With our annual guide to the summer
Vol 37 • No 35
To music, movies and more this summer.
The tourist trap lives in the Spa City.
Five booze-y antidotes to the heat.
A slideshow of swimsuits provided by Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions.
Same song, second verse. The gas drilling industry simply will not abide being made to pay for the damage it does to Arkansas.
What's this? A notice of a special Little Rock School Board meeting at 5 p.m. today for "discussion of the superintendent search"?
Reports are pouring in to me of telephone polling on the developing Little Rock sales tax proposal.
Peering through an oculous tonight.
See an overview of the maximum and median salaries and wages and number of employees for the City of Little Rock and three other independent city agencies.
The sexagenarian rocker and voice behind Black Oak Arkansas is still kickin'.
Even in a low-level office like land commissioner, one wouldn't expect to find a John Thurston.
Among other visiting authors in the month of May.
"Welcome to hell," indeed. And welcome to the Christian-Muslim divide that Huckabee nurtures with relish.
What was the Arkansas secretary of state's spokesman doing on Hannity ridiculing the president and getting identified as some supposed Republican strategist?
Palio's isn't perfect, but it's way cheaper than it should be.
The unassuming, beige lunch joint offers some of the most delicious rib-sticking, gut-packing soul/comfort grub around.
In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau pretty well runs the Arkansas legislature. Now it seeks to extend its sinister influence into the field of higher education.
The center has not vanished; it's just moved to the right — for various reasons, including the influence of the corporate media.
Flooding affected several in central Arkansas early this week.
Why, at 35, for perhaps the first time in my life, is every article of clothing I'm wearing soaked through with sweat?
One would think that Arkansas's state political institutions would be overwhelmingly popular with the state's citizens.
Central Arkansas loves its burger joints. And there's a burger for every preference.
Also, the ACAC cross-dresses it up on the Arkansas Queen for its annual "Drag the River" party.
Former First Lady Janet Huckabee complained to the Governor's Mansion administrator at a recent private event that she felt slighted, since neither her name nor former Gov. Mike Huckabee's name was included as a host on the invitation.
Secretary of State Mark Martin's office set a rate of 25 cents a page for copying documents after the Arkansas Times was forced to make voluminous requests for information because office spokesmen wouldn't answer our questions.
A squirrelly guy I know accosted me recently and demanded I produce a birth certificate in order to prove I'm qualified to write a newspaper column.
"One thing that you can't deny about Little Rock is that it is a cosmopolitan, multicultural, civilized — even genteel — city."
As over-the-top heist movies go, 'Fast Five' fares well.
April 29, Verizon Arena
April 26, Verizon Arena
"Tim Griffin wants us to work 'til we die," a protestor's sign said. The Observer wondered what the Representative's response would be if he were there to see it.
After an April 5 hearing in Miami with a judge whom the 22-year old UA student described as "very nice and considerable," Chavez's hearing was moved to a Memphis immigration court.
In the "State Government" section of its 2011 telephone directory for Little Rock and North Little Rock, AT&T lists Gus Wingfield as the state auditor. Wingfield left that office in 2003.
Sean Hannity is around the world before Keith Olbermann is allowed to put his boots on.
>A movie review headlined "Awfully meta" went on to say that "Scream 4" is a most self-aware film.
The new franchise of the Alabama-based chain will be at 12800 Chenal Parkway in the Chenal Creek Shopping Center.
The nation cheered the Navy SEAL team that ended a search of more than nine years by killing 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout.
Also, "A Dandy Day" brings Black Oak Arkansas back to town.
Here's one to watch: The Fair Park Neighborhood Association's fight to keep the Little Rock Board of Directors to approve a giant (20 pump) fuel stop and convenience store on Fair Park Blvd. just south of I-630.
Mike Huckabee's penchant for exaggeration gets him in trouble and he rarely apologizes. Case in point: He compared the U.S. debt with the Holocaust.
Blue Arkansas reports on how U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin used staff to screen questions at his "tele-town hall" to prevent being asked embarrassing questions.
