With features on Hot Dog Mike, Bossa Nova's Brazilian treats, a banh mi sandwich worth driving for and more. Plus, readers pick the best restaurants in Arkansas.
Vol 37 • No 23
Trio's, Mike's Place, Dugan's Pub and ZaZa Conway are among this year's winners, according to Arkansas Times readers.
A look back at a culinary institution.
Only at Bossa Nova.
A study in street food, done right.
A new Irish migration.
For the vegetarian banh mi sandwich.
Results from 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006.
Jonathan Chavez, the UA Honors College student who was detained in Florida by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is free on $1,000 bond and is headed back to Fayetteville to resume his studies.
With the deadline at hand for filing proposed constitutional amendment, the garbage has been flowing in.
Worker safety at issue for the corporate recruit.
The Underclaire/Moving Front fusion wins Round Two in a photo finish; Week Three this Thursday.
Thom Hall talks about the Arts Center's drawings.
What the Family Council wants is the assurance that they can impose their religion and bigotry on the rest of us.
There is ripe and racially explosive criticism readily available for what you are about to read.
A find in England.
It's a leap beyond football game concession stand food and just a few paces behind backyard barbecue: just like roadside grub should be.
Whatever his failings in everyday life or in governance, put Bill Clinton in front of a roomful of laborers or intellectuals and he always delivers a tour de force.
The Arkansas legislature is seldom so brash as to do what's right first shot out of the box. Legislative progress is measured in dribs and drabs.
Dirtfoot at Maxine's in Hot Springs, Big John Miller Band at The Afterthought, Adam Faucett at Vino's and more.
Ray Abramson of Holly Grove, currently serving by appointment to complete an unexpired term on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, is letting it be known that he plans a race for Arkansas Supreme Court in 2012.
We have a general membership meeting at the House of Dominoes from time to time. It used to be an annual meeting, with refreshments and everything, but domino-playing fell off considerable after these last two downturns.
I have long valued the Arkansas Times as a source of trenchant analysis and a more progressive slant on Arkansas people and events than I get from the Dem-Gaz. I was puzzled, though, by your Jan. 27 editorial, "Austin Learning Limits."
Time is not on your side.
When the clock struck midnight Sunday night, one of the few remaining sovereign states of radio disappeared from the map: Clyde Clifford's "Beaker Street" went dark.
The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, will be at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville May 11 and lead a discussion and lecture on non-violence.
Kid Rock at Verizon, Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Revolution, Ingram Hill at Juanita's, "The Second Annual Meeting of the Little Rock Lebowski League" at Market Street Cinema, Mike Jones at Club Hollywood, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at Weekend Theater, "Arkansawr'n'b" at the Old State House Center.
The Televisionist on "Must Love Cats" and "Beyond Scared Straight: San Quentin."
Good week: Gov. Mike Beebe, the Republican Party. Bad week: ethics, State Correction Department, John Pelphrey.
Twelve Modern Lounge will open in mid-to-late February in the former Capital View-area home of Star Bar.
Let a swagger be your umbrella on a rainy, rainy day.
Still time for a few last salt/milk/etc. runs before the snow arrives in Little Rock, according to this Weather Service map.
Interesting story today about an unhinged letter sent by freshman Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro to Gov. Mike Beebe.
It may prove a quixotic stand, but I'm reminded by an article in the D-G this morning about the ongoing planning process that state Rep. John Walker has been at work behind the scenes raising questions about the Highway Department's desire to spend $45 million, maybe more, to replace the Broadway Bridge linking Little Rock and North Little Rock.
Since our publishing schedule has been discombobulated a bit by weather, I'll pass along early an item slated for this week's Insider column.
This is an important discussion on Talking Points Memo of the Republicans single-minded pursuit of anti-abortion legislation — to hell with jobs and the economy.
I thought elwood and others might be putting us on with tales of 18 inches of new snow in Northwest Arkansas.
It didn't produce much in election 2010, but it's still better than nothing that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to work and watch how Republicans are delivering on campaign promises.
So, wondering what to do with all those eggs, that bread and that milk you just purchased?
Mailbag brings a note that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in town next week to meet with Republican leaders.
This proposal has been mentioned favorably over the years by a number of journalists, me included.
The final tally indicates Jefferson County has approved a 3-8th-of-a-cent sales tax to create a fund to hand out tax money to lure private business to the depressed county.
Kid Rock braves the snow to play Verizon tonight.
