The Fayetteville native scored big wins directing 'Avenue Q' on Broadway and the musical cult fave 'Pitch Perfect' for Universal Pictures. Up next: 'Archie' on the big screen, a TV show, a movie with Tina Fey and a newfound sense of inner peace.
Jason Moore goes from Broadway to HollywoodJuly 18, 2013
Vol 39 • No 46
Board OKs 2014 "conservative" budget.
The New York realist will have a five-day show in August.
One of the Arkansas Arts Council's 2013 Governors Awards for artists and art supporters.
River rescue workers are searching around the Interstate 430 bridge for a woman who jumped from the bridge this morning, Fox 16/Channel 4 reports.
Pallbearer plays at White Water Tavern Thursday night.
Our partners at InsideClimate News surveyed pipeline industry experts in a new article that boils down the importance of getting to the bottom of what caused the Mayflower oil spill.
Gov. Mike Beebe made several dozen appointments today. Most notable was Jeff Mitchell, a Fayetteville lawyer, to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
Matt Campbell, who was forced to sue Secretary of State Mark Martin because his office wouldn't supply documents as required by the state Freedom of Information Act about the office's heavy use of outside legal counsel, has now filed a motion in that lawsuit contending that Martin's use of outside counsel in the FOI case is not allowed by law.
Never has so much political wisdom been gathered for lunch at one table since .......
They're not through fighting over fences in the Quapaw Quarter. You'll remember that unhappy fence builders very nearly destroyed the Capitol Zoning District Commission in the 2013 legislative session because House Speaker Davy Carter's right-hand man, Gabe Holmstrom, got PO'ed about the commission's 40-inch limit on frontyard fences.
Hot enough for you? It is for me. The line is open.
At Willow Springs Market Garden, tomatoes are king.
The Big Orange folks have been stringing us along for a while now, teasing us with pictures and promises of a “coming soon” opening date. And now they have finally opened their doors to the public.
With the draft waivers for the “Private Option” plan for Medicaid expansion open for public comment, we’ve heard from the usual suspects opposed to the policy, but the loudest complaints have come from a group strongly in favor of the Private Option: the state’s community health centers.
Williams-Smith, Smith in silverpoint.
The painfully obvious commanded attention as this week began.
On health concerns and the clean-up process.
Also, Cruz Way at Juanita's; Reproacher and Primitive Man at Downtown Music Hall; Little Rock Fashion Week's Big Night at Robinson; Anthony Hamilton, The Whispers and Doug E. Fresh at First Security Amphitheater, and The Dangerous Idiots at White Water Tavern.
Also, The Trey Hawkins Band at Revolution.
It rained last week, a brief, enticing shower that was just enough to wet the parking lot and spatter the window of The Observer's office with diamonds.
Tasty fare served (mostly) in a bowl.
To appreciate the Republican triumph over America's poor last week, when the party's majority in the House of Representatives stripped food aid from the nation's farm bill, you must go back to Ronald Reagan's speeches about the Welfare Queen in his 1976 campaign for president against Gerald Ford.
That all four U.S. representatives of a state with half a million food stamp recipients would vote against food stamps is a little startling, unless you know these fellows.
Every once in a great while, one gets the feeling that Arkansas has turned an important corner.
Hundreds of people turned out at the Capitol on Monday for a vigil sponsored by the Arkansas Black Legislative Caucus as a response to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
Argenta Community Theater's annual summer musical returns.
Frustration over the Trayvon Martin case boils into a protest at 12th and Jefferson.
Thank you for your story entitled, "Heroin Addict" (July 4). I really appreciated the way it avoided negative stereotypes and presented such a factual picture of addicts and addiction. Oh, it was wonderful. The photo was a great start.
'Pacific Rim' is visually stunning.
The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board will seek input from tech park development and management firm Wexford Science and Technology to assist in getting the Little Rock park off the ground, chair Mary Good said Monday.
