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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 16:46:00

Clean Eatery serving food for the fit at Stratton's

The Clean Eatery, the food truck purveyor of healthy food for the fit (or would-be fit), is now open in Stratton’s Market, 405 E. Third St., where it is serving grab-and-go lunches.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 14:55:00

Adieu, Acadia

Acadia, the white-tablecloth restaurant at 3000 Kavanaugh that has served American cuisine and fine wine for the past 16 years, is closing. Owner James Hale announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page that June 30 was to be its last day and thanked patrons for their support. Acadia opened in July 1999, succeeding a health-food restaurant and adding decks for outdoor dining. Hale’s Facebook post did not say why he was closing the restaurant.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 14:29:00

A "very veggie" celebration coming to the Bernice Garden

A vegetarian celebration is coming to the Bernice Garden—but even carnivores should find something to love.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 08:04:00

Hipster Bentonville? Yahoo! seems to think so

Yahoo! Travel names Bentonville one of its "Newest Hipster Neighborhoods." We're not sure what "hipster" means, but we thing Bentonville is great ourselves.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:22:00

Calling all artisans: Arkansas Made Magazine is coming

Calling all artisans: Arkansas Made Magazine wants you!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 16:54:00

Staff Picks: Obama's 'Amazing Grace,' Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Arthur Russell and more

Paul Laurence Dunbar, the African-American poet, novelist and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, would celebrate his 143rd birthday tomorrow. I recommend reading some of his works with care, including two of his poignant pieces on African-American history, "The Unsung Heroes" and "When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers," which are both about the Revolutionary War. One of my all time favorite pieces however is the "Invitation to Love," which today is quite appropriate after the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality.

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:21:00

New music from Rodney CoLe, Midwest Caravan, PZA, Big Piph and more

Pine Bluff's Goines was one half of Suga City, the only Arkansas rap duo ever to be featured in both the Oxford American magazine and the soundtrack to "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." This is from his new LP "Success Vol. 1," which he describes as the "highly anticipated follow up to Goines' already extensive catalog of greatness."

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 16:58:00

V.L. Cox: Can we talk?

I don't normally post works of art that aren't in an exhibit, but I'm making an exception here. V.L. Cox, in response to the slaughter by the white supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, is enlarging her "End Hate" project, and she sent me an image of this piece with the following note.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 09:55:00

James Salter on takeoff

James Salter, the great impressionist writer who died last week, aged ninety, in his home state of New York, had a small history in Arkansas. He spent several months here in the early ’40s. It was during his first life, years before he began writing, his military life. He lived for a spring and summer in Pine Bluff, for flight training. “The field was east of town,” he remembered in his memoir, "Burning the Days" (1997). “The flying school there was run by civilians.” He sketched his instructor: “an ancient, perhaps in his early forties, crop duster from a town in the southwest part of the state, Hope, which he described as the watermelon capital of the world. His name was Basil York. We were probably among scores of young men he had taught to fly . . .”

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 15:44:00

Tasty times at Wood Stone Craft Pizza & Bar

An imperfect—but tasty—meal at Fayetteville's Wood Stone Craft Pizza & Bar.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 13:40:00

Psych of the South: TJ and the Fourmations' 'Time to Myself'

The Fourmations were a young garage band from Osceola, Ark., that formed in 1965. The star of the group was Tommy Jones, a natural on the drums at the age of 11. Chessie Jones, the owner of an auto repair shop in Osceola, was the stage dad behind the group as well as their manager.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:23:00

'Seaton's Scott Place' coming to former Hardin's Market in Scott

Back in late April, Greg Seaton, Jr., owner of the storied N. Little Rock barbecue joint The White Pig Inn, bought the defunct Hardin's Market in Scott at auction. With renovations of the space at 15235 U.S. 165 ongoing, Seaton said he hopes to open a new restaurant there, to be called "Seaton's Scott Place," in mid to late July.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:08:00

New video from Bonnie Montgomery, 'Take Me Or Leave Me'

Here's the video for Bonnie Montgomery's "Take Me Or Leave Me," from her self-titled debut, which made our Best Albums of 2014 list last year. She describes the song as “like a Spaghetti Western, with a classic country songwriting formula, and strings that hearken back to my classical background." The clip stars a 30-year-old horse named Keith Richards and was filmed in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:37:00

Breaking the fast: Mugs and Sweet Soul make the morning meal a pleasure

Even for a non-breakfast eater, some breakfast food from time to time hits the spot.

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:01:00

New local web series, 'My Favorite Guitar,' kicks off with John Willis

Here's a very promising new local web series by my friend and former colleague, Gerard Matthews. It's called "My Favorite Guitar" and the gist is as simple as the title suggests: Matthews gets local musicians to talk about their favorite guitar and then play a song with it.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 16:19:00

Staff Picks: Tequila popsicles, Google Sheep View, Sammi Smith, Iraq War literature and more

A big, big recommend to author Phil Klay's masterful short story collection "Redeployment," which deservedly won the National Book Award in 2014. I finally got around to reading it recently, and it's clear to me that Klay, himself a former U.S. Marine who served as a second lieutenant in Iraq's Anbar province, has written the best work to come so far from our post-9/11 sandbox adventures in the Middle East, not to mention a worthy addition to the pantheon of great literature about young people at war, from "A Farewell to Arms" to "The Things They Carried." Bloody, disturbing, confusing, but always heartrendingly real, it's a book every American should read, if only to witness the physical and psychological meat grinder this country put a whole generation of soldiers through for dubious goals and uncertain ends.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 16:12:00

And now: Satterfield's 'And then, I:" closes out at the Cox Center

The tour of Barbara Satterfield's ceramic sculpture installation, "And then, I: Monuments to Pivotal Moments," is wrapping up with a final showing at the Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave. Receptions Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature live improvisations based on tour feedback, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to add your comments to those received from viewers around the state.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 15:11:00

Tonight in Argenta: Lali Khalid photos, other new exhibits

Lali Khalid, whose photograph above has been selected for a digital exhibition of photographs at the Musee du Louvre, is showing work in "The Mom Series" at Argenta Gallery, 413 Main St. Reception is 5-8 p.m. tonight, Argenta ArtWalk; the show runs through July 10.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 14:01:00

A little deli for Bruno's Little Italy

Bruno's Little Italy co-owner Gio Bruno has signed a lease with Doyle Rogers' Dundee Holding Co. for a slim storefront at 308 Main St. for an Italian delicatessen. Bruno's Little Italy, at 310 Main St., will be separated from the deli by the hallway entrance to the Mann Lofts above the restaurant.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 11:59:00

Mojitos, no problems

Hot weather is here, and our thoughts are on ways to beat the heat. One way we particularly enjoy is the mojito. Learn to make this rum, lime and mint treat for yourself, or take a look at our suggestions for where to get the best mojitos in town.

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