The Fox News Edge Facebook page posted this photo from Melena McFadden of a Northwest Arkansas Airport employee struggling through drifts today.
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb says he won't seek re-election from Virginia. Can you say macaca?
CNN flash says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in rehab in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head, has resumed speaking.
The Education Department announced today that Arkansas continues to have more students taking Advanced Placement tests than the country as a whole.
Details remain sketchy, but the State Police have identified a 26-year-old Osceola man shot during what was said to be an effort to serve a federal search warrant related to computer crimes.
Remember "The Reivers," and the mud hole that was always good for yielding a traveler in need of rescue?
We commented yesterday on Rep. Anne Clemmer's proposed constitutional amendment to require that 35 percent of lottery proceeds be spent on scholarships.
A reader notes a Jan. 31 filing with the Federal Election Commission that terminates Huckabee for President Inc., the committee through which he mounted his 2008 presidential campaign.
I think I'll leave it with you and start tending the fireplace. Sounds like everything from state government on down will be closed tomorrow.
20-pllus inches of snow on the ground and a temperature this morning of -18. Minot, N.D.?
Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is another one of those Republicans who's always talking about how government shouldn't meddle in private business.
John Brummett frames the local and national debate of the moment: * Republicans, like Sen. Gilbert Baker: Cut taxes and let government adjust.
OK, a family values Republican congressman, Christopher Lee, has quit because he was busted for trolling for babes on Craigslist.
I can't link it, but John Pickett of Conway, the economist and former Public Service Commission member, has a guest column today in the Democrat-Gazette about the deficiencies of the state Public Service Commission, from its many failures in handling the SWEPCO power plant case to various rate-making deficiencies and a failure to force Entegry's integration into a regional system of power sales and delivery.
From Radio Netherlands, via culturegrrl: Looters have done severe damage to Dutch archaeological digs in Egypt, says Maarten Raven, Egyptologist at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities.
If, like me, you didn't get a daily newspaper delivered this morning, you might be missing your weekly dose of Gene Lyons.
And U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin will kick their children in the butt. Griffiin has joined the list of sponsors to attempt to end automatic citizenship for people born in the U.S. Immigrant haters are pushing this legislation in part because of the myth of an "anchor baby" boom, a non-existent flood of pregnant illegals seeking to get children born here with citizenship that could protect their own status.
2nd Friday Art Night shows: Arkansas Studies Institute's exhibit of work from the J.W. Wiggins Collection.
From the thank-God-for-Mississippi Dept. Confederate sympathizers are trying to get a commemorative license plate in honor of Rebel general and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Rep. Denny Altes brought his open carry handgun bill before the House Judiciary Committee today and after some rigorous questoning saw it shot down in a hail of hostile fire.
Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are coming to NLR.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has formally objected to the practice of some 33 members of Congress — both Republican and Democrat and including U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin — of living in their offices in Washington rather than in private residences.
No official word yet, but everybody is reporting that Hosni Mubarak is about to relinquish his dictatorial control of Egypt after 30 years.
Thanks to Rosso for a shot on Lee Avenue, I think from the same artists who gave LR the love sculpture during the last snowstorm.
So says Public Policy Polling. It's doing national samples for Daily Kos now, but it was hired because of its overall record against the span of polling companies.
Tonight's Showcase moved to March 3.
The 2010 Census figures will be released today at 1 p.m. our time. Here's a link to study the data for yourself.
Kid Rock tells complaining fans to screw off. In so many words.
Funk sax god Maceo Parker is coming to Fayetteville.
A friend shares a Washington Post article that I missed while on vacation. It's Valerie Strauss' article on the reason "Waiting for Superman," the documentary about charter schools, wasn't nominated for a documentary film Oscar.
SWEPCO, the friendly utility that wants to poison the air in southwest Arkansas with one of the last coal-burning power plants to be authorized in the U.S., has another money-making scheme that, I'm told, seems likely to be run through the legislature like you know what through a goose, with similar smelly after-effects.
While we're all waiting for a thaw here in Central Arkansas, I thought I might direct you towards two New Orleans eateries I experienced right before I took off on my cruise last month.
Your thoughts welcome here. State offices open two hours late tomorrow.
I gotcher blue cheese burger right here. And as far as blue cheeseburgers go, you can’t get any sharper or tangier than Markham Street Grill and Pub’s Black & Blue Burger.
What's going on in and around Central Arkansas this weekend
Don't know about you, but great swaths of the Internet territory I normally cover in the morning aren't responding, from New York Times to Census data pages.