A reader recommends an article on the difficult decisions faced by the Corps of Engineers in deciding whether to open floodways or even blast levees to protect some areas from flooding while allowing flooding of other areas, primarily farmland.
A Pulaski County School District patron sees parallels between recent communication by Superintendent Charles Hopson and the prayer warriors over in Van Buren.
The New York Times delves deeply into the question of the role played by torture in developing intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Craig's Family Bakery in Van Buren makes monster doughnuts and cinnamon twists. But the cini-minis and ginger snaps are just as likely to steal your heart.
A man hit in the throat by a steel cable more than five years ago while riding an ATV through the former Dogpatch USA theme park in Newton County now owns the place, along with his father and attorney.
Check out the discussion on state Rep. David Meeks' Facebook page on whether federal money should be spent on storm cleanup in Vilonia.
Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas raises money for architectural conservation with a crawfish boil.
The Arkansas Arts Center screens the Francois Truffaut classic as part of its "Fete du Film" series
The acclaimed up and comer is set to play Cornerstone in support of his astonishing new album, "ReturnOf4Eva."
The Gurdon-born Memphis icon set to publish a sprawling, experimental history of the city.
Leslie Newell Peacock, who's on a press tour of the progress on the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, reports the major news from a news conference today.
CNN is reporting that President Obama has decided not to release the photo of Osama bin Laden after he was killed.
Interstate 40 is to be closed by White River flooding between Brinkley and Hazen and there's rising wariness in Southeast Arkansas about the rising Mississippi River.
The Koch-funded lobby group, Americans for Prosperity, is linking up with Radio K-NUT (also known as KARN) to bring Andrew Breitbart to town for a talk May 25.
Irving Hamer, the deputy Memphis school cheif, just added back to the list of finalists for Little Rock school superintendent at a hurryup special board meeting last night, isn't interested in the job.
Eric Francis sends word that Anne Clancy, editor of Spectrum Weekly in Little Rock in 1990 and 1991, was beaten to death this week in Las Vegas, N.M. A woman with whom she lived has been charged in the crime.
So far, Arkansas Republicans seem united in reluctance, if not outright resistance (T. Griffin) to voting to lift the debt ceiling.
Tokyo House, a sushi and seafood buffet, is moving into the location formerly home to Rockston's, Gaucho's and other restaurants at 11 Shackleford Drive.
Says here that Fox News has given Mike Huckabee until the end of the month to declare whether he is or is not running for president.
House Speaker Robert Moore has named Bruce Engstrom, a North Little Rock accountant, to the nine-member state Lottery Commission.
From bun top to bottom, the Great American Burger is a great example of how a good burger can be put together from fine ingredients and served up with a little pizzazz.
Roby Brock has a most interesting discussion by House members of the state House rule to prohibit certain uses of the vast new amount of House video of committees and the full House in action.
The execution of Frank Williams Jr., just set last week by Gov. Mike Beebe, was stayed today by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
For the second time, the Arkansas Supreme Court has decided not to go along with a recommendation by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commision to remove Phillips County Circuit Judge L.T. Simes from the bench for ethical violations.
A strong Arkansas-made line-up highlights the Little Rock Film Fest announcement.
The deputy Fayetteville police chief just thought he was doing "something nice" for female police employees with difficult jobs by giving them back, shoulder and neck massages.
Local artist Matt Fox, who provided really striking illustrations for our Big Ideas issue last year, is working with local writer Adam Smith on Wet Black Ghost, a new comics collaboration.
Channel 7's Angela Rachels posted this photograph on Twitter of deer seeking higher ground in White River flooding near Georgetown.
The rock and roll pioneer is set to receive the honor this Saturday.
Sounds like the House Republican plan to end Medicare — endorsed by U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford, along with a huge tax break for millionaires — is dead.
Two more candidates have dropped out of the running for the job of superintendent of the Little Rock School District.
Tonight is Thursday in the Heights and there's much celebration in store at Local Colour Gallery, which will feature new work by Pat Matthews, Tracee Gentry, John Allison, Robin Parker, Nancy Conley, Mary Allison and many more.
