Saturday, September 22, 2012

Festival update — big salads, tiny houses, sharp knives

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

DOWNSIZED: A small house on display outside the Historic Arkansas Museum.
  • DOWNSIZED: A small house on display outside the Historic Arkansas Museum.

SLEEP UPSTAIRS: In cabins loft.
  • SLEEP UPSTAIRS: In cabin's loft.
Every knife in the drawer is sharp at the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas, underway through 4 p.m. at the Old State House, Historic Arkansas Museum, Downtown Library and Clinton School.

So far: Full house for state Education Board member and Latina activist Mireya Reith's talk on the immigrant's impact on Arkansas. The same for UA System President Donald Bobbitt, whose well-crafted talk on the changes in higher education, from on-line instruction to maybe a semester system that restarts as often as every six weeks, is a tonic for those looking for different ways to view things. I left before CALS Director Bobby Roberts started talking about the library of the 21st century (and he has a few ideas outside those walls, too, about great cities and states). I had to get over to HAM, where a big crowd had just finished the first of two presentations by blade artisan Jerry Fisk. I don't have any cuttings in mind, but I had to give my wife some lunch money. Turned out she didn't need it. Restaurateur/chef Scott McGehee was planning to feed his audience a well-crafted salad and burgers.

I'm heading over to the Old State House to talk to lawyer/state rep./civil rights symbol John Walker. But I thought I'd post these iPhone shots of a late addition to the program, a 192-foot tiny cabin. My interior shot was taken from the kitchen, with the bathroom behind me. It's a fit with Scott Stewart's 3 p.m. talk at Historic Arkansas Museum on the small house movement.

Lindsey Millar and Alan Leveritt, I think it's safe to proclaim already, have come up with a winner with our first festival. Good crowds. Good speakers. Good questions. Nice day. All the activity downtown lends a real metropolitan air to the events. Still time to check it out.

Program here.

UPDATE: another full room for John Walker. He reiterated his interest in suing to overturn the city government form

Tags: ,

Favorite

Speaking of Arkansas Times Festival, Arkansas Culture And Characters

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arkansas Times Recommends: A Literary Edition

    Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week.
    • Jul 1, 2016
  • Little Rock camera catches package removal

    Thanks to KARK for a report on a home owner's surveillance camera that caught a piece of film of a young man picking up a package delivered minutes before by UPS and leaving.
    • Jul 1, 2016
  • The long weekend open line

    Here's the open line and the daily news video.
    • Jul 1, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Defense for Suhl asks judge to dismiss bribery indictment, citing Supreme Court decision in McDonnell case

    Attorneys for the businessman argue that his cash payments to a former deputy director of DHS, Steven Jones, did not constitute corruption. They say prosecutors cannot prove the money was given in exchange for any particular "official act" from Jones.
  • Nursing home bribery case details suspect judicial fund-raising

    Plaintiffs' lawyers made their case today to continue to trial with the civil suit over then-Judge Mike Maggio's reduction of a $5.2 million jury verdict in a nursing home negligence case to $1 million, a reduction he said he made in return for campaign contributions from the nursing home's owner.
  • Arkansas Heirloom Tomatoes at Edwards Food Giant for the Fourth of July weekend

    We are receiving 200-pounds of large heirloom tomatoes Friday morning from Times publisher and farmer Alan Leveritt. We have dark, brick red Carbons, Goldies (large, high acid golden tomatoes) and Annis Noire, a delicious French heirloom that is green with red marbling when ripe.
  • When America was great

    Donald Trump is right. There was a time when America was great and it didn't pussyfoot around to avoid offending people who thought they were victimized by discrimination. It was, let's see, the period after World War II, when everyone prospered and America was kicking butts, at home and abroad, and Arkansas's leaders were at the center of it.
  • Resistance grows nationally to freeway expansions

    The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has issued a news release about freeway expansion with relevance in Little Rock. It's about wasting money to widen freeways that only create more congestion. Sound familiar?

Most Viewed

  • Little Rock camera catches package removal

    Thanks to KARK for a report on a home owner's surveillance camera that caught a piece of film of a young man picking up a package delivered minutes before by UPS and leaving.
  • The day of the unicorn: Arkansas free-lunch budgeting continues

    The morning paper contains a wealth of evidence of Arkansas voodoo economics — or call it Brownback economics — in the Asa Hutchinson administration.
  • The Baker-Maggio-Morton Mess Edition

    The juicy details in a court filing by plaintiffs attorneys in a civil suit involving Michael Morton, Gilbert Baker and Mike Maggio; the repeal of Texarkana’s nondiscrimination ordinance; and the Walton Family Foundation’s announcement that it would spend $250 million on facility construction of charter schools in Little Rock and elsewhere in the U.S. — all covered on the podcast.
  • Attorney general to defer to prosecutors on Clinton e-mail case

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch is announcing she will not participate in any decisions made on the federal investigation of use of a private e-mail server by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation