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Bubba's Brews docks at Lake Hamilton

August 9, 2018
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Beyond Bonnerdale. /more/

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Max Brantley

People vs. corporations

Signature counting and legal challenges aren't done, but the November ballot is shaping up as a rich opportunity to side with your choice of people or corporations. /more/

Ernest Dumas

The real Q plot?

Could "they" be right that President Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III are not really at war but are secret collaborators who have a grand plot that will end with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in striped prison suits and Trump as the national savior? /more/

Gene Lyons

Trump won't testify

Spare us the interviews with Rudy Giuliani and the endless debates among cable TV lawyers about the terms and conditions of Donald Trump's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller. /more/

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Arkansas Razorbacks 2018 football preview, part 2

August 9, 2018
When we last left our beloved Razorbacks of 2018, they had meandered through a slightly atypical nonconference slate of three games unscathed, per Pearls' annual prediction. /more/

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 16:46:00

Governor responds to Medicaid work rule lawsuit

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  • ATTACKS LAWSUIT: Governor responds sharply to Medicaid rule challenge.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has responded sharply to the lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's new work requirement for Medicaid coverage and also criticizing the online-only reporting requirement. His statement:



Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 16:12:00

That Medicaid 'work' rule keeps on 'working'

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The latest numbers from the Department of Human Services show thousands more people did not meet the reporting requirement on work hours in July to meet Medicaid eligibility standards.

More than 7,000 didn't report in June, the first month of the new rule. More than 12,000 failed the test in July. So far, 5,426 have two months of non-compliance.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 15:17:00

LRSD school registration problems

Vincent Tolliver, a candidate for Little Rock, mayor, has written legislators asking the Senate Education Committee to ask Education Commissioner Johnny Key to testify about problems encountered by parents on Monday, the first day of school in the state-run Little Rock School District.



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Friday, August 10, 2018 - 15:59:00

No Small Talk, Ep. 25: Kaleidoscope

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This week, we talk with William Moon about Kaleidoscope, a nine-day LGBT film festival featuring compelling screenings, a Queer Arts Street Fair, a "Little Mermaid" singalong, a fashion exhibit and more.



Friday, August 10, 2018 - 15:50:00

A miscellany of art: Aug. 10-16

We don't get to post all the jpegs of artwork on exhibit that come into the office, but they have more allure and tell you more about the work than what I can write about them. Hence this slideshow of works (and just a few words about them) from shows opening tonight (Aug. 10) for 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. (see the To Do list for more information) and in the days ahead. The next week provides an opportunity to see an enormous diversity of work — contemporary ceramics and paintings, op art, work by WWII internees, 19th century landscapes, installation art, midcentury paintings, pastels and photographs. You'd never know it was August, usually a sleepy time in the galleries.

One of the shows on tap tonight for 2nd Friday is the opening of "Space Between Teeth: Linda Lopez + Marc Mitchell" at the Historic Arkansas Museum. You may have seen Lopez' ceramic work in the contemporary survey exhibition "State of the Art" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; both she and Mitchell, whose career includes curation as well as art-making, are at the University of Arkansas, she as an instructor and he as an assistant professor.

"A Matter of Mind and Heart: Portraits of Japanese American Identity" opens at the Galleries at Library Square (aka the Butler Center galleries) tonight and will feature Henry Sugimoto's painting "Arrival at Camp Jerome" on loan from Hendrix College, where the exhibition of the Brewer art dynasty (Nicholas, Adrian and Edwin) continues.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 11, Boswell Mourot hosts a reception for MADE, named for the first name of the four very fine artists showing: Matthew Lopas (professor at Hendrix), Alice Andrews, Dennis McCann and Eleanor Dickinson (also a To Do).

On Monday, Aug. 13, UA Pulaski Tech opens the exhibition, "American Perspectives on Modernism," on loan from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, a show that features work by lead midcentury artists, including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber and others. A reception with music by Dr. Barry McVinney and Tom Cox is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

The campus of UA Little Rock is covered up in great things to see: The Windgate Center for Art + Design features "Memory / Commitment / Inspiration," a group show of social justice pieces in the Cushman Gallery about oppression in Southeast Asia and India, and Jowita Wyszomirska's installation "Water Memory" in the first-floor gallery. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, over in the Fine Arts Building is an exhibition of underwater photographs by Mauricio Silerio: "Los Demonios de mi Terra."