Little Rock's bars and restaurants are offering an array of holiday drink specials.
It's time to step up and help end childhood hunger. The Great American Bake Sale is coming up May 14th, and you can participate right here in Central Arkansas.
Trying to read Crystal's ball about landscape artists.
* REDEFINING RAPE: The House vote Wednesday to attempt to make it difficult for women to pay for abortion with their own private insurance got scant attention on a busy news day. All Arkansas congresswomen voted against women's rights.
Funny. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan — supported by Arkansas Republicans Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — includes as part of its ending of Medicare an "individual mandate" to require payment for insurance coverage — whether you can afford to actually buy it or not.
Remember the bill to retroactively prevent court oversight of inadequate regulatory consideration of the SWEPCO coal-burner down in Hempstead County?
Just in case you missed it: Rising White River floodwaters have also forced closure of eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 at exit 193.
The RATT front-man brings his solo show to Juanita's.
The Weekend Theater wraps up its 2010-2011 season with a look at sex, shock and controversy.
A person was shot outside a UALR's East Hall about 2:30 a.m. this morning, apparently after two people brought a nightclub altercation on campus.
The biggest crawfish boil of the year returns to Dickey-Stephens Park.
The police today released photos related to a robbery on Kavanaugh Wednesday night that I mentioned on last night's open line, the fifth robbery of a pedestrian in Hillcrest in recent weeks.
The little bakeshop in Greenbrier melds the traditional chocolate meringue pie with a cream pie with excellent results.
Interesting polling from Arizona: People there don't like John McCain. They oppose defunding Planned Parenthood.
The gears of justice grind slowly, but ... A Virginia website, the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, reports on a public reprimand given by the Virginia State Bar to Monica Goodling, a key figure in U.S. Attorneygate and other efforts by the Bush White House to politicize the Justice Department.
This weekend brings an amazing Oklahoman indie-folkster to White Water, the lead singer of Centro-matic to an undisclosed living room and a crew of cross-dressers to the Arkansas—wait for it—Queen.
Keb' Mo', Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton headline.
I caught some of this year's Arkansas high school Quiz Bowl state championships on AETN last weekend.
The annual tour returns for its 47th year with a Saturday night Evening Candlelight Tour and a Saturday afternoon walking tour.
A long list of local indie, punk and hip-hop acts team up to raise money for the historic skateboarding park.
"Mr. Frito Lay" and watercolors from an ocean-going artist.
The local singer plays his "goodbye, Little Rock" performance at Wildwood Park.
Black Oak Arkansas headlines the all-day festival at North Shore River Walk.
Nothing else has taken hold, so now comes torture meister John Yoo to explain how President Obama screwed up the manhunt for Osama bin Laden.
The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission is meeting at this hour, a continuation of a Wednesday meeting and a subsequent conference call, to choose a new director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mary, the Little Rock Zoo's 60-year-old elephant, died today. She was euthanized because of a sharp decline in her condition.
A friend sends along the first look at proposed new state Senate districts, work of the Board of Apportionment staff.
The Friday night line is open. A few extras: * WITH THE CALL AT OAKLAWN: Oaklawn track announced Terry Wallace got some national exposure on a New York Times racing blog today for some rough race calling in the Arkansas Derby and other races this season.
On Osama Bin Laden, Elton and Betty White, Mike Huckabee, Crystal Bridges and more.
We ran across this last night, and while it doesn't have an Arkansas angle, we couldn't resist sharing it.
Unbelievable story about a Texas high school cheerleader who went to court to avoid being forced to cheer for an athlete who raped her.
The Courier reports a split opinion on the Pope County governing body in Russellville on a proposal to ban county employees from using Facebook and Twitter during work time.
I don't know about you, but I'm fascinated by the intelligence work that led to the successful raid in Pakistan.
Think Progress wonders if Mike Huckabee is really talking about himself in remarks that Ronald Reagan probably couldn't win the Republican nomination in the current political climate on the right.
