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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:40:00

Denis Seyer to consult for 1620 Savoy, Cache

Locally beloved restaurateur Denis Seyer has become chief consultant for RH Cuisine, owner of 1620 Savoy and Cache Restaurant, Arkansas Business reports. Seyer will assist with menu development.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:45:00

Ron Robinson to screen 'Stripes', host post-screening Q&A with Judge Reinhold

Awesome. Ron Robinson Theater will celebrate one of actor/writer/director Harold Ramis' greatest comic achievements with a special screening 7 p.m. Friday March 7. "Stripes" of course stars Ramis, who co-wrote the script, Bill Murray and John Candy. It also marked the feature film debut of Little Rock's Judge Reinhold, who'll be on hand next Friday to talk about the film and working with Ramis, who died earlier this week.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:20:00

John Neal Rock&Roll wins round 5 of Musicians Showcase

John Neal Rock&Roll secured the fifth and final spot in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals last night. See video of a performance by the band and the night's three runners-up below and make plans to attend the finals, 8 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Revolution.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:03:00

Food Feedback Friday: soup, short rib, scrambles

Now it’s time for everyone’s favorite time of the week — Food Feedback Friday. That portion of our program that allows you all to comment on what you’re eating around town — what you like and what you don’t.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 17:09:00

Come to the Ark. Times/Root Cafe Beard Growing Contest, stay for Woody Pines

Time to clear your calendar, people. The second annual Arkansas Times/Root Cafe Beard Growing Contest is just around the corner. It's scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at the Bernice Garden, after the conclusion of the SoMa Mardi Gras Parade.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:28:00

Photos of Rohwer at Arkansas State

A one-day exhibit complements discussion of the Japanese-American internment camp.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:02:00

Name that Arkansas artist

This artist has an exhibition soon in Little Rock. Who is it?

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:27:00

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival chosen as Academy Award qualifier

In a press conference at the Ron Robinson Theater this morning, representatives from the Arkansas Film Office, the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announced that the festival has been named an Academy Award qualifier in the Documentary Shorts category. Susan Altrui, chair of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute board, pointed out that only "one percent of all film festivals in the world have this designation," and emphasized the economic potential for Hot Springs.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:39:00

Carroll Cloar at the Arkansas Arts Center

The artist talks about his work in a video from a Memphis TV station.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 05:50:00

Chew on this: Salpicão from Cafe Bossa Nova

Looking through the menu at Cafe Bossa Nova, one dish in particular may get brushed over rather quickly due to its somewhat odd combination of ingredients. But this dish is placed at the top of the “Especialidades da Casa” section for good reason—the Salpicão deserves your attention.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 14:28:00

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest announces 2014 lineup

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest, held each Spring in Batesville, has announced its 2014 lineup, which will include a new, free panel and sidebar called "Breaking Through," made possible by a festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (only 23 such awards are give out each year). In addition to screenings of narrative and documentary features, shorts and animation (a full list of which can be found on their site), the festival will host visiting filmmakers and offer a screenwriting workshop.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:50:00

Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare to perform at 4th Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival

This year's Johnny Cash Music Festival will be held August 15 at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare will perform, and Mark Lowry will host. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:45:00

Your last chance to help fund the Little Rock-based card game, 'People-Person'

Adam Hogg describes himself as a "401(K) record-keeper, tax accountant, singer, musician, magician and comedian." This is being modest: He is also the inventor of a card game, "People-Person," which he says "replicates life, its situations and its interactions." He's worked on the project for about two years, and is currently crowd-funding the game through the site Indiegogo. He only has five days left, but he needs less than a hundred bucks to reach his $4,000 goal.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:15:00

New music-themed film series coming to Ron Robinson Theater

The Little Rock Film Festival will be bringing a new monthly film series to the Ron Robinson Theater highlighting music-themed films, "both new and classic, documentary and narrative," starting March 1, with Chris Terry and David Lipke's sludge metal documentary, "Slow Southern Steel." The film delves deeps into the Southern metal scene, featuring interviews with sludge metal icons from Eyehategod to Dark Castle, and narration by Weedeater frontman “Dixie” Dave Collins

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:12:00

Say hello to The Main Cheese

In the spirit of reinvented and restructured comfort foods, The Main Cheese, Little Rock’s first (and for the time being, only) “gourmet” grilled cheese restaurant opens today. We were invited to a “soft opening” yesterday evening, an opportunity we jumped on in order to see exactly what this hotly anticipated establishment had going for it.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:25:00

Thai meatballs and provolone "bacon" with the NWA Foodie

Blogger Lyndi Fultz of nwafoodie.com shares with us a recipe for "bacon" made from provolone cheese and some Thai-inspired meatballs that are sure to spice up your next cocktail party.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:45:00

Porter Fund to honor Charles Portis with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Porter Fund, founded by Little Rock novelists Jack Butler and Phil McMath in 1984, gives a Lifetime Achievement Award to an Arkansas author every five years, and this year's honoree will be Charles Portis, author of "Norwood" and "True Grit" and "Gringos" among others. Portis, notably uncomfortable with attention or public spectacle of any sort, will be celebrated with a $200-per-ticket gala at the Governor's Mansion. The night will feature readings by Jay Jennings, writer and editor of "Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany," Roy Reed, the great journalist and nonfiction writer (and former Porter winner), and Roy Blount, Jr., who once said that Portis "could be Cormac McCarthy if he wanted to, but he'd rather be funny."

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 16:40:00

Does Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna really deserve a James Beard award?

In the early part of 2012, Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna became the first (and to this day, only) restaurant in Arkansas to receive a prestigious James Beard Award. Jones was honored by the Beard Foundation as one of its “American Classics,” and praised for their commitment to quality and respect for their heritage. In their press release, The Beard Foundation praised Jones as a “beacon of community pride and continuity. But does it really deserve such an honor?

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:34:00

Interview: Arkansas hip-hop pioneer Ty "Tenta B" Burns

Last week I posted a video on this blog by a Little Rock rap group from the early '90s called Tenta B and the R.T.P. I knew nothing about them, so I asked for help tracking them down, and after a series of emails I found myself on the phone yesterday afternoon with Tenta B himself, whose real name is Tyrone Burns. He now goes by Ty Burnz, and is still making music and managing other artists. We talked about his career, about the Little Rock rap scene that he belonged to and emerged from, and about what happened to it all.

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:03:00

Duckstronaut wins Round 4 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase

Little Rock's Duckstronaut took Round 4 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night with washboard and dulcimer in tow. They'll go on to the finals with Peckerwolf, John Willis, Mad Nomad and next week's winner.

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