• The Arkansas Cinema Society's must-see 'Premiere'

    The Arkansas Cinema Society's must-see 'Premiere'

    August 17, 2017
    The new outfit kicks off with Adam Driver "A Ghost Story" and more. /more/
  • Cover Stories

    David Lowery Q&A

    August 17, 2017
    The Texas filmmaker brings an indie sensibility to beloved Disney stories. /more/

    'Premiere' event schedule

    August 17, 2017
    It runs Aug. 24-26. /more/

    Farmer vs. farmer

    August 10, 2017
    The fight over the herbicide dicamba has cost one man his life and turned neighbor against neighbor in East Arkansas. /more/

    Eye on Arkansas

    In response to rioting

    August 17, 2017
    Chris Kingsby, president of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP Youth & College Division, led a rally Sunday at the state Capitol as a show of unity and solidarity with victims of the Charlottesville violence. /more/

    The Big Picture

    Inconsequential News Quiz: I did Nazi that coming edition

    August 17, 2017
    Play at home, while resisting with every fiber of your being the darkness spreading across our land. /more/

    Inconsequential News Quiz: Emotionally rich images edition

    August 10, 2017
    Play at home, while rubbing itch cream on your fire ant bites. /more/

    Inconsequential News Quiz: Cracker Barrel drive-thru edition

    August 3, 2017
    Play at home, while enjoying some not-quite-as-bad-as-you-thought-it-would-be horehound candy! /more/

    Arkansas Reporter

    Youth lockups to go to contractors

    August 17, 2017
    After takeover, governor cites improvements in facilities, but wants private companies to run them again.By Benjamin Hardy Arkansas Nonprofit News Network /more/

    Frank Broyles dies

    August 17, 2017
    A giant in University of Arkansas athletics remembered. By Beau Wilcox /more/

    Not all black and white

    August 10, 2017
    Butler Center's photography show provides context to Japanese American internment.By Leslie Newell Peacock /more/

    The Observer

    Old hands and new

    August 17, 2017
    The Observer has, as of this week, been at this job for 15 years, long enough that if we'd been born in August 2002 instead of starting on this long journey, we'd have peach fuzz on our chin, a spray of acne and questionable taste in both fashion and music. /more/

    True Observer

    August 10, 2017
    The Observer reveres the One True Observer, who lives in the wires of the West and in the Great Cloud. /more/

    Adieu, Mooch

    August 3, 2017
    If The Observer were prone to feeling sorry for folks who further the aims of a corrupt authoritarian fanboy, we could almost feel sorry for those who Trump has chewed over and spit out during his six months in office. Almost. /more/

    The Week That Was

    Trump fails, Asa gets it

    August 17, 2017
    Also, Womack only accessible by ferry. /more/

    Letters

    In response to David Koon's Aug. 10 cover story, "Farmer vs. Farmer"

    August 17, 2017
    Let the free market solve the problem. /more/

    Cartoon

    It could happen

    August 17, 2017

    Tom Cotton's immigration plan

    August 10, 2017

    Keep hitting the delete key, Mark

    August 3, 2017

    Jay Barth

    Times a-changin'

    August 10, 2017
    As one who greedily and geekily consumes public opinion data, I'm rarely truly surprised by polling results. However, the ice-cold reaction of the American public to President Trump's directive to ban transgender individuals from service in the armed forces, evidenced by recent polls, is startling indeed. /more/

    Autumn Tolbert

    Home is where the hatred is

    August 17, 2017
    According to the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hate Map," a chapter of the Christian American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is headquartered in Hoxie, a small town in Lawrence County that also holds the distinction of being the first battleground of the segregationists in the fight to integrate Arkansas schools. /more/

    Sham hotline

    August 3, 2017
    Secretary of State Mark Martin has set up a hotline for Arkansans to call with feedback about the individual voter data he so eagerly turned over on two separate occasions to the newly created Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. /more/

    Max Brantley

    Charter secret

    August 17, 2017
    These are hard times for those who believe in traditional public schools, run by democratically elected representatives, open to all on equal terms. /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Klan's president

    August 17, 2017
    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans. /more/

    Gene Lyons

    On Charlottesville

    August 17, 2017
    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot. /more/

    Bad reality show

    August 10, 2017
    As reality TV programs go, the Trump administration is a badly scripted muddle. How much longer will loyal viewers stick around? /more/

    Putin's missteps

    August 3, 2017
    A good title for the entire Trump-Putin saga might be "The Naive and Sentimental Dictator." Assuming, that is, that it all plays out as farce — certainly the direction events are trending in the White House. /more/

    Archives

    Columnists

    Max Brantley

    Charter secret

    These are hard times for those who believe in traditional public schools, run by democratically elected representatives, open to all on equal terms. /more/

    Ernest Dumas

    Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans. /more/

    Gene Lyons

    On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot. /more/

    Arkansas Blog

    Police announced beefed-up patrols

    Little Rock police are stepping up patrols on account of rising violent crime. Meh.

    Free streetcar service extended through December

    Rock Region Metro says it will extend free service on the River Rail streetcar lines through December

    Jury rejects suit over robocalls featuring Mike Huckabee

    A St. Louis jury Wednesday rejected a class action lawsuit over millions of robocalls, featuring the voice of Mike Huckabee, used to promote a flop of a movie, "Last Ounce of Courage."

    Rock Candy

    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.”

    Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.

    2nd Friday Art Night: Photographs from Rohwer, UA Little Rock

    New UA Little Rock photography club holds first exhibit University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduates and students have started a new photography club and are displaying their skills at the club’s first photo exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

    Rock Candy

    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.

    Popular Events

    • Run For A Child’s Hunger 10K/5K/1 Mile @ Pinnacle Hills Promenade

      • Mon., Sept. 4, 7:30 a.m. $15-$35
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    • The Next Course @ Albert Pike Memorial Temple

      • Thu., Sept. 28, 5-10 p.m. $125.00
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    • 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup @ Keep Arkansas Beautiful

      • Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-11:45 p.m. FREE

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