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May 5, 2005

Vol 3 • No 16

'Ain't Misbehavin'' returns

Roberta Thomas, who wowed audiences in “Dreamgirls,” and director/choreographer Ron Hutchins, who put the steps in such Arkansas Repertory Theatre hits as “Anything Goes,” “Cinderella” and “Children of Eden,” are back with the Rep in the new production of

This week's TV highlights

CINCO DE MAYO 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) Why the History Channel chose to stick this one in the middle of the day on Thursday, where only retirees, flu sufferers and kids playing hooky from school will get a chance

Testing your metal

We bet you never knew that there are different subsets of the metal genre, including death, black and doom. Here’s your chance to get a taste of those and others at the Frozen Dawn Metal Festival at Downtown Music on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.

This Modern World May 5

Smart Talk May 5

In a column in the recent Arkansas Baptist News, Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, chastised Baptist elected state officials for allowing enactment of a law that expands gambling in Arkansas.

Editorial cartoon May 5

Taking the week off

There'll be no Jim Harris column this week. He returns next week.

An obsession, a camera, history

David Luneau, just on the young side of 50, is — I can personally attest — a very good club-level tennis player. He’s one of those southpaw sonofaguns with sneaky speed that will exasperate you. But he maintains another hobby, and that is where he is now

The Observer May 5

On a rainy Friday last week, The Observer burned a whole tank of $2-and-something-a-gallon gasoline to go hear a guy talk about a unicorn. Not even to SEE the unicorn, just to hear someone who had seen it talk about it, and convince me he wasn’t lying. We

Words May 5

Molly Ivins collected some of President Bush’s more startling comments for publication in The Progressive magazine, including this one: “Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscien

Editorials May 5

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy described perfectly the federal budget that was submitted by President Bush and approved by Congress on a party-line vote last week: “This budget says the lives of poor mothers and poor children are not that important after all.

Hitler's 'Downfall'

Of all the topics filmmakers have been reluctant to tackle, one of the biggest of the last 50-odd years has always been the life and death of Adolf Hitler. Though Hitler is undoubtedly one of the most complicated personalities in history, not to mention t

Not gay

Those pictures of President Bush and the Saudi prince kissing and holding hands doesn’t mean that our president is gay.

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Johnny Carino's, Catfish City, J's Place, Buffalo Grill. Capsules: Rick and D's Fisher's Cafe; Wing Stop

More picks May 5-11

Saludos amigos. Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, May 5, and the River Market is celebrating with a pub crawl starting at 6 p.m. For $10 (purchased at any of the River Market venues) folks can gain admittance into any of the areas spots all night. Party highligh

LRAFB: On the line

It will be 50 years ago come September when three generals flying three big jet airplanes began circling Pulaski County and then landing on the runway to officially open the Air Force’s newest base. Its name was and still is Little Rock Air Force Ba

More than green beans

If you take 15 minutes for a slow spin around the River Market’s interior, you discover that you can buy just about anything you need there, year-round.

Letters May 5

I have just read the Dem-Gaz’s opinion on Mark Pryor’s remarks about right-leaning politics and religion. What a joke!

Orval May 5

An ounce of wine, good bread and you

Good restaurants abound in Fayetteville, but one of them has a singular attraction in addition to its very good fare: wine on tap.

Seattle’s Blood Brothers rock into Vino’s Brewpub

There might seem to be pressure on any group originating in Seattle to live up to that city’s legendary grunge and rock image. But guitarist Cody Votolato of the punk band Blood Brothers doesn’t worry about image.

'Red Hot Riley'

Billy Lee Riley, who was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Pocahontas, grew up with a love for music and played harmonica as a child. In the decades since, Riley has been a label owner, session musician and producer, among other roles.

Meth madness

Do you read our blog ( You should. We often get the jump on local news. And there’s always plenty of visceral, spur-of-the-moment commentary, by us and readers. Last weekend, the subject was legislation that defines a pregnant m

Somebody call a doctor

Someone recently provided to me an internal UAMS document titled “Healthcare Shortage: Physicians and Nurses.” Organized as a numbered progression of facts and projections, the memorandum leads the reader to infer one inevitable conclusion: Arkansas

Bush's attack on Social Security

People who said President Bush was out to scrap Social Security, not save it, were prophetic. When Bush last week finally offered a few details about his plan to prevent Social Security’s future insolvency, as he calls it, the historic compact among Ame

The Insider May 5

Actress Ashley Judd, in town for the filming of Joey Lauren Adams’ movie, “Come Early Morning,” is creating quite a stir. She’s living in a rental in the Country Club neighborhood and venturing out occasionally during off hours. Our witness said diners in

The week that was April 27-May 3

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … BIRDS. The ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought extinct, has been discovered swooping about the Big Woods of the Cache River basin. Does he have company? These, and many other questions, are now

Editorial cartoon May 5

State aid to church colleges

This year, some of the media have raised questions about state appropriations to private, church-related colleges, invoking the issue of separation of church and state. The colleges in question are all predominantly black, and the appropriations were arra

If you scream for ice cream

Some sure bets if you'd like to find an old-fashioned dairy bar.

Michael W. pops in

The voice sounds so easygoing and genuine on the other end of the phone: “Hey, it’s Michael W.” There can be only one Michael W., as in Michael W. Smith, who has carved a sensational career in Christian contemporary music that often crosses over into p

What we're reading

Top sellers at local book stores.

Music al fresco

The announcement of the first outdoor show this summer for Little Rock — outside of Riverfest — surprised almost everyone and not only because it wasn’t scheduled for Riverfront Park’s amphitheater. Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are making a pilgrimage a

What's happening in May

Book signings and other events of note at book stores and other venues in May.

Heated words

Here are some ways to feed your literary muse this summer.

If you can stand the heat, cook

Six years ago, Victoria Gross couldn’t even get one of Little Rock’s chefs to return her phone calls. “They ignored, ignored, ignored me,” laughed Gross, who plans special programs for the River Market.

The best of Arkansas’s summer

Here’s a selective look at some of the best events on the schedule in coming months.

Dig up an earthquake

If digging in the dirt to find 12th-century engraved pottery, clay critters (called effigies), arrow points, evidence of Indian life shaken up by earthquakes and learning what they tell us about a people who left no written record appeals to you, then con

You, too, can live with sheep –- easily

Here’s the long-awaited sequel (or second in a series) to the classic “Living With Chickens,” which was much hosannahed, perhaps to excess, in this space a year or two ago.

Dairy de-lite

The dairy bar is getting harder and harder to find these days. You know the place. You can’t get Sweet n’ Low, but you can get a chocolate malt in a waxpaper cup big enough to wear as a hat. You can get an artfully spiraled, foot-tall soft-serve cone

Jose Feliciano: Still strumming

Born blind in impoverished conditions in Puerto Rico in 1945, Jose Feliciano grabbed onto a guitar as a child in New York City’s Spanish Harlem and played his way into renown as one of the world’s greatest guitarists.