Wait until after the election. Then, Mayor Stodola says, Little Rock will talk about what kind of city it will be. In other words, will it raise taxes?
Vol 36 • No 51
Which is to say, bloody nudity that hints at double penetration. Hide your kids!
The Little Rock music community lost one of its most beloved figures earlier this week. Luke Hunsicker died early Monday morning after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 29.
Kroger will open its first "marketplace" store Saturday on Chenal Parkway. It's an expanded operation that includes housewares, jewelry and other hard goods.
One person died and at least two were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 430 between Cantrell and Rodney Parham Roads this morning.
KARK reports that a circuit judge today ordered the Pulaski County Special School District to return to its old bell schedule by Sept. 13.
Can anything good come from a woman sending nude photos of herself to a man who is not your husband?
If you ask politely, listen closely and do your research, you can eat at Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous in Memphis, even if you have a pork allergy.
Our partner Half Off Depot has some great deals on now for 1620, Capi's, Trio's and Catfish City.
The hump day line is open.
Gov. Mike Beebe made an appearance at a ceremony this afternoon, celebrating the move of KATV's enormous video collection (over 24,000 hours of film) to the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock.
48 HOUR FILM FESTIVAL7 p.m., 9 p.m.; Riverdale 10. $10.
The Little Rock music community lost one of its most beloved figures earlier this week.
Vino's set to celebrate their upcoming 20th anniversary with reunited acts.
Ryan Mallett's scantron, Renee Gork's hat and the shape of blind fanaticism.
Gerald Lambert and Gerald West, veterans of the pub business in New York, have opened Hibernia, a new Irish restaurant and pub.
48 Hour Film Festival, Eli Young Band, Corb Lund, Titus Andronicus, The Original Wailers
One of Little Rock's favorites reunites for shows Friday and Saturday at White Water Tavern.
Most national analysts are assuming that the Hogs' defense will be at least somewhat better, basing that assumption on age and experience. That's nebulous reasoning, but fair.
Aug. 21, Verizon Arena
Aug. 23, Hot Springs Convention Center
Triple Cobra, Cool Shoes, Big Smith and more.
Czech's twist on mac and cheese and Stock Pot stand out.
"In the Words column Aug. 12, Ray White asks 'Don't linguists have a name for a phrase that is misunderstood and then the misunderstanding overtakes the original?' I think perhaps the term Mr. White is searching for is 'eggcorn.' "
There's something to love about a movie this self-consciously awful.
Good week: North Little Rock, lottery ticket sales, UALR. Bad week: Pulaski County school district, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock Police Department, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio
Jody Hardin's pigs have 72 hours to get out of Grady. Mayor's orders.
University of Arkansas Athletic Department recently announced that it was raising the price on required donations for preferred seating for Hog football games in Razorback and War Memorial Stadiums next year.
In other states, the super-rich pledge to give their wealth to charity. In Arkansas, we'd be happy if they just quit trying to tear down the public schools.
We analysts of Arkansas politics all have our set talking points when asked why Democrats continue to succeed here in state and congressional elections even as Republicans win at the presidential level, a pattern that differentiates Arkansas from its Southern neighbors. A flurry of polling data and anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that after Nov. 2 that question may no longer exist.
Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings confirms that an arrest warrant has been issued in the Parris Towers pellet gun shootings.
The old cauldron-tender we called Mimmy was given to outlandish allegations, but if you challenged her on any of them, she'd take offense: "Well, I guess I'm just a damn liar, then," she'd huff. And you'd best not agree with her about that — because then she'd really take offense.
In case you haven't noticed, our city is a pigsty. Drive down Cantrell Hill, past Austin Brothers, past Junior Deputy to LaHarpe Blvd.
Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines help sound the rallying cry on Saturday at Robinson.
Since state Sen. Joyce Elliott called herself one, I went to the dictionary to see exactly what a "pinhead" was.
Can a $1.97 million infusion help J.A. Fair?
Opponents of lottery machines cite Bible.
Viola Frey's ceramics at the Arkansas Arts Center are the commonplace made monumental.
