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The wonder of Mr. Chen's

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The wonder of Mr. Chen's
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How red are we?

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Courtney Goodson won her race to stay on the state Supreme Court last week with something to spare, in spite of the unprecedented sludge of dark-money ads that tried to persuade people that she was an execrable wench who was capable of almost anything. /more/

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'Outlaw King' will get you by

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'Outlaw King' will get you by
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Petrino's legacy

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We could routinely trot out more verbiage about how these 2018 Arkansas Razorbacks keep on fighting to salvage a lost campaign. /more/

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 15:32:00

The cops and robbers open line

click to enlarge CRIME SCENE: Off Mabelvale Pike. - KARK/PRICE MCKEON
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Here's your open line. The news is mostly from the LRPD.



Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:36:00

Trump calls for raking to prevent fires. Claims it's the Finnish way. Fake news, anyone?

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  • MOCKING MEME: A photoshopped image takes off on Trump.
Donald Trump's remarks in California on how Finland prevents disastrous fires by raking the forest floor got only a passing — and unquestioning — mention in the largest newspaper in Arkansas this morning. To remedy that oversight:
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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:17:00

Who wants to be a millionaire? See Rep. Stephen Meeks. UPDATE

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Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks of Greenbrier went viral on Twitter yesterday with this tweet. Oops.



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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 15:51:00


Contrary to rumor, Live Life Chill, the bar/restaurant in the erstwhile Revolution Taco and Tequila Lounge space at the corner of Cantrell and President Clinton Avenue, is not closed. Service manager Lindsey McFadin called the Times this afternoon to say a rumor the bar had closed was killing business; by 3 p.m., no one had been in. The Times, too, had heard the rumor from a number of sources. What has changed, McFadin said, is that the bar is now only open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.


Friday, November 16, 2018 - 13:31:00

New gallery for SoMa: M2

click to enlarge "Untitled," a work by Jay Sage, who'll apply gunpowder to a painting during the Nov. 30 gallery opening as part of a performance art piece.
  • "Untitled," a work by Jay Sage, who'll apply gunpowder to a painting during the Nov. 30 gallery opening as part of a performance art piece.
M2 Gallery, located for 12 years in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, has made the move to 1300 Main St. in the hopping SoMa neighborhood and will hold its Grand (Re)opening from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 30. The opening will be a blast, as artist Jay Sage (whose work appears at right) will apply gunpowder to a painting and ignite it.

The gallery is located on the bottom floor of the building in a large space previously owned by the Oxford American magazine and once occupied by Juanita's restaurant. The opening exhibition will  feature works by Ryder Richards, Jeaneen Barnhart, Ladawna Whiteside, Bryan Frazier, Robin Tucker, John Allison, Neal Harrington, Warren Criswell, Steve Adair, Lisa Krannichfeld, Catherine Nugent, Cathy Burns, Sherrie Shepherd and others.

The space will also feature an area dedicated to works on paper, both in flat files and bins; the photography studio of Ashley Murphy; and custom framing. The gallery will also be available for rent for special events.

Besides the fireworks, the opening will have food, drinks and music. Regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but the gallery will have extended hours during the holidays. Mac Murphy is gallery director.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 18:32:00

CALS checks out works from the Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center will close in November 2019 for a massive renovation, now estimated at close to $100 million, but that doesn't mean it won't have a presence. In a clever collaboration with the Central Arkansas Library System, 3D objects from the permanent collection will be exhibited at CALS branches, its Main Library, and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.

The arrangement, which the Arts Center announced today, chose the new sites for the works pictured in the slideshow here (and others) based on the theme and ambiance of the destinations. For example:

Wendy Maruyama's "The Tag Project" piece, which was exhibited at the Arts Center in 2013 in the "Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/Executive Order 2066," was inspired by the internment of Japanese Americans in the camps at Rowher and Jerome during World War II. The tags replicate 120,000 individual ID tags worn by internees. This piece is destined for the Butler Center, which has the Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection of art, artifacts, documents and photographs saved from the camp. Gould was an art teacher at Rohwer, and she willed items she saved from her students to her friend Gould.

Judy Onofrio's "Just Pretending," a large found-object sculpture of a mermaid that was long exhibited in the atrium of the Arts Center, is aptly going to a place where children will see it, the Hillary Clinton Rodham Children's Library.

Peter Grieve's tin sculpture of a man on a donkey, "Sancho," will go to the Max Milam Library in Perry County as a reflection of the county's agricultural history, according to a press release from the Arts Center, though because Perry County is also home to Heifer International maybe some goat art will head there, too.

The library is sending John G. Garrett's "War Games Basket" to the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood, its news release explains, because of its focus on STEM programs and recycling, though it seems it would have been more suited to Jacksonville's Esther DeWitt Nixon Library, next to the air base. Other military-themed work will be going to the Nixon Library.

Dee Brown Library in Southwest Little Rock will get "Young Girl with Moths" by Margaret Keelan; the connection's not obvious, but the piece is terrific. Michelle Erickson's "Demon and Diety Pot" and other teapots will go to the Roosevelt Thompson Library. The library says it will send works in turned wood to the Millie Brooks Library in Wrightsville.

The Arts Center's paintings and drawings will be placed in a secure facility with light and temperature controls.


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