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From the Arkansas Blog

Today's news -- some of it good for a change -- and the open line

Supreme Court literalism gets a cheer today.

Bruce Springsteen calls for White House exorcism

Judging by its headline, Fox News is displeased with The Boss.

Coronavirus today: 1,072 new cases and 19 more deaths

Another four-digit day.

Appeals court affirms conviction of volunteer Arkansas County deputy who extorted informant

Charles Chastain's conviction upheld by 8th Circruit.

Big agriculture and the business lobby prefer to squelch the people's voice

The Farm Bureau just dropped $136,000 behind the petition-killing Issue 3.
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Inconsequential News Quiz: Defense Against the Dark Arts Edition

Play in jail, while still pissed over your broken headphones.

Four lanes means four lanes, Supreme Court rules and blows hole in funding for I-30 project in Little Rock

The Arkansas Supreme Court just threw a monkey wrench in the big concrete gulch in Little Rock.

A youth movement in the presidential election?

Voting by younger people apparently is on the rise this year. Good news for Democrats? Maybe not in Arkansas.

Mississippi KKK garb still burning Republican Senate candidate Charles Beckam

Classmates and community groups say Republican Charles Beckham isn't fit to serve in Arkansas Senate.

Linda Collins’ killer moved out of state

Security reasons, prison official says
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From Rock Candy

Here's "This America" from Kai Coggin, voted Arkansas Times' 2020 Best Poet

Here's "This America," the latest from poet Kai Coggin, who was voted Best Poet in Arkansas Times' Best of Arkansas 2020.

Ballet Arkansas teams up with ASO for a free outdoor Sunday afternoon concert

Featuring a 4,300-square-foot mural, Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

DOT releases debut EP, "Welcome to the DOTosphere"

If your year needed a handful of new songs that cover clambakes, skinnydipping, the alienation brought about by technology and ghosts who speak through Marshall amps, you’re in luck.

Take a Wednesday night meditation class with your local Buddhists

Sit in on a class with the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.

From acorns, a suffrage event grows at UCA: UPDATE

The University is now registering for the 6 p.m. Nov. 9 Zoom performance and live Q&A for Core's performance of "Nevertheless, She Persists," with original music by Christian Meyer, recently recorded at Crystal Bridges.
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New Lucero coming in January, with murder balladry, Irish folktales and touches of classic rock

Beloved rock outfit Lucero spent two weeks (masked up) at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis in July, and the fruits of those sessions will be out in January — a full-length LP called "When You Found Me."

Trick-or-treat?

With All Hallows Eve a couple weeks away and the state’s coronavirus cases on the rise, we wanted to know what families who would normally be making memories trick-or-treating are doing for Halloween this pandemic year, when Halloween falls on a Saturday. 

'Party Down': A nod to Little Beaver (and a playlist)

Forrest City native Willie George Hale became an important and widely respected R&B guitarist, both in studio sessions and as a solo artist, and his tunes later became sampling fodder for the likes of Jay-Z and Erykah Badu.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.

Frea Buckler show goes up at The New Gallery

British artist Frea Buckler, whose hard-edge, saturated-color geometric works have been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and seen in galleries in New York and Denver, brings “Loop Sequence” to The New Gallery at 1619 Scott St. starting Nov. 6.
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Food Truck Friday, and more food trucks this weekend

This might be your last chance for the year to catch Food Truck Fridays at Simmons Bank Arena.

Black Angus reopens in original midtown location

Black Angus opened on Monday for drive-thru and pickup. "Next week we'll probably start delivery service, but I'm trying to get this new routine down before we open dine-in. Baby steps," owner Karla Creasey said.

Mockingbird Bar wins grant, will donate to SoMa Outdoor Dining Room: Update

Mockingbird was one of 67 businesses nationally that received the grants.

Original Hot Dog Factory comes to SoMa

Owner Devin Wilkerson said he first learned about the franchise on the TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” on the Bravo network. The franchise’s CEO and president Dennis McKinley is the fiance of Porsha Williams, who is one of the housewives featured in the show. 

Capi Peck on Trio’s longevity, her employee family and 2020

“We’re able to make it, but we’re really looking for that RESTAURANT Acts 2020 [in Congress]. This industry, we were the first to close and one of the last to open and we need some help,” Peck said. 
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Firefly Burger food truck brings gourmet burgers to Maumelle Boulevard

Co-owner Cassandra Kassis said that she and her husband’s favorite part of the day was spending a couple hours in the evening cooking in the kitchen together. Friends and relatives have been telling them they needed to open a restaurant, so they decided to start with a food truck. 

Adam Faucett, virtual cheese dip and so much more food this weekend

Prepare your taste buds because this weekend is sure to please. I can't remember a time when so much flavor was packed into one weekend. The real challenge will be figuring out a way to sample a little bit of everything. We're here to help.

Lost Forty takes home national gold medal, wins best mid-size brewing company 

Lost Forty also won a Gold Medal for its bottle-conditioned Day Drinker in the “Brett Beer” category. The beer is brewed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, colloquially known as “Brett,” which grows on the skin of fruit. It produces flavors in beer that change over time and are often described as funky or rustic. Bottle-conditioned means the beer is bottled flat and non-carbonated with sugars and yeast added to ferment and carbonate in the bottle. Lost Forty has been doing a wild barrel project series since 2017. 

Daniel Bryant on The Fountain, Hill Station and the importance of supporting small businesses

Daniel Bryant owns HAM, Hill Station, Big Whiskey’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Whole Hog North Little Rock and The Fountain. He said he has approached the challenges of 2020 on a restaurant-by-restaurant basis.

Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining

“We’re going to be a culinary and hospitality destination like no other in the state, I say even region,” said Todd Gold, director of food and beverage at Saracen Casino. Gold knows that people are going to come to try their luck on the games. “But we want just as many to come here to dine, and then they’ll go play the games,” he said.
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