innkeeper, chef and co-owner of Dairy Hollow House, provides us with over 200 recipes just in her one book. But, regardless of how you prepare it, cornbread somehow always brings us home. There is a feeling of family and friendship when the word is even heard. That is the reason, in 2011, Anita Davis started the Arkansas Cornbread Festival in the South Main (SoMa) District of Downtown Little Rock.

Since the festival began, I have always wondered, “Why cornbread?” There are many other Southern food items that represent the region sufficiently, so what makes cornbread so unique? Finally, I got my chance to ask. I sat down with Event Coordinator Marie Lindquist and Lori Ducey, the sponsorship chair, to present my query. Aside from the aforementioned reasons, I was actually treated to one of the best answers I could have hoped for: The Arkansas Cornbread Festival was started to bring people to SoMa so the people of the neighborhood could show what the area has to offer. What the area has to offer can be summed up in one word—culture. SoMa is a melting pot of culture. People from various walks of life call

this eclectic neighborhood home. As I stated before, cornbread has an infinite number of recipes and renditions, and it is this miscellany that is truly illustrative of the diversity of SoMa. The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is in its seventh year, and it has seen incredible growth with each event. This year, the festival plans to grow right along with the crowd. The actual footprint of the festival has increased to accommodate the attendees and the participants. The festival takes place on South Main Street, and it stretches from 13th Street to 16th Street, a full block larger than previous years. Approximately 3,500 people attended last year; Marie hopes to see upwards of 4,000 this year, and she is prepared for it with plenty of offerings for everyone to enjoy. The festival centers on cornbread, but there is far more than that to look forward to. There will be live music presented on two different stages. The stages will give the audience a smaller, more intimate experience, and bands will perform music that is truly Southern in nature. A great collection of food trucks will be there to make sure that everyone is well-fed in addition to the numerous restaurants along the way. New this year is the availability of beverages from local breweries, wineries and distilleries, so it will be no trouble to wash down each bite. A kids’ area will be set up with numerous fun activities. Last year, these included food chemistry experiments, corn husk dolls, chalk for sidewalk artists and hula hoops, among other goings-on to entertain the little ones. Vendors will be set up to display their wares for show and for sale. Artists will show their pride with various pieces. And, don’t forget the Festival merchandise. Everyone has to have the appropriate amount of Cosmo (the cornbread mascot) gear. The festival has partnered, once again, with Heifer International to provide animals for you to visit with as well as different games and activities to appease your competitive nature. Games will include “golf skee-ball,” bowling and a larger-than-life Connect Four. Let’s not forget that this is a competition. There will be 20 to 30 competitors entering to determine whose cornbread recipe is the best of the best. These competitors will be divided into professional and amateur categories. The winners are chosen by the people, because after all, the popular vote is what really matters in this contest. Prizes range from $250 for best side

dish (optional in conjunction with a cornbread entry) to $1,000 for first place in each category. Judges will also be on hand to award ribbons to overall winners for cornbread and side dishes. Let’s be honest though; it’s really about the bragging rights more than anything. In order to cast your votes, tasting tickets are available for $10, a small investment considering the delicious return. Keep in mind, the festival is open to the public for free if you feel you are not one to judge. All proceeds generated will go to improve the SoMa district and to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. So, rest assured that the money you spend on your tasting ticket will be used to further the progress of SoMa and feed and educate low-income Arkansans. Come celebrate Southern food and its distinct melding of cultures by way of the fare that represents it best at the Arkansas Cornbread Festival on October 21st, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on South Main Street in Downtown Little Rock. There are many ways for you to participate in this year’s event: you can sponsor, volunteer, compete, judge or just visit. Look for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival on Facebook and online at

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uring their 1999 “No Security” tour, The Rolling Stones played the pyramid in Memphis on April 8. While standing in the beer line at the show, I happened to overhear the conversation of a pair of gentlemen directly in front of me. One told the other, “We’re taking over Six Bridges Bar & Grill and about to open a new music club. We’re going to call the place Sticky Fingerz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack.” I quietly made a mental note. I must assume the fellow I overheard in the line was Chris King. Now, over a quarter of a century and countless shows later, he and his business partner Suzon Awbrey have helped launch the careers of hundreds of young musicians while providing top-quality entertainment to Arkansas music lovers.