The state's covenant marriage statute, which requires premarital counseling and makes it somewhat harder for couples to divorce, was popularized in 2005 by Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, whose Baptist vows apparently didn't suffice. The first couple, after many years of marriage and three children, decided it would make their union stronger if they got remarried under a new secular law on stage at Verizon Arena, the first lady famously decked out in red velvet.
"Have you noticed recently the use of the phrase 'run him over,' which I believe is a misuse of 'run over him'? I've heard it on the television news, and read it in the paper."
It was also a good week for Mike Ross, a lawsuit seeking equality and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. It was a bad week for Baptist Health, transparency and judicial activism.
A clear political trend of 2013 has been the coming back to electoral life of candidates scarred by sexual scandals in a manner unprecedented in modern American politics.
No sooner had the jury's verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial been announced than a journalist friend posted on my Facebook page: "If it weren't such a tragic case, I'd forgive you for feeling smug."
Mission accomplished for congressional Republicans. Meaningless votes in the House yesterday commanded lead-the-newspaper treatment in Little Rock and, undoubtedly, elsewhere.
I've been breezing through U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's latest campaign filing this morning. Some things jump out: * CLUB FOR GROWTH: Lots of out-of-state money bundled up by what Mike Huckabee famously called the Club for Greed, the billionaire-backed outfit that has never met a tax — except maybe on poor people's food — that it likes.
Little Rock Fashion Week's Big Night is Saturday at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The Trey Hawkins Band plays an album release show at Revolution Friday.
Reproacher performs at Downtown Music Hall Friday night.
A back-bench legislator's support for an extremist gubernatorial candidate isn't big news, but I'll mention anyway that Republican Rep. Richard Womack of Arkadelphia has endorsed Curtis Coleman for governor.
Not suitable for some places of employment, but time was you could get a cheer from most Arkansans at anything that so robustly put down the Lone Star state.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr popped off a bit on Twitter yesterday and I think his comments are worth more than 140 characters.
The Little Rock Police Department issued a missing person report today on Jonathan Eiland, pictured here.
And a lecture by Cleveland Museum of Art curator of European paintings.
The Arkansas Democratic Party follows up today on Blue Hog Report's research that indicaters 1) Mark Martin is the first secretary of state to rely on outside legal counsel (costing more than $100,000, on top of a stuff full of lawyers) rather than the attorney general and 2) law seems to prohibit what Martin is doing.
The Root cafe reached its two-year milestone June 14 and will celebrate the anniversary with a potluck from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Check out a profile of a 35-year-old Asa Hutchinson at the start of his Senate campaign against Dale Bumpers. It was a loooong time ago.
The subject is ExxonMobil, actually a subsidiary, XTO. The subject is also fracking.
Kind of a boring day. So I open the line.
Recently, The Packet House “unveiled” their new happy hour menu and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to finally get a taste of what the place was serving up.
Federal Judge Leon Holmes has recused from hearing the federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week challenging the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage.
A State Police lieutenant, Sedrick Reed, 43, of Hope was arrested yesterday by federal marshals and held in the county jail pending arraignment today.
Thanks to Rob Moritz of Stephens Media for coverage of a legislative discussion yesterday of evolving law on vanity license plates.
Anthony Hamilton performs at First Security Amphitheatre Saturday.
Comic Ralphie May will perform at The Brick Room Saturday night.
The Dangerous Idiots play at White Water Tavern Saturday.
New brewery and taproom announces an official opening date of August 1.
Fletcher C. Johnson plays at Stickyz Sunday night.
Republicans keep insisting in Arkansas that Voter ID laws are about preventing vote fraud, though they've yet to dig up an Arkansas case where that's true.
Arkansas rate stays at 7.3 percent, state reports.
Securities Department responds to GOP pressure for more investigation of Shoffner case; evidence insufficient so far
Arkansas Republicans aren't through milking the opportunity given by federal charges against former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a Democrat, for taking cash payments from a securities dealer who did a huge amount of business with Shoffner's office.
