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Menu flexibility is the norm at Mellow Mushroom

Diners will find a diverse and delicious menu at West Little Rock's Mellow Mushroom.

Mesquite makes the difference at Roland's

Hickory-smoked 'cue is the standard around Hot Springs, but one place goes against the grain.

Eating a path through the State Fair

From gyros to fried everything, we post some of our favorite foods at the Arkansas State Fair.

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Satchemo's serves up creative twists on old standards

October 16, 2014
Satchemo's serves up creative twists on old standards
With Belly busting bar food. /more/

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The Shoog Radio era

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The Shoog Radio era
KABF DJs take their love of local music to the airwaves. /more/

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Justin Moore plays First Security Amphitheater

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Justin Moore plays First Security Amphitheater
Also, Argenta Art Walk in North Little Rock, the final week of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Flavors of Arkansas at Ron Robinson, a Maya Deren double feature at Few, and Killer Mike and EL-P at Stickyz. /more/


Max Brantley

So many races, so few words

As a momentous election builds to a climax, it's hard to know where best to deploy 600 words. /more/

Gene Lyons

Media-stoked fear sets off mindless stampede

We once prided ourselves on being a pragmatic, self-confident people — more like the skeptical fillies than the thundering herd. But if you believe a lot of what you read in the news media and see on TV, much of the public currently lives on the edge of panic. /more/

Movie Reviews

Skip 'The Judge'

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Skip 'The Judge'
By trying to do too much, vehicle for Downey, Duval turns to mush. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Close ones hurt more

October 16, 2014
Close ones hurt more
As much as anything else, retrospective dissection is the gospel of college football fandom; and in SEC country, if you aren't combining spirits and profanity to motivate your second-guessing in the aftermath of a tight one, by God, buddy, you're doing it wrong. /more/

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 18:24:00

Jason Rapert: The bully strikes again

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Sen. Jason Rapert talks a lot about honor and integrity. If only he had any.

Check this from Wes Craiglow, a Conway city employee. Rapert had once professed to support some of Craiglow's ideas for Conway development. Then he found out Craiglow was a campaign supporter of Tyler Pearson, the Democrat making a valiant run against the strutting Republican demagogue.

It's all about quid pro quo for Rapert. You don't support me; screw your community-improvement ideas. Writes Craiglow:

It’s important for Conway residents to know as much as possible about the people for whom they may choose to vote, so after a few days of consideration, I’m making the choice to share this Twitter screenshot.

Based on this message I received from him last Friday morning, Jason Rapert is likely to remove his support from the important work we do at the Conway Planning and Development Department because one of our staff members–namely, me–is supporting his opponent, Tyler Pearson. (In full disclosure, I have a Pearson sign in my yard and I re-Tweeted his campaign video one time last week. Until right now, that has been the extent of my visible support to him.)

Mr. Rapert's veiled threat towards me is undignified, and it sullies the nobility of a state senatorial position that my own grandfather honorably held for many years. I am saddened that he would compromise one of the core tenets of public service, selflessness, by so plainly placing his own interests above the interests of our community.
No matter who wins the District 35 race, our team at Conway City Hall will continue to focus on making this city great, and we'll keep an invitation open for our elected officials to be involved whenever and however they choose, irrespective of any personal differences we may have.

Rapert professes to be unworried about Pearson. He tells people he has an insurmountable lead. He might even be right. But it takes a worried man to sing a worried song. If more people were fully informed about Jason Rapert, he'd have good reason to be worried.

*UPDATE: Rapert responded to Craiglow on Facebook: 

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To which Craiglow fired back:

Thank you for the things you mention above. I honor and respect much of what you've done for our community.

I want you to know that if you choose to not support my ideas, that's fine by me. We all win some and lose some. I get it.

The issue here is that you're clearly making your support of my ideas contingent upon my choice at the poll. That's called a quid pro quo offer, and it has no place in public service.

As public servants, we do things because they're in the best interest of our citizens, not because we have something to gain personally.

I'm happy that people will have the chance to read this dialogue and make up their own minds. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Good day, sir.