Those twenty-eight years past, Little Rock already had Juanita’s Cantina on Main Street, which engaged a host of entertainment greats for many years. While both showcases comfortably co-existed for decades, unfortunately, Juanita’s is no more. But thank goodness King and Awbrey 12

Suzon Awbrey and Chris King gave us a pair of fine alternative atmospheres to enjoy live music, then and now. Since the opening of Sticky Fingerz at 107 River Market Ave. June 14, 2000, a few changes have come along, some to be expected, others not so much. For one, a cease and desist order came down informing management they could no longer employ the name Sticky Fingerz, not because it encroached on The Rolling Stones’ intellectual property but rather due to a trademark dispute with some out-of-state BarB-Q joint. So, they slightly altered the brand, changing its name to Stickyz. As King said, “They got the finger and we kept the Stickyz.” Another notable change was when the partners introduced another, larger capacity music room at 300 President Clinton Ave., right down the street from Stickyz. The Revolution Music Room, or the Rev, as it’s fondly referred to, opened doors in June of 2006. Bands whose followings had outgrown the intimate Stickyz stage now had another, larger venue to bring live acts to the listening public. Even with increased floor space, the Rev Room still manages to put patrons in close proximity to performers. Over time, King and Awbrey have witnessed a number of vast changes. Growth in the downtown area has been exponential; giving paying customers far more choices to spend their entertainment buck while ongoing development ever encroaches on available parking. “We’ve seen it all,” Awbrey said with a knowing smile. A short list of construction

that’s risen on all sides of Stickyz includes The Clinton Presidential Center, Axiom, AGFC Nature Center, Ron Robinson Theatre and both the Hampton and Residence Inns, to name a few. “We’ve literally watched it all go up.” King added, “Don’t forget the trolley. Being next to one of their stops, we see a lot of people getting off. Making it a free ride seemed to help a lot. In general, I believe it’s used more than it gets credit for.” Asked about the career path that brought them to downtown Little Rock, King said, “Suzon and I have known each other since ’92. We met in a Geology class at UA when I was a senior and she was a freshman. I started booking bands in Fayetteville for J.R.’s Light Bulb Club in 1991. Beginning in’94, Suzon came on as manager. Then in ’97 we opened J.R.’s Ballroom. We sold our interest in that in ’99 and moved to Little Rock in 2000. We spent nine months developing the concept for Stickyz, looking for the right locale and securing financing. The lure of the coming Clinton Presidential Center and our families being here brought us back home.” Looking around at their club walls decorated by eclectic art and song lyrics, Awbrey pointed out, “During those nine months, Chris and I painted all the art work you see, too.” She admitted, “It took a while to get our sea legs here. I cried a lot in the early days. Chris cries more now. It toughened me up and made him more sensitive.” “I cry everyday,” King said with a chuckle.

Asked how the Stickyz name came about, King looked at Awbrey and said, “I was taking a shower and she was putting on her makeup. I said, ‘We should open a music club and sell fried chicken.’ She said, ‘We could call it Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack.’ I said, ‘No we should call it Sticky Fingerz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack!’ I pulled back the shower curtain and looked at her looking back at me in the mirror and that was our ah-hah moment.” Asked how many shows their two clubs average per week, King thought a moment before saying, “At Stickyz, it’s about eight events a week, three to six inside and three or four outside. Down the street at the Rev, two to five inside and three to six on the patio. That’s roughly 15 shows per week. We may let off the gas a little in early January or when it’s 105 degrees outside, but that’s pretty accurate.” With Stickyz being known as a hangout for “the special and unique” i.e. “misfits,” we asked Awbrey how she feels about the term, “Suzon’s kids.” Wearing a motherly smile, she said, “We’re a home away from home for a lot of people.” King chimed in, “One of our main goals in opening here was to provide an outlet for touring bands where they could stop off and pick up gas money when going across the country. We wanted to be a home for wayward musicians. And that works two ways. So many venues that were around before us focused on local acts. People can come here and see something out of the ordinary. We give them the ability to catch bands they’d otherwise have to travel to different markets to see.” Asked their thoughts on the demise of River Fest. King said, “Being in this neighborhood for so long, it was always our top business weekend of the year. It’s a shame it couldn’t last, but maybe it’ll experience a revival in the future. It was Arkansas’ music fest.” Summing up, both King and Awbrey agreed, “We’ve really enjoyed being in Little Rock and feel very blessed and thankful for the support we’ve received.” Their hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. For info regarding dining and acts, call Stickyz at (501) 372-7707 or the Rev at (501) 823-0090, or visit or www. Written & Photographed by Richard Ledbetter




