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Scott McCormack, head of the family and farm, trained at Vermont’s Institute of Artisan Cheese acquiring skills in basic and advanced cheese making. The time he’s invested into producing superior cheese is evident in all of White River’s products.
Cache Restaurant, the much-anticipated dining anchor of The Arcade from Rush Harding and his son, Chef Payne Harding, let a select group inside tonight for a preview party. The Times' Brian Chilson was among them.
Sally Mengel and Rachel Moore talk about the deliciousness they dish up at Loblolly Creamery in our latest collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films.
Lots of Little Rock artists will be gathered around the Festivus Pole.
[embed-1] Silverpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith emailed me this video of the National Arts Club exhibition in the Greg and Marquis Galleries on Grammercy Park.
“Highlighting Hillcrest: History, Architecture and a Sense of Community,” with Rachel Silva, Tommy Jameson and James McKenzie, 6 p.m.
America's poor have risen and fallen as objects of politics in cycles of 30 to 50 years, and in the era of Barack Obama and the tea party they have scaled yet another peak. /more/
"We have just enough religion to make us hate," wrote Jonathan Swift "but not enough to make us love one another." A lifelong religious controversialist, the 18th century Irish satirist definitely knew whereof he wrote. After all, it's fewer than 20 years since Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland quit dynamiting each other's gathering places. /more/
If you have a little time, I highly recommend this epic investigative piece from the Associated Press on retired FBI agent Robert Levin. who disappeared in Iran while — according to the AP report — working illegally for the CIA.
Also this horrifying look at unconscionable tactics used by the ATF in sting operations from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Other than that, the line is open, over to you...
As we predicted this morning, Rep. Tom Cotton has come out against the budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Patty Murray. Here's a statement released this afternoon:
This budget deal busts the spending caps that took effect just months ago by spending billions now in exchange for supposed long-term spending cuts. Arkansans are tired of the Washington ‘long-term,' which never seems to arrive. While the budget rightly asks federal employees to contribute more to their generous pensions and restores some needed funding for our military, these modest gains come at the expense of hard-won fiscal discipline because of the unreasonable demands of President Obama and Senate Democrats. I will keep working to restrain spending and to find long-term solutions for Arkansas, just as I pledged I would.
The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmeda Pine Bluff jury verdict against Ford Motor Company today. The 2010 jury awarded the widow and estate of Johnny Ray Washington — a Pine Bluff man who was killed in 2000 after his 1994 Ford Explorer was struck by another car — $7.15 million in damages. Plaintiffs argued that the Explorer had propensity to roll over and used tempered glass in the side windows, which made it more likely that someone would be thrown from the vehicle during a rollover.
Eclectic folk ensemble Harpeth Rising plays a makeup date for the album release show from last weekend, Unitarian Universalist Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15.
It's time for the Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert: Spirit of the Season, with traditional carols and new works by Arkansas composers, Old State House Museum, Dec. 13-14, 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
The Afterthought hosts Christmas Karaoke and an Ugly Sweater Contest, 9 p.m., free.
The "Belew Christmas" show with Cody Belew was rescheduled from last weekend to this Friday, 8 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts, $20-$50.
The Main Thing's "A Fertle Holiday" Christmas comedy show continues at The Joint, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through Dec. 28, $20.
Eggnog lovers rejoice, for the 9th Ever Nog-off is upon us, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 5-8 p.m.
Swampbird and The Winston Family Orchestra will be bringing the rock hedonism to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5.
Thirst n' Howl hosts a food drive with Blues Boy Jag and Joe Pitts. Be sure to bring canned food donations, 8 p.m., free.
Booyah! Dad, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth and Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo sounds like a pretty dang good evening of fine local rock music, White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
Over at Stickyz, you can get down with the Good Time Ramblers and The Mansion Family, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $5.
San Antonio's Jared Harville brings some intriguing lo-fi singer/songwriter tunes to Mugs Cafe, 7 p.m.
War Chief plays at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
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