This is the kind of measured talk you WON'T get from Rapert. Rapert responded again and made no denial of Craiglow's suggestion of a quid pro quo dynamic. "[P]eople are pretty smart and they know the dynamics I have explained," he wrote. "Perhaps you are just upset I don't support some of your ideas," Rapert wrote, without explanation. Rapert added that he would "leave it at that" — but Bro. Rapert rarely does, so it might be worth checking back in at Craiglow's Facebook page for further fireworks. 

The Arkansans Against Jason Rapert Facebook page offers the bottom line:

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 16:36:00

An open line: Police report threats in neighborhood where two shooting deaths occurred

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  • TROUBLE REPORTED: Police warned about hostility in this neighborhood following a fatal shooting. The shot is take on Wolfe Street, in the 2700 block, looking south to the intersection of 28th Street.

Here's the open line. The developing news comes from the LRPD, with troubling reports about the two fatal shootings about seven blocks apart late Saturday night not far from State Fairgrounds.

Police are now saying they believe the fatal shootings at 24th and Schiller and 28th and Wolfe might be related. And they have put out safety alerts about the Southside neighborhood on account of threatening behavior toward news reporters.

At 1:07 p.m., Lt. Sidney Allen put out this "safety alert"

I just received a call from a reporter that advised they were chased away from the scene at 28th and Wolfe with a baseball bat. This area was extremely hostile and volatile towards the police last night and we recommend extreme caution if you choose to film in that area. We have increased patrols in the area as well.

About an hour later, a TV news reporter responded to Allen:

Just wanted to give you a heads up, a similar situation happened to one of our photographers at the 24th St. location.

We sent him in a marked station vehicle to scope out the location and see if he felt comfortable trying to film. He told us that when he got to the location, 4 males began to swarm his car before he could even get out.

Needless to say, our photog drove off immediately, and we will not be sending anyone to shoot any of the locations as a safety precaution.

Then at 3:29 p.m., Lt. Allen wrote:

More concerns. Investigators are looking into the possibility of these shootings being related. Please use caution when getting video at these and all locations. We are providing extra patrol to these areas with hopes that it will deter future violence.

Braylon Moore, 16, was fatally wounded in a hail of gunfire that peppered houses and cars around 24th and Schiller shortly before midnight. KATV, in an AP account, identified the man found shot to death just after midnight in a car on Wolfe Street as Brandon Fountain, 21. A Facebook page of a young Little Rock man by that name, and known as Big B, contains remembrances of him and also of Braylon Moore, known as Beezy. At least one photo taken in the Southside neighborhood includes both Fountain and Moore.


Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:10:00

Blue Hog: Stacy Hurst undeserving of vote. Ditto.

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  • RIGHT TO COUNSEL? It's a bad thing to the Republican Party and Stacy Hurst.
Matt Campbell at Blue Hog Report beat me to the punch with a blog post today that asserts what I plan to write in a column for the Times next week: City Director Stacy Hurst is undeserving of a vote for state House of Representatives against Democrat Clarke Tucker.

I have a number of reasons to list, many of them mirrored in Campbell's continued digging into the dirty politicking that has been the hallmark of Republican Hurst's campaign. (That and the disingenuous claim that she'll part company with the Republican Party in voting.)

Blue Hog has some news, too.

* APOLOGY FOR USE OF A CHILD AS A POLITICAL WEAPON: Campbell attended a meeting at Forest Park school at which Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs apologized to Tucker's family for the disservice done them by the Little Rock School District.

Dishonest and/or bumbling school officials — conniving with Hurst backers, including School Board member Leslie Fisken — participated in a little scheme by which Hurst and her henchmen  hoped to use Tucker's four-year-old son as a campaign weapon. It is now clear from Blue Hog's FOI work that Tucker's child not only didn't get special treatment in school assignments for nursery school, the Tuckers were penalized in the assignment process and lied to by school officials. The continued employment of two district employees should be a topic for serious School Board consideration as a result of what Blue Hog has revealed. Fisken owes the Tuckers an apology for abuse of her public office. She also should resign.