Amusing story in the Democrat-Gazette this morning. It is unfair, Dr. No Boozman says, for Sen. Blanche Lincoln to run ads criticizing his support of a 23 percent national sales tax.
Ken Mehlman, the former Republican national chairman and George Bush's former campaign manager, says he is gay and an advocate of same-sex marriage.
We gave you early yesterday the remarks Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered in Little Rock last night, including his support for more openness about performance of teachers' classes on standardized tests.
An example in the Democrat-Gazette today of "burying the lead." The business section included a locally written article about the fairly new money-making venture by Little Rock-owned Stephens media properties.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet says it's "silly" to focus on the five years-plus he spent in Florida.
How about those 60-degree temps? Great morning for a walk.
Out at Denton's Trotline in Benton, Big John Miller belts out soul hits with support from his band, 8 p.m.
Seven quick, quick items about last night's show: 1. Iron Tongue is still deceptively melodic.
Jonesboro native Felicia Suzanne Willett has created a masterful and wonderful place to enjoy reinterpretations of southern classics.
The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission has issued a statement on the investigation of salmonella carried by eggs.
Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking film an episode of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" tonight, debuting material from her hyper-anticipated opera, "Billy Blythe."
The Wish List Foundation, a Pearl Jam nonprofit fan club that hosts events before every one of the band's concerts and lead singer Eddie Vedder's solo shows, is doing a pre-party fundraiser/raffle/auction at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday before the "Voices for Justice Rally" at Robinson.
A little less than two years after he purchased Juanita's, Johnny Weaver has sold the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and venue to Jim O'Brien and Joe Cates.
Another venerable Tex-Mex restaurant, Juanita's, is in transition. Read all about it on Eat Arkansas.
Has Beth Anne Rankin remade herself to look like Sarah Palin?
War Memorial Stadium officials held an open house today for the stadium's news press box and private suites.
"True Grit" opens tonight at ASU.
Gerard Matthews is covering the legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee. The god squadders are out in force to decry lottery vending machines.
The late Cantrell Gallery owner, in google eyes.
town hall meetings, Tea Party, anger
Hendrix follows a public events calendar that last year included Art Spiegleman and Francine Prose with another pair of impressive authors this season.
But I am old. Over to you.
Conway's Jim Mize, AKA Arkansas's greatest living songwriter, has a new 7".
Louie, where are you? Out covering this fire on Main Street in Nasvhille this afternoon, I'd guess.
The brand spanking new super-group of sorts Fistful of Mercy will make its second ever live performance Saturday at "Voices for Justice," the rally for the WM3 at Robinson Center.
New investigations and reporting are painting a terrible picture of New Orleans post-Katrina. There was random violence, yes, but the outside world had a skewed idea of perpetrators and victims.Today, a clearer picture is emerging, and it is an equally ugly one, including white vigilante violence, police killings, official cover-ups and a suffering population far more brutalized than many were willing to believe.
An interesting essay by Linda Greenhouse on pending U.S. Supreme Court cases in which the Roberts court may well expand the ability of governments to post the Ten Commandments and other religious documents.
The Democrat-Gazette today ran through a litany of tax problems for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet — claiming a homestead tax credit to which he wasn't entitled; non-payment of property taxes on a plane kept in Arkansas; late payment of property and restaurant taxes.
ELI YOUNG BAND9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
Mulehead reunites for shows Friday and Saturday at White Water Tavern.
The Weekend: Cool Shoes, Ouachita, Boom Kinetic, Big Smith, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
FRIDAY 8/27 Cool Shoes returns for their monthly dance party; this time around, Cool Shoes regulars DJ Wolf-E-Wolf and Sleek man the decks at the Downtown Music Hall stage, 10 p.m., $5 over 21, $8 under 21.
Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines help sound the rallying cry on Saturday at Robinson.
Lost somewhat in the hoopla surrounding the Mulehead reunion this weekend: Il Libertina, another local favorite from that era (circa 1999 to 2003) is getting back together tonight at White Water.
Who's to blame for Washington gridlock? How about a political party whose every answer is no? That would be the same party that is spoiling to begin anew the perpetual investigation machine it wielded in the Clinton era.
