From the Arkansas Blog

The COVID report, an injured trooper and the open line.

The open lines comes with a mildly encouraging COVID-19 reports and news of a State Police trooper injured in a chase and more photos of armed men at Capitol today

All’s quiet at the Capitol

A handful of demonstrators and a lot more cops.

Asa thinks House shouldn't have impeached Donald Trump

He did concede Donald Trump had used "aggressive language" at rally preceding riot.

Legislators propose end to Confederate Flag Day in Arkansas

It should be simple. It probably won't be.

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson has paid Trump insider to lobby for pardon for his confessed felon son, Jeremy Hutchinson

MIght corrupt influence result in freedom for a corrupt former state legislator, son of a former U.S. senator and nephew of the Arkansas governor.

The Capitol riot: U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said what?

He seems to have found a positive in the Capitol riot.

Arkansas still mute on troopers in Washington; at least one police chief is doing more

At least one former police official thinks Governor Hutchinson owes Arkansas a better explanation of what two troopers did at Capitol last week,

The open line and COVID-19 report

Another big day got coronavirus.

Sen. Kim Hammer declares 'war' on Democrats in now-removed Facebook post

Sen. Kim Hammer declares political war in Trumplike terms on Facebook. Not that he endorses violence, understand.

Vaccination vexations

It isn't easy to get a COVID-19 shot, unless you are the governor, an elected official in Jonesboro and some other lucky souls.
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From Rock Candy

A guide to urban hiking in Central Arkansas

A walk in the woods in the city. 

Faulkner County drag queen Symone sparkles on season premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

No "porkchop" for Symone.

50 Arkansas artists who made good noise in 2020

Here — in no particular order — are 50 Arkansas artists/musicians/podcasters who, thankfully, didn't keep quiet this bizarro year. Tell us what we missed, find something you like, throw in the artist's coffers what you can to support it, and pray like hell they'll muddle through to a time when they can perform it for you in person.

Rage and Unleash: A Q&A with Terminal Nation's Stan Liszewski

We talk with Stan Liszewski of Terminal Nation about social media dysphoria, being pissed off in 2020 and his band's new record, "Holocene Extinction."

RIP country star and Crossett native K.T. Oslin

Kay Toinette Oslin, a Grammy-winning pioneer in country music and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. She was born May 15, 1942, in Crossett, Ark., and grew up in Memphis and Houston.

Arkansas Cinema Society hires NWA program director; plans to open ACS office in the region

From the Arkansas Cinema Society today comes news that Kody Ford, a Fayetteville resident, UCA/University of Arkansas graduate and founder of The Idle Class magazine, will become ACS' director of statewide outreach and educational programming/NWA program director.

The slacker's guide to last-minute Arkansas gifts

If you’ve let this much of December go by without making a gift-giving plan, we’ve got a few suggestions, most made in Arkansas and all made to delight the recipient.

Compassion Works For All concert features sets from Big Piph, Greg Spradlin, Rodney Block

Compassion Works For All, a Little Rock-based organization that offers therapeutic programs to incarcerated people and others, is re-airing its virtual benefit concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

ASO streams free "Home for the Holidays" concert Sunday afternoon

Featuring Broadway star Laura Leigh Turner ("Mean Girls"), ASO's "Home for the Holidays" concert is free to watch, streamed live from Robinson Center Music Hall, and features ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov and trumpet player Ross Ahlhorn. 

Little Rock's former drag darling Symone lands on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Arkansas has a queen on the RuPaul runway. Go, Team Symone!
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A Beginner's Guide to Bourbon

If you’re in the spirit for a new spirit this year, don’t be afraid to give bourbon a try. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you on your way.

Pawpaws and Pilsners: A Q&A with Jason Aamodt of Norfork Brewing Co.

We talked with Jason Aamodt of Norfork Brewing Co. about brewing, business and how a member of Southern rock outfit Black Oak Arkansas ended up as the stout’s namesake and ambassador.

The timeless appeal of Newport's Postmaster Spirits

If that name clangs any bells, if it whispers of any hangovers past, it’s likely because of the all-too-timely product that brought an orange wave of headlines back in April 2019: Trump Tonic. (“Trump tonic will grab you by your ‘wherever,’ ” the back of the bottle reads.)

Yellow Rocket Concepts restaurants to support Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in dollar-for-dollar match fundraising campaign

Before the pandemic, Arkansas ranked third in the nation for food insecurity rates. Feeding America estimated that by the end of 2020, an additional 160,000 Arkansans — and 1 in 3 Arkansas children — faced hunger.

Minute Man goes mobile

The newest addition to the Minute Man relaunch is a 25-foot mobile food truck that will be stationed where Wes Hall's original Minute Man once stood, at Fourth and Broadway.

Cheap eats in Central Arkansas

Seven meals for under $10.

Arkansas beers to try before you die

Twenty years have gone by since Diamond Bear Brewing revived the art of making beer in Arkansas. In the interim, the craft brewing industry has evolved into something of a scene, with everything from sours to saisons available pretty much whenever you want, in the taproom or in the liquor store cooler. Here we’ve aimed to help you navigate those foamy waters with a selection of a few Arkansas beers worth seeking out. 

Traveling food writer Kat Robinson completes two recipe books in quarantine 

After talking with Robinson by phone for 40 minutes about Arkansas restaurants, it became clear very quickly that she’s kind of an encyclopedia on the subject. She’s written several books about the state’s food offerings, four of which serve as travel guides about where to find the best plates or pies.

Former South On Main owner/chef Matt Bell writes about chaotic first year in Nashville

Bell arrived in Nashville to take the job as executive chef at 21c Hotel's ground floor restaurant Gray & Dudley a little over a month before dining rooms started shutting down in March.

The Fold reverts to takeout only after members of staff test positive over the holidays

After recent employee infections over the holidays, The Fold announced on Facebook that it would revert to takeout only for the time being. The restaurant cited the recent employee infections and the rise of COVID-19 cases everywhere.
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