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Eight dead in north Arkansas after Sunday's tornadoes

At least 21 people were killed across Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky and Oklahoma in Sunday's storms.

Discovery of Goshen millstone connects past to present for Arkansas brewer

Orthodox Farmhouse Brewery co-owner Jesse Gagnon discovered a historic millstone from the former Goshen Milling Co. on a weekend fishing trip.

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Storms kill at least 5 in north Arkansas overnight, more in Texas and Oklahoma

Five people have been confirmed dead in Arkansas after severe storms producing tornadoes swept through the state overnight. Damage is still being assessed, and the death toll could rise.
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As a key labor union pushes into the South, red states push back

Aggressive new anti-union laws in Southern states speak to the growing push of the United Auto Workers and other unions to organize workplaces in the South — and the fierce opposition of pro-business GOP leaders.

Even failure is data (and other lessons in chemistry and life from Dr. Crystal Morrison)

“I feel like there’s this unrealistic expectation that you’re going to go to college for four years, and whatever you get your degree in is what you’re going to do for the rest of your life," Morrison told us. "That’s just ridiculous."

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Tim Griffin targets abortion by mail: The Week in Review, May 25th, 2024

Plus, what's in the Educational Rights Amendment and shady campaign donations to a state Supreme Court justice.

Little Rock native Genrietta Churbanova named valedictorian at Princeton

An anthropology major who minored in both Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies as well as Chinese language and culture, Churbanova's senior thesis was an ethnographic study of Russian people living in Taiwan.
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From Rock Candy

Ron Robinson Theater screens 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'The Goonies,' and more in June

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," "Babe" and "Jurassic Park" are also among the June lineup.

AMFA's 2024-2025 concert series to feature Booker T. Jones, S.G. Goodman and more

Like last year, all of the concerts will take place in AMFA’s 350-seat Performing Arts Theater, starting on Sept. 11 with Booker T. Jones, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose iconic organ and piano work with Booker T. & the M.G.’s left an indelible mark on the trajectory of soul music.

CALS unveils first round of authors for 2024 Six Bridges Book Festival

Now in its 21st year, the Six Bridges Book Festival is returning to Little Rock on Sept. 23-29. Ann Patchett, Garrard Conley, Eli Cranor and more are among the festival's first round of author announcements.

Negative space: A Q&A with Brett Campbell of Pallbearer

“Mind Burns Alive,” the fifth album from Pallbearer, deviates from what many have come to expect from Arkansas’s foremost purveyors of doom metal. To celebrate the release, singer/guitarist Brett Campbell spoke with us about sonic contrast, the record’s composition and confronting personal writing challenges. 

Jason Isbell plugs Arkansas abortion amendment at Bentonville show

“This near-total abortion ban is a very bad and a very dangerous thing. It puts a lot of people at risk. And if you agree with me, you can go sign up to get on the ballot in November to repeal the ban,” Isbell said between songs to a very receptive audience.
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The Rep expands ‘pay what you can’ ticket offerings

Starting with Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” — which runs from June 18-30 — at least 10 “pay what you can” (even zero dollars, if you so wish) tickets will be set aside for every performance of the season’s five shows.

DLRP to screen 'Black Panther,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and more on downtown rooftop

The showings, held on the fourth Thursday of each month from May through October, are free and start at “dusk.”

Arkansas Times Film Series screens 'Late Spring' (1949) Tuesday night

Subtle and devastating, Roger Ebert described Yasujirō Ozu’s “Late Spring” as a film about two people who are “undone by their tact, their concern for each other, and their need to make others comfortable by seeming to agree with them.”

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum to celebrate 25th anniversary with reading retreat

The retreat will center on discussions of Hemingway’s posthumously published novel “The Garden of Eden,” which explores the somewhat fluid gender and sexuality of two newlyweds. The work was supposedly inspired by Hemingway's honeymoon with Pauline Pfeiffer, who grew up in Piggott.

Mutants of the Monster festival returns to Argenta starting Thursday

From Thursday through Saturday, over 25 bands — almost all of which are very heavy — will make their way through North Little Rock. We spoke with festival organizer Christopher "C.T." Terry about what to expect from the expansive lineup, which includes John Garcia of cult stoner rock band Kyuss.
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Last call for Little Rock Big Whiskey’s 

Big Whiskey’s announced last week that it will be shutting down its Little Rock location later this month after 16 years in the River Market.

UPDATE: Lassis Inn has not closed permanently, owner says

Many people are mourning the loss of Little Rock's Lassis Inn — one of the oldest Black-owned restaurants in the country — after reports on Thursday circulated that the restaurant has closed permanently. Owner Elihue Washington Jr. said on a phone call Friday morning not to count the restaurant out just yet.

'A real soul food joint': Farewell to J&J Diner

The soul food spot announced its closure today on Facebook after being on hiatus following the death in December of its proprietor and matriarch, Mrs. Joyce Marie Maxon Givens.

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer opening Breckenridge Village location in June

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer announced on Wednesday that it will be opening its new 6,000 square-foot Little Rock location in the Breckenridge Village shopping center on Tuesday, June 4.

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot now open in North Little Rock

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot celebrated the grand opening of its new North Little Rock location Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
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Chef Tyler Rogers taking executive chef role at new Fayetteville restaurant and hotel

Former Hail Fellow Well Met chef Tyler Rogers has accepted a role building out the food program as the executive chef of the restaurant at Stonebreaker, a soon-to-open boutique hotel on Markham Hill close to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Here are the 2024 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists

On Monday the Division of Arkansas Heritage announced the finalists for the 2024 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced in September.

Tickets on sale for annual BrunchFest at The Hall benefiting The Centers

Central Arkansas brunch enthusiasts will get a chance to sample dishes from a variety of local restaurants at one central location for the annual BrunchFest on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Hall in Little Rock. 

Delta Dirt Distillery wins platinum honors at 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Helena-West Helena distillery Delta Dirt Distillery has taken home the prestigious platinum medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the oldest and largest annual spirits competition in the U.S. 

Last Damgoode Pies standing closes in Fayetteville 

When owner and founder Jeff Trine closed the original Damgoode Pies on Kavanaugh Boulevard last fall and the Cantrell Road branch less than three weeks later, there was still one place in Fayetteville where fans could grab a Damgoode stuffy. That location is now closed.
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