The opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Vol 38 • No 3
Johnny Cash and Shrek inspire productions.
Taylor Swift, Meat Puppets, Rossini should do the trick.
Theater raises curtain on facelift.
Our guide to the biggest music, theater and arts events of the season.
There’s no doubt that the Cantrell Road drive-in is good. It does fine Greek salads and has a good cheese dip and is doing gyros of all things now. But Arkansas Burger Company's burger will get you into fights.
Police announced yesterday that they had arrested two juveniles and Larry Storay, 20, in the robbery of a Baptist Sunday school last Sunday.
Thirty new paintings at Red Door Gallery.
The line is open. Final thoughts: * NO GOOD SAMARITANS IN TEA PARTY: I'm still shaking my head about the Tea Party cheers at the Republican presidential debate last night at the idea of letting an uninsured 30-year-old die rather than provide costly medical care.
I was fortunate to join the crowd tonight for the grand reopening of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, refurbished after a major capital campaign.
Looks like another big win for the editorial page of the Arkansas Times. Early votes show a solid 2-1 preference for the Little Rock sales tax increase — a penny jump through two measures over the current half cent tax to raise $500 million over the next 10 years and increase the city's operating budget by 26 percent annually.
Maria Haley, 70, the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, died at 8:45 p.m. today.
The National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist list was released today and it includes 143 Arkansans among the 16,000 named nationwide.
Here's your good free reading for the day. Civil rights historian (and Bill Clinton friend and diarist) Taylor Branch has written an important article for The Atlantic on college sports.
While Bruce Holland was endangering Arkansas children (What if he'd taken out a school bus in his mad flight?), U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was maligning his colleagues and telling constituents "it's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor."
The Committee for Little Rock's Future, The Arkansas Lottery, The Kochs and more.
Fans were color coordinated at Saturday's Arkansas football game in War Memorial Stadium.
It was a good week for the Petrinos, patriotic coordination and Arkansas Republicans. It was a bad week for Sen. Bruce Holland, The Little Rock Zoo and getting robbed in church.
Is the fuss deserved?
The new Flying Fish will be the second in Arkansas; the original, decorated with hundreds of Billy Bass plaques, is located in the River Market district.
Plus, 'Ring of Fire,' Cough, Alison Krauss and The Arkansas Travelers.
Plus, Mariachi Americas, The Flameing Daeth Fearies, Marc Ryan and more.
On the running game, defensive pressure and the disappearance of Greg Childs.
'Contagion' plausible, scary.
Local celebrity angle trumps all.
We need to stop handing out blindfolds to appointees to state boards and commissions immediately on their taking oaths of office.
Rick Perry would be the first Republican nominee for president since Alf Landon in 1936 that wanted to end Social Security.
On Sept. 11, The Observer stayed away from the news sites online, and didn't watch television at all.
Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs was hit last week by the state Ethics Commission with a third ethical violation.
Though Bryant Mayor Republican Dabbs explicitly admitted ethics violations in the agreed settlement with the state Ethics Commission, she all but repudiated it in a press release.
He's concerned about those who will.
Until the Arkansas Blog pointed it out, the Arkansas Heart Gallery website, where the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services houses info about adoption, included some racially charged wording in its frequently asked questions section.
The Sept. 19 issue of ESPN The Magazine uncovered another noteworthy domestic peculiarity about Joe Johnson. He has a 500-square-foot closet
Plus, the Walton Arts Center announces expansion of Arkansas Music Pavilion.
"Yes, it's true that there have been some successes in revitalizing downtown, but those efforts have been focused on tourism and entertainment, not retail trade. Attempts to create a population center of permanent residents have failed, as has any rebirth of a real retail trade area."
This week's winner: Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney
On Wednesday, 143 high school seniors in Arkansas learn that they are National Merit Scholars. Fifty-one state high schools produced at least one semi-finalist.
Since 2002, the Drug Policy Education Group of Fayetteville has been donating drug-policy books and other materials to more than 50 libraries across the state. This year DPEG measured retention rates of the donated material at libraries across the state.
Plus, 48 Hours: West Memphis 3 Freed
The Little Rock six-piece has crafted one the best metal albums in years.
Sen. Bruce Holland makes laws, he doesn't obey them. Laws are for little people.
Nope. No way to spin a Republican congressional seat pickup in New York City as anything but a piece of sour news for President Obama.
