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Influx of progressive voters could help put out the Arkansas dumpster fire

New Arkansans tend to be more progressive than the old ones. Are there enough of them to matter, election-wise? Check out these dorky and informative graphs to find out.

Jury finds Dennis Rainey guilty in tree-trimming case, fines him $1,000

The courtroom erupted into applause from both sides Friday afternoon as the jury reached its verdict. Dennis Rainey was found guilty of criminal mischief in the second degree for trimming trees on Central Arkansas Water property in 2021, and he was fined $1,000. No jail time will be served.

Mike Mills already out as Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism chief

Gov. Sarah Sanders announced late Friday afternoon that Mike Mills, the secretary of the state’s Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism since only December 2022, is “[stepping] away from the administration” and will be replaced by Arkansas State Parks Director Shea Lewis.

18-year-old swimmer dies after June 1 accident at Little Rock's Southwest Community Center, pool remains closed

The city of Little Rock sends word that a young man who had to be rescued from the Southwest Community Center pool Thursday has died of his injuries.
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New York Times, NBC, Guardian take note of Arkansas library lawsuit

The lawsuit challenging Act 372 is grabbing headlines far beyond Arkansas.

State revenues ahead of forecast, on pace for $1 billion surplus

The state adjusted its forecast last month and expects a $1 billion surplus by the end of this month.

Friday open line

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Updated: State Supreme Court keeps Arkansas LEARNS on hold pending briefs to be filed next week

In a terse, two-page order Friday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the state's request for an emergency stay of a temporary restraining order of Arkansas LEARNS

Both sides of the river mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Little Rock Moms Demand Action is hosting a Wear Orange community event this Sunday with Keyon Neely, the founder of the Kids U R Everything youth intervention program. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Awareness Center, 900 S. Pine St. and will include food, kids activities, speakers and gun violence prevention resources. 
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State of the arts: Why you should make a visit to Arkansas’s major museums

Check in on upcoming programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Native American History and more.

Fred Armisen will bring laughter and noise to Fayetteville in August

Comedian and actor Fred Armisen, best known for his tenure as a Saturday Night Live cast member and as the co-creator of "Portlandia," will appear in Fayetteville on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Get ready for a new Ashley McBryde album

"The Devil I Know" is McBryde's fourth major label release and the follow-up to "Lindeville," which was something of a concept album about a fictional town full of colorful characters.

'Clyde's' opens at The Rep on Wednesday

The Rep’s final production of the 2022-2023 season is another look at what happens behind the scenes among co-workers, but the setting this time is the kitchen of a truck stop diner outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.

June movie screenings at Ron Robinson Theater

CALS Ron Robinson Theater is bringing 10 movies to the big screen during June.
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New Kari Faux album garners praise from Pitchfork

"REAL B*TCHES DON’T DIE!", the third LP from Little Rock rapper Kari Faux, dropped on Friday, May 26.

Devastatingly frank singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson is playing in Fayetteville

Both of his albums were produced by seminal sad girl and frequent collaborator Phoebe Bridgers.

Mutants of the Monster festival starts Thursday

In addition to convincing doom metal luminaries Pallbearer to play their first hometown gig in over two years, Mutants of the Monster is bringing an insane amount of talent to venues across North Little Rock this weekend.

Critically-acclaimed memoir by Clinton-based journalist Monica Potts is officially out

“The Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 30.

AMFA hosts artist talk with LaToya M. Hobbs, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Dario Robleto

Getting to hear just one of these world-class artists speak would be enough to justify attendance, so the fact that all three of them will be in the same room means you’ve got no excuse. Come out on Thursday, June 1.
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Gems at the market: How Fidel Samour turned East Village’s old Sterling Paint Factory into a food hall

The newly updated, posh spot by Fidel & Co coffee shop owner Fidel Samour’s restaurant concept group Remolinos LLC boasts about 4,000 square feet and features a butcher shop, fresh greens station, bakery, artisan pizza station, full bar and grab-and-go market.

Six Bridges presents virtual talk with chef and author Ronnie Woo tonight

Ronnie Woo, chef and author of "Did You Eat Yet?," is giving a virtual talk tonight as part of CALS' Six Bridges Presents series. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by local food writer Joel DiPippa.

Pettaway Coffee hosting grand opening Saturday

Pettaway Coffee, the newest addition to the revitalized Pettaway Square small business district, is celebrating its grand opening Saturday, June 3 at 408 E. 21st St.

Terri Lynn's BBQ and Delicatessen under new ownership

Terri Lynn's BBQ and Delicatessen, the longstanding lunch spot serving up barbecue, specialty hot dogs and a variety of sandwiches on Rodney Parham Road, announced today the transfer of ownership from Aaron Hether and Kristin Hether to long-time customers Tim Jackson and Tracy Jackson.

Eat My Catfish providing free meals for tornado victims at new Little Rock location in Riverdale

Eat My Catfish has set an opening date for its second Little Rock restaurant in the Riverdale Shopping Center at 2516 Cantrell Road. Prior to the public opening Friday, June 2, Eat My Catfish announced it will serve free meals to Central Arkansas tornado victims and first responders out of the new Riverdale spot Thursday, June 1.
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The Lindsey Millar diet: How to eat lunch like an Arkansas Times editor

On Lindsey's Millar's last day as editor of the Arkansas Times we celebrate his almost preternatural ability to order lunch.

Cannibal & Craft nightclub announces River Market closure

Cannibal & Craft, the River Market cocktail lounge and nightclub located at 307 President Clinton Ave., announced on Tuesday that it is permanently closing on Wednesday, May 31.

The Mighty Rib's Cornucopia: May Edition

In the May edition of Cornucopia, The Mighty Rib discovers a new field trip-worthy pizzeria in White Hall, finds a new appreciation for one of Little Rock's best turkey sandwiches, lists his top 10 restaurant nachos in Central Arkansas and continues to dream about the wildly addictive fried potatoes at Little Rock's newest food hall.

Mt. Fuji back open after tornado damaged roof and HVAC units, totaled both owners' cars

"When we came out everything had changed," Aaron Shota Jackson said. "Trees were gone and part of the Breckenridge sign flew into my brother's car."

Hot Springs' Origami Sake celebrates grand opening

Arkansas's first sake production facility has officially started brewing.
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