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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 17:15:00

Lulav reboots with old faves, new items, longer kitchen hours

Lulav, the W. 6th Street eatery which has gone through a couple of names since being sold by owner J. Matt Lile in 2013, is being relaunched under the name Lulav, with Lile in a consulting role. Lile said the reboot will include old favorites, new menu items, an open wine cellar, more affordable entree options, longer kitchen hours, and a revamped drink menu. They're open now, but they'll have a grand opening next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Lile said.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 16:27:00

Arkansas Times Recommends: Schlitz, 5th Ward Weebie, Jim Mize and two-headed bluebirds

Arkansas Times Recommends is a weekly series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying (or, in Max's case, not enjoying) this week. Read on to find out about two-headed blue birds in Arkansas; the glory of CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers and Herman's Ribhouse, an interesting book called "The Interestings" and music to listen to from the likes of Kenny Loggins, Steve Gunn, Jim Mize and 5th Ward Weebie. Plus eleven short films that will make your day.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 13:02:00

35 Arkansas artists selected for Delta Exhibition

The 56th annual Delta Exhibition that opens June 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center will include works by 35 Arkansas artists. Award winners will be named on opening night.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 06:28:00

Food Feedback Friday: rain, rain, go away

Feedback time is now.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 06:17:00

The Pie Hole, Little Rock's first pie truck, prepared to take sweet to the street

Lauren French is bringing her pies to the streets of Little Rock with a new truck she’s christened “The Pie Hole.” French’s pie shop will be fully mobile and she expects to make appearances all across town and at most of the already popular food truck gatherings.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 13:57:00

Gus's Fried Chicken to open new location in West Little Rock

Not a huge surprise given their success among the downtown lunch crowd: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken will open a second Little Rock location, offering its hyper-addictive fried chicken in West Little Rock at the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Grill on N. Bowman.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 13:46:00

New sculpture at Main Library

Michael Warrick's bronze was commissioned to honor the Main Library centennial.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 00:05:00

Hot Rod Wieners serving dogs done right

Clearly, Little Rock is no stranger to the mobile hot dog cart...indeed, most cities are quite familiar with the hot dog street vendor in some shape or form. Hot dogs make for one of the most convenient and simplest foods to consume on the go. Now there’s a new face in the hot dog arena and they’ve been popping up around Little Rock for the last few months, reminding people just what a hot dog can do.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 15:09:00

Why Riverfest stopped payment on CeeLo's check

Yesterday, we reported that Riverfest had a contractual dispute with headliner CeeLo Green over the length of his set Saturday night at the First Security Amphitheatre, and would not pay him anything beyond their initial deposit: "Most entertainers require a 10-50% deposit, and CeeLo's was on the higher end of the deposit range," said board spokesperson Cheddy Wigginton. This morning, in a statement to THV, CeeLo's manager denied that the festival had withheld payment, saying that "despite reports, they were given a check after his performance for the full amount discussed."

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 14:44:00

LR Gran Fonda bike ride is Saturday

As of 11:25 a.m., as I write this post, there were 19 hours and 35 minutes left to sign up for the Little Rock Gran Fondo bike ride that starts at 8 a.m.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 13:14:00

Psych of the South: Joe Lee's "Bottom of the Bag" (1971)

Introducing a new Rock Candy columnist: Harold Ott is the founder and primary researcher of Psych of the South, a record label dedicated to unearthing rare Arkansas pop history.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:17:00

Market Street Cinema will move to Riverdale 10, add new digital projectors

Market Street Cinema owner Matt Smith told the Times today that they will be closing their current location and reopening at Riverdale 10, the 10-screen, 35,000 square ft. theater on Cantrell Road that closed in December. "The big change that the customers will see is we’re going to be installing new Barco digital projectors and Dolby digital sound," he said over the phone this morning (before, both theaters used 35mm film and analog sound).

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:31:00

Architecture history book signing at HAM tonight

Event honors Charles Witsell and Gordon Wittenberg, "Architects of Little Rock 1833-1950."

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 09:46:00

Riverfest Photo Roundup

All is not exactly well in the world of Riverfest, with ticket sales reportedly down and CeeLo likely getting angrier by the second, but it was a perfectly memorable, crowded and strange weekend, and the Times' own Brian Chilson was there on the ground documenting it. Relive the thing from the safety of your own home / phone, far from the heat, the Jägermeister t-shirts and the chicken-on-a-stick.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 09:23:00

An odd meal at the Faded Rose

A recent trip to the Faded Rose has us wondering just exactly what the hype is all about. Does the restaurant live up to its reputation and price point? Not hardly.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 16:24:00

Arkansas Times Recommends: William Trevor, Godzilla and the Kuchar brothers

'Arkansas Times Recommends' is a weekly series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying (or, in Max's case, not enjoying) this week.

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Friday, May 23, 2014 - 16:11:00

Food Feedback Friday: 3-day weekend edition

Now let's get to feedback. Where're you eating this most American of weekends?

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Friday, May 23, 2014 - 14:16:00

A very brief conversation with Kenny Loggins

This afternoon I spent exactly ten minutes on the phone with Kenny Loggins. I was offered the interview as an opportunity to promote his appearance at the Verizon Arena in June (as part of "Night of the Proms") and said "okay." Our conversation is below.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 06:51:00

The state of Central Arkansas dining, as told by its chefs and bartenders

Most food enthusiasts in Arkansas can feel it — there's a lot of good going on in the Central Arkansas dining scene. There's a lot to be celebrated, many improvements being made. People are genuinely excited about what they are eating. Several Arkansas establishments are gaining national attention. Some might consider this a "turning point" for Arkansas food, a renaissance, of sorts. Are we eating at the edge of greatness? In 10 years, is Little Rock positioned to become the food world's next Austin, Portland or Nashville?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 17:09:00

Superior Bathhouse Brewery to begin selling growlers

Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery in Hot Springs took another important step toward Spa City Beervana on Friday when it received its Arkansas Native Brewer’s permit from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. But owner Rose Cranson said she still doesn't have an estimate on when she'll start brewing beer.

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