The "Let Him Die" moment from the Tea Party Republican presidential debate has spawned a website and an ad campaign from a group in favor of the health care reform law.
I have something of a personal interest in the story about the man who was killed after going into the office of his divorce court judge in Van Buren and opening fire with an assault rifle.
The precinct results are in and they show, again, that a handful of old-line upscale neighborhoods spelled the difference in a Little Rock tax election.
Chip's Barbecue is famous for its pies and barbecue. But its cheese dip deserves special notice.
Interesting story on NPR about Walmart and all the weird and sometimes wonderful things that happen at the retail stores on a regular basis.
Nova NOLA plays the Hot Springs Jazz Fest Saturday night.
"Ring of Fire" opens Sept. 16, but pay-what-you-can night is Sept. 15.
Cough plays Downtown Music Hall Thursday night.
... except when it does. Here's a Justice Department release on the $350,000 fine of a company whose gas pipeline work damaged tributaries of the Little Red River, home to an endangered mussel species.
Several agencies announced today that Sen. Joyce Elliott would lead the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood, a group effort to work with children from generally low-income neighborhoods from birth to employment.
Mayor Mark Stodola, surrounded by city employees holding signs saying "Thank You," called a press conference at 11 a.m. today to thank supporters of the penny sales tax, and declared it the “start of a new day” for the city.
The Travelers take on the San Antonio Missions Friday.
A reader sends a most interesting story. It's about a college that failed to take bids for a campus food service contract, instead extending an arrangement with Aramark in return for a contribution to a foundation that paid for football stadium improvements.
Three major shows open tomorrow.
For your consideration, another chapter in the world of Sen. Bruce "Fireball" Holland, the Greenwood Republican convicted last week of evading a Perry County deputy on an extended and dangerous chase at speeds upwards of 100 miles an hour.
Top-ranked female competitive eater Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas will try to eat an unhealthy amount of chicken wings at the Wing Ding Festival in Dupree Park in Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Oct. 1.
On Monday, Sept. 26, KARZ 42 in Little Rock will become Bounce TV, an independently owned national network that targets black audiences.
The Linden String Quartet plays St. Mark's Episcopal Church Thursday night.
The slate is clean. Final notes: * BIKE BANDIT: An armed man robbed a Valero on Stagecoach then escaped on his bicycle.
The Crystal Bridges director gives a talk at his alma mater.
The Boondogs embark on a fall tour around Little Rock starting Thursday.
A couple of things arrived by e-mail worth mentioning: * LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL NEWS: Here's the appellate brief by Chris Heller and Clay Fendley for the Little Rock School District in which they eat the lunch of the attorney general's office in reply to its motion to end state school desegregation funding without a hearing, without evidence, without arguments and without an answer to the city's contention that the state hasn't lived up to its end of the consent decree in attempting to stop segregation.
Maybe I missed it. But in scanning a variety of media coverage of the man who seems to have successfully committed suicide by police at the Crawford County Courthouse Tuesday, I learned of his divorce, his job, his bankruptcy and even a detailed recitation of the record of his history of holding a state boilermaker permit.
A New York Times magazine article this week is a reminder that there are many ways to refract theories from the prism of education.
Great burgers AND great cheese dip? You betcha, right in the middle of Eureka Springs.
There's art in those hills, plenty to fill three days of touring.
Robert Earl Keen plays Revolution Friday night.
Publisher Leveritt says there are just a few seats left on the Arkansas Times' Blues Bus to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena Oct. 8.
Republicans, particularly in the South, aren't giving up the fight to deny equality under the law to gay people.
Alison Krauss & Union Station play Harding University Friday night.
The state Education Department says Arkansas's push for high school students to take Advanced Placement courses is continuing to produce a rise in the number of students taking the more rigorous courses.
An essay in The Ozark Echo.
The health care reform legislation curbed private industry profiteering in the private option Medicare Advantage and has produced lower rates, more free benefits and more participants.
Some more background on the sculptor commissioned to create work for Artosphere 2012.
On a mostly party-line vote, the U.S. House today approved legislation aimed at upsetting an ongoing NLRB case about Boeing's transfer of a production line from Washington to South Carolina as retaliation against union workers.
Low Key Arts opens "So Many Open Houses" in the historic Mountainaire Hotel in Hot Springs.
