You might say that we like to party arty, those of us who enjoy a glass of wine and conversation surrounded by paintings and pots and prints. Or the more cultured might say, Vive le salon! There is a 20-year-plus tradition of art walks in Arkansas, some carried on all year, others on special weekends. You stroll, look at new work, and if you're lucky you meet the artist and hear him or her give a talk. Appreciation grows, the artist sells, everybody's happy. Here's a list of towns and times to devote an hour or two to art.
An Arkansas Times Freedom of Information request for e-mails between members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees unearthed several details about the UA's search for a system president to succeed the retiring B. Alan Sugg.
It is surely moral to seek a job that interests you so that you might attend to your future. But it might not be ethical, which is to say properly dutiful to the interests of integrity, both yours and that of the institution you represent.
Misguided, impure — how would you describe the impulse that caused most Republicans in the House to try to block the appropriation for the frugal little Arkansas School for the Deaf for the next two years?
Joint Budget co-chair Sen. Gilbert Baker had applied to be president of Henderson State University. He said he was invited by trustee Anita Cabe, a supporter of Baker's failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2010.
When President Obama nominated Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado last week to an opening on the federal district court bench in the western district of Arkansas, it was his first blow for affirmative action in federal justice-related appointments.
Also, the Travs home opener at Dickey-Stephens, British Sea Power at Stickyz, Bobby Rush at Maxine's, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's season closer at Robinson Center Music Hall, Corey Smith at Revolution, Del McCoury and Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Fayetteville and Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin at Dreamland Ballroom.
A Los Angeles Times story today focuses on the work of former Little Rock resident Alex Brandon, now an AP photographer in Washington, for his work as a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer during coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
The Wednesday night line is open. Close-outs:
* Those who religiously read the divorce listings in the daily paper looking for familiar names might have read over this one from April 6: Young Hutchinson v. Anne Hutchinson.
John Brummett looks askance at Gov. Mike Beebe's appointment of John Goodson, a Texarkana lawyer and Beebe financial supporter and boyfriend of new Supreme Court Justice Courtney Henry, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
I'm sorry to say I had a conflict and couldn't watch the Frontline Tuesday night on high school football that prominently featured a couple of private school football powerhouses in Arkansas, Shiloh Christian and Pulaski Academy.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which held a news conference in Little Rock yesterday about a woman's lawsuit against a former Arkansas Catholic priest, plans to display signs and hold a news conference outside diocesan offices today on another priest abuse case.
Artist Kathleen Caricof of the National Sculptors Guild in Loveland, Colo., sands with her work, "Infinity," unveiled today in the city's Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden behind the Peabody Hotel in Riverfront Park.
Again: When Mike Huckabee is right he's right. And he's pretty well been right all along about a compassionate position toward children who entered the U.S. with undocumented parents, went to school, followed the rules and did well enough to go to college.
I forgot to check Supreme Court decisions earlier. A couple of note:
* JENNINGS OSBORNE: The Arkansas Supreme Court today overturned a $3 million verdict medical researcher Jennings Osborne had won against Arkansas Medical Research Testing.
A little-noticed element of the budget deal was approval of private school vouchers in Washington, D.C. It's part of a national movement by conservative Republicans back toward vouchers — including for church schools and without regard to family income.
This year, the annual festival promises a slate of garden parties: one 1920s themed, one "Storybook Garden Party" and a "Rockin' the Suburbs" garden party with croquet and bocce ball. The festival continures the following day with Bob Dorough performing a 3:30 p.m. matinee.
Wild development in the U.S. House today on budget legislation. In the end, Rep. Mike Ross opposed Arkansas Republicans in the plan to wreck Medicare, soak the poor and put more money in the pockets of rich people.
The Friday night line is open. Final notes:
* BEST THING I READ TODAY: Former NBA center John Amaechi, who is gay, responded eloquently to Kobe Bryant, who yelled an anti-gay slur at a referee and is protesting the $100,000 fine.
John Lyon of Stephens Media also obtained the resignation letter of Teresa Belew, former administrative assistant to Secretary of State Mark Martin, who said she resigned because of the office's resistance to Freedom of Information Act requests from the Arkansas Times.
The Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market kicked off with nearly a dozen booths selling onions, potatoes, turnips, herbs to take home and grow, fresh eggs (duck and chicken), cheeses, Bibb lettuce, soap, honey, pickled peppers and oodles and oodles of fresh strawberries.
No mashup is as exciting as hearing Del McCoury's high and lonesome tenor ring though Preservation Hall Jazz Band's ecstatic NOLA boogie on "I'll Fly Away" and the country standard "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)." This pairing is a stroke of booking brilliance.
The Democrat-Gazette's Alison Sider today talked to Secretary of State Mark Martin about that $54,000-plus-expenses consulting contract he signed with the Soderquist Center of Siloam Springs for "values-based" strategic planning.
The Washington Post has a regular feature exploding myths about familiar topics. Its latest installment is about Planned Parenthood, beginning with the falsehood that federal money for a variety of valuable health services and family planning subsidizes abortion.
Nice convergence of Twitter feeds a few minutes ago:
* Arkansas Business headlined a wire story that details how the super rich are paying lower taxes than ever — 17 percent federal tax take versus 26 percent in 2002 — and how the average tax rate for everyone is declining.
Slow day for me. What do you have to say for yourself. Final notes:
* The House Republicans have decided they have a winner in mounting their own fight to deny benefits to same-sex couples under the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The Associated Press and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday and today on assertions by Secretary of State Mark Martin's executive assistant, Teresa Belew, that she quit because of the office's unwillingness to fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act in responding to requests for information from the Arkansas Times.
Harding University, and its encounter with a manifesto from current and former gay students, is mentioned prominently today in a New York Times article about gay students' struggle for acceptance at religious oriented colleges across the U.S.
Gay students say they are often asked why they are attending Christian colleges at all.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it will hit the air today with radio spots highlighting votes by Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford in favor of the House budget plan to end Medicare as single-payer health insurance coverage for older people.
A batch of gubernatorial appointments today included two to the prestigious Arkansas Economic Development Commission — Stuart Dalrymple from Gov. Mike Beebe's hometown of Searcy and Ed Drilling, head of AT&T in Arkansas.
An official opinion today from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says in response to a question from Sen. Jeremy Young Hutchinson that it's most likely illegal or unconstitutional for Benton to take Advertising and Promotion Commission hamburger tax money to spend on economic development.