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Up all night at Hurts Donuts

April 1, 2019
Up all night at Hurts Donuts
Surveying the line at downtown Little Rock's popular new donut shop. /more/

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Nunna My Heroes: A conversation with Fahamu Pecou

April 17, 2019
Nunna My Heroes: A conversation with Fahamu Pecou
Last chance to catch Fahamu Pecou and over 50 other artists at Crystal Bridges' "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder." /more/

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Ernest Dumas

GOP's health care quandary

Republican officeholders, in Arkansas and everywhere, have found themselves in an impossible catch-22 — caught between mutually conflicting political demands by their voters. I’m talking about the political dilemma of choosing between the widely hated Obamacare and the highly popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. /more/

Gene Lyons

Bernie, the millionaire Socialist

So Bernie Sanders, the self-anointed scourge of the malign influence of “millionaires and billionaires” on American politics, is himself a millionaire. Firmly ensconced in the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States. Which you’ve got to admit is pretty funny. Only in America, as comedians like to say. /more/

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Welcome, Coach Muss

April 8, 2019
Welcome, Coach Muss
As is common when a “coaching search” gets underway at the University of Arkansas—at this rate, it’s been about an average of every two or three years during my lifetime that either the basketball or football head coaching position has changed—the rumor mill churns at a feverish pace and almost always ends up being discredited for one reason or another. /more/

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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 19:34:00

Easter Sunday Open Line

Been tied up with the in-laws all day, but here's a fresh open line for Sunday evening.

My toddler was very interested in picking up easter eggs and dropping them in the basket. She's fond of basket-related tasks at the moment. I ate too many ribs. It was an all right day.

What's the word out there?  

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 19:28:00

Suspect dies after police shooting at Shackleford Crossings

A man died after an exchange of gunfire at the Shackleford Crossings shopping center in West Little Rock between the man and two Little Rock Police officers, police said.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 18:56:00

More than 200 die suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka

Horrific news from Sri Lanka, where more than 200 people were killed and more than 400 more wounded in a series of eight bombings at churches and hotels today, believed to have been a coordinated attack by suicide bombers.

Police have arrested 13 people in connection with the attacks, which took place in the capital city, Colombo, as well as two other major cities, Negombo and Batticaloa. 

 

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Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 08:05:00

Saturday To-Do: Ben Dickey at White Water Tavern

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In a world ruled by fairness, Ben Dickey’s 2016 solo record “Sexy Birds & Salt Water Classics” and its 2019 follow-up “A Glimmer on the Outskirts” would be enough to make his a household name. It was, however, the fortuitous events of that three-year interim that would do the trick.

The Little Rock native — formerly of ’90s-era local post-hardcore act Shake Ray Turbine — found his name on the tongues of critics at Rolling Stone and Sundance last year after his friend Ethan Hawke cast him at the center of “Blaze,” a film depicting the life of Malvern native/songwriting legend Blaze Foley. What emerged was hailed as the best biopic of 2018; Dickey’s film debut grappled with its subject unflinchingly, giving a wider audience not only awareness of Foley’s catalogue and stunning biography, but an awareness of Dickey’s own artistry. Even better, Bob Dylan’s longtime guitarist Charlie Sexton — who played Townes Van Zandt in “Blaze” — produced “A Glimmer on the Outskirts,” selecting its track list and its studio musicians. It’s a mesmerizing collection of tracks, earnest and beatific, and worthy of getting lost in more than once, with vivid turns of phrase like “the Great Rearranger drippin’ all his venom into our eyes.”

Dickey performs from it for this Saturday engagement at the White Water Tavern, where he debuted “Sexy Birds” in 2016, before he became an indie film darling.

 

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 14:22:00

Three Fold announces fried chicken 'pop-up' Haybird; says Riverdale project in the works

click to enlarge FRIED CHICKEN ON THE WAY: Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. will be opening a pop-up fried chicken restaurant in its former location on Center St. Owner Lisa Zhang said she hopes Haybird will open by the end of May.
  • FRIED CHICKEN ON THE WAY: Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. will be opening a pop-up fried chicken restaurant in its former location on Center St. Owner Lisa Zhang said she hopes Haybird will open by the end of May.

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. is opening a "pop-up" fried chicken restaurant in its former location at 215 Center St. Hanaroo Sushi Bar, which occupied the space after Three Fold relocated, was to close April 20. Haybird will highlight a lighter style of fried chicken than most southerners are used to, serving boneless breasts and legs atop very thinly-cut fries — hence the "hay" in the name. Owner Lisa Zhang said she hopes to open the pop-up by the end of May.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 08:05:00

Saturday To-Do: Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo at Kings Live Music

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Nearly a decade ago, a stylish brunette named Jamie Lou Connolly won a talent competition at her call center workplace in Russellville, Arkansas. From there, she went on to play solo sets at dive bars, coffee shops, and in houses around the DIY scene, always generating stunned silence when she opened her mouth to sing.

Jamie Lou slowly became “Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo,” adding the instruments and members that has since created their unique folk/indie rock sound. Connolly has won numerous singer-songwriter competitions, but in 2018, the band also claimed the title of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase champions, competing against sixteen talented musicians local to Arkansas.

Connolly's 2017 album, "Femi-Socialite," is available to hear across most music streaming services, but nothing beats the real deal: feeling the rhythmic pulses between the drums and bass, the rise and fall of the lead guitar, the mellow constant of Jamie Lou’s guitar parts, and of course, the sometimes delicate, sometimes raucous intensity of her vocals.

The music video for the single, "Highway Men," released at the end of 2018 makes her meaning clear: Jamie Lou isn’t taking crap from anyone. Formerly the River Valley Sweetheart, this Northwest Arkansas star remains the Golden Voice of the Ozarks, performing live at King’s Live Music on Saturday, April 20.

 

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Lance Hines wants to make Little Rock a better place for new business

April 8, 2019
Lance Hines wants to make Little Rock a better place for new business
As City Director of Ward 5, Lance Hines wants to represent the business community’s interests on the city board. Now in his third term as a city director, Hines said he wants to make both residential and retail development easier in Little Rock and increase the city’s revenue by recruiting “one of a kind” retailers to make it a source for “destination shopping.” /more/

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