* REPREHENSIBLE DEMAGOGUERY:  It's hard to top using a four-year-old to throw political mud. But Hurst's demagoguery of pro bono legal work done by Tucker has managed to do it.

Long story short. Tucker has taken one criminal case in his successful legal career. He represented the relative of a woman his mother had long been helping. An anonymous mailer on the case was the leading edge of this attack, which Hurst's campaign had been planning for months.  Hurst initially disavowed a connection with the anonymous mailer. Then she proceeded to gleefully begin using the issue, on the pretext, basically, that Tucker had opened the door by defending himself. Her latest use of the issue, paid for by the Republican Party, is a Willie Horton-style mailer.

Tucker did what lawyers do — represented a client at a sentencing hearing. The client received probation in a negotiated plea. The prosecuting attorney agreed. The judge agreed. For this, Hurst has made Tucker out to be evil. If so, I hope she'll be calling for the ouster of the prosecutor and judge, too. Her campaign material also is disingenuous in saying that after Clarke Tucker represented this desperado, he was arrested. Yes, and also acquitted in a jury trial. Remember that old concept — innocent until proven guilty?

The facts of the case hardly matter, but they're all here. If the Constitution still has meaning (never a certainty when Republicans are involved) even hardened criminals are entitled to a lawyer. Clarke Tucker did a favor for his mother in representing a criminal defendant who, by agreement of prosecutor and judge, qualified for a probationary sentence.

Stacy Hurst is one of a growing line of mostly Republican candidates who essentially make the case that criminal defense lawyers shouldn't hold public office. It is — to use Matt's word and a word I used in Friday's podcast — reprehensible. Also un-American. A politician with such low regard for the Constitution is undeserving of election.

I think something Clarke said about it will prove correct. To attack a lawyer for doing his job reflects not only lack of understanding of the Constitution. "It also demonstrates a lack of respect for the intelligence of the voters of Arkansas House District 35, who are smart enough to understand that good lawyers at times take pro bono criminal cases in their careers, and that does not make the lawyers responsible for the sins of their clients. To the contrary, it likely gives the lawyers insights into the criminal justice system that could be useful in a law-making capacity."

Standing note: I have long and varied connections with Clarke Tucker and his family and my wife is a financial supporter of his campaign. I'd hope if he tried to use Stacy Hurst's child or profession against her, I'd be equally outraged. He hasn't.

PS: Clarke Tucker spoke at a Democratic rally with Bill Clinton today. He posted this on Facebook:

"We can send a message in Arkansas this year that politics can still be noble, that we embrace hope over fear, and that we believe not only in the greatness of our people, but also in their inherent goodness."

The Arkansas Republican Party believes in fear. Thrives on it. Here's one race to just say NO.


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Free beer, 'New Flame,' 'Serial' the podcast and an Ohio mixtape

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Arkansas Times Recommends is a weekly series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week.

Sarah Koenig, a longtime producer on "This American Life," is hosting a new podcast called "Serial" spun off from that show, the difference being that each episode here is a chapter in a single larger story which they'll tell over the course of a season — a kind of heavily reported, audio miniseries. Four episodes have been released so far and they've been great, really gripping and well-produced. The story is about the murder of a high school senior in 1999, and about her boyfriend, who was arrested for the crime and has been in prison ever since. Fans of mystery and true crime stuff will probably like it, and you can listen while driving or cooking or, I don't know, working. — Will Stephenson

This is the most important Arkansas Times Recommends I’ve written – probably the most important thing I’ve ever written, period. Do not ever buy a brand of beer called Route 66.

I was standing in line at the Food Giant one evening last week when the Route 66 display caught my eye, a great silver raft of product entirely unmarred by the hand of a customer – and selling for the price of $2.99 a six pack. Of bottles! What a deal. I plucked a block from the display, leaving behind a gap like a missing tooth. I almost grabbed two. I mean, $2.99. God help me if I had.

I am not hung up on quality when it comes to beer. Sure, I like nicer stuff if it’s around, but I almost opt for the cheap end if I’m the one buying. The ultrawatery stuff down at the very bottom of the mainstream ladder — Keystone or Old Milwaukee, say, or the malt liquors — are sorta unpleasant, but also livable. I won't turn up my nose at a Stag. It’s all just beer, and beer is transient. You drink it and you don’t think too much about it.