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Black Angus is a longtime local favorite. - Adam Cherepski One thing that can be said for the local restaurant business is that it’s not easy. With the growing competition of regional and national chains moving into town what seems to be daily, it takes a real survivor to beat the odds. Restaurants come and go as often as the weather changes, but one has remained steadfast since 1962—Black Angus. Long-time Little Rock residents can remember multiple locations of this purveyor. At one point, there were 5 locations across the area. There is one left, and it is thanks to passionate workers and a committed following. Karla Creasey has been working at Black Angus for more than 17 years, the last seven as the owner of the establishment, and she is one of the shorter tenured employees; most of the people working there have been there for 20 to 30 years—a testament in and of itself. When asked what drew her to take the plunge into restaurant ownership, she said that she does what she loves for people that she loves.

Black Angus is a hidden gem in plain sight, a non-descript building on the corner of Rodney Parham and Shackleford. If this writer were to give you directions, I would tell you it is in the Kmart parking lot. If Karla were to tell you where it was, she would tell you that Kmart is in her parking lot. There are no frills when it comes to the physical traits of the restaurant, but this lack of luster doesn’t extend to the food. The menu is loaded with sandwiches, burgers and nearly countless other items that do not fall within these categories: plate lunches, catfish, pot roast, homemade soups and hand-cut steaks, cut in-

house every day and sold for a reasonable price. In fact, this value is what has been the driving force behind Black Angus since day one.

Great craft beer selection and growler bar! 501 . 8 34 . 2 1 3 4 Intersection of Kiehl Ave. & Hwy 107 Another aspect that sets Black Angus apart is their commitment to the lost art of using charcoal. Foodies know that there is a distinct difference in the flavor of foods cooked over charcoal as opposed to a gas grill or on a flattop. It is a flavor that is worth the effort, and in this case, it is someone else taking on that effort—even better. Don’t forget about the Radar Pies—cobblers, but to the loyal customers of Black Angus, they are “Radar Pies,” and if you call them by name, the staff shows their appreciation for your knowledge by giving you two crusts, because that is how it was made in the beginning. Black Angus is located at 10907 N. Rodney Parham and is open from 10:30 am – 9:00 pm every day but Sunday. Find them on Facebook and at You can call in your order at (501) 228-7800.

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he fall season is upon us. The temperature is steadily dropping, the kids are back in school, football is on TV and pumpkin spice is everywhere you turn. It is truly my favorite time of year, until the dreaded question rears its head in my house: “What are we doing this weekend?” This is not to say that we do not hear this question during the other three seasons, but it is especially prevalent in the fall due to the temperate weather conditions, not to mention the added level of exhaustion the school year brings. In fact, this question typically is asked as early as Monday evening. I have discovered in past years that we find ourselves learning about local events shortly after they have occurred. This year will be different. This year we will have a plan.

Arkansas Peace Fest at Little Rock Central High Nahlen Band. Local vendors, breweries and food trucks will be on hand to take care of you as well. Admission is $5, and kids under 12 are free. All proceeds go to support The Van, whose mission is to help our unsheltered homeless neighbors, wherever they may be. For more information, go to

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH The Little Rock Paper Airplane Festival SEPTEMBER 20TH-24TH This family-friendly event, which takes place at the Clinton Presidential Park, benefits the Lymphomaniac Society. The festival features various exhibitors talking about the mechanics of paper airplanes, what it takes to build the perfect paper airplane, sustainability and recycling. You will have the opportunity to build your plane and then compete against others to determine the ultimate paper airplane champion. Find more information at SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH The 5th Annual Legends of Arkansas This event, which takes place in Argenta’s North Shore Riverwalk, features live music by several performers, including Knox Hamilton, Rodney Block, Dazz & Brie and The Brian 16

Little Rocktoberfest Ok, admittedly, this does not have much to do with a family weekend, but after what I have put on the list up to this point, it is fair to say that a date night is in order. Plan on sampling local craft beers at this event devoted to barley and hops as well as nosh on various offerings from local eateries. You must be 21 to join in the fun. It takes place at Dickey-Stephens Park from 6-9 that evening. Find out more at This year’s financial beneficiary is Women and Children First.

