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Heights Corner Market (nee Terry's) is open

Heights Corner Market, in the space occupied by Terry's Finer Foods since time immemorial at 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., is open and selling fresh flowers, produce (including locally grown food), meat, seafood, organic bath and body products and organic pet products from Stella's Barkery.

Ahoy! Blue Sail launches Saturday on Main Street

Blue Sail Coffee Roasters opens its shop Saturday, March 25, in the Little Rock Technology Park, 417 Main St. The grand opening announcement says the shop will be in business at 7 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Arsaga's at The Depot a hit for coffee and breakfast anytime

Fayetteville spot serves up good coffee and a unique menu.

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Margot Lee Shetterly speaks at Statehouse Convention Center

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Margot Lee Shetterly speaks at Statehouse Convention Center
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Wanted: 1991 Magic

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 17:04:00

The open line, plus: Arkansas Democrats elect Gray party chair; two dead in shootings

Here's the Saturday open line, with some Democratic Party news and more violent deaths in Little Rock.

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* DEMOCRATIC PARTY: A variety of social media accounts (though none that I've yet found officially associated with the Arkansas Democratic Party) say state Rep Michael John Gray was elected new chair of the party, succeeding Vince Insalaco, at the state executive committee meeting today. Thanks to the Facebook page of Drew Pritt, who made an unsuccessful race for one party position, for the photo of new officers. That's Gray, third from left. Six candidates had sought the office. I note a Facebook post that said one of them, Denise Firman Garner of Fayetteville, led a standing ovation for Gray after the election at a meeting in North Little Rock attended by more than 200.

* DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN LITTLE ROCK: Little Rock police say two people were fatally wounded about 8:30 p.m. Friday by gunfire at the Spring Valley Apartments at8701 Interstate 30. Lewis Wallace, who would have turned 20 Monday, was found dead in the courtyard of the apartments. Stevie Howard, 19, was seriously wounded and died Saturday. Police said two men wearing black were seen running from the scene, but offered no other details.

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 09:23:00

Trumpcare failure a big relief for Asa Hutchinson

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson was among the many governor's happy at the fiasco — the failure of President Trump to even vote, much less win House passage of legislation to repeal Obamacare.

The bill would have been devastating to the state. Hutchinson had written to oppose the legislation. He, of course, is a Republican and mouths the required words "repeal and replace Obamacare" But his replacement ideas are broadly general — about "flexibility" for the states and "resources necessary to make sure no one is left out." In other words, don't cut our federal bucks. It is precisely this desire that produced the right-wing GOP roadblock to Trumpcare passage — punitive as it was on Medicaid recipients, it wasn't punitive enough.

AP assesses the happy governors here.

Trumpcare would have ended coverage for 24 million or more people by 2026, 14 million in the first year. It would have deprived a huge number of the 300,000 in Arkansas benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. The states, particularly red states like Arkansas, would not have picked up the slack.

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found in a study this week that trying to maintain the existing levels of Medicaid coverage would have been costly. It could have taken cuts equal to one-fourth of some state governments' education budgets to keep the coverage without raising taxes, the report found.
As it is, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion money adds to Hutchinson's general revenue resources, in addition to being a huge economic stimulus.

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 08:59:00

Patton Oswalt: Mike Huckabee still not funny

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Jimmy Kimmel
used comedian Patton Oswalt to make fun of Mike Huckabee's lame Twitter jokes this week and, of course, Huckabee rose to the bait on Twitter.

And Oswalt responded in manner appropriate to Huckabee's own rectal-focused material. Huckabee's mean spirit has never been better displayed than in continuing to make a joke of Schumer's emotions over loss of family in the Holocaust.

 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:31:00

TheatreSquared asks Fayetteville A&P Commission to match city's $3.1 million commitment

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  • An artist's rendering of the new TheatreSquared facility from ournextstage.org.

The Fayetteville Flyer reports that TheatreSquared Artistic Director Bob Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller met with the Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Committee Monday morning, asking for a $3.1 million match to the city's pledged funding in the same amount as part of a five-year economic development plan, Fayetteville First.