The Flameing Daeth Fearies will be filming for a video at Juanita's Friday night.
Live, it's Thursday night. Closing out: * POSTAL CUTS: The Postal Service plan to cut spending includes consideration of the future of 250 processing center.
The World Cheese Dip Championship is just a week and a half away… and the part that surprises me about that is that there are just 20 confirmed participants heading to War Memorial Stadium that day to participate in the big rally to see who has the best cheese dip you can find anywhere.
The city of North Little Rock sent out an e-mail at 7:30 p.m. last night about a special City Council meeting at 10 a.m. this morning to call a Nov. 8 special election on two half-cent sales tax proposals — a permanent half-cent to be split between operations and capital expenses and a five-year tax of a half-cent to be spent on capital projects.
Got a brief note from Pulaski County School District Superintendent Jerry Guess: PCSSD's Chief Financial Officer, Anita Farver, has resigned her position effective September 30, offering to help in the transition of a new CFO, when he or she is hired.
A sometimes sparkling "nuevo Latino" menu, a trendy setting in a popular shopping center and the sure hands of restaurant veterans apparently weren't enough to sustain Capi's.
A sometimes sparkling "nuevo Latino" menu, a trendy setting in a popular shopping center and the sure hands of restaurant veterans apparently weren't enough to sustain Capi's.
Just because everybody does it — works out kickback schemes with college campus food service suppliers — doesn't make it right, no matter how much UA Chancellor David Gearheart may insist otherwise.
Pie and cheese dip. Or in this case, a layered slice of tartness accompanied by flaming queso. Yeah, you gotta try Rolando's.
The Arkansas unemployment rate in August was 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent the month before.
The North Little Rock School Board voted last night to ask voters in Feburary for a 7.4-mill property tax increase for an ambitious plan to rebuild the entire school district, by closing or consolidating some schools and improving all of them.
Hoo, boy. House Minority Leader John Burris isn't giving me much confidence on governmental integrity should his party come to power in the next election.
V.L. Cox is reopening her studio in Argenta Studios, adjacent to First Presbyterian at 4th and Maple, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.
I ranted earlier about North Little Rock's hurryup City Council meeting this morning to call a penny sales tax election to grow NLR spending by $15 million a year.
Planes and boats and trains.
Work in all media by current and former faculty.
Abstract work at Greg Thompson Fine Art.
Quilts, demonstration, etc. for 3rd Friday.
The gallery welcomes the On the Road to Equality Bus Tour.
Report says there's new attention given to Murdoch corporate skulduggery in the U.S., more pressure on Fox Nation.
The Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series kicks off Monday night.
A post-mortem of the Little Rock sales tax election, his week's mini state Republican scandal and Taylor Branch's powerful cover story in The Atlantic about the shame (and sham) of college sports are on the agenda this week on the podcast.
The line is open. I'll leave you with: * LINCOLN AS LOBBYIST: I guess former Sen. Blanche Lincoln isn't technically a lobbyist yet, just a shill for a lobbying concer, here playing a convincing Republican as a voice for the National Federation of Business against clean air regulation and other useful government regulations.
A legal scholars sends this statute book clip: 5-52-105. Attempt to influence a public servant.
Legal and disciplinary reviews continue behind closed doors, but former Judge Mary Ann Gunn's claim for fame and riches on reality TV — built on her state drug court experience — will head to syndicated stations at the end of the month.
In which a Little Rock couple pays $380,000 to change a zoning rule in Aspen, Colorado, courtesy of the Aspen Daily News: The article reports that William and Mary Amanda Dillard paid $380,000 to free up use of a caretaker unit attached to their home.
Interesting article in Democrat-Gazette today (pay wall) about charter schools in Pulaski County banding together to intervene in the federal court case where the Little Rock School District is arguing that the state has contributed to segregation — contrary to a federal court decree — by years of almost unquestioning approval of charter schools.
Chuck Banks, the attorney for Lu Hardin, filed his pleading yesterday in federal court asking for leniency in sentencing Sept. 26 for Hardin, the former University of Central Arkansaas president who has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a bonus scheme he worked out in part to cover gambling debts.
It's old news, but it's always a worthy reminder whenever there's reporting on the Republican myth that voter photo ID laws are about preventing vote fraud.
Uneventful here. All the football teams I follow are playing tonight, or played earlier in the week.
Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today updated the situation on legislative "expense" reimbursement practices.
