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Zangna Thai Cuisine in Little Rock

A mostly positive experience.

Nexus Coffee and Creative opens Saturday

Nexus Coffee and Creative, 301B President Clinton Ave., will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 15, becoming the third new downtown coffee house to open in as many months this year.

Viva Vegan Pop-up at The Green Corner Store

Vegan pop-up draws strong crowd.

Dining Review

Brunch with a punch

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Brunch with a punch
The Southern Gourmasian's brunch may be the best-kept secret in town. /more/

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"Night of the Living Dead" at Ron Robinson Theater

July 26, 2017
"Night of the Living Dead" at Ron Robinson Theater
Also, Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, Big Piph's "Celebrate" Release Party, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, "Crown: The Final Curtain Call," Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies and more /more/

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Max Brantley

Head-shaking

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Ernest Dumas

Not Whitewater

Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won. /more/

Gene Lyons

Buyer remorse

Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories. /more/

Movie Reviews

Live and let die

July 20, 2017
Live and let die
'Apes' reboot is satisfying, if not daring. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Five big questions for Arkansas football

July 20, 2017
Among them: Can Austin Allen get a better handle on the job and rein in his emotions? /more/

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 17:34:00

Two charged in Newport police officer's slaying; new triggerman

click to enlarge PATRICK WEATHERFORD: Two charged in his death.
  • PATRICK WEATHERFORD: Two charged in his death.
KATV gets the jump on news that Prosecutor Henry Boyce has charged two people in the June 12 shooting death of Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, killed in a chase of a car break-in suspect. There's a new suspect for who fired the fatal shot.

Boyce said he'd charged Derrick Heard, 16, of Newport and Tyler Calamese, 18.

Heard is to be charged as an adult with capital murder, attempted capital murder, breaking or entering, theft of property and possession of a handgun by a minor.

Boyce says Calamese was charged Wednesday with breaking or entering, theft of property and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor.

Calamese has been in custody since the day of the shooting. Though he wasn't formally charged, he was suspected.  He surrendered to police that day and news accounts said he'd admitted the shooting. His family had said he didn't shoot the officer.

From KATV:

“This investigation has been an intensive effort and we are confident the evidence in the case will support the charges filed today," Boyce stated.
The Democrat-Gazette reported that a juvenile was arrested Friday on a probation revocation and suggested that might have ties to the case. The study of video evidence was said to be holding up a final decison on charges in the case.

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 16:20:00

Summer. Fresh. Local.

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Get your Arkansas Grown Produce at Edwards.


Beat the heat and head to Edwards for their latest produce. Fresh Arkansas watermelon and cantaloupe are in! They sell out quick, so head over there now to get yours.

Other Arkansas Grown produce at Edwards: okra, sweet potato, zucchini, squash, Anaheim peppers, serrano peppers and cucumbers. Don’t miss out on your taste of Arkansas’ summer harvest.

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 15:58:00

Republicans fall short on Obamacare repeal vote, but Cotton and Boozman were on board

The U.S. Senate has failed at two more tries at doing something about Obamacare.

After rejecting Ted Cruz's junk insurance proposal last night (a vote on which John Boozman was a yes and Tom Cotton among nine Republican no votes), the Senate today could muster only 45 votes for an Obama care repeal in two years. The measure offered no specifics on what would come after. Here, both Sen. Tom Cotton and John Boozman were on board with a bill that likely spelled doom for Arkansas's Medicaid expansion, but safely after the 2018 election.

Democrats proposed an amendment to send the bill to committee for the normal drafting and approval process. All 52 Republicans opposed that idea.

More votes are coming, including on the so-called skinny repeal and a Graham-Cassidy amendment.

 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:12:00

Comedian Joe Mande's new special includes story of going to taping of "Huckabee" stoned

click to enlarge SOURCE: YOUTUBE.COM
  • SOURCE: Youtube.com
In his new Netflix special, "Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special," the eponymous Joe Mande tells a long joke about going to see former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Fox News show "Huckabee" after eating a pot brownie. I'm not going to ruin the joke, so just watch the special. (Or, if you don't have Netflix, there was a less polished version of the story told on the now defunct "The Pete Holmes Show.")

The biggest bon mot of the joke is probably Mande, incredibly high, laughing hard at Huckabee's horrific monologue jokes and Huckabee's sanctification from thinking he is killing. The former Governor — or, as Mande dubs him, "probably future ambassador to Chick-fil-A" — rightfully draws scorn for indulging in the fantasy he is a comedian. And Mande, a former writer on "Parks and Recreation," has for awhile on Twitter been reaping the rewards of that idiocy. Uproxx did an article in which Mande is quoted saying of Huckabee's tweet jokes: “Oh my god, it’s so awful....His jokes hurt. They hurt your brain to read.”

Huckabee has become a national version of the lame Dad/preacher type trying to relate to the 'youth' with puns and rock 'n' roll. Luckily, Mande fills the necessary role in response to this: a kid in the back of the church mercilessly making fun of him.

Ah, that beautiful local cycle on a national stage; it's fun to watch.

Check out the trailer for the special here.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 14:29:00

Fayetteville, Fenix and art-making on Saturday

click to enlarge Gelatin print by Leilani Law
  • Gelatin print by Leilani Law
If you're in Fayetteville this weekend, you can drop in on several workshops being held by the Fenix Fayetteville artists' cooperative at the Walker-Stone House, 207 W. Center St. downtown.

There will be eight art stations, where you can watch artists work and then take part in making gelatin prints, sketch books and paper houses.

Participating artists and what they'll be working in include David Bachman (painting), Mary Collins (collage), Laurie Foster (mixed media), MM Kent (painting), Leilani Law (gelatin printing), Octavio Logo (bookbinding, sketchbooks), Sabine Schmidt (paper houses) and Steven Schneider (painting).

The free event is in conjunction with the Fenix & Friends Summer Art Exhibition at Walker-Stone House through Aug. 5.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 15:52:00

UALR artist Mia Hall is off to Penland: UPDATE

click to enlarge Mia Hall with her daughter, Fiona, beside Hall's 2016 Delta Exhibition piece, "Concrete Still Life." - UA LITTLE ROCK
  • UA Little Rock
  • Mia Hall with her daughter, Fiona, beside Hall's 2016 Delta Exhibition piece, "Concrete Still Life."

The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina has announced the hiring of Mia Hall, of the Department of Art and Design at UA Little Rock, as its new director.

Hall, who has served on the UALR faculty for 10 years and is interim department chair, is known locally for her sculptural work in exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center, UALR and Wildwood Park for the Arts, as well as in the Bernice Garden. She's also shown in the 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, N.C., and has work in private and public collections. She'll begin her job at Penland Jan. 1.

Hall is married to metalworker David Clemons, who teaches at Penland and is an artist-in-residence at UALR. I've sent an email to Hall to see if Little Rock is losing Clemons as well. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Fiona.

UPDATE: Yes, Little Rock will lose Clemons, too, at the end of the next academic year. He will then work on his art full time.


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