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Stubby's makes old school barbecue fresh

When the barbecue is as good as Hot Springs' classic Stubby's, there's no need for anything beyond the basics.

Diamond Chef competition has grown along with Pulaski Tech

Guest blogger Christie Ison shares with us some information about Arkansas's biggest culinary challenge, Diamond Chef. She's been involved with the competition for several years and has a unique perspective on how the event has grown.

Three Fold Noodles, Whole Foods, That's So Raw and spring excitement

Your Friday Five open line is upon us. We're excited for springtime. What's got your blood up? Let us know!

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Pleasing Piro

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Pleasing Piro
South Main pizza joint hits most of the right notes. /more/

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Jake Hinkson's Arkansas noir

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Jake Hinkson's Arkansas noir
Crime fiction writer from the Ozarks finds an audience abroad. /more/

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Mitski comes to Juanita's

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Mitski comes to Juanita's
Also, Black Milk at Stickyz, Winter Jam at Verizon Arena, Young Buck at IV Corners, Discover the Dinosaurs at the Statehouse Convention Center and Darsombra at White Water Tavern. /more/

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Max Brantley

Nothing to show for making nice

I'm at anchor on a ship lying off Grand Turk Island, and I should have known better than to pick up the digital Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, particularly given the painfully slow download time on the ship's satellite Internet. But I did and began a slow burn. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Stop presses: Clintons ambitious

Here are a couple of earthshaking developments: It turns out that Hillary Clinton is obsessed with privacy and that across the years former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers detected ethical failings in other politicians, even friends like Bill and Hillary Clinton. /more/

Gene Lyons

The loss of skepticism

The manufacture and dissemination of didactic fables pleasing to the viewing audience is what many journalists do. And that's becoming almost as true at MSNBC as at Fox News. Particularly in stories involving race and sex, that is to say, a lot of them. /more/

Movie Reviews

Sex and death

March 26, 2015
Sex and death
'It Follows' delivers scares. /more/

Pearls About Swine

The blueprint

March 26, 2015
When the final seconds of an unusually dynamic and impassioned college basketball game ticked away, and a season of restorative value for Arkansas's long-beleaguered program ended, the moment for reflection that a turbulent schedule had delayed finally came. /more/

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 17:31:00

Civil Rights pioneer: 'ghosts of past' will haunt Hutchinson's legacy

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Decorated Civil Rights leader Julian Bond has issued a statement condemning Arkansas House Bill 1228, which he said would "cloak discrimination in the guise of religion." Bond was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was also a longtime state legislator in Georgia and chairman of the NAACP.

Bond joins a chorus that already includes Apple, Walmart, the Arkansas Municipal League and right thinking people everywhere in condemning the proposal and calling Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto it if (when) it arrives on his desk. Hutchinson has said he will sign the bill into law. 

His statement:

"H.B. 1228 in Arkansas opens the door to a hateful past that some had thought this country had left behind. This legislation cloaks discrimination in the guise of religion — and it will mark people of color, LGBT Arkansans, religious minorities and women as second class citizens. Governor Hutchinson has a duty and a moral obligation to veto this legislation or the ghosts of the past will haunt his legacy."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:25:00

Two anti-rehoming bills pass Senate

The Arkansas Senate unanimously passed two bills this afternoon intended to address the issue of "rehoming" adopted children. 

The bills are intended to work in concert with one another. HB 1648, by Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville), would address post-adoptive services offered by the Department of Human Services to parents of adopted children. HB 1676 makes it a felony to rehome an adopted child with another family; it does not affect biological parents and children. That bill is sponsored by Rep. David Meeks (R-Conway).

The legislation was authored in response to a story published in the Times that revealed Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) and his wife had sent two adopted girls to live with another family (who were friends of the Harrises) in 2013. One of the girls was then sexually abused by the father at the new home. The children were ages 3 and 5 at the time they were sent away from the Harris home and had only been living in the household for about a year.

Because the bills were amended in the Senate, they'll now go back to the House. Assuming the House concurs in the Senate's amendments, the two bills will then head to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The governor has also ordered an independent review of the DHS child welfare system.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:20:00

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:17:00

Pre-order Mulehead's new album 'Forever Out Of Tune,' out April 28

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Mulehead, the beloved Little Rock alt-country band who called it a day a decade ago but now very much rides again, have finished a new album, "Forever Out Of Tune," which will be out via Max Recordings on April 28. But! For those of you who can't wait that long or who feel inclined to support an important and deserving local cultural institution, you can pre-order the record today at Pledge Music and get immediate access to a free download.

You can get a CD, an LP or a digital copy — plus other things, like signed posters, woodcut prints and handwritten lyric sheets. Also, serious fans (or very lonely people) can pay extra to have coffee with front man Kevin Kerby ($100), have Kerby give a solo acoustic show at your house ($300) or have the full band play ($1,000), provided you live within 200 miles of Little Rock. 

Also check Pledge Music for a live in-studio performance of the record's title track. 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:59:00

Sculpture stolen from Hot Springs museum

click to enlarge "U Wa Ha Li," by David Harris.
  • "U Wa Ha Li," by David Harris.


A bronze eagle sculpture, "U Wa Ha Li," by Arkansas artist David Harris was stolen yesterday from the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, where it was on display as part of the Arkansas Sculptors Guild Exhibition. 

Executive Director Donna Dunnahoe said the 8-inch-tall, 7-pound sculpture was on a pedestal in the front gallery of the Fine Arts Center. She said it was taken around 4:15 p.m. yesterday as a group of people milled about the gallery; one of them momentarily distracted her. 

The sculpture is insured and Harris will be compensated for the $695 sale price of the piece. It was to travel to another sculpture show in Georgia after the guild show goes down Saturday. 

Dunnahoe has contacted antique galleries and recyclers to let them know of the theft. She hopes that it will be found and returned so it may travel to the Georgia show. 

David Harris and his wife, Bre, also a sculptor, own the Light and Time Design Studio in Royal. Dunnahoe said the theft had left her "heartbroken." The gallery will upgrade its security, she said. 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:30:00

Calling all screenwriters, choreographers, sculptors: Arts Council wants you

click to enlarge Work by Kat Wilson, 2015 Arts Council fellow.
  • Work by Kat Wilson, 2015 Arts Council fellow.
The Arkansas Arts Council will award up to nine Individual Arts Fellowships worth $4,000 each to winning applicants in the categories of screenplays, choreography and sculpture or installation art for FY 2016. Artists must be 25 years old or older and have been an Arkansas resident for at least one year. Deadline to apply is April 17; winners will be announced in fall.

To get an application, download the form from the Arts Council's website under the grant applications tab, or call 324-9766 or email robinm@arkansasheritage.org.

Winners for FY 2015 include short story writers Marla Cantrell of Alma, Alice Otto of Fayetteville and Hung Pham of Fayetteville; theater directors Amy Herzberg of Fayetteville, Kassie Misiewicz of Bentonville and Rebekah Scallet of Little Rock; and visual artists working on paper Sheila Cantrell of Batesville, Delita Martin of Little Rock and Kat Wilson of Fayetteville.


 

 

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