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Little Rock's first family of tortillas

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Brenda's turns out the freshest in town. /more/

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Many people find cats aloof and mysterious, so much so that a small academic/journalistic industry has sprung up to explain the animals to their owners. /more/

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Hogs flop in SEC tourney

March 15, 2019
Hogs flop in SEC tourney
Arkansas has had a curious history in the SEC men’s basketball tournament. The 1994 national champs were ousted from it by a stellar Kentucky squad, and when that happened, it seemed to provide a spark as the Hogs spent the next three weeks wiping out their competitors to claim the ultimate crown. /more/

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 22:09:00

Revised landlord-tenant bill blocked again despite concessions to realtors group

click to enlarge VOTED DOWN: Rep. Jimmy Gazaway presents the amendments to the House Insurance and Commerce committee. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • VOTED DOWN: Rep. Jimmy Gazaway presents the amendments to the House Insurance and Commerce committee.

A House committee on Monday afternoon narrowly rejected a bill intended to establish rights for Arkansas renters — even after its sponsor, Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould), amended the bill to address critics' objections. It could return for another vote later this week or next week.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 14:40:00

Today's the day for landlord-tenant bill UPDATE Another defeat

Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould) says he will present his HB 1410 to provide protection to renters at a committee meeting after adjournment today. The bill will incorporate changes suggested by the Arkansas Realtors Association, but that powerful lobby still won't support the bill. Update: needing 11 votes, the bill got 10 with a number of members not voting.  It can be reconsidered. More to come.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 13:58:00

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:24:15

"Set It Off" Tuesday night at Arkansas Times Film Series

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In 2018, the Arkansas Times Film Series programmed a succession of classic heist films: "Point Break," "Rafifi" and "Bob Le Flambeur." In 2019, bank robberies are the theme: In January, it was George Roy Hill's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," in which the increasing difficulty in being a successful bank robber signals the end of an era; in February, it was Barbara Loden's "Wanda," in which a despondent divorcee becomes an unwitting accomplice to a failed robbery.

We'll cap off the bank robbery theme with "Set It Off," F. Gary Gray's 1996 action crime drama, and the follow-up to his stoner comedy-turned-cult classic "Friday." In "Set It Off," bank teller Frankie (Vivica A. Fox) finds herself falsely linked with a bank robber and, with her dreams of rising through the ranks of the bank hierarchy shattered, she joins three friends who work for a cleaning service: Cleo (Queen Latifah), Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Tisean (Kimberly Elise). Together, they hatch a plan to get ahead in a society that's designed to hold them back.
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The film works not only because it's compelling crime fiction, but also because it allows each of the four women their own interior lives. Frankie, of course, wants payback for the way she was unceremoniously fired. Stony wants to help her brother pay his college tuition. Cleo is openly gay and wants to purchase elaborate gifts for her girlfriend, and Tisean is trying to raise (and keep custody of) her child. Set against a backdrop of the violence and unrest in the '80s and '90s in Los Angeles, "Set It Off" was conceived as a socially conscious film. The protagonists' impetus for getting into the business of bank robbing isn't frivolous. It's a means to an economic end, catalyzed by a rooftop conversation about the disappearance of factory jobs that pay a living wage. So many of the societal ills depicted in "Set it Off" — racism, classism — still resonate over 20 years after its release, and the idea of an all-female crime caper still feels novel, even with last year's "Oceans 8" and with Steve McQueen's "Widows." "Set It Off" uses the crime genre to make timely critiques of the way the most marginalized people in society are themselves robbed of social mobility and fair economic opportunity.

Catch it tonight at Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m., $9. 

 

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 16:57:00

Architect magazine lauds Walton-inspired design efforts in NW

click to enlarge Theatre Squared, to open its 2019 season in August in a new building that the Walton Family Foundation partially funded.
  • Theatre Squared, to open its 2019 season in August in a new building that the Walton Family Foundation partially funded.

Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, sent a writer to Bentonville to plumb the "paradox" that the same family that has planted big box stores across America's "car-centric" suburbs is also behind the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. She passes by undistinguished and enormous Walmart distribution centers on her way to the new, hip Bentonville downtown and observes:
I felt like I was deep in a symbiotic landscape, eating artisanal fare in a perfectly calibrated, pleasantly walkable downtown that, in a stroke of irony, largely owes its existence to a major producer of hideous, car-centric sprawl. Everything around me was willed into being by either Walmart or its founding family, now the wealthiest in America.
In an interview with Karen Minkel of the Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, writer Karrie Jacobs learns about the Walton approach to place-making that has helped build the Razorback Regional Greenway and the off-road bike trails, Theatre Squared in Fayetteville and the still-in-the-works Thaden School. There's a nod, of course, to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Jacobs notes that not all is Camelot — she stayed in a chain hotel on the interstate, not at 21C Museum Hotel, for instance — but then she found the bike trail and concludes:
Snaking through pastoral landscapes and past housing complexes and malls, the trail was a small, insistent miracle. And, like the placemaking efforts of the Walton Family Foundation, it doesn’t make the asphalt desert willed into existence by the likes of Walmart disappear, but it does offer an alternative path, a respite from an otherwise intractable set of problems.

 

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 14:44:00

Cantrell Gallery features Paul Caldwell

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Cantrell Gallery (8208 Cantrell Road) is hosting a reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight (March 15) for its exhibition of recent photographs by Paul Caldwell, "Flow." Caldwell, of Little Rock, describes "Flow" as a "photographic study of natural subjects and motion."  

 

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Windgate Foundation draws attention to the arts, its benefits

March 2, 2019
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It's become the Johnny Appleseed of Arkansas arts education. /more/

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Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike

March 18, 2019
Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike
Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs), despite opposition from Governor Hutchinson and the state Republican Party, is proceeding with her bills to undo significant portions of the state minimum wage hike approved by voters just last November. /more/

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