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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 15:40:34

Raborn reflects on Italy, at Boswell Mourot DATE CHANGE

It's a quick show, so don't put it off: "An Italy Experience: Reflections on the Past and Present," figurative work by Laura Raborn, is at Boswell Mourot Fine Art Feb. 28 through March 5. March 21-April 2.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 16:05:00

Staff Picks: NASA documentaries, The Method Actors, Anthony Bourdain in the Ozarks and more

If I had been thinking, I would have recommended this on Valentine's Day, but isn't every day a good day to get emotional about space exploration, about marriage, about hurtling into the unknown? Take 15 minutes and watch this 2010 short documentary, "The Voyagers." Actually, this is like my entry into Arkansas Times Insists. I insist that you watch this.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 14:23:00

New music from CUZ, Mark Edgar Stuart, Sean Fresh, Spineless and more

Little Rock expat S.L. Jones left for Atlanta several years ago, collaborating with Killer Mike, impressing XXL et al. and generally making a career out of being the most visible representative of Arkansas rap in the national media / internet conversation. He was a good delegate, too, bringing attention to people like 607, Errol Westbrook and Kari Faux when few people outside the state knew who they were. For whatever reason, whether personal epiphany or high-level PR wisdom, he's renamed himself CUZ and reemerged with a new single this afternoon, "Return Call." It was premiered by Pigeons & Planes, who didn't mention his earlier identity and career, nor did they credit DJ Burn One (except to say he might be an influence), though as far as I know, he's been working with Jones on this project.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:26:00

Moody Brews debuts Katchiri's Bier Friday

Moody Brew's beer craftsman Josiah Moody recently went back to his old stomping grounds at Vino's Brew Pub, his former employer, and attempted to capture more of his magic in a keg as he'd done there previously for several year.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:52:00

Enchiridion wins round 5 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase

Congrats to Little Rock metal band Enchiridion, who closed out last night's round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase with a powerful and punishing set, winning over the judges in the process. They'll join Open Fields, Ghost Bones, Becoming Elephants and American Lions at the showcase finals, which will be held next Friday, March 6, at Revolution, 9 p.m., $5.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:06:00

Well-Off-Man on 'Van Gogh to Rothko'

One of the best reasons to go to "Van Gogh to Rothko," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's traveling exhibition to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is to see the Jackson Pollock drip painting there, curator Manuela Well-Off-Man says in an article about the exhibit in Apollo Magazine.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:19:00

Extra Soul Perception: A Monk Higgins Mix

Because I couldn't find one anywhere else, here is a mix highlighting the best (or so) of the Arkansas funk legend Monk Higgins, born Milton Bland in Menifree in October of 1936. He worked as a social worker, a music teacher, and making his way to Chicago and later L.A., he arranged and produced records for labels like Chess, Onderful, St. Lawrence, MCA, United Artists and, eventually, his own label, Almon. He produced singles by Etta James, Muddy Waters, Bobby 'Blue' Bland (no relation) and hundreds of others, including several albums by Blood, Sweat and Tears. As a solo artist, he released records with titles like "Extra Soul Perception," "Little Mama," "Heavyweight" and "Dance to the Disco Sax of Monk Higgins."

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 13:28:00

Meet Monday @ the corner

Kamiyah Merrick, who with business partner Leila King has been working since the first of December to get her cafe @ the corner open at the corner of Scott and Markham streets, says can't wait to offer "something new to downtown." Now, if the health inspector comes this week, you won't have to wait past Monday, Merrick said, when @ the corner opens in the space formerly occupied by the Hop Diner.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:59:00

River Market Damgoode Pies limited opening on Sunday

Jeff Trine with Damgoode Pies says that their new River Market outlet at 500 President Clinton Ave. will do a "barely open type scenario" this Sunday starting at 11 a.m. to serve those running and spectating at the Little Rock Marathon.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:48:00

