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Meteor will land in LR June 7

The paper has come down from the long windows facing Kavanaugh Boulevard to reveal The Meteor Cafe, the coffee shop joined to Spokes bicycle shop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham, and the cafe has announced a June 7 opening.

Bar Bark almost off the leash: Check it out sometime in June

Bark Bar is straining at the leash, shooting for a mid-June opening, co-owner Elizabeth Michael says.

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David Bailin's 'Erasings' capture the undulation of memory

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It's on exhibit through May 27 at Boswell Mourot Fine Art. /more/

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Africa Day Fest at Bernice Garden

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Real reform

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Gene Lyons

Conspiracy theorists

Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote. /more/

Movie Reviews

Medieval melee

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Medieval melee
Guy Ritchie's take on 'King Arthur' is deft, if not sublime. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Post-season promise

May 25, 2017
What the coaching staff has done in 2017 constitutes a minor miracle and it likely represents the best work of Dave Van Horn's accomplished tenure. /more/

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 16:22:00

The Sunday open line, plus announcement of a Trump protest

Here's your Sunday open line. In my in-box today is a note about an event at noon Sunday, June 4 at the Pinnacle Hills Cross Church in Rogers.

It's announced by the Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance and described as a "Trump Protest for Peace, Planet and the Poor." Explains the news release:

The reason we are protesting at Cross Church is because pastor Ronnie Floyd is Trump's evangelical advisor. We want to ask Floyd to advise Trump to change course and become a blessed peacemaker for the planet and poor. One of the primary things Jesus preached was concern for the poor.

We will be protesting Trump's recent budget, which includes massive cuts in services for the poor, increased funding for endless wars, and tax cuts to the richest few. Additionally, Trump has an agenda for accelerating environmental destruction.

Floyd and Trump claim to be pro-life and gain votes this way, but we think life must also matter after birth, including healthcare, education and food for the poor. Also, we feel the biggest issues of life are actually environmental and war, especially climate change and the threat of nuclear war, respectively. Each of these issues could abort the lives of billions of future generations.
As a private institution, the church need not open its grounds to all comers. Though as a beneficiary of tax exemption from the government, it understands the value of the 1st Amendment and Floyd himself hasn't been shy about advancing political agendas from his pulpit.

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 08:56:00

Eight, including deputy, killed in Mississippi family dispute

SUSPECT: Clarion-Ledger video has comments from suspect in multiple shootings in Mississippi.
  • SUSPECT: Clarion-Ledger video has comments from suspect in multiple shootings in Mississippi.
Eight people are dead, including a deputy, in shootings at three places in Lincoln County, Mississippi.

A suspect is in custody and the Clarion-Ledger has posted a video of a man saying, among others, "Suicide by cops was my intention. I ain't fit to live, not after what I done." The shooting apparently developed from a domestic dispute. The man in custody spoke of an effort to get his children.

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 08:45:00

He's back. And tweeting up a storm

Trump's in his heaven — back on Twitter and thundering against the media.

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So much for report reading.

 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:20:00

White Water Tavern named among Esquire's "24 Best Bars in America"

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Along with Austin's Half Step, NYC's Slowly Shirley and D.C.'s Columbia Room, Little Rock's favorite railroad dive gets a shout-out from Esquire this morning:

The White Water Tavern is perched along railroad tracks in a forgotten part of town. Streetlamps cast a movie-set glow onto a '40s Oldsmobile in the parking lot, where cars are parked like dusty fixtures that never left. A string of lights tossed in a bush and a cat greet you at the entrance. The tap and the jukebox are both down. But for a sum total of nine dollars, you get a stiff drink and admission into a room with red canoes suspended from the ceiling and a retro bearded guy with cuffed jeans and slicked-back hair unloading his original songs with the help of an old acoustic guitar, his voice enchanting, the poetry of the South. There are no singed orange peels held over pretentious glassware here. This is Americana as it should be—raw, a little ugly, but as honest as it gets. 2500 West Seventh Street Pro tip: After dark, wind your way by foot across one of Little Rock's three Technicolor pedestrian bridges and look back at the city skyline.

Check out this Arkansas Times article from 2010, in which the bar's patrons, champions and stewards tell its story in their own words.


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:57:00

Molly McCully Brown named inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow

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Molly McCully Brown has been named the inaugural recipient of The Oxford American Literary Project’s Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship, to be accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, housing and a nine-month editorial apprenticeship at the magazine in support of McCully Brown’s debut work of creative nonfiction.

That debut work, the OA reports, is to be an expansion of McCully Brown’s manuscript “What We Are,” which its author describes as “a collection of personal essays which approach, from a variety of angles, my evolving understanding of the intersection between the physical body and that intangible other I have come to call the soul.” Citing McCully Brown’s “unreluctant intellection, candid and crisp and often poignant,” judge Brian Blanchfield said the writer’s essays “certainly account what it is to live and work and teach and love with cerebral palsy, but her condition is not ultimately the subject of the capacious, reflective essays that make up the proposed collection. In understated, supple prose, she writes about the uses and limits of anger; about the relationship between disability and religious devotion; about the ways in which ‘explaining is a kind of erasure’ and yielding to stillness brings discovery.”

The fellowship is funded with support from ACANSA Arts Festival, Argenta Arts Foundation, Tenenbaum Recycling Group, Argenta Flats Apartments and Salter Properties, and honors the late Jeff Baskin, who headed the Willian F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock and was an advocate for the arts. 


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:53:00

Forrest City native wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

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  • Patricia Spears Jones

Forrest City native Patricia Spears Jones was announced as the 11th winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers, a nonprofit that publishes a bimonthly magazine of the same name. Spears Jones, now a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident, is the author of poetry collections “The Weather That Kills,” “Femme du Monde” and “Painkiller,” and judges Henri Cole, Kwame Dawes and Mary Szybist lauded Spears Jones’ writing for its “fever of eros, the bones of family and friends, and the breath of everyday existence,” saying, “She is an accessible poet, but never boring. Patricia Spears Jones has steadily and quietly enriched the American poetic tradition with sophisticated and moving poems. More of us should know who she is, and even more should read her.”

Spears Jones is a contributor to BOMB Magazine and a senior fellow at progressive think tank Black Earth Institute, and has been the recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.

 

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