• Best of Arkansas 2016

    Best of Arkansas 2016

    July 28, 2016
    Readers elect their favorites. /more/
  • Cover Stories

    2016 Best of Arkansas editors' picks

    July 28, 2016
    A few of our favorite things. /more/

    Dogtown Sound: A new dinosaur

    July 28, 2016
    The North Little Rock shop takes up the torch from the old guard of luthiers. /more/

    Boulevard of baked dreams

    July 28, 2016
    How much bread can a bread baker bake if a bread baker takes no break? /more/

    Eye on Arkansas

    Bar the door

    July 28, 2016
    This katydid nymph isn't shown full size in this photograph from the Arkansas Times' Eye On Arkansas Flickr page, thank goodness. /more/

    Selfies with Clinton

    July 21, 2016
    Members of the Rodney Block Collective at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner of the Arkansas Democratic Party, including Little Rock trumpeter and band leader Block (right), crowd in for a photo with former president. /more/

    The Big Picture

    Arkansas Times Recommends: The Water Edition

    July 21, 2016
    Arkansas Times Recommends is a regular series on our entertainment blog, Rock Candy, in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week. To get folks in the right frame of mind, sometimes we do themes. Amid scorching temperatures, water was on our mind this week. /more/

    Arkansas Reporter

    School's out forever

    July 28, 2016
    When the last school building in Altheimer closed in 2013, resources and student records were left to rot — despite the state Education Department being in control. /more/

    Mosaic Church celebrates its 15th anniversary

    July 21, 2016
    It's an anchor for 72204 /more/

    The Observer


    July 28, 2016
    The Observer is tied up this week, so he's asked The Baby Observer to fill in for him. /more/

    The fall

    July 21, 2016
    When The Observer was a lad, our swimming spot of choice was the Round Hole, a geographical oddity where the Saline River made a hard turn to the left. The result was a vast eddy that had cut an almost perfectly round pool, the bottom scoured straight down to bedrock. /more/

    The Week That Was

    Governor OK to stump, panel says

    July 28, 2016
    Also, Cotton on Trump and Putin, Suhl convicted and more. /more/


    Falling apart

    July 28, 2016
    Here's an idea. Instead of our national news reporters (we'll call them that as a kindness) talking about how our political system has chosen a sociopathic buffoon to represent one of our two political parties as a nominee for POTUS, let's talk about the well-qualified candidate from the other party having a problem with "trust" and "likability." /more/


    No counsel

    July 21, 2016

    Jay Barth

    Michelle Obama: still who she was

    July 28, 2016
    I had the good fortune to see Michelle Obama fairly early in her public life. /more/

    The Trump campaign is winging it

    July 21, 2016
    A talented politician with the confidence to be unpredictable can produce authentic moments that connect with voters and move them, but at the end of the day an entire campaign that is built upon improvisation is bound for trouble. /more/

    Max Brantley

    1957 all over again

    July 21, 2016
    Last week, the State Board of Education voted to ignore federal courts and allow school district transfers that will encourage segregation. /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Trump-Putin 2016

    July 28, 2016
    Among the thousand bizarre aspects of the presidential campaign has been the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin axis. /more/

    Guest Writer

    Rent reforms

    July 28, 2016
    Arkansas's landlord tenant laws work well for honest landlords, too well for slumlords, and they don't work at all for honest tenants. /more/

    Gene Lyons

    Hillary hit jobs

    July 28, 2016
    It's always been my conviction that if Hillary Clinton could be appointed president, she'd do a bang-up job. Getting elected, however, might prove more difficult. /more/

    Drinking culture

    July 21, 2016
    Here we go again. At the rate these campus sexual abuse sagas are making news, it's reasonable to ask what college administrators can possibly be thinking about. /more/



    Max Brantley

    1957 all over again

    At historic Central High School, two former presidents and a former British prime minister /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Trump-Putin 2016

    Among the thousand bizarre aspects of the presidential campaign has been the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin /more/

    Gene Lyons

    Hillary hit jobs

    It's always been my conviction that if Hillary Clinton could be appointed president, she'd do /more/

    Arkansas Blog

    The Voter Roll Screw-Up Edition

    A screw-up that's disenfranchised untold numbers of eligible voters, a funding change proposed for higher education and Hillary Clinton and the wrap-up of the Democratic National Convention — all covered on this week's podcast.

    Higher ed board approves governor's overhaul of college funding

    Hutchinson wants schools to be held accountable for delivering results. That sounds great, but there's also concern an "outcomes-based" approach could create perverse incentives for schools.

    Rock Candy

    New book documents the work of visionary instrument-maker Ed Stilley

    Ed Stilley is one of those special, extraordinary visionaries who are driven to create. In Stilley's case, God was the driver and He told Stilley in 1979 to build acoustic  instruments for children.

    Arkansas Times Recommends: The Weather 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.

    Power out at the Arts Center

    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.It's a good thing it was today and not next Thursday, Aug. 4,  when the Arts Center is holding an open house for architectural firms interested in applying for the planned renovation and expansion will be held. The Arts Center announced in June its Request For Qualifications for a design architect was ready for interested parties.

    Eat Arkansas

    Eat My Catfish surfaces in Little Rock

    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.

    Pickled! Preservation Libations fundraiser is Friday

    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.

    The British are coming to Big Orange: Midtown, and they're bringing rum

    Like sailors? Like 'em liquored up? Boy, have we got a holiday for you. And Big Orange: Midtown is the place to be.

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