* ONE-YEAR STUDY FINDS FRACKING CHEMICALS DID NOT SPREAD INTO DRINKING WATER: That's the verdict so far in a federal test of migration of fluids in western Pennsylvania.
This is a rush transcript, so full of typos, on President Obama's unexpected remarks today on the Trayvon Martin case.
Bobby Rush will perform at South on Main Oct. 11.
It's not even 90 degrees outside, so you need not fear that you'll sweat on the artwork tonight at the Argenta ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m.
The line is open. I apologize for a haphazard day.
Mike Ross’s big haul and what it means for the governor’s race, a Little Rock police shooting that nearly spawns a riot, Dustin McDaniel’s call for a statewide discussion of our “broken” death penalty system, Grant Tennille's sensible call for equality and Mark Martin's FOIA troubles — all covered on this week's podcast.
With football season six weeks or so away, the sports pages of the SEC are ginning out reams of copy to sate fans.
Friends ask that I say a word about a familiar Little Rock person — Melvin Pickens, the Broom Man. He's walked the streets of Little Rock selling brooms and mops since I came to town 40 years ago.
In reporting today on the arrest of Sedrick Reed, a former State Police lieutenant, for stealing cocaine from the State Police evidence room for sale, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noticed his important role in a criminal conviction last week in Circuit Court.
Reception is 7-10 p.m.
A national bus tour to support measures that address climate change passed through Little Rock today and speakers included Mayor Mark Stodola.
Food feedback loop initiated. Friday has become Sunday. You know what to do.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said recently that the death penalty in Arkansas is broken — currently because of ongoing challenges to the lethal injection procedure — and a political discussions is necessary on what to do.
Ross Douthat, the conservative columnist for the New York Times, writes today that Texas' effort to severely limit abortion availability — Arkansas, too, currently has a 20-week limit thanks to the 2013 legislature — if allowed to take effect could provide a case study of the effects of severe restrictions.
Little Rock's newest food truck is slinging waffles — and doing it well.
The line is now open.
The morning report: * ROYAL PAIN AS DUCK DYNASTY STAR VISITS CONWAY: Uncle Si from the reality show "Duck Dynasty" was a headline attraction at at Outdoors Expo at the Conway Expo Center over the weekend.
Thanks to Durango for summarizing an article Saturday in the Jonesboro Sun, open only to subscribers, about Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout's appearance before the state Ethics Commission.
Bubba Sparxxx performs at Juanita's Tuesday.
What Cheer? Marching Brigade performs at CALS Children's Library Tuesday.
Last Saturday, I attended a silverpoint talk at Hearne Fine Art by Marjorie Williams-Smith and Aj Smith. Here's a link to a story about their show at Hearne Fine Art.
Metroplan, the publicly supported regional planning agency, has released its 2013 reporton demographics and workforce in Central Arkansas.
Remember David Shuster? He did a reporting stint for KATV, some of it during the Whitewater heat, before moving on to cable networks, MSNBC and Fox.
Janis Percefull, 61, who teaches history at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, called me to say she had filed papers today with the Federal Election Commission today as a Democratic candidate for 4th District Congress, a seat currently held by Rep. Tom Cotton.
Photographs and other material from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
The legislature's education committees are meeting today and tomorrow and a hot topic is the Common Core standards, a bipartisan effort that arose from the state's governors and school officials to devise a unified set of goals for American education.
The Pulaski prosecuting attorney's office today moved to vacate the 42-year-sentence given Devinn Deshwan Sheppard in Circuit Court last week.
Channel 4 reports that a traveler bound for Denver was arrested at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock today after a loaded 9-mm pistol was found in his carryon bag.
The 50th anniversary pick of the week.
