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International manhunt update: Two sides to every story, suspect's colleagues say

On Sunday, a colleague of the Fort Smith man now on the run reached out by email to say that he and others believe there is more to the story than what the FBI has provided.

Ketchup, Interrupted

When savored in isolation, my favorite condiment had an awful, mouth-twisting aftertaste like rubbing alcohol. I sampled it over and over again, expecting the intruder to go away, but it didn’t. What was up?

What to do on your spring break staycation

If you’re a parent or caregiver who isn’t able to take off more than a day or two from work, or who simply wants to let the kids sleep in, play with friends and decompress from the daily grind of the school year — this guide is for you.

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day open line

Hope you didn't forget to celebrate this morning.

Counting down to the Little Rock Marathon

There's only a few short weeks left until racers take on the Little Rock Marathon. We've gathered some statistics about pounds of bananas, tubes of lipsticks and deaths.
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Grandmother charged after Jonesboro elementary students eat THC gummies

Three students also ingested THC-infused candy at a Russellville Elementary School last month.

What a true conservative would do

I believe this “conservative” legislature is ignoring our real issues, and stirring up things that are not real problems. I believe my Republican dad would agree with me.

No longer specifically anti-drag but still a drag, SB43 now targets 'seminude' displays

"Yesterday’s amendment to the bill no longer explicitly targets LGBTQ people. However, it does apply to every person in Arkansas in overly broad ways that clearly violate the First Amendment," the ACLU says of Senate Bill 43.

The Friday night open line

It's the fifth Friday of the year. How are you celebrating?

Jeremy Hutchinson sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

After attorneys on both sides brought their recommendations for sentencing, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled that Jeremy Hutchinson will serve 46 months in prison and pay more than $200,000 to the state of Arkansas and more than $130,000 to the IRS.
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From Rock Candy

New music video from rapper Como Sasaki

If you've walked around downtown Little Rock with the spirit of aimlessness guiding you, you might recognize some of the locales captured in Little Rock rapper Como Sasaki's new music video for "Abort," directed by Damien Farr. "Abort" is from "Meraki," his 2022 sophomore album.

Black History Month cookies at Community Bakery

In partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Community Bakery is celebrating Black History Month by selling wavy-edged sugar cookies that have the faces of important Black figures printed on their icing. A local comic artist (@artgflj on Instagram) provided the illustrations, which are so charming and joyful you might be tempted not to eat the treats.

AMFA wants to hire you

As the countdown timer outside the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts approaches zero, a hiring frenzy begins for over 100 new full-time and part-time jobs. The list of open posts is vast and spans several areas of expertise.

Get lovey-dovey at KABF's Valentine's benefit concert next Saturday

Little Rock community radio station KABF-FM 88.3 is hosting a Valentine's Day-themed benefit concert at the Rev Room on Saturday, Feb. 11. With 11 acts set to play, the show might more precisely be called a one-day festival.

Panel honoring producer-songwriter Henry Glover at Old State House Museum

To honor Glover, who passed away in 1991, the Old State House Museum is hosting a panel discussion about his work and legacy on Saturday, Feb. 18. Panelists include Sherry Glover Thomas, Glover's daughter; Chris Richardson, a self-described pop music archeologist who's written extensively about King Records, the label where Glover began his career; Steven Kroon, a professional musician who Glover mentored in Harlem; and Stephen Koch, an Arkansas-based journalist who profiled Glover for the Arkansas Times a couple years back.
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Sustainability-focused quilts and more at Windgate Museum of Art on Friday

The spread, organized by the Studio Art Quilt Associates, examines questions of environmental sustainability and "our complex interconnectness with nature" through 33 contemporary art quilts — some of which are mixed-media and contain three-dimensional elements — by 33 different fiber artists.

‘Carving Out Time’: A Q&A with artist LaToya M. Hobbs

LaToya M. Hobbs, a visual artist who grew up in North Little Rock, makes work that is often epic in scope, but deeply intimate in its subject material. The bulk of Hobbs’ art spotlights the Black women she admires most, and through grand, tender and solemn mixed media portraits, the faces and bodies of local cornerstones are seen anew. Her most ambitious piece, “Carving Out Time,” which was created over the course of several months, is a series of nearly life-size woodcuts from her family life. Her work will be featured in the reopening of the AMFA in April.

Duggar daughter Jinger Vuolo publishes a memoir

In "Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith From Fear," Vuolo separates herself from the beliefs of her parents, the Institute in Basic Life Principles group they belonged to and pastor Bill Gothard, the founder of IBLP. This makes Vuolo the first Duggar child to publicly speak out against her extremely religious and surveilled upbringing.

Whitney Houston tribute by Opera in the Rock next weekend

A two-night-only concert at The Hall traces the entire career of vocal powerhouse Whitney Houston.

Symposium commemorating Elaine Massacre on Saturday in Hot Springs

The symposium will feature a documentary screening and a keynote address by recently retired Circuit Judge Wendell Griffin, a fervent activist and pastor who the Baptist News Global praised for a career of challenging and resisting “racists, subservience to empire, white privilege, the economics of incarceration, denominational politics and exclusionary policies by religious organizations that restrict full participation in all areas by LGBTQ persons.”
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Pies, whys and chicken thighs: Kat Robinson's Eureka Springs Eat Arkansas food diary

Arkansas food historian Kat Robinson wrote about the process and what she ate during 10-16 hour baking days at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. The Writers' Colony is hosting a pie talk with Robinson Saturday, Feb. 18.

Historic Ohio Club changes ownership

Owner Dona Pettey sold the historic Hot Springs bar to Saddiq and Jeannie Mir, owners of J&S Italian Villa and Copper Penny Pub.

Black History Month cookies at Community Bakery

In partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Community Bakery is celebrating Black History Month by selling wavy-edged sugar cookies that have the faces of important Black figures printed on their icing. A local comic artist (@artgflj on Instagram) provided the illustrations, which are so charming and joyful you might be tempted not to eat the treats.

The best restaurants in Arkansas in 2023

The return of Readers Choice.

25 Bites: Food we crave in Central Arkansas

We passed the baton around the editorial room this week, each tasked with naming some of our favorite dishes in Central Arkansas at this very moment in time. So, what you’re seeing here isn’t a Top 25 list, it’s simply a list of bites we long for and need in our lives right now. 
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Celebrating Carnival season with The Beekeeper king cake from Southern Jewells

After eating an ill-advised amount of iced brioche while working on a survey of Central Arkansas's king cake scene last year, I decided I'd celebrate Carnival season this year with one cake — seriously just one — from Louisiana native Amy Jewell, owner of the cottage bakery Southern Jewells.

Three Fold's hotpot special is the perfect cold weather broth for when the ice melts

Three Fold has been celebrating the Chinese New Year with a Sichuan-style hotpot special featuring an outrageously delicious broth that I should've purchased a quart of knowing I'd be iced in for two days. The hotpot special runs through Saturday.

How Cash Ashley is changing up the recipe at Raduno — and in Little Rock’s queer community

How Cash Ashley, winner of the “Best Chef Little Rock/North Little Rock” category in the 2023 Arkansas Times Readers Choice poll, helped turn Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom into a South Main Street dining hotspot and one of the buzziest brunch destinations in Little Rock. 

Arkansas Heritage announces 2023 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists

Winners will be selected by the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee and then announced at a hybrid ceremony at Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater on March 6.

Don't skip dessert at El Sur, it's for a good cause

El Sur Street Food Co. announced to its Facebook and Instagram pages today that it will be making a 20% donation to help fight discrimination against Latinx, trans and queer communities for every tres leches cake purchased at the SoMa restaurant through the month of February.
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