Route 66 is another story. You can tell from the weird, not-quite-all-there label design that it’s going to be really bad ... but trust me, man, you have no idea how bad a beer can be. You can’t not think about something this patently offensive when you’re drinking it. It assaults your senses. There’s bad, and then there’s entirely defective. It’s like watching a blues-rock band set up on stage at a bar and you’re thinking ugh, this is going to be boring and bland and gross, but then when they start up, you realize to your horror that they’re literally incapable of playing their instruments. The drummer feebly smacks at the high-hat with one hand, whimpering; the bassist curls up into a ball on the floor and moans. That’s the Route 66 experience.

How to describe something that tastes this bad? The Route 66 website describes it as having "a subtle sweetness — thanks to a unique blend of American hops" and a "pleasing bitterness" with "a slight herbal character." This is complete bullshit. It’s as subtle as being mugged. I guess you could generously call it "complex", but so are the minds of schizophrenics. It's sickly sweet, chalky thick, strangely rich and yet somehow still curiously shapeless. It’s an amorphous, flabby, putrid flavor. It’s one of those flavors that spreads through your mouth and lodges in some hinterland of your sinuses, insidious as a militant ethnic supremacist group.

Two friends and I each had one that night, and being the kind of stand-up people we are, we choked them dutifully down. One insisted that it gave him a hangover halfway through the bottle. The other said that “you can taste the rice in it”, which I’m not so sure about, although I know that even the suggested association with the flavor of Route 66 makes me want to avoid eating anything with rice for weeks to come. I still had half of the six pack left, so I drank another last night, thinking that surely it couldn’t be as bad as it seemed at first try. Of course, it absolutely was. I finished it, for some reason, but now I’m done. I’m done. I gave another one to my neighbor, who is a person with actual tastes, and he refused to touch it after taking one sip.

Which leaves me with one Route 66 left in my refrigerator, waiting. Who wants it? Contact me for details. — Benji Hardy

If you love the movie "Children of Men," you probably already know about some the amazing long uncut scenes such as the ambush on the country road. I recommend checking out this video about the making of some of those scenes and the pretty complex rigging and timing it took to pull it off. — Bryan Moats

Last summer, my wife and I drove from Little Rock to a wedding in eastern Ohio. As all seasoned road trippers know: never underestimate Ohio. It's a big, wide, hilly, never-ending state that gobbles up driving hours like a friendlier Texas. My advice for driving through Ohio is to listen to songs about Ohio. And here is what you might not know: you can make a damn good playlist of songs featuring Ohio. Something about those three vowels: Oh-Hi-Oh. Rhythmic and strong. So for my recommendation this week, I present to you the Spotify soundtrack for driving through Ohio:

1. Neil Young, "Ohio"


2. Patty Griffin, "Ohio"
This is a perfect late-career Patty Griffin song. She's still got verve to spare, so calling her wise feels a little bit wrong. She's fierce and beautiful too, so let's not slap an NPR label on her just yet. But man, there is something about hearing her sing that feels like received wisdom. Also, "Meet me in the evening when the river is low" is the perfect midwestern line. Patty Griffin has a way about her. Sounds like a love song and a murder ballad all at once.

3. Sun Kil Moon, "Carry Me Ohio"
This was wife's choice. I find Mark Kozelek's droning voice grating after several seconds, but she can't get enough. I will say though: when you are driving in the Ohio hill country and approaching a steel through-arch bridge, small but majestic, running over a creek whose name now escapes me, near a town whose name now escapes me (New Concord? New Philadelphia? New Cumberland?) – in precisely this moment, as you are crossing the bridge after too many hours on the road, with the sun soon to set and the windows open and the evening air unseasonably cool – in this moment Sun Kill Moon’s “Carry Me Ohio” sounds not like heavy-handed indie-melodrama, but instead like a benediction. Like a kind of weary bliss. Like the rising up that can only come from letting go.

