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Todd Mills, who launched a Facebook group that resulted in an iconic fast food product has passed away at 41.
Jack Sundell of the Root Cafe talks tomatoes, local ingredients, and Dwight Yoakam.
Non-drinkers can still enjoy these sodas from Tommyknocker Brewery.
Aprons by dozens of contributing artists.
Christmas shopping opportunity.
"Study No. 2 for Trout and Reflections" on exhibit in the atrium.
A University of Arkansas employee put it simply: "Why can't they tell the truth?" /more/
Republicans and other enemies of President Obama have a real chance this month to achieve their dream of sabotaging the president's legacy and do good for the nation at the same time, but it is not by denying health insurance to as many Americans as they can or by encouraging as many people as they can not to buy it. /more/
The fiscal session in Feburary is likely to be dominated by questions about funding for the "private option" for Medicaid expansion.
Been working on taking the 9/11 exhibit down today. One of the artifacts is a badly damaged boot from an unknown firefighter. When I took it out of the case today, this footprint remained. The dust is from the World Trade Center. While it will have to be cleaned in a week or so, I found it very moving to think that when the exhibit is picked up Friday to head back to New York, a brave firefighter's footprint will stay behind in our library ...Several readers of the post suggested ways to preserve the print, rather than clean it off the display pedestal. I have a call in to Debra to see what she's come up with. Twelve years have not dulled the pain of 911.
Jonathan Chait has an essay up this morning at New York magazine reflecting on differing ideas about racism in a time when the nation has elected a black president and blatant expressions of overt racism have (mostly) been relegated to the political margins.
The broad social structure of white supremacy is not a part of the working conservative definition of racism. Conservatives see racism as a series of discrete acts of overt oppression. After slavery had disappeared, but before legal segregation had, conservatives considered it preposterous to claim that blacks suffered any systematic disadvantage in American life. (For an lengthy but fascinating expression of the conservative view, watch William F. Buckley in 1965 sneering his way through a debate over race relations with James Baldwin.)
Today, conservatives retroactively agree that legal segregation may have been unfair, but now things run on an even footing. Republicans, by a 60-40 margin, now believe discrimination against whites has grown to be a larger problem than discrimination against minorities. In fact, in nearly every way it can be measured, traditional white-on-black racism persists. Jamelle Bouie lists a few of them: Experiments show candidates with white-sounding names are vastly more likely to get callbacks than candidates with black-sounding names with equally impressive résumés; realtors show fewer homes to prospective nonwhite home buyers than to white buyers of equal financial standing; the criminal justice system imposes large racial disparities for the same criminal behavior; and on and on.
None of these experiments are known, or would even sound plausible, to avid followers of conservative news sources, where “racism” is encountered primarily as a politically motivated slander against conservatives by liberals. Again, it bears repeating that most conservatives find Klan-style white supremacy foreign, and usually completely unacceptable. The racial fissures of the Obama era do not look like 1957 Little Rock. Undisguised racism, while numerically frequent — it’s a big country — has largely remained confined to the political margins. Tea party activists have suppressed openly bigoted signs at their rallies, National Review fired two blatantly white-supremacist writers, a Republican precinct chair had to resign after boasting that a restrictive voting law would target “lazy blacks.”
Instead, the racial battlegrounds of the Obama era have settled on a series of more ambiguous controversies. Conservatives have made endless jokes based on the strange premise that Obama is unable to express coherent thoughts unless reading from a teleprompter, defined health-care reform as “reparations,” imagined a Reagan-era program to subsidize telephone use for the indigent is actually “Obamaphones,” or complained when black entertainers or athletes socialize with the First Family. The accusations of racism that follow merely confirm to conservatives that black-on-white racism is a canard, that the balance of oppression has turned against them.
Riverdale 10 Cinema and Cafe at 2600 Cantrell Road in the Riverdale Shopping Center, which had been the only movie theater between McCain Mall in NLR and U.A. Breckenridge 12 on Rodney Parham, has announced they will close. A first-run, ten-screen theater that opened as part of the Carmike chain in 1995, the independently owned movie house had tried various strategies to make ends meet over the years, including selling a menu of inexpensive fried food items like French fries and catfish, but it was apparently not enough. The theater was also, until recent years, the home of various Little Rock Film Festival projects, including the 48 Hour Film Series, the LR Film Festival, and the Little Rock Horror Picture Show.
The following is the text of a notice that was taped to the doors of the theater today.
To All Our Patrons:
Since our opening in 1995 as Carmike Riverdale 10 and then upon the national bankruptcy of the Carmike Theaters chain and our conversion to Riverdale 10 Cinema and Cafe, we have happily endeavored to keep open and vibrant a locally owned, first run movie theater in the Central/Downtown Little Rock, Heights, Hillcrest neighborhoods of our town.
We have been proud of our involvement in the movie community for the last 18 years, with events like the Little Rock Film Festival, education film showing, birthdays, and special event showing, but sadly the time has come to, in theater parlance, "Exit Stage Right."
Our hope is that you enjoyed your time with us, through all our incarnations, and that you will continue to make effort to support your local small businesses in whatever community you find yourself.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please use the email addresses listed below, and we will make all efforts to get back with you as soon as possible.
For anyone with advanced purchase tickets and who would like a refund, please feel free to email us or call the number listed below to make arrangements. WE WILL HONOR ALL TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, so if you have such, please contact us.
If you have interest in owning a First Run movie location, please contact us at the number below.
Again, we thank you for your attendance, interest, suggestions and support over the years, and as they say "the show must go on"... just not here!
Ownership, Riverdale 10 Cinemas and Cafe
email: Riverdale10Theater@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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