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Buying way into the Ivies: What else is new?

If it’s news to you that social climbers see buying their children’s way into fancy, name-brand colleges as the functional equivalent of wearing Rolex watches or driving Maseratis, then I don’t know where to start. /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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Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 16:13:00

The Mueller report is a win for Trump: The open line

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The summary Mueller report is out and Donald Trump proclaims it a total exoneration. Let that be the open line.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 09:03:00

Beware of legislators bearing term limits

SEN. ALAN CLARK: Read his "term limits" amendment closely.
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Michael Wickline at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today reports on Sen. Alan Clark's grand plan to give Arkansas a different term limits amendment than the 10-year limit Arkansas Term Limits hopes to qualify for the 2020 ballot. Beware the fine print.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 16:55:00

The open line, plus a food note

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Here's the open line, plus a neighborhood food note. 

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 07:20:00

Alabama at Verizon Arena for 50th anniversary tour tonight

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Wildcountry will play Verizon Arena Saturday night.

Sort of.

You may not recall that country super group Alabama was formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Ala., as Wildcountry by singer Randy Owen, bassist Teddy Gentry and guitarist and fiddler Jeff Cook.

In 1977 the band changed its name to Alabama, and the rest, as they say, is history. “Mountain Music,” “Song of the South,” “Love in the First Degree,” “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band”), “The Closer You Get,” “She and I,” and, well, the list, like that 18 wheeler in one of their songs, rolls on.

So it’s Alabama that will be taking the stage in North Little Rock. The group’s 50th Anniversary Tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band.

For more music, check out The Salty Dogs at Four Quarter Bar, where they will be playing an unofficial afterparty for the Alabama concert from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 15:37:00

New video from Conway native Johnny Darlin mashes up the church and the drag club

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Keytar-wielding, Brooklyn-based musician Michael Doshier, who performs under the name Johnny Darlin, is the queer mastermind behind cabarets "Johnny Darlin: In the Closet" and "Johnny Darlin: Songs About Boys," and his work has been performed at the New York Fringe Festival 2016, the Prague Fringe Festivals of 2017 and 2018 and the New York FRIGID Queerly Festival 2018.

Doshier released a video today for his song "Way with Words." It's a sultry, glittering mashup of two of the places he considers most holy: the church and the gay nightclub. "The video features talent solely from Arkansas - actors, dancers, drag queens, and churchgoers," Doshier told us, "all unified under a holy roof to deliver this message."

Doshier chatted with us via email about the video, about its Rapert-adjacent inception and about his work more broadly — which, as Doshier states on his website, "reckons with reconciling spirituality and sexuality, the difficulty of cementing a sense of self-acceptance and finding love and beauty in the world along the way."

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 10:52:00

Brothers Osborne at Robinson Performance Hall tonight

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“Most duos are built on singing,” TJ Osborne said on the duo's website. “But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together.”


Now headlining their own tour – and appearing at 8 p.m. tonight at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock – the brothers from Deale, Md., are known for numbers like “Stay a Little Longer,” “Rum,” “It Ain’t My Fault” and “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).” They also teamed up with Dierks Bentley last year on “Burning Man.”


Some big names – Brooks & Dunn, The Judds, Waylon and Willie – have won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award, but the past three years it’s belonged to Brothers Osborne.




 

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March 2, 2019
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Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike

March 18, 2019
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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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