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Eat My Catfish, which has locations in Benton and Conway, held its grand opening Tuesday in a jazzy new spot at 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.
Drinks of the roaring ’20s will be bottoms up as Preserve Arkansas hosts its second annual Preservation Libations Master Mix-Off starting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the Albert Pike Masonic Temple. Set in the auditorium of the grand 1924 structure, guests will imbibe and vote on competing bartenders’ twists on historic cocktails, all of them delightfully quirky and plenty stiff.
Like sailors? Like 'em liquored up? Boy, have we got a holiday for you. And Big Orange: Midtown is the place to be.
At historic Central High School, two former presidents and a former British prime minister /more/
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Trying out this Facebook Live thing again. Over to you.
What, you say, Arkansas wages are too low to attract folks from outside our borders to work here? Well, not surprisingly, that turns out not to be the case for athletics.
We spoke earlier today. I tracked down the answer to your question on which sector was driving the 2.21 percentage point contribution to the 3.9 percent increase in state GDP for Arkansas: forestry, crops, livestock or something else?There you go. Now who's eating all that rice?
Here it is:
Much of the increase in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting is coming from crop output. As you know, Arkansas is the top-ranked state for rice production. Nationwide, USDA is projecting rice cash receipts (sales) to increase 32% in 2016 after falling sharply in 2015. Our real state GDP data are adjusted for changes in prices. So if even if commodity prices fall, our GDP numbers reflect the higher crop output.
The Arkansas Arts Center was closed today, due to a power outage in MacArthur Park, and the MacArthur Museum of Military History was likely closed as well. Phones at the latter were being answered by machines.
Through strategic planning initiatives, staff and board retreats, and community sessions with stakeholders and the public, it became clear that the state of the current facility was an obstacle to the AAC’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision and prepare for the future. It was also recognized that the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011 raised the bar for museum architecture in the state and increased awareness of the transformative possibilities of inspiring architecture.Gallery space, according to the preliminaries put forth in the RFQ, would expand by 3,200 square feet, educational space by 9,053 square feet; the Chilldren's Theatre by 5,700 square feet; collections management by 10,555 square feet and administrative offices by 5,053 square feet.
“I had written a placeholder script just with archetypical characters and concepts of stuff that I‘d gathered in Chicago,” he explains. “Then, I workshopped the script with at-risk youth at the local boot camp here. I got their opinions on it, and slowly I realized a lot of it doesn't hold up and some of it does. Then I put their words on the page as to how their story should really be told.”In the rehearsal process, the film began to garner the attention of several production companies, Rough House, Symbolic Exchange and Muskat Filmed Properties, who eventually backed the film in collaboration. The film is expected to screen at festivals in 2017.
Little Rock Film Society’s Kaleidoscope Film Festival scored another notable guest of honor this week: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a civil rights and trans activist who was at Stonewall the evening of the infamous raid, a survivor of the 1971 riots at Attica Prison, a chief organizer of medical care and funerals for Bay Area victims of the AIDS epidemic and longtime advocate for trans women of color, and for women of color who have been victims of police violence.
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