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At the Corner restaurant at Scott and Markham streets will celebrate Mardi Gras with its first "Fat Tuesday Beer Dinner,” featuring brews from Lost Forty, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Stop the presses! Or toss out the ashtrays at least. No longer does The Sports Page serve its great cheeseburgers and ginormous chilidogs with a hint of Marlboro.
Tomas Bohm, the owner of Czech and German eatery The Pantry in West Little Rock and The Pantry Crest in Hillcrest, has settled on a name for his new venture in the old Hillcrest Artisan Meats spot: District Fare. The name “suits the Hillcrest location," Bohm said. And besides, he added, "everything else is called Hillcrest” in the neighborhood.
If Little Rock deteriorates because of substandard schools, there will be blame aplenty /more/
Presidents, with the exception of George Washington, never found much joy with the media, although Donald Trump is the first to use the scarily freighted words "enemies of the people." /more/
Credit where due to Mayor Mark Stodola for noting the national movement by Republicans to seize local control on pet issues, a movement amply illustrated by Arkansas's Republican legislature.
WHAT HAPPENED TO LOCAL CONTROL?
Last week, the National League of Cities released a report highlighting the threat around the country that state preemption poses to local control by cities and the bodies that govern them. That report is timely here in Little Rock.
Last week, a state senator proposed legislation directing the city to strip the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton from our National Airport.
From the judicial branch, the Supreme Court of Arkansas struck down a nondiscrimination ordinance voted on by the people of Fayetteville based on a statute passed by the state legislature prohibiting cities from recognizing gender and sexual identity as a protected class, even though this same legislature identified such as protected in other statutes.
And finally, legislation (SB308) is currently progressing that requires surplus school buildings to be offered to charter schools. Removing local control with legislation like this is just another example of the state eroding local decision making by school districts and further aggravating the many implications of the State takeover of the Little Rock School District.
These efforts take away the ability of local leaders, who represent the level of government closest to the people, to enact policies that reflect local values and priorities.
By way of illustration, the volunteer Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, which is appointed by the mayor and city board to govern the affairs of the airport, voted unanimously in 2012 to name the airport after the Clintons in recognition of their three decades of service to Arkansas and the Nation. It should be noted that since the dedication of the Clinton Library more than $3.3 billion in economic impact has been created for Little Rock and the State of Arkansas.
There is little doubt that efforts to usurp local control will continue beyond those that we have already seen, but as city leaders and citizens must continue to speak out loudly to our legislators and push back when appropriate so that we continue to control our own destinies. So, call or e-mail your legislator today and tell them what you think. Let your voice be heard!
Great performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, but an unusual happening at the start. Instead of the usual short remarks by the symphony's development person and executive pointing out the corporate sponsors, a member of the orchestra stepped forward and made a great patriotic talk.
She said she wanted to talk about the orchestra's and the combined choirs' diversity. "We are gay, we are straight..." she said.
With the audience repeatedly applauding, she went on to talk about black and white, people of many faiths and philosophies, named the many countries from which the musicians hailed from, talked about the ethnicities of their children and their mothers and fathers, all of whom she said were "exceptional." "And we are all Americans."
When Phillip Mann, the conductor, came out to talk about the Mahler symphony, he concluded by mentioning a sponsor and leading source of support for the symphony, the National Endowment for the Arts. I'd never heard it mentioned before,—usually Entergy, Acxiom and other corporate groups. Of course, speculation is that NEA is on the chopping block of President Trump and the Republican Congress. The money is needed for immigration enforcement and the military building. No mention of Trump or Congress or immigration enforcement, but the message was pretty powerful.
Indivisible Central Arkansas drew several hundred people to a "Missing Persons" town hall Sunday afternoon at St. Michael's Episcopal Church attended only by photographs of Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. French Hill. Here's a link to video of the event.
On screen, Hurd played the male lead in “Shadows,” the 1960 improvisational film directed by John Cassavetes that was shot without a screenplay. He had a supporting role in “For Love of Ivy” (1968), the Sidney Poitier film that also featured Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, and Carroll O’Connor. Also in 1968, when Arena Stage theater in Washington, D.C., sought to integrate its performances nearly two decades after its founding, Hurd took on the role of Mack the Knife in its production of “The Threepenny Opera.” His last acting credit was in a 1994 French documentary by Cassavetes. Hurd died in 1995 at age 70.Neel painted Hurd, who like Neel lived in Spanish Harlem, in 1964. The museum acquired the painting from David Zwirner Gallery last year.
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