The funding request is part of T2's attempt to raise $18 million for the construction of a new facility at West Avenue and Spring Streets, across from the Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios where the nonprofit professional theatre company currently leases space. More specifically, the Walton Family Foundation pledged an amount of $9 million in January for the new facility, contingent upon T2's raising $18 million in a 2-to-1 match. That's in addition to the $3.5 million the Foundation awarded to the company for the new theater's design.

TheatreSquared expects construction to begin later this year, and projects opening in time to hold its 2019 season in the new facility.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:18:00

Arkansas Times Film Series presents 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' tonight

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In concert with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema, Arkansas Times Film Series presents Otto Preminger's 1965 suspense “Bunny Lake is Missing." Film Quotes Film's Omaya Jones discussed the film in this week's arts and entertainment section.

Shortly after the film begins, Anne Lake (Carol Lynley) goes to pick up her daughter, Bunny, from school. She wonders around the waiting room with a crowd of mothers who are also there waiting to pick up their Bunnys. School ends, the group of mothers dissipate. Only Anne is left, and there is no Bunny. The rest of the film exists in a nightmare state where the viewer is never quite sure of what to make of what is going on — or if Bunny even exists. It’s a terrifying prospect. The only other film that so successfully elicits a sense of total discombobulation is Orson Welles' “The Trial,” adapted from the Kafka story of the same name, and every facet of the camerawork works toward producing this feeling; it’s classical in style, keeping an objective distance, moving subtly in lieu of wild pans and closeups. It almost has the sense of a police procedural. Penelope and John Mortimer adapted the screenplay from a novel by Merriam Modell, thanks to a reprinting of the work from The Feminist Press, a publisher whose “Femme Fatales” line of books is devoted to reprinting pulp novels by women. Modell was a graduate of Cornell University and, after living abroad, settled into life as a writer of short stories and suspense novels under the pen name Evelyn Piper. Many of her stories, Modell’s New York Times obituary reads, “had a common theme: the domestic conflicts faced by American families.” The film moves the setting from New York to London to further heighten the sense of loneliness and isolation Anne feels as she searches for her daughter, in a new place surrounded by strange people who mostly think she’s insane. 
The Arkansas Times Film Series is co-presented by Film Quotes Film, and is accompanied by a set of podcasts exploring the creative and historical contexts of the movies featured. Tonight's screening begins at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased in advance at Riverdale 10's website.

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Friday, March 17, 2017 - 16:07:00

The art of the book, Cuban-style, at UA Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library

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  • Carly Machin, UA Little Rock Communications
  • On display at the Ottenheimer Library.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library has opened an exhibition, "Binding Communities: Cuba's Ediciones Vigia and the Art of the Book and Entrpreneurism," from the handmade collective in Matanzas, Cuba. Book artist Steven Miller of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa will give a talk on the show, which includes works by 71 artists, at 5 p.m. tonight, May March 17, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 161.

Here's some interesting information on the collective from UALR:

Ediciones Vigía (“Lighthouse Editions”) of Matanzas, Cuba, came of age during the so-called Cuban Special Period, a time of economic depression following the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union. Throughout the 1990s, an extreme shortage of paper and materials – not to mention food, petroleum, medicine, and other basic resources – contributed to difficulties in publishing in Cuba. Vigía responded by seeking out diverse, talented young authors to publish in limited edition artists’ books (each printing is limited to 200 copies). Community members from Matanzas would gather together to assemble these books out of found materials, such as cardboard and fabric scraps, and butcher paper, which was less expensive and more available than bleached white paper. These precious books have quickly earned an artistic cachet that carries prestige for its authors and captivates international scholars and collectors.
Upcoming events related to the show include a talk by UALR professors David Clemons and Dr. Erin Finzer of UALR at 4:30 p.m. March 29 at the Applied Design Studio, University Plaza 300; "Up Close and Personal: Student Presentations of Select Vigia Books," 3 p.m. April 6 in Ottenheimer Library, Room 535; a screening of "Ediciones Vigia: Poetica visual/Visual Poetics" and tour with Finzer, 5 p.m. April 12, Ottenheimer Library, Room 535; and a closing reception and lecture by Vigia scholar and filmmaker Dr. Juanamaria Cordones Cook, 4:30 p.m. April 17, Ottenheimer Library, Room 535.

 

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