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'St. Vincent' captures life on the edge

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 17:16:00

A cheesey open line: Have you voted

click to enlarge THIS BUD'S FOR WHITE HALL: Festivities around the state today included a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Founders Day Parade in White Hill. The town is dry, but I think beer is on tap for a concert tonight. Probably not Miller. - STU SOFFER
  • Stu Soffer
  • THIS BUD'S FOR WHITE HALL: Festivities around the state today included a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Founders Day Parade in White Hill. The town is dry, but I think beer is on tap for a concert tonight. Probably not Miller.

Big crowd and lots of cheese dip in a perfect setting at Bernice Garden and the 1400 block of Main today for the world cheese dip championship. Looks like Eve Yancey's leadership is going to make this a perpetual winner for Harmony Health Clinic.

I voted by the number and had to leave before the reveal. A little queasy after 13 cups of cheese dip.

I also had the great pleasure of voting today. So many easy choices. Voting at the election commission office on Broadway couldn't have been easier. The staff tis ample and knows its business. It was a said day, though, in one respect. Election worker Jason Hill and I shared a choked-up moment for a big hole in the staff this year because of the passing of his grandmother, Mattie Willis, a perpetually cheerful presence even as she fought health problems.

I've vowed not to plunge deeply into the morass of reading early election tea leaves. But I will give you this fact:

EARLY VOTING IN PULASKI COUNTY, FIRST SIX DAYS

2014

25,975

2010

16,533

That's a big increase over the last mid-term election, but of course trailing the total for 2012, a presidential election year, of 33,941..





 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 13:22:00

Officers shoot suspect after chase in Pope County

The State Police report the fatal shooting of a man who'd been running from police after a car chase. The report:

An Arkansas State Trooper on patrol duties in Pope County last night (Friday, October 24th, 8:35 PM) attempted to stop a passenger vehicle in Russellville along Arkansas Highway 7 (north).

The driver, later identified as Bobby Shane Patrick, 27, refused to stop the vehicle and fled from the State Trooper traveling about ten miles east along State Highway 27 where he abandoned the car. Patrick was seen fleeing the area on foot with a handgun.

Inside the vehicle State Police found a passenger identified as Brooke Haley Beard, 24, of Russellville. Beard is presently on probation from Yell County for drug possession and hindering apprehension or prosecution. Beard was taken into custody and turned-over to Pope County authorities.

The vehicle driven by Patrick had been reported stolen one month ago in Dardanelle.

During the course of the search for Patrick, State Police learned Patrick was wanted on warrants for parole violation, drug possession and failure to appear.

Shortly after 2 AM today State Troopers and officers of the Arkansas Department of Correction (Calico Rock Unit) tracking dog team spotted Patrick in tall grass not far from where he had abandoned the stolen car.

As the search team confronted Patrick he raised a handgun at officers who then fired their weapons killing him.
No State Troopers or ADC personnel were injured.

A State Police investigation of the shooting is underway involving both the department’s Criminal Investigation Division and Office of Professional Standards.

An investigative file will be presented to the prosecuting attorney to consider if the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas laws.

As prescribed by State Police policy, State Troopers involved in the shooting incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the review by Special Agents of the Office of Professional Standards is underway.

The names of the Troopers involved will be released upon completion of the OPS review.

 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:18:00

The cheese dip is on today on Main Street in Little Rock

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The World Cheese Dip Championship resumes today at the Bernice Garden at Bates (14th) and Main.

It's a benefit for Harmony Health Clinic so you can sample cheese dip at will and wash it down with the carbonated beverage of your choice without a bit of guilt.

I'm lucky enough to be a judge. Hope to see you there.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $10 at the gate.

 

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 17:01:00

'Nosferatu,' longform by Patrick Radden Keefe and Derek Jenkins' Mixcloud mixes

October Mix by Derek Jenkins [2014] by Derek Jenkins on Mixcloud

Our fearless Arkansas Times Recommends leader, Will Stephenson, took off for New Orleans for the weekend, which the Arkansas Times wholeheartedly recommends, though not when "Beverly Hills Cop," the Craft Beer Fest and the Cheese Dip Championship is going on!