The Democrat-Gazette further mined Census data yesterday for the finding that white people are no longer a majority of Little Rock's population.
You've read about him here before, but I don't think too much can be said about the plight of the UA honors student, Jonathan Chavez, facing deportation to Peru.
The latest mass bird death report: Tree swallows in Lake Charles, La. Don't tell anyone that, though I now live just south of the killing fields of Beebe, I'm a Lake Charles native.
Says here that he really did, and ceded power to military. The crowds are jubilant.
Memphis MOR rockers Ingram Hill land in Juanita's tonight.
NOLA brass band ambassadors to the world at large, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, return to Revolution.
Fans of the cult movie "The Big Lebowski" flock, costumed, to Market Street Cinema tonight.
Houston rapper Mike Jones heads to Club Hollywood.
August WIlson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' opens tonight at The Weekend Theater.
Betting that folks are sick of being at home and will brave a little slush to get out and see art, the 2nd Friday venues will be open from 5-8 p.m. tonight.
In case you've been wondering about garbage pickup in Little Rock, given the weather mess, the city has announced: Solid Waste Collections will be suspending all services except garbage collections from today through Sunday, February 13, 2011.
The Observer toasts Clyde Clifford and his long run on the internationally regarded "Beaker Street" radio show.
Make your reservation today for the Arkansas Times Jazz Bus to JazzFest in New Orleans.
The Little Rock police have announced the arrest of Brandon U. Westbrook, 25, in the murders of two men found shot Feb. 3 at 2512 Summit Street.
Channel 4 reports on a 49-year-old woman's resistance outside Fred's discount store south of Little Rock last night when they tried to steal her purse.
CALS posts a record number. Plus, reading recommendations.
I've commented a couple of times on Rep. Anne Clemmer's proposed constitutional amendment to require that 35 percent of lottery sales be spent on college scholarships.
A new Fox poll — said to be legit — puts Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee atop the field of potential Republican presidential candidates, a bare point ahead of Mitt Romney both among all surveyed and among Republicans only.
Weird week. Let's call an end to it and hope for dry streets in the next one.
Kathy Wells of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods reports that a proposal to rename a stretch of 19th Street for long-time community worker Annie Abrams has been withdrawn at the request of Mrs. Abrams.
KFSM TV is shocked to discover women are selling sex to businessmen in Bentonville. They're not streetwalking, mind you.
Must drivers use turn signals if no other traffic is present?Attorney General Dustin McDaniel answered that question this week in an official opinion for Prosecuting Attorney John Threet of Fayetteville.
The Baxter County sheriff favors me with releases of activities up in the hills and the happenings are not always peaceful.
John Brummett reviews the 2010 Census, and the stark maps that show the disappearance of people from the Delta and concentration of growth in Central and Northwest Arkansas, and concludes that the state's transformation to Republicanism is almost assured.
The legislature in Iowa hasn't been paying much attention to the controversy over institutions selling art to stay afloat.
Zac Wright, Gov. Mike Beebe's campaign manager, is as good a Twitter feed to follow today as any for reports from the Democratic State Convention in Hot Springs.
Sorry. Delayed by King's Speech.
Despite the snow, Eureka Springs' Chocolate Lovers Festival draws hundreds in to consume and celebrate all the chocolate they could eat.
There are other points, but the nut of John Brummett today: I apologize to readers for having recommended Justice [Courtney] Henry’s election last year over John Fogleman.
Interesting article in the Times this morning. Justice Clarence Thomas hasn't spoken in an oral argument in five years.
For your reading interest this morning: an op-ed writer in the Washington Post debunks myths about suburban communities.
Kris Allen was on hand this morning at Verizon Arena to help celebrate 'Decade,' the ten-year anniversary of New Life (mega-)Church.
Blue Arkansas provides an interesting clip of Bruce Cozart, the Republican candidate for the special election for House District 24 in Hot Springs, in an appearance before a local NAACP chapter.
I open the line with sad news. A friend, a great lawyer and a good man — retired Rose Law firm partner George Campbell — died today in Punta Arenas, Chile.
I meant to link this earlier.The Arkansas Times, after a successful charter bus run to the King Biscuit Blues Festival, is planning a bus trip to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Paul Krugman assesses the Republican plan to cut federal spending and comes up with a slogan — "Eat the Future."
Hard to imagine this trend won't be felt in Arkansas soon, if it is not already.
