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GiGi's opens with soul food and 'old school R and B vibe'

GiGi’s Soul Cafe and Lounge at 10840 Maumelle Blvd., where the Nashville Rockin Grill was located, opened July 28 and co-owner Darrell Wyrick the restaurant is “bringing back the spirit of some of the places that have gone, like Porter’s and The Afterthought” with its soul food and “old school R and B vibe.”

Restaurant inspections now online

The state Department of Health is now posting retail food outlets inspection information on its website, and has posted a video on its Facebook page explaining its food inspection program and how to use the online search form.

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John Daly’s Steakhouse in Conway has a new tee time: Sept. 1, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 16:38:00

Saturday night open line: Plus, Hot Springs confict, Jake Files troubles and a Woo, Pig! for Frank Broyles

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Here's the Saturday night open line, with a couple of news notes:

* HOT SPRINGS CONFLICT: Times photographer Brian Chilson says two of the people counter-protesting the Confederate gathering in the city have been arrested, or at least detained. He provided the photo above of someone in custody and another police-demonstrator contact below. He elaborated:

They were part of a group that tried to block the sidewalk as the park police were escorting the Confederates from the pen they were in by the Arlington all the way down to the monument to leave flowers there. The police led them down past the counter-protesters where a brief interaction occurred .

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UPDATE (9:08 p.m.)

Jacob Rosenberg reporting. Here is the press release detailing the arrests made in Hot Springs during the protest.

Hot Springs Police Department, National Park Service, Garland County Sheriff Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Probation & Parole and the FBI has been collaborating for the past several days to develop a comprehensive operational plan for today’s scheduled protest.

The Hot Springs Police Department arrested Maya Williams (9/19/97) of North Little Rock and Thomas Bemberg (2/7/88) of Hot Springs, for Disorderly Conduct. The National Park Service arrested Donald Tankersley of Hot Springs for disorderly conduct and a federal burning ordinance.

We also responded to three medical calls for heat related issues.

There is no doubt that this was a tremendously successful operation because of proper planning, communication and the relationships that we have developed with the many Governmental agencies & community stakeholders.

A third arrest was made by the National Park Service when a man tried to light a bandana with Confederate imagery on fire.

"It was too soaked in sweat and wouldn't burn," said Tim Looper, who claimed he was the cousin of the man arrested. "No flames and just a bit of smoke — no more than a cigarette lit on the street."

* MORE TROUBLES FOR JAKE FILES: The Times Record in Fort Smith reported today on mounting financial troubles for Sen. Jake Files, who'd earlier announced he won't seek re-election next year. A new court filing details some $1.2 million owed by Files and his construction company to various parties, including the IRS.

He's apparently invoked 5th Amendment privilege against testifying in some cases. He says he hopes to restructure his debt.

One lingering question posed by the article is what happened to state surplus money sent to a subcontractor for supposed work on a city recreation project that Files' company didn't complete. The city says the work wasn't done and wants some $26,000 back.

* FAREWELL TO FRANK: And, yes, of course, they called the Hogs to conclude the memorial service today for Frank Broyles at Bud Walton Arena at UA.
click to enlarge WOO, PIG, SOOIE; Concluding the Broyles service. - TWITTER/@PIGTRAILNATION
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  • WOO, PIG, SOOIE; Concluding the Broyles service.

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:39:00

When Johnny Reb comes marching to Hot Springs

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Times photographer Brian Chilson is observing the gathering of Confederate monument worshippers and counter-demonstrators in Hot Springs today. I'll pass along some of the sights here and I'm sure he'll post a full Facebook folder eventually.

By midday, only a small group of neo-Confederates were on hand. They were greeted with signs representing divergent views. UPDATE: Several dozen Rebel reinforcements arrived later.
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click to enlarge WIDE OPEN SPACES: In the enclosure for the Confederacy defenders.
  • WIDE OPEN SPACES: In the enclosure for the Confederacy defenders.
click to enlarge MARCHING ON CENTRAL: Turnout in protest at midday seemed to outnumber of the Confederates.
  • MARCHING ON CENTRAL: Turnout in protest at midday seemed to outnumber of the Confederates.
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PS: Look at this link for photos of just SOME of the law enforcement called out as a precautionary measure.