More controversy in the race for prosecuting attoney in the district based in Conway. A circuit court order Thursday appointed a special prosecutor to handle the case of three hot checks allegedly written on a joint First Security Bank account in the names of J. Cody and Jana Hiland.
"El Grito (A Cry for Independence)" is a moving show of work by Mexican-American artists.
Vince Vance's Katrina fifth anniversary video should touch anyone with fond New Orleans memories.
The non-profit visual and performing arts space is moving to Main Street.
The Little Rock police say a woman has been arrested in the kidnapping of a two-year-old child found abandoned early this morning in the bed of a pickup truck on Gaines Street.
Arkansas is lucky Bonnie Montgomery decided to come home. Few artists have the range of talent coupled with such dedication to their home state as she does — and this unique combo was on full display at her performance last night for AETN’s "On the Front Row" series.
The poster says it all.
The Pulaski County sheriff's office has confirmed that the jail inmate found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center was the victim in a high-profile rape allegation that got a Pulaski County deputy fired in January.
It's Friday night.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder wrote a letter to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, published today, that chastises the newspaper for finding space to report that one of his staff members made a list of good-looking congressional aides but blowing off an independent group's naming of Tim Griffin, Republican candidate for Second District Congresss, as one of its "crooked candidates" for 2010.
North Little Rock businessman Frank Fletcher, who owns the Wyndham hotel in downtown NLR, has some questions about Mayor Pat Hays' hazy land swap to encourage development of a new hotel downtown with a parking deck financed by taxpayers and the public schools.
Let the teabaggers roar on the Capitol mall today. Nice day for a rally.
Yep, Arkies believe in marriage. And if at first they don't succeed, they try and try again.
Here's a thread. I hope the Arkansas Blog or Rock Candy will have something later about tonight's rallly and concert for the West Memphis Three.
Arkansas Take Action held a press conference this afternoon to talk about tonight's much-anticipated event, but also, and more importantly, to talk about the West Memphis Three, new developments in the case and supporters' efforts to raise awareness.
CORB LUND8 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.This celebrated Albertan singer, like the Eli Young Band above, maintains hordes of dedicated fans without tapping into the mainstream pipe.
Gerard Matthews wrote on Rock Candy last night about the rally for the West Memphis Three that included a news conference on the coming appeal in the murder case and a benefit concert featuring Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Patty Smith and more.
Browning's, the Tex-Mex institution in the Heights, may not be permanently dead after all.
Mark Spitzer, a UCA professor who's an authority on the unlovely but important alligator gar fish, wants our help in publicizing a plan that could imperil the gar.
The Democrat-Gazette today ran through the Jim Keet residency issue, which I first wrote about some weeks ago.
Noted: the story in the D-G this morning ( reg. required) about a Little Rock cop fired for being filmed on this video using the word "jigaboo" to a group filming in the River Market.
You just had to be there. Last night's benefit for the West Memphis Three was a success on every level.
Start them right here. And if you haven't yet, take a look back at Rock Candy, with more from Gerard Matthews, including video, of the sold-out benefit for the legal cause of the West Memphis Three.
Little Rock native John Pugh's band Free Blood provides the soundtrack to the trailer for James Franco's new film.
40/29 reports that guns were fired and one guest reported a pistol whipping during a family baptism celebration at the Progressive Men's Club in Fort Smith.
Talk Business poll shows U.S. Rep. Mike Ross with a 49-31 lead over Republican challenger Beth Anne Rankin.
In an interview post-rally, Glenn Beck gets back to his — and many Republicans' — dominant theme.
Late Friday, John W. Walker filed a race discrimination lawsuit on behalf of 19 plaintiffs against the Little Rock School District over practices in the maintenance and operations department.
TITUS ANDRONICUS8 p.m., Revolution. $10 What a much-needed alternative to the navel-gazing "me, me, me" pasture of indie bands.
Hungry for breakfast? Forrest City's a good place to stop on the I-40 trip to Memphis. That's where you'll find The Ole Sawmill Cafe.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's campaign is making much of Rep. John Bozoman's varying excuses for limiting his shared appearances (debates and forums) with Lincoln.
