THE ARKANSAS ROCKEFELLER
9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29
AETN (Broadcast Ch. 2, Comcast Ch. 3)
Where the heck are the Republicans like Winthop Rockefeller? After relocating to Arkansas in 1953, Rockefeller dedicated his life to being a champion of reform in his adopted home state. It was a philosophy he brought to the Governor’s Mansion when he was elected in 1966, the first Republican to win the post since Reconstruction. He soon set about cleaning up the legendarily brutal Arkansas prison system, funding new school buildings, increasing teacher salaries and raising taxes to pay for it — benevolence and foresight that seems all but lost these days in the ranks of the GOP. This documentary looks at the life and times of a transplanted Arkansas giant.
1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26
KTHV (Broadcast Ch. 11, Comcast Ch. 10)
If there’s anything better than football itself, it has to be the football rivalry. And — Arkansas vs. Texas aside — the rivalries don’t get much better than the long-running feud between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the LSU Tigers. Here, KTHV, Channel 11 sports guru Craig O’Neill gives a rundown of this classic post-Turkey Day matchup, lending his signature style and humor to what promises to be either a barn-burner or an out-and-out bloodbath (like last year’s blowout, with the Tigers slow-roasting the Hogs 55-24). Can defending national champion LSU roll over the Razorbacks on its way back into the top 10 and a decent bowl game? Tune in and see. Followed immediately by the game, live from War Memorial Stadium.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1
Spike TV (Comcast Ch. 63)
With the official tally of combat casualties in Iraq currently headed north of 8,000 (a figure that — as reported on the most recent installment of CBS’s “60 Minutes” — doesn’t include tens of thousands of horrific wounds the Pentagon considers “non combat” injuries), it’s probably a good time to watch this gripping tale of one young man returning home with the scars of war. Directed by Oliver Stone, it’s the true story of Ron Kovic (played to great effect by Tom Cruise), a gung-ho young recruit from a middle-class family returns from Vietnam paralyzed from the waist down. Kovic’s story of loss — and the redemption he found after dedicating himself to ending the war — should stand as a wake-up call to our times.
— By David Koon
Glass artist Ed Pennebaker's 13-foot-tall sculpture of tall, multicolored glass panels was chosen for temporary installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain in front of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Also, Red Octopus at the Public Theater, Alcee Chriss III at First Presbyterian Church, Harvestfest in Hillcrest, the Arkansas Times Hog Roast, Wildflower Revue at South on Main and Made By Few in Bentonville.