From the Arkansas Blog

Court puts Daniel Lee execution back on track

Execution now scheduled to occur Mobday unless U.S. Supreme Court intervenes.

The open line: With 503 more COVID-19 cases

A lot better than 1,000 reported yesterday. But still high.

Vandalism reported in Confederate cemetery in Little Rock, photos show apparent suspects

Facebook posts show vandalism and apparent suspects in Confederate portion of Oakland Cemetery.

Mask pressure mounts and governor dodges, with deadly results particularly in Little Rock

Little Rock School District Lives Don't Matter. And other elements of the governor's refusal to get tough on masks.

North Little Rock police arrest suspect in multiple stabbings, one fatal

Suspect in custody in stabbings at four addresses.

UPDATE: Open line: A record day for new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas

More than 1,000 new cases in 24 hours, with biggest jump in Hot Spring County.

Jonesboro food company says it was ruined by former Craighead county clerk's financial misdeeds UPDATE

Twisted Foods says it was ruined by Kade Holliday, alleged to have taken $500,000 or more for his own use, including online gaming.

Arkansas Week's COVID-19 edition: Doctors speak and the outlook is dark

No happy talk from three medical doctors. Masks should be required. Open schools could be a problem.

Zoo reopens today, but reservations needed to visit

The Zoo is open again, but you'll need to make a reservation online to visit.

Motion filed to prevent construction work from starting on billion-dollar I-30 project

Lawsuit seeks to prevent work from starting on 30 Crossing project in downtown Little Rock. Also: An update on the man in charge when this project was put in motion.
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From Rock Candy

2nd Friday Art Night concert at Old State House canceled, but shows go on

But virtual 2nd Friday events go, and an in-person show opens at The New Gallery.

"Vietgone" playwright Qui Nguyen speaks Friday morning for Murphy Arts District event

El Dorado native Qui Nguyen talks about his theater, playwriting and screenwriting career with Murphy Arts District tomorrow morning via Facebook Live.

Cheers! City allows takeout cocktails in SoMa; Food Truck Festival canceled; outdoor concert scheduled

News about downtown dining and music.

Aj Smith, Marjorie Williams-Smith: "A Path Forward"

"A Path Forward" can be seen online.

A Q&A with David Hill on his new book 'The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice'

A son of Hot Springs writes about the mob and gambling.

Baroque 2.0: Soprano Elijah McCormack makes ancient music feel new again

For male soprano Eli McCormack, ancient music has everything (and nothing) to do with gender identity.

Control marks the return of the neighborhood record store

The story of Control, Hillcrest's favorite record shop.

Read about Rosie Lee Tompkins, quilter extraordinaire with Arkansas roots

The New York Times reviews her retrospective, now only online.

'Tell My Mama I’m Back': Joshua Asante on depression, diamonds and keeping his new single 'as Black and as spacey' as he could make it 

Tracked and mixed in spaces adjacent to Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Asante's new pair of songs make a pretty clear case for why he calls his music “astral soul.”

Arts Center approves bare bones FY ‘21 budget

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, the budget is $5.08 million.
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Sami Lal takes the kitchen to the curbside

In the midst of a pandemic, Sami Lal solidifies his reputation as one of the most charismatic and charming front-of-the-house personalities in the Little Rock food scene.

Quarantine Kitchens: Little Rock's home cooks show us their eats

The Arkansas Times persuaded a few home cooks to tell us about their favorite meals during the extended stay at home, and about the ways in which their relationship to food has changed during the pandemic. 

Add Atlas Bar to COVID-19 victims

Owner Tony Poe makes the announcement.

Al fresco: Flyway Brewing and The Root Cafe turn parking lots into patios

Folks are looking for safe outdoor dining options, and with the help of city leaders, a few local restaurant owners have found a way to use parking lots to host diners in the open air. 

Hill Station, Pantry, Petit & Keet announce temporary closures

Some restaurants that have opened are taking no chances in this time of COVID-19, as evidenced by temporary closures.

Eggshells Kitchen Co. under new ownership

Beth Porter has been shopping at the Eggshells Kitchen Co. since she and her husband moved to Little Rock in 2007, the same year it opened. Now, she’s the store’s new owner.

Brood and Barley opens in Argenta

Brood & Barley, a new restaurant from the owners of Flyway Brewery, will open in the space that once housed Core Brewery. 

To market, to market: Farmers are selling again

With an assist from the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension, we’ve compiled information on some of the many markets in Arkansas.

Brave New Restaurant re-opens with a brave new routine (and a lot more plants)

Chef Peter Brave and his crew are open for business after a two-month pandemic hiatus.

La Hacienda Benton returns to curbside service after patrons refuse masks

La Hacienda’s Benton location reversed course this week on re-opening its dining room after patrons refused to wear masks in accordance with state directives.
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