Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is "the project of the decade," David Houston, the museum's director of curatorial and one of many imports who've left major museums to come to the wilds of Arkansas, told a reporter at last week's press tour of the grounds and buildings in Bentonville.
It's been two years since M2 Gallery brought the artwork of Tim West to the public, and now they're bringing it back in a big way with "Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West," which features artwork by Tim West and photography by Diana Michelle Hausam.
After beating the living crap out of Democrats in 2010 on the spurious charge that they wanted to wreck Medicare (by curbing some of the abuses of private insurance companies in the alternative Medicare program), now House freshman Republicans are pleading for the Democrats to stop criticizing their plan to privatize Medicare (which will ultimately kill it) at the same time they are pushing for tax breaks for millionaires.
The Arkansas affiliate of the ACLU, as part of a national project, has written letters demanding that the Little Rock School District and the eStem Public Charter Schools stop blocking access on their computer systems to websites with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender content.
Roby Brock's did a live Internet-streamed interview today with Gov. Mike Beebe, the first in a planned series of Q&As with politicians, and it sounds like the governor got quite a few questions about environmental protection in Fayetteville shale exploration.
City Manager Bruce Moore has responded to an animal rights group's call for the city of Little Rock to send its surviving elephant, Ellen, to an elephant sanctuary now that her long-time companion Mary has died.
News from the University of Arkansas includes a report on a study by an economics researcher at the UA on prostitution.Contrary to assumptions that women enter the prostitution market only because they are desperate — that they need money to pay bills or buy drugs — the study indicates that many women, especially educated, affluent women, are making a rational decision to enter certain segments of the prostitution market.
All Aboard Restaurant and Grill, which might win our lifetime achievement award for Most Ambitious/Weirdest/Most Unnecessarily-Complicated Restaurant Concept Ever, is now open at 6813 Cantrell Road next to Stein Mart.
I've continued to exchange notes with John Bacon, who heads the eStem Public Charter School, over the ACLU complaint that eStem and the Little Rock School District had placed filters on school computer networks that blocked access to legitimate, educational websites about homosexuality — support groups for gay kids, for example.
We reported here last week that Arkansas Times senior editor Mara Leveritt had filed a professional conduct complaint against Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for refusing to be moved by evidence of juror misconduct in the West Memphis Threee case and continuing to fight to kill a defendant unjustly convicted.
Thanks to several night owls for adding to the open line last night the Little Rock School Board's selection of Morris Holmes, currently interim superintendent, to lead the district through the 2012-13 school year.
We've reported his candidacy previously, but Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Abramson of Holly Grove will formally announce his candidacy for an open state Supreme Court seat Monday at news conferences at Clarendon and Little Rock.
In Defense of Animals, an animals right group, has responded to City Manager Bruce Moore's defense of the Little Rock Zoo's decision to keep its one elephant, Ellen, and continue to try to find a companion for her, rather than shipping the aging animal to a sanctuary.
Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn has not returned my call. But questions only grow about where she'll get the "cast" for her reality TV show when she leaves the bench June 11 to begin producing a drug court show.
Quapaw Quarter United Methodist is another special 2nd Friday Art Night venue: Check out work by Sharla Chalfant, Charles Henry James, Lisa Claas-James, Hamid Ebrahimifar, David Warren, Kathy Nugent, Dominique Simmons, Tim Ellison and Lyuba Bogan between 5 and 8 p.m. tonight.
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* BONKERS IN BRYANT: The Saline County Republicans have slated one of the biggest wackjobs in Congress, Louie Gohmert of Texas, to be their Lincoln Day speaker May 21 at Bryant.
This week: Mike Huckabee's "big decision," Circuit Judge Mary Gunn's burgeoning reality TV career, ethical lapses at the lottery commission and the Little Rock School Board's selection of Morris Holmes to lead the district through the 2012-2013 school year.
John Brummett talks today with Bill Lewellen, a lawyer and former state senator, about a question David Koon explored for us at some length after a Marianna jury ignored bullet-proof DNA evidence and refused to convict Anne Pressly's killer, Curtis Vance, of raping a white Marianna school teacher.
LRPD says it's seeking a man who robbed four businesses within about an hour Saturday:
Kitchen Express 4600 Asher at 2:25 p.m.; Family Dollar 1100 E Roosevelt at 2:54 p.m.; KFC 500 W Roosevelt at 3:09 p.m., and Church’s Chicken, 1401 MLK, at 3:26 p.m.
Meth isn't only a dangerous to those who use it, it's also more than a little hazardous to the health of those who make the stuff, as seen in this morning's report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office of an apparent meth lab explosion at 4424 Lena Lane near Jacksonville last night around 6:30 p.m.
The State Board of Education is meeting today to determine whether three school districts - the North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District, and Earle School District - should remain classified as "in fiscal distress."
An Arkansas man pleaded guilty to committing, and conspiring to commit, a federal hate crime. Sean Popejoy, 19, from Green Forest, was the first conviction for a violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in October 2009
For those who missed it and/or refuse to cloud your thought patterns with Fox News, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" was on Bill O'Reilly last night to debate the faux-controversy over the rapper Common visiting the White House.
I don't think there's direct applicability to Arkansas, except spiritually, but the Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a state law there that allows the state to approve charter schools when local school districts object.
An advocacy group seeking to overturn the convictions of the West Memphis Three says the attorney general's office has said it won't fight introduction of evidence about juror misconduct in one of the trials, though it is not agreeing that this is ground for a new trial.
A pair of armed robberies last night in the Reservoir Road area: two Latino men robbed by assailants who forced their way into the mens' apartment at the notoriously dicey Barrington Hills complex on Reservoir Road, and a robbery by a masked man armed with a handgun just before 2 a.m. at the Burger King at 11410 N. Rodney Parham.
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