Girl scouts, edamame, Irish eats and chocolate rolls; mark your spring calendars

March is coming in like a lion — we've got a list of events that will make your inner foodie roar.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:31:00

Chinese Girls to get double LP reissue this spring

Was Little Rock at the turn of the century a stranger, headier, more ambitious place? Was it more fun? I'm perennially haunted by these questions, and if art-rock duo Chinese Girls is any indication, the answers are clearly yes. We're in luck, though: the band's recordings are set to be reissued this spring by Drawing Room Records (also the home for Girls band member Andrew Morgan's new project Country Florist). Started at a Halloween party in 1999 by Morgan and Sam Murphy, the band made delay-heavy, energetic post-punk (some of which you can find here).

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 09:49:00

Lost Forty Brewing Debuts Belgian Blonde On Monday

There's another new beer on the way from the busy beer makers at Lost Forty Brewing, this one a Belgian Blonde.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 09:42:00

New music from BLACK PARTY, 'Dancing'

BLACK PARTY, the rapper and beat-maker who fled Little Rock last November for L.A. with friend and collaborator Kari Faux, just released a new single, "Dancing," that sounds a little like Phil Collins and N.E.R.D. and, I don't know, DMX — pure robotic soul. It's a departure for the rapper-turned-singer, though he hinted at the direction on last year's mixtape, "Prototype," which seems to have disappeared from the internet.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 14:35:00

A Q&A with Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party

Elaine Brown, former Chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, appeared earlier this month for a lecture as part of Philander Smith College's "Bless the Mic" series. Times contributor James Murray caught up with her to get her thoughts on the legacy of the Panthers, current social justice movements, the state of black America and few Arkansas related topics.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:23:00

Anthony Valinoti is a pizza visionary

A changing food scene has given us a golden age of local restaurateurs. Anthony Valinoti of Deluca's Pizzeria Napolitano is one of these innovators.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:16:00

Africa Tour Diary: Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Part 3

During and before this trip we've been having an ongoing debate about who in the band is “the most Hollywood.” For clarification, the adjective Hollywood as we are using it is essentially the narcissistic quality of behaving like a superstar-celebrity. However, being Hollywood in no way correlates to how proficient one is at their musical craft — we are only talking about superficial and behavioral indicators (e.g. manner of dress, level of showmanship/show-off-manship, number of pictures posed for, and generally how much one enjoys adulation and attention). It is a generally accepted notion amongst us that our singers Bijoux and Dee Dee (who aren't here to defend themselves) are the most Hollywood, and that our bass player Corey is the least Hollywood. Thus, up for debate is who on this trip (from the pool of myself, Paul, Piph and Dre) is the most Hollywood, and today, our first show day in Algeria, offered ample evidence for all of us to use in the great Hollywood debate.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:02:00

Little Rock's best dips

When it comes time to put the chip to the dip, which will you choose? We've picked our favorites.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:36:00

The Heights has a lot to offer vegetarians

Little Rock is divided into great, distinct neighborhoods, and all of them offer their own flavors and experiences. Our new neighborhood spotlight feature takes a look at the Heights.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 09:55:00

Legendary jazz musician Clark Terry dies at 94

Clark Terry, the jazz trumpeter who performed early in his career with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, and who went on to mentor a generation of jazz musicians from Miles Davis to Dizzy Gillespie (who said that he considered Terry the greatest trumpeter in the world), died last night at his home in Pine Bluff, where he retired in 2006. He was 94.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:49:00

Staff Picks: Oliver Sacks, Seadragons, Guyanese pop and more

Two things this week. First is Oliver Sacks' brief essay in the New York Times about his approaching death from terminal cancer. Sacks, 81, made his career studying and writing about the nearly infinite varieties of neurological oddities that can arise within the human mind (he wrote the book "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"), which makes him uniquely well-positioned to comment on the psychological condition of facing mortality. What experience could possibly be weirder than that, after all? Synesthesia and visual agnosia surely have nothing on the knowledge of approaching death.

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