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GiGi's opens with soul food and 'old school R and B vibe'

GiGi’s Soul Cafe and Lounge at 10840 Maumelle Blvd., where the Nashville Rockin Grill was located, opened July 28 and co-owner Darrell Wyrick the restaurant is “bringing back the spirit of some of the places that have gone, like Porter’s and The Afterthought” with its soul food and “old school R and B vibe.”

Restaurant inspections now online

The state Department of Health is now posting retail food outlets inspection information on its website, and has posted a video on its Facebook page explaining its food inspection program and how to use the online search form.

It's been long, but looks like John Daly's Steakhouse will open

John Daly’s Steakhouse in Conway has a new tee time: Sept. 1, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

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Rom-com remix

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:51:00

Two more get prison for feeding program fraud

Two more people got prison sentences today for defrauding the state-run program that uses federal money to provide meals to poor children.

Federal Judge Brian Miller sentenced Erica Warren, 38, of Little Rock and Alexis Young, 38, of Bryant, to 18 months in prison for mail fraud and ordered restitution of more than $250,000 for their participation in what, overall, was a multi-million-dollar scam involving many more players.

A release from the U.S. attorney said Warren operated a feeding program known as Write of Passage and Young was a Department of Human Services worker who certified agencies to receive USDA money in the program.

The government said they conspired to commit fraud by inflating the number of children served and shared in the bogus claims.

 

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:45:00

The Hate Week Edition


White supremacy and Donald Trump, Confederate statutes, the state’s new execution plan, a blow to Planned Parenthood in Arkansas, the LRPD and the homeless — all covered on this week's edition.

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:20:00

Garland County Democrats cancel counter-protest amid worries of violence

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The Democratic Party of Garland County has announced on Facebook the cancellation of an event opposing a group scheduled to rally in support of preserving Confederate monuments at the Arlington Lawn in Hot Springs on Saturday. The Garland County Democrats made the decision so as not to "contribute in any way, shape, or form to individuals wishing to create or provoke a violent situation in the community we all call home," said Hayden C. Shamel, chair of the Democratic Party of Garland County.

The now canceled event — “No Home for Hate” — would have been held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, about a quarter-mile away from the Arlington Lawn.

Shamel said a separate event at a church could put unnecessary strain on local resources that could be used in preventing harm.

"We want our police department focused on keeping the people that are downtown safe," she said. "We'll address this and still hold an event, but not tomorrow."

Shamel said she still expected there would be counter-protestors at Arlington Lawn.

A Hot Springs Police Department spokesman said his department was consulted about the Democratic Party event, but he made clear that the HSPD was prepared for the event and did not tell Hot Springs Democrats to cancel it due to potential violence.

Corporal Kirk Zaner, public relations officer for HSPD, said he told the Democrats, "If you do come, we’ll have law enforcement in place to protect you.

"It was her decision, we’re not going to tell them not to come," he said of Shamel. "We’re putting resources in place to allow everyone to practice their 1st Amendment right."

Zaner said the HSPD, National Park Service, Arkansas State Police and Garland County Sheriff were working together to ensure "assets are in place to protect property and life."

HSPD said counter-protests will be allowed.

"If it’s peaceful we will not get involved," Zaner said. "[But] any one, any group, that violates laws — destruction of property, violent acts against other people — we will arrest them on the spot and we will prosecute them."

The National Park Service will be taking the lead on the protest on Arlington Lawn, which is federal property, and where the group says it will protest from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The group's permit allows protest from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can read it here:
“This permit is for the fourth rally that this group has had in as many months," said Josie Fernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park. “Only once did we have counter-protestors, it was at the first rally in May."

Fernandez said at none of the other rallies has violence occurred and the group has never stayed for the entirety of the permit.

But, that there is "more media visibility and public interest and so tomorrow...we are prepared based on what we know."

Fernandez said in addition to partnering with other law enforcement agencies, a "cadre of law enforcement rangers from other parks" will be aiding.

Shamel said in the Democratic Party of Garland County statement."The individuals who plan to rally downtown on Arlington Lawn do NOT represent the vast majority of our residents who are absolutely opposed to hate in any of its ugly forms. Inclusivity, tolerance, hope, and unity are not partisan values; they are American values, and our friends on both sides of the political aisle are in agreement on this."

 

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:22:00

Third Friday in Argenta: Artwalking to see Southern landscapes and more

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Works by some of Arkansas's most distinguished artists, including the late Al Allen and Carroll Cloar, along with famed regionalist Thomas Hart Benton make up part of the offerings in "Southern Landscapes," a new exhibition at Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.) opening with the monthly Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk tonight.