2017 ACANSA Arts Festival This event, which “exists as a visual and performing arts festival dedicated to building a more dynamic and engaging community through the arts and enriching the cultural vitality of the region,” is already in its fourth year. The festival includes performances by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Barron Ryan, Secret Sisters, the Impro Theater and many more. Performances and exhibits span both north and south of the river. Exhibits include Will Counts: The Central High Photographs and The Galleries at UA Little Rock. During this eclectic occasion, we get a true appreciation for the art community here in central Arkansas. Some events require admission costs, but most of the happenings are free. There really is just too much to list.

A celebration that is welcome in this city considering the current climate. This event celebrates just what it states in the title, peace. There will be no shortage of entertainment, food or activities during the festivities at Central High all centered on a common and worthwhile aspiration. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. Peace Fest is from 1-5 pm. Go to to learn more. No Tears Suite at Little Rock Central High The Oxford American is excited to present the No Tears Suite. This is a special edition of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Jazz Series. The No Tears Suite is a new jazz composition that will premier in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High Crisis. Again, this is a free event that is open to the public. It begins at 6 pm on the Central High campus. For more on this musical celebration, go to and look at the calendar of events. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH Festival in the Park at Two Rivers This festival takes place from noon to 7 pm at 6900 Two Rivers Park Road. The familyfriendly event offers games, food and live music, and admission is free. The purpose of this affair is to introduce Central Arkansas to Two Rivers Park. Activities include a pumpkin patch; bounce houses; construction and hero zones; and a train for the kids. Featured musical acts are The Gloryland Pastor’s Choir, the Ted Ludwig Trio and Taylor Made Rocks. Food trucks, vendors and a beer garden will also be there. Visit to find out more.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH Main Street Food Truck Festival The Main Street Food Truck Festival is in its 7th year. Each year, it has grown just as the local food truck scene has. For this edition, there will be more than 50 trucks providing quality, freshly-made food for all attendees. Speaking of attendees, last year almost 50,000 people convened on a six-block area near Main and Capitol. Vendors and entertainment will also be there to round out the event. This is a must-visit for our family. In fact, we have not missed one yet. It is from 11 am to 5 pm, so come for lunch or dinner or both. Learn more at

about this affair that is turning six this year… teaser. Learn just what I did by reading about it in this issue. It’s just a few pages away. You can also visit The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is from 11 am to 4 pm. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and SoMa itself.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Hillcrest HarvestFest HarvestFest is a one-day event created to bring friends and families together in celebration of the fall season. You can make a day of it by starting out at the pancake breakfast from 9-11 am at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church. Then, make your way for some tastings at the Gumbo Cook-off from noon to 2 pm. And after all this, be sure and wash it all down at the beer garden. Activities include a kid zone and Audubon bird walk, and E. Leigh’s will be hosting a fashion show. As with most festivals, there will also be live music from local singers and groups for your listening pleasure. Check out for more information. A portion of the proceeds go to support The Allen School. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST Arkansas Cornbread Festival This South Main festival honors one of the most southern food staples around, and I feel it is only right to pay it homage as well. I recently had the opportunity to learn quite a bit more

