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April 7, 2005

Vol 3 • No 12

The Insider April 7

Actress Joey Lauren Adams, a North Little Rock native, is set to begin directing her movie “Come Early Morning” April 25. It will be shot on both sides of the river. Ashley Judd will play the lead role, a 30-something woman with commitment problems who n

Letters April 7

Maybe Maureen Dowd, the only female New York Times columnist is right: The reason we’re in so much trouble with Bush-think is because there are so few fearless woman columnists appearing in the press. The Arkansas Times is no exception.

More picks April 7-13

“Chrystal,” the film starring Arkansans Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount that was filmed last year in the Eureka Springs area and shown at the Sundance Film Festival, will have its Arkansas premiere on Friday at Market Street Cinema, with a special scre

Editorial cartoon April 7

2nd Art Night rolls; Foodbank auctions bowls

Attending all the art-related functions set for Friday, April 8, will require some planning. Downtown are the Arkansas Foodbank Network benefit, “Empty Bowls,” at the Little Rock Junior League’s headquarters, and the second 2nd Friday Art Night after-hour

Hillbilly royalty

She calls Austin home now, but roots rocker Elizabeth McQueen lived in Little Rock until age 10. She and her band, the Firebrands, will be playing at the White Water Tavern on Thursday, April 7.

What's cooking/capsule reviews

What's cooking: Steak Escape. Capsule review: Lazzari.

Viva La Regional!

Given that life hasn’t afforded this reviewer nearly enough coin to travel as extensively in Latin America as we once hoped (we’ve had to clean out the sofa cushions a time or three to make it to Taco Bell, much less Machu Picchu) it has been a delight in

TV highlights

In our vast toolbox of rules to live by, one stands out when it comes to creepy crawlies: Try your damnedest not to end up in the paper in a story that features any combination of your name and the word “venom.”

Three’s company, too

In Dante’s Inferno, one circle of Hell leads directly into another, bringing a new method of torment with each step of the descent. So it is that, with the legislative session scheduled to end this Friday, we are fated to immediately plunge into th

Orval April 7

This Modern World

Farmers and the Farm Bureau

In the last days of the legislature the powerful Arkansas Farm Bureau is trying to prevent the creation of what state government needed years ago — an Agriculture Department. Because any bright sixth-grader in Arkansas knows that agriculture is what pay

The week that was March 30-April 5

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … HOMECOMING. The last members of Arkansas’s 39th Infantry Brigade left the Middle East for home after a year in Iraq.

My apologies

I owe Sen. Jim Hill of Nashville an apology. Monday morning, I sat in on the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, where a seemingly unending list of tax exemptions and other corporate welfare compete for attention in the final days of the legislative

Ray Winder Field has had its day

The Arkansas Travelers open baseball season No. 72 at Ray Winder Field on Thursday against the Springfield Cardinals. If North Little Rock’s city leaders can somehow find the $25 million to $30 million needed for a shiny new stadium on its riverfront, s

Cole rolls

Well known for showing the influences of Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald, who knew Natalie Cole could wail like Janis Joplin? The highlight of her concert with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Sunday may have been Cole’s unexpected and

Ultimate ‘Sin’

One of this reviewer’s frequent gripes concerning comic-books-turned-movies is that for all their anti-hero posturing, they’re always about black-and-white characters. The spandex-wearing good guys, no matter how dark and scowling, are all good. The bad g

This Modern World April 7

Brothers in arms

Watching the interplay between the characters Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in the Weekend Theater’s “Never the Sinner” reminded us of another murderous pair. It’s too bad Clarence Darrow wasn’t around in the 1960s to defend heinous killers Perry Smith

The Observer April 7

The Observer does silly things so you don’t have to. Lately we’ve focused our silly spectrometer on the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” chestnut hidden among the legal ads in the back of the daily paper.

Bush's mean budget

With Ernest Dumas on vacation, guest writer Hope Coulter comments on what George W. Bush's budget means in Arkansas.

Editorials April 7

Given the opportunity to keep a little bit of fairness in Arkansas’s generally regressive tax system, and at the same time hold on to a source of revenue for public education and other vital needs, the House of Representatives Revenue and Taxation Committ

Smart Talk April 7

Little Rock native Robbie Lewis, the widely acclaimed executive chef at Jardiniere in San Francisco, made the pages of the New York Times magazine March 27. Or at least his right arm did.

Words April 7

Swine-secure: “I always thought the expression was hogtied, and that it meant ‘trussed up like a hog, ready to be shipped to market or slaughtered.’ Recently, I heard a discussion of a fence made of bois d’arc trees that is planned for the Histo

Cripps' Combo

Southwest Little Rock native Joe Cripps has evolved from drumming in influential 1980s Little Rock bands like the Patios, Jubilee Dive and Gunbunnies to playing percussion with Grammy Award winners Brave Combo in the 1990s and beyond. And he’s done it all

How to spend billions by sundown

This is what happens when you waste two months on Church Lady nonsense and special interest power plays and suddenly try to do in a couple of days what you were sent to do in the first place back in the dead of winter.

Retail phoenixes

The only good thing about one store going out of business is the anticipation of what will come in its place. And in the case of a couple of recent closings, just knowing that something else is coming in at all.

From Arkansas to France and back

From Little Rock to France and back again. James Morgan and his new book are among the attractions at the coming Arkansas Literary Festival.

What we're reading

Best sellers from Arkansas bookstores.

Pub or perish

Once again this year during the Arkansas Literary Festival, the Arkansas Times is proud to sponsor Pub or Perish, a cross-breeding of the classic down-in-the-gutter pub crawl and the jackets-with-elbow-patches literary reading.

Travs, Twisters kick off seasons

The St. Louis Cardinals farm club is finally back at Ray Winder Field after a few years’ absence, but not in the Arkansas Travelers’ uniforms. The new Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League are the home opener for the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday, Ap

Lawyer files ethics complaint against Workers Comp Commission

Rick Spencer of Mountain Home, one of a few Arkansas lawyers who still represent large numbers of injured workers in workers compensation cases, has filed a legal-ethics complaint against two members of the Workers Compensation Commission, the commission’

What’s happening in April

Events, bookish and otherwise, on this month's calendar.

Vol. II

Most everyone in this state has heard the old saying: Thank God for Mississippi, or Arkansas would be 50th in everything. One area where Arkansas does fall short of our over-the-river sister, though, is in the realm of literary heritage. For the book love

Following a dream

Little Rock writer and aspiring artist James Morgan had a dream – to live in France and follow the footsteps of his hero, Henri Matisse. The dream was realized and remembered in Morgan’s new book, “Chasing Matisse,” a travelogue, excerpted here.

Hardship behind the Browns’ songs

Maxine Brown is no great literatus and her memoir has little of the requisite show-biz juiciness to attract the tabs, but it’s a sweet, likeable and oddly compelling tale, like the music that the Browns (Maxine, her brother Jim Ed, her sister Bonnie) brou

Itkin, ASO travel new frontier

William Shatner, who resurrected an acting career with his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning portrayal of lawyer Denny Crain on “Boston Legal,” brings his familiar voice and face to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra stage to narrate “Exodus,” a work by ASO con

Get in a jam this week

New Orleans-based Galactic, now turned completely instrumental while blending funk, rock and jazz-infuse jam sounds, stops by Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, April 14.