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Have you voted in our annual survey of Arkansas booze and bars? Time is ticking. The poll closes Sept. 30. Vote for your favorites today!
It appears the Chi family of restaurateurs has landed a winner with the latest incarnation of its space at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., the Prospect Sports Bar.
Details aren't firm, but two new eateries should open this fall in LR and NLR downtowns: Chef Kiyen Kim of Kiyens Seafood Steak and Sushi (17200 Chenal Parkway) is working up the menu for a new venture, Kamikaito by Kiyens, in the space formerly occupied by Ferneau in the Argenta neighborhood of North Little Rock.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion. /more/
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history. /more/
Tort reform is good for the insurance industry but bad for consumers. Follow the Money. Look at what major corporations are contributing to which politicians and who they are, in turn beating the “Drum for Tort Reform”. Victims of medical malpractice need not be victimized again by repressive Tort Reform. Again, we urge you to Vote “No” on Issue 4 in the November 2016 election.The right-wing religious lobby, the Family Council, had earlier spoken against the amendment, which remains under challenge before the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week. In anticipation of Arkansas Times' Festival of Ideas this Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, we recommend things that make us think.
Liberal fellow travelers: We live our little online lives in an ideological echo chamber, an assertion I’m sure I don’t have to back up with much evidence, considering we’ve all read the same think pieces lamenting that very fact. It’s true, though. Most of the opinion voices I absorb on a regular basis span the fairly narrow ideological space between lib-leaning centrist to solidly left-wing. Which is why I am grateful to take a regular dose of Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ babyfaced conservative columnist. I recommend you do the same.
Douthat is an odd one. He’s not a supply-side cheerleader preaching the gospel of tax cuts and deregulation. He’s not a neocon, or a libertarian, or a Tea Partier. He’s a Catholic with a Burkean perspective who sees American culture — Western society, really — in a state of decadence and disarray. Sometimes he irritates me very much. Sometimes he seems willfully blind, his assumptions built on caricatures of the cultural left. And sometimes, disturbingly, I see exactly where he’s coming from. Although I find the politics of Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd much more sympathetic, they’re far less stimulating to read. In part that’s because Douthat is a better writer, but it’s mostly because I typically know what the Times liberal columnists’ conclusions will be within three sentences. Rarely do I feel the same about Douthat.
I switched to English just in time, right before I lost my mind to existential turmoil and started foaming at the mouth, but I did encounter some stuff during those years that was probably enriching and definitely gave me an edge of pseudo-intellectual braggadocio necessary for surviving in academic circles. Most appreciated was a tiny book called "Think" by Simon Blackburn, which breaks down the fundamentals of philosophy into nuggets that are, if not understandable, easier to digest than ancient treatises in translation.
In a kindly, professorial tone, Blackburn is always saying smart things like: “A system of thought is something we live in, just as much as a house, and if our intellectual house is cramped and confined, we need to know what better structures are possible.” Amen, professor.
It's an extrovert's world, we introverts are just living in it (as quietly as possible). Being an introvert doesn't mean being non-productive, though, and I've found the website Quiet Revolution a valuable resource for tips, advice and stories from other introverts. Learn the art of "quiet networking," tips on public speaking and strategies for working together in groups. It's a great way to feel a little less isolated, and since it's all online, you don't actually have to talk to anyone to get the benefit.
The fire that broke out around 11 a.m. Monday morning at Midtown Billiards caused enough damage to suspend operations for a yet-to-be-determined period of time at the stalwart staple of pre-dawn debauchery in Little Rock’s South Main District.
General Manager David Shipps reports that he will do what it takes to open again, and several groups have announced efforts to support the establishment’s employees in the interim. Conan Robinson of Argenta’s Four Quarter Bar, who worked as a manager and bartender at Midtown from 2000 until 2015, says that all $7 cover charges collected for Saturday’s performance from The Great Whiskey Rendezvous will go to support Midtown employees, as will the band’s earnings. Robinson credits Midtown owner Maggie Hinson with helping him launch Four Quarter, which he says is “almost like a sister bar to Midtown.”
An impromptu benefit show at Stickyz Friday night has been scheduled, featuring performances from Go Fast, Dangerous Idiots and American Lions, 9 p.m. Admission is donations-based, 100 percent of which will go to Midtown staff.
Tuesday night, Ernie Biggs hosts a party for Midtown staff, featuring performances from Big Brown, Paul Grass and Luis Mondragon, 9 p.m. Admission is also donation-based.
Midtown Billiards — longtime home of sumptuous burgers served in red-and-white-plaid paper boats, walls whose graffiti details decades of Little Rock love triangles, bottle tosses and indiscretion — was founded in 1940, has been in its current location since sometime
in the 1970s and is one of only a handful of establishments with licenses that
allow alcohol to be sold into the wee hours of the morning.
I must confess that I have never seen the 1986 BMX-bike racing epic, "RAD," even though it was directed by Arkansas native and stunt icon Hal Needham. Somebody at The Downtown Partnership clearly loves it, though, judging by the decision to sponsor and host a full afternoon of "RAD"-related events, following by a screening of the film, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the First Security Amphitheater near the River Market.
"RAD" star Bill Allen — who played striving young BMX racer Cru Jones in the film — and BMX legend Martin Aparijo will be on hand in Little Rock that afternoon, starting with a meet and greet at 3:30 p.m. After Allen and Aparijo press the flesh, there will be a BMX stunt show, followed by what a release about the event calls "a special BMX dance scene reenactment from the movie" which sounds like it's guaranteed to have the Millennial kids of any die hard original "RAD" fans covering their heads in shame with any available object. The film screening starts at 7 p.m. The screening and other events are free, but tickets for the meet and greet with Allen and Aparijo are $10. Signed posters of Allen will be available for $5.
The film currently has a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For a hint on why, hit the video below. No, your Youtube account isn't set for half-speed. Bask in that gratuitous use of Vaseline-lens slow motion, future-dweller!
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