Festival update — big salads, tiny houses, sharp knives | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Festival update — big salads, tiny houses, sharp knives

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

DOWNSIZED: A small house on display outside the Historic Arkansas Museum.
  • DOWNSIZED: A small house on display outside the Historic Arkansas Museum.

SLEEP UPSTAIRS: In cabins loft.
  • SLEEP UPSTAIRS: In cabin's loft.
Every knife in the drawer is sharp at the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas, underway through 4 p.m. at the Old State House, Historic Arkansas Museum, Downtown Library and Clinton School.

So far: Full house for state Education Board member and Latina activist Mireya Reith's talk on the immigrant's impact on Arkansas. The same for UA System President Donald Bobbitt, whose well-crafted talk on the changes in higher education, from on-line instruction to maybe a semester system that restarts as often as every six weeks, is a tonic for those looking for different ways to view things. I left before CALS Director Bobby Roberts started talking about the library of the 21st century (and he has a few ideas outside those walls, too, about great cities and states). I had to get over to HAM, where a big crowd had just finished the first of two presentations by blade artisan Jerry Fisk. I don't have any cuttings in mind, but I had to give my wife some lunch money. Turned out she didn't need it. Restaurateur/chef Scott McGehee was planning to feed his audience a well-crafted salad and burgers.

I'm heading over to the Old State House to talk to lawyer/state rep./civil rights symbol John Walker. But I thought I'd post these iPhone shots of a late addition to the program, a 192-foot tiny cabin. My interior shot was taken from the kitchen, with the bathroom behind me. It's a fit with Scott Stewart's 3 p.m. talk at Historic Arkansas Museum on the small house movement.

Lindsey Millar and Alan Leveritt, I think it's safe to proclaim already, have come up with a winner with our first festival. Good crowds. Good speakers. Good questions. Nice day. All the activity downtown lends a real metropolitan air to the events. Still time to check it out.

Program here.

UPDATE: another full room for John Walker. He reiterated his interest in suing to overturn the city government form

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Sunday and another open line

    Got anything for the open line?
    • Jul 23, 2017
  • But what about the Clintons? Last refuge of Trump, New York Times

    Trying to compare Donald Trump's reaction to the Russia investigation with Bill Clinton's dealings with Kenneth Starr should be a non-starter if the facts mattered. But these days — and to the New York Times — it ain't necessarily so.
    • Jul 23, 2017
  • Football is king, Bentonville edition

    Good analysis in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of an unannounced Bentonville School Board vote last week to put $2 million into a football stadium for West High School despite board assurances in last May's tax election that no money would go to a football stadium.
    • Jul 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Football is king, Bentonville edition

    • the plural of prius is the same as is the plural of starbucks. seattle. more…

    • on July 23, 2017
  • Re: Sunday and another open line

    • Gftra - I have a 98% Golden/2% Chow that goes practically everywhere I do. He…

    • on July 23, 2017
  • Re: Sunday and another open line

    • A new word for today--"Whatabouism" Yes, there is even a Wikipedia entry that describes it…

    • on July 23, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation