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From the Arkansas Blog

The coronavirus count (good trend) and open line

The trend continues downward. Even shots are up a bit.
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The redistricting rodeo continues Monday; also vaccine fireworks

Congressional redistricting and vaccinations might make for a lively legislative committee meeting Monday.

Do mandates harden resistance? United Airlines says no

People will get vaccinated given sufficient incentive. Like hanging onto a job.

TGIF news roundup: Biden won again

Another week done and another news roundup.

Mayor proclaims electric vehicle week in Little Rock and offers a test drive

The city of Little Rock plugs electric vehicles. Me, too.
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Coronavirus today: The decline continues

An improving trend continues.

Trump's Big Lie exposed in Arizona

Of course Trump didn't win in Arizona. But a sham audit still wants to raise doubts.

Survey says: Masks in school work

You could tell this to the Arkansas legislature, but, well, you know.

Redistricting shuffle continues UPDATE

Lots of proposals, but no consensus yet on congressional redistricting.

Supreme Court speeds appeal of school mask ruling

Does the Arkansas Supreme Court decision to speed a decision on the law banning school mask rules hint new life could be breathed into the law?
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From Rock Candy

Catch SocietyCon, an expo for makers and entrepreneurs, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds this weekend

Check out SocietyCon, an expo at the state fairgrounds this weekend that gathers together local makers across the fields of art, entertainment, business and tech.

'Don't box yourself in': Dylan Turk wants to spark an art economy that works for everyone

Dylan Turk, special projects editor of architecture and design at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and co-founder of KIN, talks about the creative economy in Arkansas and democratizing access to art.

Judsonia's own Beth Ditto will star in "Monarch," a forthcoming musical drama from Fox

Beth Ditto — fashion icon, earth-shattering vocalist for the group Gossip, actor and crafter extraordinaire — will join Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins in FOX's forthcoming musical drama "Monarch," to premiere in January 2022.

Actor Jessica Chastain is bringing new film "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" to Little Rock's Filmland in the Park

Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is headlining Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland in the Park on Sat. Oct. 2 with her new biopic "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," which tells the story of the "rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker."

"Like a magpie," new storytelling project at Hendrix collects vignettes from underexplored Arkansas communities

We talk to Hendrix College professors Maxine Payne and Tyrone Jaeger about their "AV Arkansas" storytelling project and the value of stories in our small, complicated state. 
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Local podcasters release digital music compilation to benefit The Van

The Shadow Transmission, a local podcast, is releasing "Out From the Cold" a digital compilation featuring 17 music artists from Arkansas. One hundred percent of all profits from the project will go to homeless outreach nonprofit The Van.

A weekend To-Do List: Outsider art up at UA Little Rock, Erika Wennerstrom at Stickyz and Control, a free show from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and more

New exhibits up at UA Little Rock and Hendrix College, a free livestream from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the Dunbar neighborhood and more.

Rickie Lee Reynolds of Black Oak Arkansas fame dead at 73

Rickie Lee “Ricochet” Reynolds, 73, guitarist and “The Wizard of Oak” in the band Black Oak Arkansas, died of kidney failure and cardiac arrest on Sept. 4, 2021, while being treated for COVID-19.

Check out Yebba's Tiny Desk Concert

Ahead of her debut album release on Friday, West Memphis native Yebba gets an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. 

It's Yebba's week/year

The West Memphis native's much-anticipated debut album drops Friday.
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Place your orders for the Greek Food Festival

The featured menu items include authentic gyros, pastitsio platters (Greek lasagna), falafel platters, soutzoukakia (Greek meatballs), baklava and chocolate baklava.

Local architecture firms face off in cake design challenge

The second annual Dessert Before Dinner With Bubbles and Bon Bons, a fundraiser for the Alex Foundation, will be held at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs on October 3.

Vote in the final round of Toast of the Town

Have you weighed in on Toast of the Town, our semi-annual survey of booze and bars? Voting in the final round continues through Sept. 29. Make sure you cast your vote for your favorite beer or bar today.

Little Rock Zoo's Wild Wines returns this weekend, and you can win a painting by Babe the Elephant

If drinking wine amongst the wildlife at the Little Rock Zoo is on your bucket list, this weekend's your chance. And the online auction, which includes a trip to Costa Rica, a Game of Thrones tour and a mystifying variety of surgical equipment, is not to be missed.

Natural State Beer Company wins gold at 2021 Great American Beer Festival

Natural State Beer Company, a microbrewery and taproom located in Rogers, was recently awarded a gold medal at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival, the world's largest commercial beer competition.
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It's Negroni Week for charity at Fox Trail Distillery and beyond

For the remainder of the week, Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers will be celebrating Negroni Week by riffing on the classic cocktail. A dollar will be donated to Little Free Library for every Negroni sold.

Make plans to attend the Arkansas Times' Bloodies, Bubbles & Brunch

The Arkansas Times' hit parade of events continues. If you liked our Margarita Festival, got buzzed at Pig & Swig and plan to do it up big at this Thursday's Tacos & Tequila — or you've missed out and are looking to correct the error of your ways — we've got an event for you: Bloodies, Bubbles & Brunch is slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock.

Several South Main restaurants participating in Blue Jeans & Bubbly event in SoMa

South Main will be closed off to traffic between 13th and 15th streets on Sat. Oct. 9 from 4-8 p.m. for Blue Jeans & Bubbly, an inaugural event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Ciao Baci releases fall menu

Ciao Baci unveiled its fall menu yesterday. We plan on stopping by on a brisk night to sit outdoors and partake of the smoked beef brisket chili.

More from Razorback twitterverse dunking on Arkansas "classic" cocktail featured in Garden & Gun

Classic reactions from Arkansans who came together in woo pig sooie-like fashion to reveal what really fills our red party cups, Sonic cups and koozies on game day.
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