As we all know, Arkansas is the birthplace of that glorious concoction, cheese dip. You know, that appetizer that you can find in almost any restaurant regardless of specialty. It is only fitting that we, as a state, host the World Cheese Dip Championship, now in its sixth year. Keep in mind that this is a serious competition that we attendees get to benefit from. Not only will you get to sample, but you also have a vote. It wouldn’t be a complete festival without local musical artists and entertainers, so don’t worry— that’s taken care of. It takes place in the River Market Pavilion and lasts from noon to 3 pm. You can find out more and purchase tickets at Your ticket purchase also helps to support the Harmony Health Clinic.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH Chili Fights in the Heights As we get further into the season, there is a definite need for chili. Thankfully, Chili Fights in the Heights provides this in ample portions. Professionals and amateurs duke it out over whose chili claims the crown as the best. You may think that chili is chili is chili. Well, as a repeat attendee, I can tell you this is most definitely not the case. Chilis at this competition contain ingredients such as peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, as well as an assortment of meats like beef, sausage and deer to name a few. For $5, you get to taste all of the chili you can handle, and you get to help pick the winners as well. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. Look for more information at In no way is this even close to a comprehensive list of events that are taking place in Central Arkansas this fall, but it is definitely a good start. I intend to use this as a checklist and a reminder of what all there is to do on the weekends and of all the great things that take place just outside our front door. If this list is not extensive enough for you, be sure to go to the calendar of events on So, the next time I hear, “What are we doing this weekend,” I will definitely be prepared.

Central Arkansas Pride This is more than more a festival. It is a community of individuals who believe in giving back and building up the community. The mission of Central Arkansas Pride is to raise awareness of diversity in the community, teach tolerance and acceptance, eliminate, and honor our culture, our families, our accomplishments, our individuality, and our ongoing struggle for equal rights. The parade will take place at Riverfront Park (a new location this year) at 1 pm and the festival begins at 2 pm. Admission is free! Check out their Facebook page for more information. 17

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Arkansas Yoga Collective Kind Looks Good On You - Melanie Riedmueller When you walk into Arkansas Yoga Collective (AYC), whether you are there for a class, to pick up a shirt or Kind Folke item, drink tea from Harney & Sons or have a cup of Onyx Coffee, expect to immediately feel relaxed. There are tables for you to sit and sip with merchandise along the walls for perusal and purchase. For three years, AYC has been providing yoga classes every day of the week. You can book a massage with Rose Alisandre in the back of the studio and visit with Pam at the front desk about any of the classes or brews. Wesley Pilcher and Kayce Johnson are co-owners of AYC, and both teach. Pilcher has been in the natural foods and nutritional supplement industry for over ten years, as well as having practiced yoga, meditation and the martial arts; he began teaching in 2007. Pilcher has received certifications in Chinese herbology, basic foundations in Ayurvedic medicine and aromatherapy and is available for herbal consultations. He completed a sixmonth Internship with Dr. Murta Champa, a Tibetan and Ayurvedic healer, and also received his 200 CYT in Dynamic Hatha Yoga at Circle Yoga Shala. Pilcher has two teaching certificates in Mixed Yogic Arts and trained with Ruslan Kleytman in Akhila Yoga. Pilcher teaches morning yoga at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; the 3:30 and 5:15 p.m. evening classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and late-night yoga on Monday and Wednesday. Kayce Johnson holds an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance recognized certification with more than 2,000 hours of teaching experience, including working closely with chronically ill clients, including mental and physical ailments, and cancer patients. She has studied with Sage Yoga School, Circle Yoga Shala, Yogic Arts with Duncan Wong and Akhila Yoga with Ruslan Kleytman. She has a Masters of Science in Psychology and worked in the mental health field for more than eight years as a therapist, artist and training specialist until transitioning into teaching yoga full-time. Johnson teaches sunrise yoga at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and morning yoga Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Johnson also provides specialized classes: guided meditation private sessions; face yoga; and a yoga session with essential oils and salves. Johnson will be teaching at a yoga retreat at Heifer Ranch over the course of two weekends at the end of

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We set out every day to make people happy and strive to offer a relaxing environment. Visiting Me and McGee Market is like going back to a simpler time with a strong connection to the surrounding area. Our 4 generations pride ourselves on being an outlet to get away from the fast paced city life and enjoying the connection to the past. Wood, tin, chalk boards, canned goods, plants, fresh fruits and vegetable contribute to overwhelmingly positive feelings. We spend a lot of time at the market and still find ourselves being drawn to it. Many mornings we sit under the pecan tree and drink coffee. So many of our patrons tell us stories of past generations that canned, grew gardens and had old windows like ours. Faces light up reminiscing about drinking root beer with a loved one. Memories, conversations and relationships are precious, and we cannot express enough how much it means to have them shared with us. So many of those first conversations have turned into relationships we could have never dreamed of. There are so many but one special family, Daniel and Melissa, deserve extra thanks for all they have done for us. They are symbolic of why we do the market. The incredible people who allow us to offer

