Eat My Catfish, the Benton-based fried fish joint that has established a strong reputation – including a win in the "Best Seafood Around the State" category of this year's Arkansas Times Readers' Choice Awards — based on the simple math of heaping plates of fresh-never-frozen fare plus solid, no nonsense sides, recently announced recently that they'll be bringing an outlet to Little Rock. /more/
Expansion is underway at The Root, which is also hosting dinner twice a month now. The South Main restaurant has also recently hired Sara Slimp, of the popular Fayetteville food truck Chunky Dunk, as its pastry chef. And it's hosting a pie bake-off on Saturday. /more/
Craft Beer Cellar, the five-year-old Massachusetts-based craft beer store with 22 locations coast to coast and another 16 in the works, is in the process of opening their first outlet in Arkansas, at 120 Ouachita Avenue in Hot Springs. /more/
Reality Check 2015: Voters as Consumers A few weeks ago there was an excellent letter in our statewide paper which made the point that, to the corporate owners of sports franchises, those who enjoy sports are not viewed so much as fans as they are consumers. /more/
The folks who brought Curry in a Hurry to Little Rock are replacing that venture with Flavor of India, which has its grand opening on Thursday, July 9, in the Valley Village Shopping Center off Rodney Parham Road. Go on opening day before noon and you'll get a $5 gift card; go anytime and get free appetizers and chai. /more/
At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, the Arkansas Times, Little Rock PFLAG and Central Arkansas Pridefest will host a special screening of Little Rock director Mark Thiedeman’s "Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” to benefit Out in Arkansas, the Times’ coming LGBT publication. /more/
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
Actress Geena Davis announced today that she's launching a new film festival to be held in Bentonville (and called the Bentonville Film Festival) and sponsored by her own organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as corporate partners Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters and ARC Entertainment. The festival, set to be held May 5-9, will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 15 and will focus on films highlighting women and minorities in cast and crew.
The year is off to a rough start with the news that Miller Williams, renowned poet and former Arkansas Times contributing writer, died yesterday in a Fayetteville hospital. He was 84 and had been struggling with Alzheimer's for several years.
Little Rock journalist Suzi Parker, author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt" and a former contributor to Salon, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other outlets, recently self-published her first novel, "Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter," about "a Southern reporter living in Bill Clinton's Arkansas who often finds herself in dangerous yet thrilling situations."
The leadership of the Arkansas Arts Center announced at its annual meeting and luncheon today that it has just completed its sixth year in the black, continuing its recovery from a budget black hole created by an expensive blockbuster exhibition, "World of the Pharaohs."