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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:21:00

Staff Picks: Moody Brews, Frank Ocean, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tokyo true crime and more

Three or four different times I've been out at a bar or restaurant and happened upon a beer from Moody Brews, the Little Rock brewery started by Josiah Moody, formerly of Vino's. Every time: outstanding. From my days writing blurbs for the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, I've used up every clever adjective or way of talking about how beer is tasty so let me just say that all of their beer is fucking tasty.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:30:00

Top 5 Food and Farm blog posts

Your Friday open line, farm talk edition.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:35:00

Open Fields wins Round 1 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase

Congrats to Little Rock's Open Fields, who won the first round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night with an awesome set of sunshine pop, jagged psych-rock and all-around good vibes. Their singer at one point paused to thank "God and the devil and 'My Dog Skip' and 'That Darn Cat' and all manner of highs and lows," and for a moment there it was as though we all understood and also didn't understand, and either way it was good.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:25:00

Psych of the South: Calvin Leavy's 'Cummins Prison Farm'

I interviewed Billy Cole in 2011 while researching a song of his titled “Fouke Monster,” a wacky hard rock tune about the Bigfoot sightings in Fouke, Ark. in the early 70s. During the interview, Cole spoke about “Cummins Prison Farm” by Calvin Leavy, which became a Top 40 r&b hit in 1970. Although there's been a lot of misleading and contradictory information surrounding the song, including the approximately 17 people who have tried taking credit for writing and producing it, Cole is listed as the principal songwriter and wanted to reveal the story behind it from his perspective.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:36:00

Boulevard Bistro nearing completion

A first look inside the new Boulevard Bistro, along with a sneak peek at the Heights restaurant's fresh new dinner menu.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:28:00

New music from Lo Thraxx, The Uh Huhs, Rodney CoLe, Sea Nanners and more

Lo Thraxx has a new mixtape called "Sharkansas" coming out someday. I'm sure it's only a matter of time. On the other hand, maybe not — he's been advertising this thing forever. He's released other whole mixtapes in the interim. It's becoming the Little Rock "Detox." As long he keeps making singles like this one, though, I doubt anybody minds.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 16:39:00

A Q&A with Aaron Sarlo of Duckstronaut

With a name like Duckstronaut your brain may not want to take this band seriously but when you sink your ears into their debut album, "Tabanid Camisade," you'll quickly get it over it. This Little Rock four-piece has the rhythmic attack of The Talking Heads, hooks and dynamics reminiscent of The Pixies, and the biting wit and humor of Primus or Frank Zappa. The album plays like a lingering dreamscape in a post-apocalyptic world. They have originality and honesty.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:26:00

Thirty-four years of Readers Choice

Check out all of the Arkansas Times Readers Choice award winners in our Best Overall and Best New categories since 1981. And don't forget to vote in this year's poll. The first round closes soon.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:25:00

Table Mesa presents a fresh fusion menu

A fusion menu makes this writer skeptical. Can Table Mesa tacos put a smile on Michael's picky face?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:41:00

Let Rose's 'Lost Highway' lead you to Hot Springs

"The Lost Highway," David Rose's scale models of the motor courts and other businesses that thrived in the pre-interstate days along Route 66, goes on exhibit today, Jan. 28, at the National Park Community College library at 101 College, Hot Springs.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 13:36:34

Native Nectar provides much needed restoration

Fayetteville's Native Nectar makes delicious juice — but they also helped restore this writer in his time of need.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:02:00

Art magic: Guy Bell and the levitating pyramid

Guy Bell will unveil his levitating pyramid sculpture at the Thea Foundation on Feb. 6 when his exhibition, "Fourteen Minutes and Fifty-Nine Seconds" opens as part of Thea's The Art Department series highlighting young artists.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:45:00

Boneheads eyes February opening date in Promenade

Chain restaurant Boneheads grill eyes mid-February opening date in the Promenade at Chenal.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 16:21:00

Pat's Place in Stuttgart is small town dining done right

Stuttgart beats Little Rock two ways: onion rings and Four Layer Delight.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 15:30:00

Architectural arts firm uncovering faux marble at Capitol

Not scandal at the state Capitol, scagliola. That's the method of creating a marble look on plaster that the builders of the Capitol used in place of real marble columns. In this video released by the Secretary of State's office, Capitol historian David Ware talks about the restoration project.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 15:04:00

Blue Canoe makes the case for nanobreweries

Small breweries can still rock big flavors. Blue Canoe is the latest local brewery we love.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:25:00

Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore to Verizon

Reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and critical darling Miranda Lambert returns to Verizon Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. She's supported by Poyen (Grant County) native Justin Moore, RaeLynn and Jukebox Mafia.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:02:00

A Q&A with Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli appeared in Little Rock in November to give a lecture as part of Philander Smith College's Bless the Mic series. Times contributor James Murray spoke to him afterward to get his thoughts on voting, racism and current trends in hip-hop.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:24:00

Live Review: Florida-Georgia Line at Verizon

While serving as hosts for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards in December, Florida Georgia Line – the twosome of Brian Kelley from the Sunshine State and Tyler Hubbard, pride of the Peach State – turned the two-hour televised show into a party.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 17:08:00

Tangerine Dream, art theft, 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me' and more

Edgar Froese, the founder and only consistent member of the band Tangerine Dream, died on Tuesday, though it wasn't until today that the news really spread. Froese accomplished a lot of incredible and implausible things in his life — this is a man who both studied with Salvador Dali and recorded the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V. He also helped invent and legitimize Krautrock, electronic music and New Age, scored films by Fassbender, William Friedkin, Ridley Scott and Michael Mann, and was the only consistent member of a genuinely innovative band for several decades.

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