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their products is nothing short of miraculous. Gerri of Gerri's Jams and Jellies has become family. The pride and love she puts into her products are evident with the first taste. Fennel & Fire is another great Arkansas based company (and family) that sells spices. Honeysuckle Cattle Company makes first class cheeses and the Farm at Barefoot Bend raises 100% grass feed beef, forested pork and pastured poultry. The cold pressed sunflower oil we offer comes from right down the road in Scott, AR from Wayne Plantation. Another area producer is Lake in the Willows Apiary. Desmond and Joyce are genuine and just so happen to have great honey. Countless local farmers and gardeners use the Me and McGee Market as an outlet for their homegrown fruits and vegetables. Depending on the season, you name it and it comes through our little market. New this year we have partnered up with Amandaland Farms to focus on the garden. We look forward to maximizing on site grown vegetables and herbs. Bushel & Peck, Miller's Croft and Red Dot farm keep us supplied with farm fresh chicken and quail eggs. Bushel and Peck also have canned products like squash relish and pickled squash.

Red Dot farm is a couple who are very dear to our hearts. Red has played music at a couple of our events and does an exceptional job. Mary is a hard worker that grows all kinds of things for us and has helped us out tremendously. Our vendors, associates, and partners are a huge part of why we love every day at Me and McGee Market. We offer quite the experience in the fall with mums, straw bales, corn stalks, millet, other plants and homemade fall candies like pecan brittle and toffee. The warm colors of orange and red create a relaxing place to spend time, especially in the cool air. Watching people leave with a smile is proof we are accomplishing what we set out to do. In writing this it's evident we truly are blessed by the great people who make our little market operate. Thank you all for the memories and great relationships.

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ith the fall festivals in full swing, you will surely start to see all the food trucks out and about. One truck in particular that will have a full presence this season is The Clean Eatery. Before the business had a full fledge meal prep operation, The Clean Eatery had their food truck. Offering only the freshest ingredients to all the passersby, The Clean Eatery takes tremendous pride in their eclectic (and delicious) menu. Some dishes include their famous fish tacos with pineapple salsa, vegan bowls, Korean pork rice bowl, Thai chicken tacos, chicken Philly, salads, and more! Expect to see new additions frequently.

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The Clean Eatery has recently added a second truck and also now offers Meals to Go similar to what you would you receive if you are enrolled in the meal prep service. A few items you can expect to see include the Beef Meatballs with jasmine Rice, a Citrus Thyme marinated white fish and orzo pasta salad, or the dry rub marinated ribs with cherry glaze sauce. Vegetarian dishes are also available. On October 7th, head downtown for more than 50 food trucks and vendors that will be open for service along Main Street and Capitol Avenue at the 7th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival. Like last year, it will span six blocks North and South along Main Street and three blocks East and West along Capitol Avenue. And of course, every block will be loaded with an abundance of amazing food, entertainment and local beer. Last year, more than 50,000 people attended the event, according to the Little Rock Downtown Partnership. There is a reason Little Rock is becoming known for its incredible collection of food trucks, The Clean Eatery being one of

those reasons. Aside from the festival, you can find The Clean Eatery trucks at numerous locations around town during the upcoming months at places such as 10 Fitness or local Farmer’s Markets. Festivals, Fitness Events, Business Gathering, Weddings, Church gatherings or catering opportunities that you would like to book a food truck for? Look no further. If you have an event coming up, The Clean Eatery is available to park at your event and serve their well-known items or a custom menu tailored specially for your event. They will serve up healthy versions of all of your favorite meals. Head over to the website to book your event now! For those still trying to get healthy before the holidays approach, the meal prep service is always a great option. Whether it be body building, training for a marathon or just losing 20 pounds, The Clean Eatery has options. With so many diet fads and questionable diet supplements on the market, sometimes "the right thing to do" can become ambiguous, and you can feel lost and alienated. The Clean Eatery is here to help you create positive habits for life and put you right on track to achieving your fitness and weight loss goals. If you feel like getting healthy is going to be difficult or that food is just not going to taste as good as what you’re used to, give Clean Eatery a call and chat about your options. Head over to to see more information. Get 20% off your first

