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Crazee's still a welcoming waterin' hole

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Where everybody knows your name. /more/

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A Q&A with poet Andrea Hollander

September 20, 2018
A Q&A with poet Andrea Hollander
On memoir, living in Arkansas and more. /more/

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Max Brantley

Moving deck chairs

Governor Hutchinson has promised to soon reveal his ideas for "transforming government" — a reorganization aimed at reducing the number of departments that report to the governor. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Tables turned

Brett Kavanaugh's dilemma over a prep-school tussle with a girl provokes many proverbs, but one that seems most apropos is "what goes around comes around." /more/

Gene Lyons

Character judgement

Probably it's not possible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether or not Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted then-15-year-old Christine Blasey Ford at a high school house party back in 1982. However, that's not the issue. Kavanaugh's not being charged with a crime, but with being a creep. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Worst ever

September 17, 2018
Worst ever
Let’s get this out of the way: Arkansas hasn’t had two consecutive weeks of football this torturous ever. /more/

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 16:01:00

Saturday's open line includes Kavanaugh news and a stunning political ad


Here's the open line. For entertainment, if you have one minute, watch this political ad against  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona. Wait for it.   In other news: It appears the hearing is on for Christine Blasey Ford to talk about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of her when she was 15 and he was an older high school student.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:46:00

Remembering an ‘enemy of the people’ of 1957

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David Margolick pays tribute today in a New York Times op-ed to Jerry Dhonau, the former Arkansas Gazette editorial writer who died recently. He recounts Dhonau's dropping of journalistic non-involvement to help form a protective cordon around a besieged Elizabeth Eckford during the desegregation of Central High. He also mentions other aspects of Dhonau's career chronicled in Ernest Dumas' obituary. But he set it in a modern-day context.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 08:02:00

UA-Little Rock copes with enrollment decline and charter high school

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UA-Little Rock i
s facing a financial pinch because of a sharp drop in enrollment and Chancellor Andrew Rogerson talked bluntly about it Friday in a campus meeting, remarks that included a reference to simmering unhappiness over the eStem charter high school that opened on campus last year.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 15:50:00

AfriCOBRA collective celebrates a half-century of revolutionary art at Mosaic Templars

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At the helm of a table on the bottom floor of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center sits a record player with a copy of Miles Davis’ “A Kind of Blue” propped up on its lid. At the other end, there’s an easel with three blocks of text: “Constructive Criticism: We’re not talking about you. We’re talking about your art.” That text – and those unheard trumpet melodies – are a piece of the story of “AfriCOBRA Now: Respect – Celebrating 50 Years,” an art exhibit curated by Hearne Fine Art Director Garbo Hearne and her daughter Auna R. Hearne to commemorate a half-century of work by a collective called “The African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists.”

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:23:00

Ben Dickey gets Talk of the Town treatment in the New Yorker


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Little Rock's Ben Dickey, continuing to ride the wave of good press from his starring role in "Blaze," gets a Talk of the Town piece in the New Yorker this week, including a killer illustration of him. In the piece, he and writer Sarah Larson visit Chelsea Guitars in New York and Dickey tells stories about talking music with Bill Clinton and working with Ethan Hawke (his friend and the director of "Blaze"). He also does some guitar work:

Dickey began to play Skip James’s lively “Crow Jane.” The fingernails on his strumming hand were long and glossy—strengthened with acrylic polish at an airport nail salon. (He learned this trick from Sexton: “He’s got his acrylic nails goin’, too.”) Next, he played “The Candy Man Blues,” by Mississippi John Hurt, and then, on a Martin D-28 Brazilian, Big Bill Broonzy’s “Mule Ridin’ Blues” and the Leadbelly version of “House of the Rising Sun,” jollier and folkier than the Animals’ hit. Courtenay was impressed. “It’s usually Japanese kids who come here and know that stuff, or some guy from Denmark,” he said. Dickey played “Freight Train,” by Elizabeth Cotten. “She learned how to play thisaway,” he said. He flipped the guitar’s neck to his other side, and played it upside down.
"Blaze" opens in Little Rock on Sept. 28 at Riverdale 10. 

 

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 12:56:00

No Small Talk, Ep. 28: Fosse's "All That Jazz"

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If you missed last month's sold-out screening of "The Red Shoes," you're in luck; Consider this month's Arkansas Times Film Series screening of Bob Fosse's gritty, glitzy 1979 fantasy "All That Jazz" the B-side, and join us Tuesday, September 18 at Riverdale 10 Cinema to find out why.

First, though, we mark the passing of Cliff Fannin Baker, founder and longtime creative engine behind the Arkansas Repertory Theater.

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Cliff Fannin Baker, the heart and soul of Little Rock’s theater community for more than a half-century, died Thursday morning, Sept. 6, in New York City after suffering a brain hemorrhage. His husband, Guy Couch, was by his side. Baker was 70.
A native of Gasconcade, Mo., Baker studied theater at the University of Missouri. Baker founded the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in 1976, and “The Rep,” as it came to be known, has been a downtown cultural anchor. He stepped down as its producing artistic director in 1999, but never cut ties with The Rep, often serving as guest director.
In 2008, Baker joined Wildwood Park For the Arts in West Little Rock. While there, he not only transformed Wildwood’s Cabe Theatre but also Wildwood's grounds into a creative center, much as he did for the city’s theater scene as a whole. He directed countless productions and dozens of world premieres not only in Little Rock, but around the world. He also spent years in corporate "coaching," working with executives on internal communications and public presentations.
This spring, with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre he’d founded more than four decades earlier experiencing financial difficulty, Baker stepped in as artistic advisor and interim artistic director for the company, and was involved in planning for its 2019 season. That season is still on track, according to The Rep. Known for his engaging smile, enthusiasm and artistic excellence, Baker reached hundreds of thousands of people through the stage.

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