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From the Arkansas Blog

Little Rock School District resists full resumption of spring-time activities

An in-person graduation is planned, but nothing else.

Today's news -- grim and grimmer -- and the open line

Fatal shootings, disappointing politicians and more in today's roundup.

Coronavirus today: Who knows?

The numbers look good. If you trust the numbers.

Lending favors white men. Surprise

Surprise. It's easier for white men that minorities are women to finance small businesses.

How to get an Arkansas medical marijuana card

Arkansas Marijuana Card and its affiliate companies across the country have helped more than 70,000 patients obtain their medical marijuana card nationwide, with clinics in Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia and Louisiana. Here's a quick rundown of how to get your Arkansas medical marijuana card.
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Money talking for Sarah Sanders, if not necessarily with her

Stephens and Ford backers likely should produce a good cash haul for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But will she speak?

Senate passses AEDC appropriation on third try

The third time was the charm for an appropriation that had run into trouble because of unhappiness about state economic development work in China.
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Watson Chapel Junior High student wounded by gunshot; police retract erroneous report of his death

Both the shooter and the victim involved in the incident at Watson Chapel Junior High this morning are 15 years old.

Franklin County deputy kills man who reportedly charged him with a bat

Shooting came during response to a burglary report near Ozark.

The new plan for Medicaid expansion -- carrot rather than stick

An incentive to work for better insurance is the cornerstone of the plan, but details remains hazy.
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"Minari," set in rural Arkansas, takes home Best Foreign Film at Golden Globes

"Minari," Arkansas native Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical film about his childhood in rural Washington County, took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language.

A virtual weekend To-Do List: Mutants of the Monster, 'Minari,' Dreamland Shakedown, ASO's 'Serenades,' Trillium's '1,000 cranes for peace' and more

Mutants of the Monster, ASO's "Serenades," a Dreamland Shakedown and more this weekend.

Sci-fi feature “The Chariot” starring Thomas Mann, John Malkovich, wraps filming in Little Rock

“The Chariot” is writer/director Adam Sigal’s third feature film. “It's a science-fiction dark comedy,” Sigal told us. “It’s a very strange, sort of quirky David Lynch-esque film.”

‘Dreamland Shakedown’ event this Saturday is ‘making history sexy’ with a tribute to vintage Black art

Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Duke Ellington have all performed in the Dreamland Ballroom at Taborian Hall, which has stood at Little Rock’s West Ninth St. for over 100 years now, and this weekend, a lineup of local Black performers hits the stage for “The Dreamland Shakedown: A Celebration of Vintage Black Art.”

Julia Roberts to play Pine Bluff's Martha Mitchell in Starz Watergate drama

Julia Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, the Pine Bluff native who was married to John Mitchell, attorney general under President Richard Nixon, in a forthcoming Starz adaptation of Slate's "Slow Burn" podcast.
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Blackness, whiteness, art and anti-democracy: A Q&A with Dr. Nell Irvin Painter

We talk with scholar and artist Dr. Nell Irvin Painter ahead of her discussion tonight as part of CALS' Six Bridges Book Festival.

Arkansas film 'Minari' snags 10 Critic's Choice Awards nominations

Sundance darling "Minari," set in rural Arkansas, scored 10 nominations from the Critic's Choice Awards. Arkansas Cinema Society hosts a virtual screening of the film Thursday night.

UA Little Rock alum's "Sompasauna" features photography of egalitarian bathing spaces

Up at the the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock from Feb. 22-March 19 is "Sompasauna," an exhibit from UA Little Rock alum and adjunct photography professor Dylan Yarbrough.

SoNa makes premiere recording of Florence Price's "Quintet in A minor" at Crystal Bridges

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will record a quintet by Little Rock-born composer Florence Price (1887-1953) in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, to be released Feb. 25 as a virtual concert. 

Why an Arkansas film called "Minari" is in the Golden Globes' foreign-language category, and why that's a problem

It's official. "Minari," the acclaimed new film from director and former Arkansas resident Lee Isaac Chung, is nominated for a Golden Globe — in the Foreign Language category. And for many, that's a problem.
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Chef Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant competes in worldwide Favorite Chef competition

Harding noticed in an email that he’d been selected for the contest shortly after going through two casting rounds for the Food Network’s Guy Fieri show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Coffee delivered

There’s no shortage of locally roasted, delicious coffee in Arkansas. Roasters that sell online and will ship beans to your door include Brave New Restaurant, Fidel & Co., Doomsday Coffee (Fayetteville), Stirling Roastery (Booneville), Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee, RoZark Hills Coffee Roastery (Rose Bud) and Big Cuppa Roasting (Morrilton). 

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame winners announced in virtual ceremony

Over 2,000 nominations were received this year from all 75 counties, which is a record for the program. In in the first Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, five years ago, "We were thrilled to get 300 nominations," Hurst said.

Main Street restaurants still flooded and shuttered following water main rupture

Williams said he hopes to be opened back up on Monday or Tuesday of next week and that today, the first Friday of lent, is not an ideal day for a popular fish restaurant to be closed.

Basements of Main Street restaurants flood after water main ruptures

“Everything we had down in the basement was underwater,” said Chris Tanner, owner of Samantha's Tap Room. A water main break forced a road closure and caused significant flooding to multiple businesses. 
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A Central Arkansas snowpocalypse dining guide

We praise all restaurants that are choosing to remain closed to keep staff and customers safe. But we're also here to let you know that there are some places braving the elements to provide some snow day provisions.

Pridgin Family Brewery joins growing list of small-town Arkansas beermakers

Opening a brewery was a gamble for the Pridgin family. Even with Country Monks and Prestonrose seeing success nearby, beer tastes in Logan County still tip towards cheap industrial lagers.

‘It’s fine, though, all I had this morning was a smoothie’: A pandemic food diary

An assignment to compile a list of cheap eats in Central Arkansas in December coalesced, for Arkansas Times Associate Editor Rhett Brinkley, with a “Twin Peaks” viewing streak, a stubborn commitment to drinking water and a local restaurant takeout scene scrambling to weather the weirdest of winters.

Filmmaker Jesse Burks to open Burks Brothers Brewing this spring in Bryant

We talked with surgeon, filmmaker and now brewery owner Jesse Burks about Burks Brothers Brewing, lake beers and the strange origins of some of B3's abundant wall art. 

Arkansas’s star from India: Sami Lal

“Anyone who comes to dine in or order takeout are my guests coming to my home,” Lal said.
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