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The Bead Goes On Argenta Bead charms the neighborhood in its new location - Melissa Tucker



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If you think moving is hard, imagine packing up and transporting an entire bead store with hundreds of bowls filled with heaps of tiny inventory. Do you bag them up and then match bowls and beads to price tags? Or do you imitate Argenta Bead Company owner Ellen Roy and shrink wrap the bowls, as they are, and hope for the best? She and her co-workers placed bets on how many bowls of beads would break in the spring move to the South Main neighborhood of Little Rock. The final total of broken bowls: 32. “Compared to how many bowls of beads we have, that was nothing, really,” she said with a laugh. Born more than a decade ago in North Little Rock, the Argenta Bead store is settling nicely into its new space, Roy said. In its old location, the store was a destination spot for “bead chicks” and devoted jewelry makers, but since the move, she’s seen a shift in the customer base and buying habits—walk-by traffic has brought in more casual beaders and an increase in demand for pre-made pieces. “We went from selling maybe three pieces of pre-made jewelry per year to several pieces a week,” she said. “So we’re looking to expand handmade jewelry.”

She’s also seeing more four-legged visitors in the shop. “We love dogs, and at the other place, we had a shop dog until she passed away,” Roy said. “So, there were treats in the building, but we didn’t get many dogs visiting. But here we have a bowl of water outside, and we call it our ‘dog trap’. We get dogs all the time. It blew my mind how much a difference in walkability this neighborhood has.”

The new location has about 500 extra square feet of space, which Roy has already started to utilize for classroom and experiential purposes. For Roy, beading was a hobby about 15 years before she opened the shop. She quit her job to care for her mother in Arkansas, and a comfortable severance package allowed her to “find her calling” on a trip to Venice, Italy. “I got lost and I looked up and there was a bead shop. I went inside, saw a big bowl of beads, and I stuck my hand into that bowl of beads up to my wrist and I thought, ‘This is it. This is what I’m going to do.’” Decades later, she continues to share that passion for beading, and in the new location, the extra classroom space is drawing even more students. “We’re developing more ‘make and takes,’ which is where people can make a bead and take it home and then make it into jewelry,” she said. “We had one last month, to make a bead that would hold essential oil, and we brought in a woman with 20-plus years of experience with essential oils who talked to people about the pros and cons and how to wear them as an everyday kind of thing. We had 24 people in that class.” Also catering to these casual jewelry-makers, Argenta Bead has a “Bead Bar” where customers can pay a $5 studio fee, pick out beads and have in-store expert guidance on piecing everything together. At least one customer has expressed dismay at a shop named Argenta in SOMA, but Roy said she met with SCORE, a volunteer group of retired executives who consult with small business owners. She was advised not to change the name because “the public perception is if you change your business name, you’re trying to get away from something.” Roy said that’s not the case at all. “We love Argenta. It’s a part of who we are, we’re just not located there anymore.” Argenta Bead Company 1608 Main St (501) 537-0928 Hours: 11 to 6 Tuesday to Friday; 10 to 5 Saturdays; 11 to 3 Sundays; Closed Mondays