Good column by Glenn Greenwald on criticism Anderson Cooper has received for pointedly — and accurately — describing lies told by Hosni Mubarak as lies.
Timing is good for receipt of this link to a study in Iowa that demonstrates the fallacy of the belief that corporate tax breaks and similar corporate welfare encourage economic development.
Tomorrow night's Art of Architecture lecture about the architect-designed bridge over the Trinity River is timely.
A friend in Hot Springs, generally reliable, says Hot Springs Convention Center box office manager Brian Leonard's coonhound, Elvis, won best of breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.
Laman Library is giving Kevin Brockmeier $10,000 to write a memoir.
Valentine's Day around town offers burlesque, jazz and
Pat O'Brien, recently beaten by a nonentity, expense account-padding Republican legislator, in his race for secretary of state has contributed an op-ed to the Blue Hog Report on the state of progressives in Arkansas.
Add the Arkansas Judicial Council, which represents state judges, to the many groups that have endorsed the report of the Arkansas Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections.
President Obama today proposed $1 trillion (with a T) in spending cuts over 10 years.
The vote was 29-5 today on a Senate bill of little except negative relevance. It is, of course, to prove that the gun lobby can pass just about anything it wants in the state Senate no matter how damaging.
Roby Brock has a rundown on a package of bills being offered by Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock to step up the state's efforts to protect air and water quality from adverse effects of gas exploration in the Fayetteville shale.
You're on. Hungry?
The Old State House Center's weekly "Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series" with Stephen Koch discussing the state's R&B history.
It's taken 10 years, but the state Board of Education has finally begun bringing some degree of accountability to charter schools.
Allen Weatherly, executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network, has sent a letter to AETN Foundation supporters urging them to call members of Congress in the state to save federal allotments for public television.
Little Rock lawyer Bill James was the successful defense attorney for Curtis Vance in his trial on a charge of raping a Marianna teacher.
Mayor Mark Stodola has sent a newsletter touting his record at making Little Rock a "sustainable," or more environmentally sound, city.
A: Weakness of the field of Republican candidates. That's the bottom line on some numbers crunching by Nate Silver, who adds, naturally, that it is early.
Did Justice Clarence Thomas really make just a brief "drop-by" at a gathering of wealthy conservatives, as a court spokesman claimed?
The push for education "reform" depends on your belief in the steady erosion of the quality of American education.
Maybe it was the way I was raised or having to deal with being poor as a young TV producer starting out… but the idea of wasting food bothers the tar out of me.
Public Policy Polling says a majority of likely Republican primary voters believe President Barack Obama was not born in the U.s.
Channel 4 reports that a Baptist Medical Center employee was struck by a car and killed this morning on the med center grounds.
Rep. Randy Stewart made his move in committee today to make a little political hay by extending from 150 feet to 300 feet the statutory prohibition on demonstrations during funerals.
The Little Rock Airport Commission today completed its annual review of airport Director Ron Mathieu.
Gov. Mike Beebe's balanced budget took multiple licks in House committee today. * The House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a tax break for manufacturers' utility bills (no, silly, not your home bill.)
Abdulhakim Muhammad's capital murder trial is postponed until July 18.
Oprah Winfrey network show filming here.
Unbelievable. South Dakota's legislature is considering a bill that would legalize killing someone to prevent the harm of a fetus—a measure which could be used to defend people who kill abortion doctors.
Chef Lee Richardson is a finalist in Food & Wine's "The People's Best New Chef 2011" competition.
U of A art professor Marilyn Nelson stared at a deck of Navy signal flags for several years before she found a way to use them in her art.
A Dermott School District teacher tells me the School Board of the small Delta district, in the face of tight money, will consider an administrative proposal Feb. 22 to cut football, cheerleading and the yearbook.
Tuesday in Little Rock offers folkie Susan Gibson, rock from Outstanding Red Team and tons of karaoke.
Soup Sunday, arguably the year’s best food-related benefit, is scheduled for this Sunday, February 20.
Local writer Michael Inscoe is offering some wild stuff in return for financial backing for his new book.
Tonight. 6 p.m. at the Clinton School.
Your comments welcome. But one last reflection on Little Rock National Airport.
Let's hope we can say that it's going to stop snowing buckets in Fayetteville and folks can get back out on the streets and to the galleries.
There's a new CD coming from The Reparations on Thick Syrup Records.
Zac Brown and co. will play outside of Ozark this spring.