There may be news later today. There may not.
Too soon probably for an in-depth look, but not too soon to mention: Central Arkansas environmentalists are watching a proposal by a company hoping to harvest electricity from wind turbines in Oklahoma and send it over lines through Arkansas to join the power grid serving the eastern United States.
Mother memories? Mine worked.
This is rich. Roby Brock reports that, due to "emergency" cirumcstances, the state Racing Commission has allowed the Southland racino in West Memphis to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fire up the open line. It's another grilled chicken and Arkansas strawberry Sunday.
Hold on, Paul Krugman says, before you go blaming an unrealistic and uninformed public for our financial crisis.These days Americans get constant lectures about the need to reduce the budget deficit.
I meant to mention this earlier. Mind-blowing hypocrisy by Andrew Card, once chief of staff to George W. Bush, who says President Obama has "pounded his chest" too much over the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Little Rock physician Bruce Murphy has bought MedCath Corp.'s majority share in the Arkansas Heart Hospital.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has proposed applying no-fly lists to train travel. My instinctive reaction is negative.
4100 people came out for a giant mess of crawfish and suds, all to benefit the Baptist Health NICU.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.
A master of the pedal steel guitar and his roots-rock backing band return to Revolution.
Boeing's move of a production line to union-hating South Carolina in retaliation for strikes in Washington state looks like the next big fight on the anti-labor front.
Been to Eat Arkansas lately? Big news.
On Friday, I linked to a couple of draft maps produced so far (for Senate districts) in the legislative redistricting process.
In Defense of Animals, an animal interest group, has called on the Little Rock Zoo to send its remaining elephant, Ellen, to a sanctuary for her final years rather than to continue to look for another companion after the death last week of the zoo's other elephant, Mary, 60.
A man was shot and wounded by a North Little Rock police officer at the end of a foot chase early Sunday that followed report of a man being seen beating a woman in a car in an alley between 18th and 19th streets.
The rap superstar is set to be released from the Forrest City prison this September.
Flood waters have receded enough that the Highway Department has been able to reopen eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the White River bridge.
Jonesboro native Wes Bentley has been cast in "The Hunger Games."
The Underground is closed.
This time, it's herbs and roses feted at the big celebration at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm.
The line is open. Close-outs: * GUN NUTTERY: Florida has passed a bill that prohibits doctors — they are particularly targeting pediatricians — from taking to patients about whether they own guns.
Among Mike Huckabee's many contradictions is his seeming normality against some of the wackier politicians that turn up on the religio-right end of the Republican spectrum.
Oops. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said during his congressional campaign he'd paid all his health care debts from a bankrupt period in his life.
Slow morning, so why not share a link from a Fayetteville High admirer of the school's mass lip synch project?
House Speaker John Boehner proposes means-testing Medicare. This would, in time, kill it.
It is a crying shame that the legal debate over the health care reform law has become almost as partisan as the legislative process.
You think Roe v. Wade is a bulwark protecting a women's right to reproductive choice?
This Fort Smith restaurant has fired up the tandoor — on video, at that — to serve up hot naan, savory meats and a fantastic Keema Samosa.
The Tennessee attorney general is seeking to stop Fisk University's sale to CBMAA of a share in its Stieglitz Collection.
From the New York Times: WASHINGTON — The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama over their father’s death, accusing the United States of violating its basic legal principles by killing an unarmed man, shooting his family members and disposing of his body in the sea.
Check out three Foo Fighters covers and send one lucky reader to next week's concert at Verizon Arena.
A new study shows a link between exploration for natural gas and methane contamination of water wells.
You remember the Little Rock National Airport don't you? Where director Ron Mathieu sent $40,000 to pay for a football field carpet at his kid's private school? Pay raises all around in 2011, fat ones.
The underground music icon and prolific "father of D.I.Y." comes to White Water Tavern this July.
You're on. Closing notes: * OBAMA'S BOUNCE: President Obama got a good bump from the killing of Osama bin Laden, it would appear.