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ark Currey is a Little Rock singersongwriter whose roots run through North Texas and Southeast Arkansas. Currey started playing guitar and singing at the young age of 12 and even wrote his first song at only 13 years old. He spent years playing and singing in local churches and later studying music at UCA. “I have been singing as long as I could speak. A lifetime of music and words has shared the path with the best and the worst parts real life. Great

songs and true words have always been my guide along the way. Most of those songs have come from my heroes; songwriters who told stories that helped me to understand my own story. Lyricists and poets and novelists put words to the path I experienced and helped me to embrace both the darkness and the light. But it’s time that the words were mine.” Currey is inspired by roots rock, classic country, folk and Americana music such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson as well as southern gothic literature from Flannery O’Conner, William Faulkner, and Larry Brown. He is a storyteller searching for an honest expression of his own southern voice. Mark Currey was a finalist in the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Associations 2015 Texas Songwriter U Competition and has shared the stage with artists such as Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Wanda Jackson, Amanda Shires, David Olney, Charlie Robison, Amelia White, and Lilly Hiatt. He has recently completed his first solo recording. The record, Tarrant County, released in July of 2017 and features eleven original songs supported by an impressive line-up of locally and internationally respected musicians. Currey states, “We funded the record through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign (Scary!) and hit our goal in under 3 days. Ended up doubling our goal.”

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I recently started a new job, and with that new job, I have a new route home. That new route takes me right by Central High almost every day. I did not attend Central, but I do appreciate what it stands for. I drive by each day and think of all that happened on that campus in September of 1957 and what it has meant for this city, this state

and even this country. After the weekend of August 12, my perspective changed. Instead of what I saw as a place of growth, I was reminded of the hate that permeated that campus all those years ago. I see the people screaming, protesting, spitting and even becoming violent toward a group of individuals that only sought to be accepted. How have we gotten here again? We need to learn from the past and rekindle that hope and that unity. Fortunately, for us, there will be ample opportunity thanks to Reflections of Progress, the 60th Anniversary of the Central High Integration. Numerous events take place from Friday, Sept. 22, to Monday the 22, beginning with the dedication of the “United” sculpture on Friday from 1:30-2 p.m. This dedication features the winner of the 2016 Sculpture at River Market Public Monument Competition, Clay Enoch. The sculpture will be installed on the front lawn of Central High. The narrative of the piece is that we strive to be “United”, but there is still work that needs to be don—how very apropos. On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Reflections of Progress Symposium will convene at the Clinton Presidential Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This symposium will look at the events leading up to September 1957, the “Lost Year” of 19571958 and the process of integrating Little Rock schools beginning in 1959. Also, on that Saturday, Mavis Staples will perform at the Robinson Center with proceeds benefiting the Little Rock Nine Foundation, whose mission is to provide direct financial support and a mentorship program for students to help them reach their educational goals. The concert starts at 7 p.m., and tickets range from $45-$65. On Sunday, the children of the Little Rock Nine will host a discussion panel at the Ron Robinson Theater from 3 to 5 p.m. The panel will take an in-depth look at what it is like to grow up as a child of a Civil Rights icon. The

children will tell about their experiences both in their youth and as adults. Later that evening (5 to 7 p.m.), an Interfaith Service will be held at Robinson Center to further bring people of various backgrounds together. The weekend’s events culminate on Monday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the Little Rock Central High campus for a Commemoration Ceremony. Courtesy of Sculpture at the River Market


o say that the climate of our country seems a bit stressed would be an understatement of epic proportions. It seems, as of late, that hate has begun to come to the forefront of society once again. I am not trying to say that I completely understand what is going on; in fact, I am not sure how anyone can completely. The events in Charlottesville have given us an ugly reminder that maybe we have not progressed as much as we may have thought. I have watched news stories from all angles and have seen what took place at Emancipation Park. I have read commentaries, editorials and factual articles about the happenings of that day. I can honestly say that as I was reviewing these accounts, I found myself dumbfounded. How have we regressed so much, or more to the point, why have we? The narratives associated with these events is unnervingly similar to descriptions of proceedings that we study in history books. We, in Little Rock, have seen this hate before–60 years ago at Little Rock Central High School.

There are far more events that are taking place throughout the community that shine a light on this momentous occasion, and it could not come at a better time. I encourage you to visit to see the complete schedule. We look at what transpired in Charlottesville as an outsider at a safe distance. We have strong emotions about what happened, but a short time has gone by, and those emotions have most likely begun to wane. But, I ask you to imagine if those same events that occurred on August 12 some 900 miles away from us had taken place in your hometown, how would you feel? What would you think? Now, envision yourself on the corner of 14h and Park on September 25, 1957. How do you feel? What do you think? The saying goes, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears we have forgotten. 27

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