4. Dolly Parton, "Banks of the Ohio"
I have a strict playlist rule: all mixes must include Dolly. She doesn't disappoint here, with one of the best songs on her new album, "Blue Smoke.”

5. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, “Look at Miss Ohio” (the version on the “Man From Plains” soundtrack featuring Gaida Hinnawi)
Oh my God, this song. You know, Gillian Welch lives in Nashville and when she first arrived some of the hillbillier-than-thou snobs said she wasn’t authentic enough because she was from Beverly Hills, not the hills of east Tennessee. Then Welch just so thoroughly dominated that everyone chilled out and sat in awe. This version features the Syrian singer Gaida Hinnawi, singing improvisations on traditional Arabic maqams behind a quivering fiddle. If that’s not a high lonesome sound, what is? Keep in mind, y’all, the whole history of country music is fusion. The cultural history of the world is fusion (imagine authentic Indian food without New World crops). It just so happens that Hinnawi was absolutely born to sing backup on this heartland ballad. Goddamn if it doesn’t sound like someone’s crying in a holler. In Ohio or Kentucky or somewhere very far away. Heartbreak echoing in the hill country.

6. Modest Mouse, “Ohio”
Okay, now this is a song that clearly was inspired by how cool the word "Ohio" sounds, particularly if howled in lonely desperation.

7. Damien Jurado, “Ohio”
You know, sometimes a generally cheesy dude can be transcendent. Like, Rod Stewart wrote “Maggie May,” you heard? Anyways, this is just a gorgeous and undeniable ditty.

8. The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
Good driving music makes you feel like: You are in a movie and there is urgent purpose and there is rain.

9. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Notorious B.I.G., “Notorious Thugs”
Bone Thugs never really wrote a song that was all that much about Ohio except in the narrowest, perfunctory hometown pride sense, but you CANNOT have an Ohio mix without Cleveland's finest. Bone Thugs were so singular that some mistook breathtaking originality for cartoonishness, thus making them tragically underrated, despite multiplatinum success. I could pick half a dozen songs but I'm picking this one, because it is both undeniably them and also dominated by the genius Biggie Smalls. Like Bob Dylan's collaborations with the Band, this song puts a truly sui generis and singular force of nature smack dab in the middle of the truly sui generis vibe and style of a band, with the result that not just the talents but the oddities of both are exaggerated. We immediately recognize Biggie, we immediately recognize Bone (unmistakable, how could we not?), but something fresh is afoot. Imagine Jordan playing with the Pistons Bad Boys. A star shining brighter in a strange new galaxy.

I want you to think long and hard about that entire era of rap music—and how big it got and how eagerly we sucked up the drama—and how many records were sold—and how dramatic and comic all the depictions of things that were of course actually tragic were—and how effective that was—and how beautiful that was—and how destructive and terrible and self-defeating that was—and yet how emotionally forceful and true that was—and everything that happened (including, of course, what happened, to the genius Biggie Smalls)—and how there is a special glory in artists trying to out-do each other—and how competitive everyone was about their own schlock (imagine a hundred Hemmingways, a hundred Mailers, puffing their chests and their cocks and their glocks)—and how we ate that up—and how gangsta rap culture, like “I ain’t no punk” culture in a thousand middle schools and high schools, amounted to a last-gasp macho desperation necessary for survival in some contexts and bound for self-destructive ruin in others—but on the other hand how it wasn’t as serious as all that—how its pulp muscularity was no different in kind than the fiction of Barry Hannah or the films of Rob Zombie (never heard Tipper Gore complain about Scorsese, but I digress)—and how, and here you will have to revert to your teenage self, particularly if, like me, you were a teenager at the time: how badass it all was.

Remember that time.

Did all of the pathos in every gangsta rap lyric ever penned ever – all of it – amount to one tenth of this one Biggie line in “Notorious Thugs”: “Who’s the killer, me or you?”