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership has released its survey of opinions on Main Street and downtown development issues.
Posting 'El Grito' catalog.
Video round up from the "Voices for Justice" rally at Robinson featuring Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Patti Smith, Fistful of Mercy, Damien Echols and more.
UALR and Gov. Mike Beebe today are touting the "astounding" improvement of Advanced Placement test scores by students in a UALR-based effort to improve scores in math, science and English.
Part time New Orleanian Harry Shearer ( unveils his new documentary "The Big Uneasy" tonight at the Rave.
Blogger Jason Tolbert, a one-time Mike Huckabee supporter, says the Huckster has sunk to a new depth by giving warm and extended exposure on his TV show to Ashley Madison, a website that puts adulterers together.
A legislative panel is backing off an earlier finding that the state needed to increase school spending next year by 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent more the year after that to support a constitutionally adequate education.
The Justice Department today announced Hewlett-Packard had agreed to pay $55 million to settle a lawsuit over kickbacks HP paid to influence federal purchases.
The State Police reports three people have died in the crash of a medical helicopter.
The latest in the rolling disaster area that is the Pulaski County School District is an allegation that suggests a purported sidewalk contractor paid a $100 bribe to school board member Gwen Williams.
I thought the UA overreacted in pressuring a radio station to discipline a sports show announcer who attended a Hog scrimmage wearing a Florida Gator cap, to Coach Bobby Petrino's apparent displeasure.
The State Police have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to announce charges in "multiple" murders that occurred in 2009.
Under a headline, "Is Mike Huckabee Nuts?", a Huffington Post writer says: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wants to turn the United States back over to God and Jesus.
I gather Mayor Mark Stodola thinks our report on his first term as "strong mayor" wasn't sufficiently worshipful.
The unrelenting, high-dollar organized opposition plays a part, of course. But I thought the advent of the valuable aspects of health care reform would slowly increase positive feelings about health legislation.
Cory Branan and Drag the River are bringing their "Budget Helicopter Tour" to White Water tonight.
It's official. A joint legislative committee isn't ready to put a price tag on which educational adequacy will cost in fiscal 2011-12.
Interesting. Penalties for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and alcohol have been equalized at the University of Arkansas.
Team Arkansas Times, last year's winner of the best film, best actor, best actress and the audience award in the 48 Hour Film Fest, could be on the verge of a dynasty.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services' $5 million gift for a new wing at Arkansas Children's Hospital was officially announced by the company today.
Quite a bit of excitement at the noon hour today as cops and police dogs ranged through the River Market neighbor seeking Bryan Jones, 22, who broke away from officers during a court appearance.
Today I begin the first of what will be sporadic postings of artwork by Arkansans.
Open for business.
THE ORIGINAL WAILERS9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
We've been trying without success to reach Verizon officials about persistent reports that the company is reducing its workforce in Little Rock, particularly among some higher-paid employees.
So-called value added evaluations of teachers are the flavor of the day. Test scores can provide an absolute measure of the effectiveness of teachers, the supporters say.
The city seems poised for one of its periodic bouts of hand-wringing about the homeless.
With Lorri Davis, Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines and attorney Dennis Riordan. Tonight at 8 p.m.
Not on your life, say Republican Alaska voters. Can we stop calling her a king maker?
The venerable Klappenbach Bakery is back open after last year's fire. Kat Robinson goes to Fordyce to check and make sure the quality of the baked goods is still up to par.
Josh Fox, director of the documentary film Gasland, which was shown at the Clinton School not long ago and caused some considerable hubbub, is one of four to receive the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace, an award created to honor John Lennon's commitment to peace and human rights.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's campaign says former President Bill Clinton will come to Little Rock Sept. 8 for a campaign event — nominally to observe her one-year (only year?)
According to Gawker. Frankly, I can't believe it lasted this long.
Bryan Jones, an accused kidnapper who escaped on foot from a probation office at the courthouse yesterday and spurred an extensive manhunt downtown, was taken into custody today.