The line is open. Final note: * MAYFLOWER OIL SPILL VICTIMS: WHO GETS HELPED?: U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has gotten a lot of mileage today on his news release about filing legislation to exempt payments by ExxonMobil to Mayflower oil spill victims from the federal income tax, a benefit given in some other disaster circumstances.
Carvings by "ol whittler" Roy Harris and other artists.
Tea Party influence drove the national show trial held yesterday and today in the Arkansas legislature over national educational standards adopted by 45 states known as the Common Core.
I get mail. Last night, it included this letter from a woman in Arizona.
For the record, here's the amended complaint filed yesterday by Searcy attorney Cheryl Maples in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriages.
An Ohio federal judge has legally recognized the Maryland marriage of an Ohio gay couple, one terminally ill, in a Cincinnati lawsuit.
LRPD says a man with a fatal gunshot wound was found on the porch of 10000 block of Bradley Lane, off Chicot Road in Southwest Little Rock, about 2 a.m. today.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been caught in a bit of a pickle. He ran for election in 2012 almost solely on the wonders of building a big Canadian tar sands pipeline through the heart of America, right through a sensitive Nebraska aquifer.
Fox 16 has a full report on Asa Hutchinson's appearance today before the Political Animals Club.
Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, is about as extreme as they come.
William Shatner comes to the Walton Arts Center Jan. 11.
CALS will begin offering free access to digital magazines Aug. 5.
Chef Scott Rains’ idea of modern American cuisine is this: A quail lollipop served with Tobasco butter and gorgonzola fondue.
Didi Sallings stepped down today as executive director of the Public Defender Commission, but will continue to work as an appellate attorney for the agency.
Calder in the atrium.
Pizza is a wondrous canvas for creation and there’s a whole host of things going on in the world that have not yet reached Little Rock. But if you’d like to know where the best is in Little Rock right now, here they be.
An exhibition of work by six artists opens July 31 at "South on Main."
Flail away. Final words: * REFORM SCHOOL: The great Common Core debate ground on for a second day today at the Capitol, with more speakers this time around from the pro-side of the coin.
I was struck last night and again this morning by the lead on the New York Times' account of House Republicans' implacable strategy — to vote again and again against the Affordable Care Act and to otherwise insist on enormous budget cuts, with the option perhaps being a government shutdown.
Funny story in Roll Call. It's about a Republican political strategy document telling congressmen like Tiny Tim Griffin how to come home on break and run against a broken Congress.
What does it tell you about Arkansas Republican orthodoxy when Sen. Jason Rapert utters a quote such as he uttered yesterday during discussion of Common Core education standards?
The Almost plays at Juanita's Thursday night.
Sgt. Cassandra Davis of the Little Rock Police Department reports: On 6/30/13 officers were flagged down at 12th & Woodrow by an individual who said that he had just been robbed and shot.
Our frequent correspondent Joann Coleman reports that a discussion of the proposed UAMS-St. Vincent combination, which had appeared on an early agenda for today's meeting of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, didn't happen.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr does nothing as lieutenant governor. No foul.
Artist's profile in July 25 issue.
It's not the shortest book in the world, but I'm still happy to add a chapter to the fairly slender volume: "When Mike Huckabee is Right He's Right" Here it's for a subject he's worked out on before: A denunciation of the Club for Growth, a tiny group of zillionaires financed over the years heavily by Jackson T. Stephens Jr. of Little Rock.
The LRPD said Darryl Lea, 33, of 1000 Bradley Drive, has been charged with capital murder, robbery and theft in the early Tuesday morning slaying at Lea's home of Jason Foster, 17, of Altheimer.
Nick Moss performs at Stickyz Thursday night.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers perform at Revolution Friday night.
Chanel West Coast performs at Discovery Saturday night.
Theory of a Deadman plays at Magic Springs Saturday night.
Wiz Khalifa performs at First Security Amphitheatre Saturday.
White Water Tavern screens "The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain" Wednesday night.