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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 22:22:55

End of the road.

This map was a tribute to good barbecue, a map documenting the travels of hundreds of hungry diners who at one point or another made their way to Backwoods BBQ in Greenbrier.  Alas, with the passing of Doug Chrestman, the restaurant is no more.  Earlier today I noticed the sign out front as I passed, the sign announcing the restaurant is closed and searching for a new owner.  A fund has been set up for Doug's wife Sharon and their children to handle expenses.  I sure hate to see it go... it was one of the first restaurants I ever blogged about, and even mentioned in USA Today.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 02:19:41

Jonathan Wilkins claims the final spot in the Showcase

And then there were five. The finals for the Showcase are set.Jonathan Wilkins, with help from Will Boyd (drums) and Matt Floyd (bass), earned the final spot with an impressive set that showed off his sharp songwriting and deft guitar work.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 16:44:21

Review: "The Visual Narrative"

Ariston Jacks. Ariston Jacks and Susan Williams are African-American artists who have in common substantial talent.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 16:31:23

Not Constantinople.

Sandwiched in-between other businesses bookended by the highly enjoyable Capi's and the kid-friendly Cheeburger Cheeburger is a new eatery, scheduled to open March 9th.  Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine will feature a wide variety of kababs, gyros, and Turkish delights (maybe even Turkish Delight -- we didn't ask).  No website yet, but staff is being hired and the space outfitted for a casual yet hip dining experience. 

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 16:22:05

Hot Dogs, Cold Cream.

Out West on Cantrell (in the IO Metro complex) you'll find Jerzy's Creamery.  I've passed by many a time and never seen it open.  Finally got by when the doors were open today -- only to find that the hot dogs were still in process.  The folks on duty let me know that starting next week the restaurant will be open from noon to 8 p.m. for "summer hours."  The eatery serves 1/4 pound gourmet hot dogs and a wide selection of ice creams.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 16:00:09

Saturday To-Do: Grupo Fantasma

GRUPO FANTASMA9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.The December before last, this 11-piece Austin-based orchestra played to a criminally small crowd at Revolution.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 15:55:42

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: 'Ode to Joy'

‘ODE TO JOY'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$52.The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks series returns with a nice balance: an iconic piece, recognizable to even the most musically ignorant, and a provocative 20th century composition inspired by jazz and African creation myths.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 15:20:29

The Weekend: The Schwag, Kevin Gordon, the Diving Bell Ball and more

Kevin Gordon. FRIDAY 2/27In case I haven't plugged it enough: The last semi-final round of the ARKANSAS TIMES MUSICIANS SHOWCASE is tonight at Sticky Fingerz.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 13:58:28

Injustice of the day

Until Conway's Kris Allen gets famous enough to snatch away domain names or Google's algorithms catch up with pop reality, Kris Allen of Kris Allen and Southern Thunder (call him Kris Allen Jackson) will top Google search results for "Kris Allen."Time to take advantage of some accidental traffic, Kris Allen Jackson.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 13:32:27

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 5: The Weisenheimers

The WeisenheimersFormed: Spring of 2007From: Little RockMembers: It's kindred strummers and a shirtless drummer, as the Times Paul Peterson has said.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 13:02:33

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 5: Jonathan Wilkins

Jonathan WilkinsStarted performing: Seven years ago.From: Little Rock by way of Conway and, originally, St. LouisAlbum: Lots of homemade releases and "Highway Robbery," released earlier this year on Last Chance Records.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 12:16:14

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 5: Riverboat Crime

Photo by Brian Chilson. Riverboat CrimeFormed: July 2007From: North Little RockMembers: Josh Stoffer (vocals, guitar, piano, woolitzer), Adam Tompkins (drums, percussion), Wes Coker (bass).Album: The band's debut, "Walking Shoes," came out early last year.Sounds like: Big, bright unironic pop-rock with hints of blues.Where you'll find them: All over, but especially north of the river at Cornerstone and Reno's.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 11:28:20

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 5: Apples and Spades

Photo by Waynette Traub. Apples and SpadesStarted performing:  Late last year, but rapper Maxx, who's a freshmen in college, started rapping when he was in third grade.From: Little Rock.Members: Sam Baxter (bass), Max Farrell AKA Maxx (raps), Lucas Murray (guitar) and Daniel Olah (drums).

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 11:19:08

Friday To-Do: Lucero

LUCERO9 p.m., Revolution. $15.It's an embarrassment of riches for Lucero fans.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 11:06:41

Friday To-Do: Cool Shoes

Ettiem and I.K.E. Photo by AiLien Draheim. COOL SHOES10 p.m., Downtown Music.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 10:54:38

Friday To-Do: The Moving Front / Magic Hassle

Magic Hassle. Photo by Brian Chilson.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 10:48:48

Friday To-Do: 'The Last Five Years'

‘THE LAST FIVE YEARS'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.Here's something we don't do around these parts too often: a modern musical.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 09:57:34

Riverfest gets Heart

Behold years of moisturizing. Or an expert Photoshop retouch?

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 09:55:03

The Showcase primer

Download our digi comp. Our archives are pretty worthless, so for those lookin' to catch up, here's a handy set of links.Read about the bona fides of our weekly judges: 607, Nicole Boddington, Jason Tedford and Jason Weinheimer and our guest judges so far — Joey Lucas, Jim Mize,  Rob Bell, Shannon Boshears, Brad Williams and Isaac Alexander.Download a free digital compilation featuring all 20 Showcase semi-finalists.Stream music from our first round contestants: Jordan Atwater, Magic Hassle, Frown Pow'r and the winner, Velvet Kente.Read judges commentary on Velvet Kente, see pictures and read rundown of round one and see a video of VK.Stream music from our second round contestants: Whale Fire, Gina Gee, Loch Ness Monster and the winner, Nik and Sam.Read judges commentary, see pictures and read a wrap-up of round two.Stream music from our third round contestants: Four on the Floor, Sean West, Style Guide and the winner, the See.Read judges commentary on the See and a further round-up and pictures of round three.Stream music from our fourth round contestants: Midwest Caravan, Rockst*r, Good Time Ramblers and the winner, the Chicklettes.Read judges commentary on the Chicklettes, see pictures and read a wrap-up of round four.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 21:19:43

Kris Allen is pretty much famous now

Never underestimate the nimble texting fingers of tweenage girls. Kris Allen, UCA student and Little Rock native, is one of the final 12 on "American Idol."

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