— David Ramsey

I recommend "New Flame" by Chris Brown, Usher and Rick Ross. This song features two of r&b’s favorite bad boy crooners, on their first song together, alongside the rapper everyone loves to hate. It’s about starting a new relationship or “flame”. This flame can be the beginnings of a lasting love or a destructive fire that burns everything you hold dear to the ground. Forget the destruction part for now, because all they are asking is for you to just take a chance on love in the nightclub. I mean why not? The song is mid-tempo, the chorus and hook are catchy, and the beat is infectious almost to a fault; the makings of a great club-love-song.

Chris leads the song with a slow and seductive verse describing their first encounter, his search for love and his hopes that they share the same plans for the night. Usher follows in astonishment of the beauty he found alone in the club, confident that he can get her to take a chance on him tonight and hopefully start a new relationship. The beat drops and Rick Ross’s verse is almost out of place in such a sweet serenade but it works well as a short relief from the competing seductiveness of both Brown’s and Usher’s vocals. His verse is filled with Yankee references, testaments to his net worth and claims that he can make her fall in love after one night. The song closes out with Brown’s promises of finding love and sparking a new flame. With Chris Brown, Usher and Rick Ross, who said you can’t find love in the club? — Kaya Herron


Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:14:00

Wildwood inaugurates Art in the Park

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Eight Arkansas artists are exhibiting work at Wildwood Park in Wildwood's first "Art in the Park" series of rotating exhibits in the Cabe Festival Theatre lobby through Nov. 16. In the show are Vicki Kovaleski, Emily Moll Wood, Tom Tull, Robin Tucker, Gary Wayne Golden, Tim Jacob, W. Michael Spain and Mark Johnson

If you've never been there: Wildwood really is in the wild woods, at 20919 Denny Road, which is off off Kanis Road, off Chenal Parkway. The exhibit will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The grounds are gorgeous. A trip there would make an excellent outing. 



Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:08:00

Third Friday means Argenta ArtWalk means Wittenberg, Rockwell, Furr, Holloway and the Best of the South

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  • "Boxer I," by Fran Austin, at Mugs Cafe, expresses how I feel about posting about Argenta ArtWalk prematurely last week.

Argenta ArtWalk REALLY IS TONIGHT, OCT. 17, from 5-8 p.m. in downtown North Little Rock (I jumped the gun last Friday) and so, again, here's the lineup of participating galleries, from south to north on Main St.: 

At the Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., is an exhibition of drawings, paintings and shadow boxes made by Arkansas Children's Hospital patients during the hospital's Artist-in-Residence Program. More youth art is at Art Connection, at 204 E. Fourth, where work by student artists in the after-school career program will exhibit their work.

At Argenta Gallery, 413 Main St., see Ray Wittenberg's hard-edged color abstractions in "The Pornography of Color." Wittenberg's artist statement, in part:  

“I like to make paintings I like to look at. This show with its funny title, "The Pornography of Color," is as much about how much color turns me on as it is about telling any stories or making any points. I could have just as easily called it the "Seduction Of Color." Pornography can be defined as the depiction of the erotic intended to cause sexual excitement. I think the definition fits this show.

“Monochrome painting, Hard-edge painting, Post-painterly abstraction, Color Field, Minimalism….. you pick! For me it's all about shape, form and color. For contrast and a sense of progression we're including some past efforts. A busier time with the brush. But now we find ourselves in front of quiet paintings that exist for the sake of superfluous beauty alone. Enjoy!”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette illustrator Ron Wolfe will draw at the Laman Library Argenta Branch, 420 Main St.: and his wife, Jan Wolfe, will give a puppet show. Also at Laman: “Wartime Escape,” illustrations by Allan Drummond for the book “The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey,” through Oct. 26. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 687-1061.

 At Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St., the "Best of the South" continues, with work by John Alexander, Sheila Cotton, Edward Rice, Robyn Horn and other fine artists. 

Mugs Cafe, 515 Main St., features "Energy and Elegance," paintings by Steven Rockwell, Kelly Furr and Karlyn Holloway. Rockwell's work "hugs the realist edge," Furr's evoke "a sense of otherworldliness" and Holloway's floral compositions are blended with "contemporary elegant design," according to the Mugs release.  

Also open after hours tonight: Claytime Gallery, the North Little Rock History Commission and The Creative Space.


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