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From the Arkansas Blog

COVID report and the open line

Skip the mask if you insist, just don't think the pandemic is over just yet.

Red Oak Steakhouse is first in the South to offer authentic Kobe Beef!

Kobe Beef is the world’s most famous meat and extremely rare. With only a tiny fraction of restaurants nationwide licensed to serve authentic Kobe beef, Red Oak Steakhouse is proud to be awarded this amazing opportunity.

Moment of reckoning coming for NCAA tournaments in discriminatory states like Arkansas

Decision day near on whether NCAA will hold tournaments in states like Arkansas that have passed laws discriminating against transgender people.

Little Rock lifts mask mandate today, but there are many exceptions

Mask mandates fall, but private rules vary. And the world experience says the virus isn't over just yet.

Little Rock Fire Department responds to fire at Sims Bar-B-Que on Geyer Springs

The Little Rock Fire Department responded to a fire at Sims Bar-B-Que shortly after 3 p.m.
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Today's news and the open line

The news and the first necktie in 16 months.

Coronavirus today: Governor touts vax rate

We need to do better.

Week in review: infrastructure week edition

This week, Max Brantley and Austin Bailey talk about recurring nightmares of plummeting off the I-40 bridge and into the Mississippi, unemployment misery, Little Rock sales tax drama and a surprise visit from 50 Cent.

Rent relief: Better later than never

Thanks to the federal rescue plan, rent relief is on its way to Arkansas people.

Teachers call for using surplus to shore up teachers health insurance

AEA calls for state help on teacher health insurance.
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From Rock Candy

Invisible, In Plain Sight: The art and music of Michael Jukes

Jukes has been a creative dynamo since he escaped from the clutches of North Little Rock’s Northeast High School in the early 1970s, and he’s been making compelling music and comics ever since, all without achieving what famous Arkansas recluse Charles Portis called “escape velocity” from Arkansas. That is not to say Jukes didn’t try.

The Rep is back in July with a play about Sister Rosetta Tharpe

First up in "The Rep Outdoors" series: "Marie & Rosetta," playwright George Brant's 2017 play about Cotton Plant, Ark. native Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her relationship with contralto Marie Knight.

50 Cent is hanging out by the champagne fridge at Warehouse Liquor in SoMa

Warehouse Liquor on Main St. has a 50 Cent special today.

Microshorts, paper rainforests and Fort Smith history at CALS Made in Arkansas Film Festival this weekend

Get out the projector (or turn on the TV); Central Arkansas Library System's Made in Arkansas Film Festival is going virtual this weekend.

Yale Drama Prize-winning author Rachel Lynett explains their theater company’s 'laugh first' ethos, what it means to write 'historical heresy' and why all their plays are love stories

The very word “play,” Lynett points out, is one we should learn to take more literally; theater exists to surprise, and one way to do that is to upend expectations or to get the audience to “laugh first” — two words which serve as a hallmark for Lynett’s eponymous theater company.
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The post-pandemic art world in Arkansas

More gallery space, more programming, more culture on tap.

Arkansas Times Recommends: The Meyer's and "Sasquatch" edition

Strategies for the Ant Invasion of 2021, painted rocks, the gospel of "Sasquatch" and more.

Arkansas soul gold, rescued from must and mold: Check out William Stuckey’s “Love Of Mine"

The 1979 record, laid down on tape for an Arkansas label called Symplex Records, was re-released in late January on Athens of the North, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based record label that specializes, its website reads, “in reissuing and officially licensing long lost, rare — and, above all, amazing — soul, disco, funk records.”

ASO dips its toes back into live performance with Mozart's "Jupiter" finale and Prokofiev's "Classical"

"A full-circle moment for sure,” Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Interim Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson said of the programming.

Arts and the Park kicks off this weekend in Hot Springs, with nods to Henry Glover and George Hunt

Hot Springs’ Arts and the Park, an annual 10-day spring festival meant to highlight the vibrant city’s arts scene, this year honors native artist George Hunt and native musician Henry Glover (pictured below), who would have turned 100 in 2021.
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Petit & Keet reviving menu from Jacques and Suzanne for two nights

Petit & Keet is celebrating its fourth anniversary on May 18 by bringing back the dishes that made Jacques and Suzanne one of the premier spots for fine dining in Little Rock in the '70s and '80s.

Three Fold to open new location in West Little Rock

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. announced in an email today that it will be adding a second brick and mortar location in West Little Rock in the former Panera space located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center at 11525 Cantrell Road.
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Capital Hotel and Capital Bar & Grill reopening Mon. May 17

After being shuttered for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Capital Hotel is reopening along with the Capital Bar & Grill on Mon. May 17.

BrunchFest pass now available to benefit Centers for Youth and Families

The Emerging Leaders, a young professionals group supporting Arkansas’s oldest nonprofit, Centers for Youth and Families, has adapted its annual BrunchFest to BrunchFest Passes that contain coupons to more than 30 area eateries.

Cheesecake on Point to open brick and mortar location this Saturday

The Cheesecake on Point food truck will open a new brick-and-mortar location this Saturday at 9809 W. Markham in the shopping center that houses Andy's Restaurant and Fuller & Sons Hardware.
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Local restaurants offering Mother's Day brunch specials

Mother's Day is Sunday, so it's time to start making reservations, planning your picnic and scrambling for locally-made gift ideas.

A guide to open-air dining in Central Arkansas

Al fresco all the time.

Little Rock River Market's Ottenheimer Hall open for business

Ottenheimer Hall, the River Market's public food court-style market, which has been shuttered for over a year, is welcoming back vendors and the public this Saturday.

Rock Town Distillery's Single Barrel Bourbon scores Double Gold

Rock Town Distillery, whose bourbon is distilled in Little Rock with Arkansas corn and wheat, was awarded a prestigious Double Gold medal for its Single Barrel Bourbon at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Saracen Casino lands authentic Kobe beef

Saracen's premier high-end restaurant, Red Oak Steakhouse, will be one of the 38 restaurants licensed in the U.S. to serve authentic Kobe beef, an elusive breed of pure-blood Tajima Wagyu cows that are born, raised, slaughtered and processed in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture.
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