Also in the show: contemporary Arkansas artists Mark Blaney, Dolores Justus, Darrell Berry, Stephen Schneider and Charles Harrington; Arkansas native Kendall Stallings; watercolorist Stephen Scott Young; and South Carolina painter Edward Rice.

Other venues open Friday night: Mugs Cafe (515 Main St.), which continues "Three Dollar Icon," paintings by Melissa Wilkinson; the Laman Library Argenta Branch (420 Main St.), which is showing "Paints, Pastels, Pencils and Pixels," work by Miller B. "Eddie" Smith and Ed Rhodes; Core Brewery, which is showing "Dance Your HeART Out," art inspired by dance; and the House of Art (108 E. Fourth), where Sulac, Everett Gee, Woozel, Loogie, x3mex and Derek Simon are showing. Claytime Pottery will have a 50-percent-off sale; Argenta Gallery continues its "Film, Flash, Focus, Record" show of work by Michael Shaeffer; and StudioMain will host POP-UP Argenta. LNP


 

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:11:00

Werner Herzog coming to Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival


The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has scored a coup, landing Werner Herzog, one of the most influential and surely the most interesting documentary filmmakers ever for its upcoming festival, Oct. 6-15. No word yet on what Herzog will be talking about or what film he'll be bringing, but just about anything should be worth your time. See the videos above and below.

Hot Springs, Arkansas) – Werner Herzog, the acclaimed screenwriter, film director, author, and actor, is coming to Arkansas to take part in the 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. This year’s festival will run October 6-15 at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. The festival received 1,179 documentary submissions and HSDFF leaders are putting the final touches on the 2017 slate. Additional prominent attendees and films will be announced in the coming weeks.

HSDFF is proud to announce Mountain Valley Spring Water as the 2017 festival’s Presenting Sponsor. Mountain Valley has been a long-time HSDFF supporter on many levels. Once again, the Arlington has stepped up to be the HSDFF Host Sponsor in historic downtown Hot Springs.

“We are very excited to be the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival presenting sponsor for 2017, and thrilled to continue to build on our relationship with this important event and organization. Mountain Valley Spring Water believes strongly in the film festival goal of highlighting the art of documentary film making, and ultimately bringing cultural and social enrichment to our community and state.” – Stephan Williams, Director of Marketing.

“The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa looks forward to being the host sponsor for the sixth straight year and many more years to come,” Arlington General Manager Bob Martorana said. “This has been a great partnership and venue for all the guests, filmmakers and volunteers. We are excited about the future success of the HSDFF and the plans for the hotel.

Festivalgoers looking to book rooms in advance will find special rates online at ArlingtonHotel.com, using the special code HSDOC, or may call the hotel directly at 800-643-1502.

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:42:00

'Sign of the Times': Political posters at CHARTS

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Hendrix College's Dr. Jay Barth will give a talk and sax player Dr. Barry McVinney and pianist Mark Binns will provide the music at tonight's opening of "The Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster" in the Windgate Gallery at UA Pulaski Tech's CHARTS (The Center for Humanities and Arts). The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibition, from ExhibitsUSA, includes posters from 1844 to 2012, which are shown both as an example of poster art, the dawn of lithography, and to stimulate talk about the politics of the past. The exhibition tracks changes in styles, from the use of political artists like Ben Shahn and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg during the World War II to the "floating head" design of the 1950s and 1960s and beyond.

Here's more about the show from the exhibition news release:

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that will delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments. The political campaign poster had its humble beginnings in the 1840s when the new lithographic printing process, largely developed in Germany, was developed to satisfy a growing demand for printed material. Hand-colored portraits of presidential and vice-presidential candidates were first printed for the 1844 race between Whig Party candidate Henry Clay and the eventual winner, James K. Polk of the Democratic Party. ...

The left-wing counterculture revolution of the 1960s was awash in civil rights, psychedelia and anti-war posters that culminated in the creation of some of the finest campaign posters, many of which appeared in the 1968 Democratic primary campaign of Eugene McCarthy. The George McGovern campaign that followed in 1972 was a virtual explosion of exciting political art. The offset printed poster was the more frequent, but many famous artists, such as Alexander Calder and Peter Max, screenprinted limited editions that helped fund campaigns. Hundreds of posters were created by well-known artists, illustrators, and often by inspired first time poster makers.

After the graphically exciting 1972 presidential campaign, future contests produced only a few outstanding posters in each election cycle. However, the Democrat’s nomination of Barack Obama in 2008 heralded a renaissance of the form, as many artists—insiders, outsiders, and the famous—jumped on the candidate’s bandwagon. In fact, in 2008 it looked as if the great American political poster had at last solidified its place in future campaigns. Unfortunately, it was not to be; in 2012 the creation of exciting innovative posters tapered off sharply from the previous presidential election cycle.

 

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