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 09:38:00

Dixie's Defenders and the scrapheap of history

click to enlarge SCRAPHEAP OF HISTORY: Dumpsters guard the Confederate Monument in Hot Springs, now flying a white balloon in place of the Confederate battle flag. - BRIAN CNILSON
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  • SCRAPHEAP OF HISTORY: Dumpsters guard the Confederate Monument in Hot Springs, now flying a white balloon in place of the Confederate battle flag.
And you thought the Civil War was over. Supercharged by a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and Donald Trump's signal of sympathy, the Rebel remnants of America and assorted white supremacists, bigots and garden variety nuts have taken to the battlements to protect the symbols of the Lost Cause.

Near hysteria has sent this crowd to defense of statuary around the country. Several assembled by the Confederate soldier's statue at the Capitol yesterday. Sons of the South apparently were on duty in Searcy after rumors of an assault on a Confederate monument at the WHITE County courthouse. Similar reports arose around the country.
click to enlarge REBEL DISPLAY: In something resembling a zoo enclosure, Confederate idolators will be on display in Hot Springs today. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • REBEL DISPLAY: In something resembling a zoo enclosure, Confederate idolators will be on display in Hot Springs today.
Today, the Confederate irregulars will muster for the third time this year on National Park Service property by the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. Counter-demonstrators will be prevented from entering the protestors' pen (see above.) The Confederate Facebook page is full of boasts about the firepower they'll be carrying. That they can shoot and kill (and drive cars and kill) I have no doubt. My response to that is one word: Appomattox.

Brian Chilson's photo at top shows the symbolically appropriate garbage dumpsters that have been placed around Hot Springs' Confederate monument, a patch of land owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The UDC acceded to city wishes to no longer fly that modern-day symbol of revolution and racism, the Confederate battle flag. In its place today: A white balloon. (Surrender?) As we noted yesterday, this statue was put in place long after the Civil War and the square was the scene of two lynchings.

click to enlarge BLUE AND GRAY: An anti-racism demonstrator stood near the Confederate statue at the Capitol Friday evening and engaged with a handful of men on the scene to protect the monument. They talked and parted after shaking hands, KARK/Fox 16 reported. - MITCH MCCOY/KARK
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  • BLUE AND GRAY: An anti-racism demonstrator stood near the Confederate statue at the Capitol Friday evening and engaged with a handful of men on the scene to protect the monument. They talked and parted after shaking hands, KARK/Fox 16 reported.
Spread the word: The Lincoln Brigade is developing a systematic plan to assault every Confederate monument in Arkansas larger than a historical marker. Eternal vigilance is required. We know not where and on what date they'll strike, but it's expected to be nightly, in the early morning hours, until all vestiges of the Confederate States of America have been hauled off to a foundry for conversion into commemorative coinage bearing Stars of David, rainbow symbols and the profile of Martin Luther King.

Round-the-clock patrols will be necessary until the threat has passed. Pass it on wherever you see the banner of Dixie flying.

Good Confederates were on hand in Searcy yesterday to protect the statue of a Confederate soldier (erected 52 years after the end of the war) in front of the White County courthouse after rumors spread of an imminent assault. None was attempted, but those Dam Yankees are clever like that. It was probably a misdirection so they could send a flying squad to another county less prepared.
click to enlarge VIGILANT IN SEARCY: The Rebel guard stood watch Friday.
  • VIGILANT IN SEARCY: The Rebel guard stood watch Friday.

In all seriousness: Speak, protest, counter-protest, but no guns, fists, knives or chopsocky, please. Or destruction of property.

UPDATE: Harding newspaper covered the gathering of white supremacists in Searcy.  They included one wearing an Arkansas Engineering T-shirt meant to resemble one worn in the march in Charlottesville.

 

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:22:00

Third Friday in Argenta: Artwalking to see Southern landscapes and more

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  • Stephen Scott Young's "Wooden Boats," at Thompson Fine Art.



Works by some of Arkansas's most distinguished artists, including the late Al Allen and Carroll Cloar, along with famed regionalist Thomas Hart Benton make up part of the offerings in "Southern Landscapes," a new exhibition at Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.) opening with the monthly Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk tonight.

Also in the show: contemporary Arkansas artists Mark Blaney, Dolores Justus, Darrell Berry, Stephen Schneider and Charles Harrington; Arkansas native Kendall Stallings; watercolorist Stephen Scott Young; and South Carolina painter Edward Rice.

