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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 17:04:00

Staff Picks: Sims Bar-B-Q, Korean soap operas, Van Morrison and more

Sims Bar-B-Q — Why had I gone so many years without a visit? How could I forget that spare ribs are richer than back ribs and infinitely better when they have a good bark-like finish and Sims' nonpareil mustard-based sauce, augmented by a healthy squirt of the incendiary house hot sauce (you have to ask). The slaw is fresh. The potato salad, too. And don't forget greens unless you are a vegetarian. Yes, I said unless you are a vegetarian. The pigmeat quotient is high. Don't forget the 40's. Budweiser. None of that craft crapola here. Dinner and plenty of beer for six ran $75. Recommended. — Max Brantley

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:18:00

New music from Teenagers, DMP, Liquid Skulls, Yuni Wa and more

Here's something new from Fayetteville band Teenagers' new EP "Wheezin' The Juice." I'd love to say something sharp and coherent about it, but nothing comes to mind. To free associate instead: San Diego, Rickenbacker, The Strokes, Capri Sun, longboards, mezcal.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:02:00

Celebrate craft beer tomorrow in Hot Springs

Hot Springs hosts its second ever craft beer festival.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 09:48:00

A vegetarian exploration of downtown eats

With summer upon us, the time for exploring Little Rock's vibrant downtown is here. Dana picks five places with great vegan and vegetarian fare—although folks of any diet persuasion will find a lot to love here, too.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:42:00

Roger D. Hodge steps down as editor of the Oxford American

The Oxford American announced today that Roger Hodge, who took over as editor-in-chief of the Little Rock-based magazine in late 2012, has stepped down to take a position as national editor of The Intercept, an online publication launched last year by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill. Managing editor Eliza Borne will serve as interim editor of the Oxford American and Hodge will stay on as editor at large, according to a press release issued this morning. Borne is a former Oxford American intern and has been an editor at the magazine since February 2013. Previously she worked as an associate editor at BookPage.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 16:11:00

SoMa mural project needs you

More than $1,100 has been raised this week by the Southside Main Street Project to paint a mural on the long, blank side of the United Systems of Arkansas building that faces Main Street at 12th street, across from Community Bakery.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 15:02:00

Natchez ends weekday lunch, dinner service

Natchez owner and executive chef Alexis Jones has announced that, due to low sales, the restaurant will be nixing its lunch and weekday dinner service. The restaurant, which is located in the Tower Building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock, will still be open for Friday and Saturday dinner, and for Sunday brunch. The last day for lunch service was last Friday, May 22.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 16:44:00

Staff Picks: El Zócalo, Art Garfunkel, DIY terrariums and more

I recommend voting early and often for El Zócalo, Little Rock's grassroots resource center for immigrants and their families, in this grant competition sponsored by State Farm Insurance. It's for $25,000, and we — I'm a member of the El Zócalo board — very much need this grant. We need folks to vote every day until June 3 to have a shot at winning.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:55:00

Surfas Culinary District is more than just kitchen gadgets

Although mainly known for kitchen equipment, chefs Trey Brunk and Porter Montgomery have turned Surfas Culinary District into a hot spot for good eats in the Spa City.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 09:41:37

Pizza, burgers, tacos and more: the top ten top fives

Ten categories, five items each. Pizza, desserts, burgers, lunch spots and more. Will your favorites make our top ten top fives? Only one way to find out!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:26:00

Listen to 'The Dogtown Chronicles,' a 1995 North Little Rock punk compilation

This week marks the 20th anniversary of an minor but nevertheless significant event in the history of Central Arkansas music: the (relatively small-scale) release of a compilation called "The Dogtown Chronicles," by Food Chain Records. The tape, available via the Bandcamp page for Harlan Records (a now-defunct label started in 1994 by Soophie Nun Squad member Nate Powell) is a time capsule of a punk scene that turns out to have been much weirder and more diverse than we've sometimes come to believe. Songs like Sacred Cow's "Hawaiian Apocalypse" or Hug's "Dead Roach, Motherfucker" or Pete's "In The End" don't have much in common with each other, except for a certain haunting tape-hiss quality (that makes it all sound a little like the strangest Guided By Voices concert ever) and the fact that they were all made by kids.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:23:00

New music from The Uh Huhs, Country Florist, The Wandering Lake, Osyrus Bolly and more

I'm late to this, but Osyrus Bolly and producer Manic the 17th teamed up on this track from Manic's compilation "T.I.M.E." "My words are like nature sounds," Bolly says, also calling himself the "young Malcolm X" and taking shots at Tyler Perry.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 09:46:00

Celebrate the Grape returns to Argenta

Celebrate the Grape, the Arkansas Times wine festival, is returning to Argenta with over 300 wines and lots of delicious local food.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:21:00

What's not to love about the Bentonville Film Festival? Walmart.

The Bentonville Film Festival, launched this year by actress Geena Davis and held earlier this month from May 5-9, earned a number of largely positive notices from major outlets like the Huffington Post ("At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues"), the L.A. Times ("Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one") and the New York Times ("Bentonville, Ark., Hosts a Film Festival Without a Movie Theater"), most of them centering on its unique and vital agenda — promoting diversity and gender equality in filmmaking — and its celebrity cache (e.g. an acting workshop taught by Robert De Niro, a softball game led by Rosie O'Donnell, etc.).

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 16:15:00

Kanis Bash 2015 and a Q&A with Black Horse

Kanis Bash is an annual fundraiser for Little Rock's Kanis Skate Park, featuring live music, art, merch, skateboarders and food. It started six years ago when finances became tight for a group of locals that had been volunteering their own money, time and services to maintain the free DIY community skate park. This year’s Bash attracted skaters, artists and fans from over a dozen states.

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 13:49:00

New video from Swampbird, 'Matter of Time'

The latest from Little Rock alt-country band Swampbird is "Matter of Time," off their album "Something To See." The video was shot in Nashville and stars Aubrey Peeples, from the TV show "Nashville" (also: "Sharknado"), and is, according to the band, the second part of a trilogy of videos directed by Conway native Chris Jones, which will collectively form a short film to be released later this year.

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 10:18:00

Saying farewell to "Mad Men" with an Old Fashioned salute

Now that we've said our good-byes to "Mad Men," let's reflect on the Old Fashioned, a classic drink given new life by the AMC series.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 09:31:00

The winners of the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival

Golden Rock Award for Best Narrative Feature: "Applesauce" Golden Rock Award for Best Documentary Feature: "Crocodile Gennadiy"

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 15:25:00

John Wooldridge at Cantrell Gallery tonight

Maumelle artist John Wooldridge, in his statement for Cantrell Gallery, says: "Lonely times, lonely places, the periods of transition and reconciliation of loss. I am driven by the beauty of nature and the place of humans within it. I have a predilection for those themes with which I am most familiar and which were meaningful to me in my childhood. Streams, rivers and bodies of water hold a particular fascination as do small towns and the fading remnants of our civilization, so quickly reclaimed by the land."

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