Up in Northwest Arkansas, a show of Arkansas's leading photographers enters its last week at the Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale). It hardly gets better than this lineup: Gary Cawood, Beverly Conley, Mike Disfarmer, Jim Dow, Rebecca Drolen, Ron Evans, Matthew Genitempo, Don House, Tim Hursley, Kris Johnson, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Donna Pinckley, Sabine Schmidt, Jim Simmons, Alec Soth and Geoff Winningham. 

"Small Works on Paper," the traveling exhibition sponsored yearly by the Arkansas Arts Council, lands in El Dorado on Aug. 13, at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Juror was James Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of Arts at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:09:00

Not so far out: Wingstock coming Aug. 18 and tickets are on sale

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Tickets have gone on sale for the second annual Wingstock, which is like Woodstock except all the performers are restaurants, their talent the chicken wing and the event is at Verizon Arena instead of Max Yasgur’s farm.

The event starts at noon Saturday, Aug. 18, and tickets are $20 plus fees. That twenty bucks will get you all the wings you can eat from Dugan’s Pub, Twin Peaks, Bar Louie, Boudreaux’s Bar and Grill, Beef O’Brady’s, Lost Forty, The Flying Saucer, Forte’s Wings, Town Pump. (not competing) arena staff, Buffalo Wild Wings, La’Changes (2017 Golden Wing Winner), Prospect Bar and Grill, Bragg’s Big Bites, Willy D’s, Core Brewing, Four Quarter Bar, Foghorn Express, Great American Wings, Wingstop, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, Simply the Best Catering, Grand Kibb’s BBQ, The Tavern, Black Swan Catering Co., JJ’s Grill, Jacob’s Wings and Grill, Peppermill Café, Hall Bros2Go and Chicken Wangs.

There will, of course, be lots of beer and live music. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.


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    Trouble is brewing in the Little Rock School District over the Hutchinson administration's apparent unwillingness to deal with the Little Rock Education Association and fears that the governor's education commissioner, Johnny Key, is also bent on enabling more charter school development in the city, including a high school in Northwest Little Rock. Multiple sources tell me a meeting of teachers will be called this afternoon to discuss developments.

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Majority: Red-light 30 Crossing

August 9, 2018
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But ARDOT's project to widen the interstate is preordained, some believe. /more/


  • Remember "chick tracts?" They were a staple of my childhood growing up as an evangelical Christian in Hempstead County. My brothers and cousins and I handed them out at the bowling alley and left them in bathroom stalls in hopes of seeing new faces in the pews – rows of folding metal chairs in our case – on Sunday. We got a lot of weird looks.

    For those of you out of the loop, chick tracts are tiny black and white comic strips typically showing a downtrodden protagonist's path towards salvation. Evangelical fan fiction.

    In a perfect example of how nationally embarrassing our state legislature can be, we recently received an unprompted shipment of faux chick tracts put together by Satanic San Francisco entitled "Constitutional Rites." Produced by Black Mass Appeal and illustrated by Tabitha Slander, the tracts were part of a Kickstarter campaign that earned over $3,000 with 122 backers. They're for sale in the Black Mass Appeal shop.

    From their website:
    In “Constitutional Rites,” evangelical politician Jason Stanley wants to put a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state capitol. Can some friendly local Satanists teach him about the value of separating church and state instead?
    We've scanned, cropped, and slideshow-ified the first few pages. A statement from the tract's creators:
    Although we're not residents of Arkansas, we feel the precedents being set by the conflict around the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock are important for every American in every state.

    "In Constitutional Rites," we state that we believe everyone should subscribe to whatever personal religious beliefs they feel are best suited for them, but public grounds and government institutions must avoid explicit expression of favoritism for any one religion over others, so that we can all feel confident that elected officials will safeguard everyone's rights fairly and equally.

    A local group called Friends of the Satanic Temple Arkansas plans to distribute dozens of tracts ahead of the Satanic Temple's August 16 rally.

    As the tract's disclaimer points out, Satanic SF is not an official chapter of the Satanic Temple, and for that matter neither is Friends of TST Arkansas. But "Constitutional Rites" is in part an expression of our sincere opinion that the Temple is correct in its allegation that state legislators are playing fast and loose with the rules in an ongoing campaign to promote one religion in particular for personal reasons.
    I thought it'd be a good opportunity to take the time to digitize this as Rapert is having a fit on Twitter over a recent Times column by Lucien Greaves, the spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple.

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