Other venues open Friday night: Mugs Cafe (515 Main St.), which continues "Three Dollar Icon," paintings by Melissa Wilkinson; the Laman Library Argenta Branch (420 Main St.), which is showing "Paints, Pastels, Pencils and Pixels," work by Miller B. "Eddie" Smith and Ed Rhodes; Core Brewery, which is showing "Dance Your HeART Out," art inspired by dance; and the House of Art (108 E. Fourth), where Sulac, Everett Gee, Woozel, Loogie, x3mex and Derek Simon are showing. Claytime Pottery will have a 50-percent-off sale; Argenta Gallery continues its "Film, Flash, Focus, Record" show of work by Michael Shaeffer; and StudioMain will host POP-UP Argenta. LNP


 

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:11:00

Werner Herzog coming to Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival


The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has scored a coup, landing Werner Herzog, one of the most influential and surely the most interesting documentary filmmakers ever for its upcoming festival, Oct. 6-15. No word yet on what Herzog will be talking about or what film he'll be bringing, but just about anything should be worth your time. See the videos above and below.

Hot Springs, Arkansas) – Werner Herzog, the acclaimed screenwriter, film director, author, and actor, is coming to Arkansas to take part in the 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. This year’s festival will run October 6-15 at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. The festival received 1,179 documentary submissions and HSDFF leaders are putting the final touches on the 2017 slate. Additional prominent attendees and films will be announced in the coming weeks.

HSDFF is proud to announce Mountain Valley Spring Water as the 2017 festival’s Presenting Sponsor. Mountain Valley has been a long-time HSDFF supporter on many levels. Once again, the Arlington has stepped up to be the HSDFF Host Sponsor in historic downtown Hot Springs.

“We are very excited to be the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival presenting sponsor for 2017, and thrilled to continue to build on our relationship with this important event and organization. Mountain Valley Spring Water believes strongly in the film festival goal of highlighting the art of documentary film making, and ultimately bringing cultural and social enrichment to our community and state.” – Stephan Williams, Director of Marketing.

“The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa looks forward to being the host sponsor for the sixth straight year and many more years to come,” Arlington General Manager Bob Martorana said. “This has been a great partnership and venue for all the guests, filmmakers and volunteers. We are excited about the future success of the HSDFF and the plans for the hotel.

Festivalgoers looking to book rooms in advance will find special rates online at ArlingtonHotel.com, using the special code HSDOC, or may call the hotel directly at 800-643-1502.

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:42:00

'Sign of the Times': Political posters at CHARTS

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Hendrix College's Dr. Jay Barth will give a talk and sax player Dr. Barry McVinney and pianist Mark Binns will provide the music at tonight's opening of "The Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster" in the Windgate Gallery at UA Pulaski Tech's CHARTS (The Center for Humanities and Arts). The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibition, from ExhibitsUSA, includes posters from 1844 to 2012, which are shown both as an example of poster art, the dawn of lithography, and to stimulate talk about the politics of the past. The exhibition tracks changes in styles, from the use of political artists like Ben Shahn and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg during the World War II to the "floating head" design of the 1950s and 1960s and beyond.

Here's more about the show from the exhibition news release:

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that will delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments. The political campaign poster had its humble beginnings in the 1840s when the new lithographic printing process, largely developed in Germany, was developed to satisfy a growing demand for printed material. Hand-colored portraits of presidential and vice-presidential candidates were first printed for the 1844 race between Whig Party candidate Henry Clay and the eventual winner, James K. Polk of the Democratic Party. ...

The left-wing counterculture revolution of the 1960s was awash in civil rights, psychedelia and anti-war posters that culminated in the creation of some of the finest campaign posters, many of which appeared in the 1968 Democratic primary campaign of Eugene McCarthy. The George McGovern campaign that followed in 1972 was a virtual explosion of exciting political art. The offset printed poster was the more frequent, but many famous artists, such as Alexander Calder and Peter Max, screenprinted limited editions that helped fund campaigns. Hundreds of posters were created by well-known artists, illustrators, and often by inspired first time poster makers.

After the graphically exciting 1972 presidential campaign, future contests produced only a few outstanding posters in each election cycle. However, the Democrat’s nomination of Barack Obama in 2008 heralded a renaissance of the form, as many artists—insiders, outsiders, and the famous—jumped on the candidate’s bandwagon. In fact, in 2008 it looked as if the great American political poster had at last solidified its place in future campaigns. Unfortunately, it was not to be; in 2012 the creation of exciting innovative posters tapered off sharply from the previous presidential election cycle.

 

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