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From the Arkansas Blog

Today's news: The bridge and the virus

A bridge, a virus, vote suppression and crime on today's news roundup.

Coronavirus today: Big jump up today

The COVID count jumped sharply today.

Governors discuss I-40 bridge repair work in Memphis. Timeline remains elusive, but repairs likely to take months.

Resssurances but few specifics on a timeline marked today's briefing on the I-40 bridge.

Gilbert Baker federal bribery trial may take 15 days

Three-week trial in offing in bribery case.

Arkansas has fourth highest rate of violent crime in the nation

The Natural State remains at the bottom of the list for most things, but ranks near the top for violence. Too bad lawmakers were too busy hating on transgender children to do anything about it. Priorities.
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Fraud in the payroll protection program -- fake farms

Payroll Protection Program fraud included bogus small farms.

The 2021 Arkansas legislature's attack on the right to vote

The terrible legislative session did some of its worst damage in aiming to make it harder to vote.

Human Rights Campaign: Shame on the NCAA

A belated blast at the NCAA's empty defense of a minority group.

A newsy roundup today

Lots of news today, including acknowledgment of highway department failures in bridge inspection.

Coronavirus today: Small increase today

A slow start to the week in all categories.
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From Rock Candy

Curtains Up: Studio Theatre, The Rep, Murry's and TheatreSquared announce modified 2021 show lineups

Live theatre returns to Arkansas this month and, while there’s not a full contingent of performances in the offing, it is a start. Here's how a few of the city's theatre companies are tackling a virus that’s turned their worlds upside down. 

Invisible, In Plain Sight: The art and music of Michael Jukes

Jukes has been a creative dynamo since he escaped from the clutches of North Little Rock’s Northeast High School in the early 1970s, and he’s been making compelling music and comics ever since, all without achieving what famous Arkansas recluse Charles Portis called “escape velocity” from Arkansas. That is not to say Jukes didn’t try.

The Rep is back in July with a play about Sister Rosetta Tharpe

First up in "The Rep Outdoors" series: "Marie & Rosetta," playwright George Brant's 2017 play about Cotton Plant, Ark. native Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her relationship with contralto Marie Knight.

50 Cent is hanging out by the champagne fridge at Warehouse Liquor in SoMa

Warehouse Liquor on Main St. has a 50 Cent special today.

Microshorts, paper rainforests and Fort Smith history at CALS Made in Arkansas Film Festival this weekend

Get out the projector (or turn on the TV); Central Arkansas Library System's Made in Arkansas Film Festival is going virtual this weekend.
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Yale Drama Prize-winning author Rachel Lynett explains their theater company’s 'laugh first' ethos, what it means to write 'historical heresy' and why all their plays are love stories

The very word “play,” Lynett points out, is one we should learn to take more literally; theater exists to surprise, and one way to do that is to upend expectations or to get the audience to “laugh first” — two words which serve as a hallmark for Lynett’s eponymous theater company.

The post-pandemic art world in Arkansas

More gallery space, more programming, more culture on tap.

Arkansas Times Recommends: The Meyer's and "Sasquatch" edition

Strategies for the Ant Invasion of 2021, painted rocks, the gospel of "Sasquatch" and more.

Arkansas soul gold, rescued from must and mold: Check out William Stuckey’s “Love Of Mine"

The 1979 record, laid down on tape for an Arkansas label called Symplex Records, was re-released in late January on Athens of the North, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based record label that specializes, its website reads, “in reissuing and officially licensing long lost, rare — and, above all, amazing — soul, disco, funk records.”

ASO dips its toes back into live performance with Mozart's "Jupiter" finale and Prokofiev's "Classical"

"A full-circle moment for sure,” Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Interim Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson said of the programming.
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Petit & Keet reviving menu from Jacques and Suzanne for two nights

Petit & Keet is celebrating its fourth anniversary on May 18 by bringing back the dishes that made Jacques and Suzanne one of the premier spots for fine dining in Little Rock in the '70s and '80s.

Three Fold to open new location in West Little Rock

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. announced in an email today that it will be adding a second brick and mortar location in West Little Rock in the former Panera space located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center at 11525 Cantrell Road.
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Capital Hotel and Capital Bar & Grill reopening Mon. May 17

After being shuttered for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Capital Hotel is reopening along with the Capital Bar & Grill on Mon. May 17.

BrunchFest pass now available to benefit Centers for Youth and Families

The Emerging Leaders, a young professionals group supporting Arkansas’s oldest nonprofit, Centers for Youth and Families, has adapted its annual BrunchFest to BrunchFest Passes that contain coupons to more than 30 area eateries.

Cheesecake on Point to open brick and mortar location this Saturday

The Cheesecake on Point food truck will open a new brick-and-mortar location this Saturday at 9809 W. Markham in the shopping center that houses Andy's Restaurant and Fuller & Sons Hardware.
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Local restaurants offering Mother's Day brunch specials

Mother's Day is Sunday, so it's time to start making reservations, planning your picnic and scrambling for locally-made gift ideas.

A guide to open-air dining in Central Arkansas

Al fresco all the time.

Little Rock River Market's Ottenheimer Hall open for business

Ottenheimer Hall, the River Market's public food court-style market, which has been shuttered for over a year, is welcoming back vendors and the public this Saturday.

Rock Town Distillery's Single Barrel Bourbon scores Double Gold

Rock Town Distillery, whose bourbon is distilled in Little Rock with Arkansas corn and wheat, was awarded a prestigious Double Gold medal for its Single Barrel Bourbon at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Saracen Casino lands authentic Kobe beef

Saracen's premier high-end restaurant, Red Oak Steakhouse, will be one of the 38 restaurants licensed in the U.S. to serve authentic Kobe beef, an elusive breed of pure-blood Tajima Wagyu cows that are born, raised, slaughtered and processed in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture.
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