My friend Derek Jenkins, a former frequent Times contributor and columnist, knows more about everything than anyone else I know. He lives in Canada now, so we only see each other once a year at most. Mostly, I talk to him on Gchat, and I ask him what he's reading and listening to, he tells me and my world is broadened. Also, I listen to his monthly mix series, which he posts on Mixcloud, which is a pretty fun site to play on when you grow tired of Spotify or YouTube or however you listen to music. Dig his latest, above. With songs from Faust, George Harrison, Girlpool and all kinds of other folks I don't recognize.
Lindsey Millar

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If you've got Netflix Instant, I'd like to put in a hearty, Halloween-month vote for "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror," director F.W. Murnau's Expressionist masterpiece, based on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula." The version that's on Netflix Instant is goddamn beautiful: A crystal clear 2007 restoration by Germany's Murnau Foundation that uses tinted footage and titles from several rare original prints scattered all over the world, accompanied by a restored and newly-recorded orchestral score. Now, I know what you're thinking: A) It's an old movie, B) It's a foreign movie, C) It's a GERMAN movie, D) It has subtitles and E) It's silent. But give it a chance. Take off your jaded 2014 goggles, turn down the lights, and try to imagine what it was like to see this film in a dim European movie house in 1922, before almost anyone else in the world had seen a horror movie. While some of the acting is Vaudeville goofy, Max Schreck as Count Orlock is one of the creepiest villains ever seen on film, and his portrayal still packs some uneasy scares, even after all these years. Give it an honest shot in a dark room, and "Nosferatu" will have even a future dweller checking behind the couch before the credits roll, guaranteed.
David Koon 

If I could write like anybody, it'd probably be Patrick Radden Keefe. Each of his longform pieces for the New Yorker are simultaneously primers on underreported issues and studies in human nature. Take Keefe's 2013 story about an Israeli billionaire who's established ownership over what may be the world's largest iron reserves, in Guinea, and that country's struggle to wrest back control of the ore. (Getting insight into the economic interests at play in impoverished Guinea should be of particular interest now that it's entered the American imagination as the epicenter of the West African Ebola outbreak.) Or his exploration of the very real policy complications facing states that legalize recreational marijuana. Or his account this May of the recent capture of Joaquín Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, which may be the world's largest criminal organization. Most recently, he wrote about the fall of a hedge fund embroiled in financial scandal.

Keefe's stories are bolstered in equal measures by moral outrage and moral ambiguity. They contain an implicit conviction that you get at the truth of a situation by delving into its complexities rather than simplifying it. And, they're absolutely fascinating. Read them.
Benjamin Hardy

 

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:27:00

Taylor Shepherd, Steve Adair and more at M2 Gallery

click to enlarge At M2 Gallery: Work by Taylor Shepherd, Steve Adair and others.
  • At M2 Gallery: Work by Taylor Shepherd, Steve Adair and others.



Work by Taylor Shepherd and Steve Adair is on exhibit at M2 Gallery, which is having a reception tonight, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

M2 Gallery describes Shepherd as a "local outsider artist" and Adair, a graduate of ASU, as an "emerging artist." Shepherd has shown previously in Little Rock; Adair recently had a one-man show in Houston.

Also at the gallery: John Sadowski's "SOHO" series, monochromatic abstracts; and work by V.L. Cox, Robin Tucker, Lisa Krannichfeld, Evan Lindquist, Dan Thornhill and Richard and Jennifer Cutshall. 

M2 is in the in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center on Cantrell. You'll be on Cantrell anyway, having made a stop at Megan A. Lewis' show at Cantrell Gallery.

 

 

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:08:00

Megan Lewis at Cantrell Gallery

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Cantrell Gallery is holding a reception tonight (Oct. 24) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for artist Megan A. Lewis and her one-woman show at the gallery, "Paintings."

Lewis on her development as a painter:

In the early years of my journey as an artist, I was content to apply paint to canvas, somewhat indiscriminately. If there was anything I took away from my university art education in the 70’s and 80’s, it was that there are no rules. But over the years, I found myself stagnating as an artist. As a young writer might discover that a superb vocabulary is only as brilliant as the sentence structure that contains it, I came to realize that my lack of knowledge and discipline with regard to the basic elements of design were holding me back as an artist. This realization led to a lengthy course of self-study, which has included a lot of reading, a close examination of the master works of yesterday as well as the work of those who have followed in their footsteps today, watching demonstration footage over and over, attending painting workshops, taking figure classes, and of course, countless hours of practice in the studio. ... My creative inclinations have suffered no loss. Rather than being restricted by these timeless principles, I feel I have been liberated by them.


Lewis, a native of Kansas who earned a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas in 1982, moved to Little Rock in 1990 with her family. Here she has studied under watercolor artist David Paul Cook and painter Stephen Cefalo. The show will run through Dec. 24 at the gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road.



 

 

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