Credit Republican Sens. Johnny Key and Michael Lamoureux and Rep. John Burris. To varying degrees in this article from Stephens Media, they acknowledge the obvious.
What about it? President Obama is about to propose a minimum income tax rate for people reporting more than $1 million a year in income.
So much for crisp temps. What do you have to say for yourself tonight?
Rabbi Eugene Levy of Congregation B'nai Israel confirms a friend's report that he's retiring — effective Oct. 31.
Surprised that Emmy coverage this morning didn't mention this: Alec Baldwin removed himself from an opening comedy sketch on the Emmy presentation because Fox producers removed a joke he'd made about the Murdoch empire phone hacking scandal.
A report from Wisconsin on the state of affairs in that Tea Party Republican-controlled state: The Republican governor and legislator are cutting spending on public schools by $800 million, but increasing the amount sent to private schools by $17 million.
Mike Huckabee knocked down a lecture fee the other day for appearing in a new speaker series at Yale University honoring William Buckley.
Talk Business and Politics has already riled some Republicans with its new poll with Hendrix College on approval ratings of the state's four congressmen.
A resolution has been filed for the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board to approve $4.5 to $5 million in revenue bonds to finance purchase of a former retail building (built for a grocery and most recently used as an antique mall) for an Easter Seals job training and wellness center for adults with disabilities.
It's hardly surprising that the Republicans are gearing up to fight President Obama's minimum tax on millionaires to the last millionaire.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission meets this morning amid continuing reports about dissatisfaction with leadership. Gerard Matthews will be at the scene.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission today received the resignation of the founding director of the Arkansas Lottery, Ernie Passailaigue.
Everybody's written plenty about Walnut Ridge's effort to make some tourist capital out of the Beatles' brief airport stop in the town 47 years ago.
Michael Nellums, who left the Pulaski School District under a cloud, is teaching again at the state center for juvenile offenders.
Somehow, I don't think it's a good sign when Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone schedules a news conference BEFORE football coach Houston Nutt's weekly press conference.
Innovative printmaking and ceramics, for those who'll put up with a lack of parking.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today heard an appeal of a lower court judge's decision to end state desegregation aid to the Pulaski public schools.
YouTube is packed with It Gets Better-variety video marking the end of discrimination against gay soldiers in the U.S. military.
John Brummett writes about a recent Fayetteville panel discussion in which left and right predictably took different views on taxes for the rich and solutions for the country's budget problems.
This event, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Arkansas union ballroom in Fayetteville, could be interesting: The University of Arkansas Chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), in coordination with University Programs, is hosting a debate between former Princeton Professor/Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann and former DEA Administrator/US Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
It's school election day and contested issues include school board seats in Little Rock and North Little Rock.
I wrote yesterday and I remain confident that the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals isn't about to uphold Judge Brian Miller's Twilight Zone ruling that ended state desegregation aid payments without notice, evidence, a hearing, briefs or so much as a by-your-leave.
The Log Cabin Democrat had full coverage of the appearance the newspaper sponsored at UCA last night of Erin Brockovich, the anti-pollution crusader made famous by her biopic.
Attention Little Rock shoppers: The Promenade at Chenal announces opening of J. Crew, coming of Nike and several more retailers.
A reader who checks the fine print pointed out this interesting anomaly to me. In the recent sales tax campaign, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola boasted about how the city had restrained growth of its workforce and employed only a bit more than 1,500 people.
Dog bites man. Sun rises in east. Death and taxes.
The Republican Talking Points Factory churned out "class warfare" for the Obama tax plan and ventriloquist dummies like Sen. John Boozman have busily been parroting it.
With all the attention on the cheese dip lately, we're wondering what restaurant makes your favorite chip.
I'd missed this story — the abduction and killing of Wendy Hernandez, a store clerk in Horatio, during an apparent robbery last Thursday.
UALR announced today that the trust created by the late Stephen Harrow Smith had given $1.15 million to the university to establish a dean's endowment and create a seminar room for the College of Business.
Over in Fairhope, AL there's a place called Windmill Market, an indoor-outdoor eco-friendly market that's taking green to the extreme. Wouldn't it be great if Central Arkansas had something similar?
Rachel Maddow, in cheering the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, dredged up the film clip to beat all film clips during the death throes of the fight to discriminate against military men and women.
Freelancer Blair Tidwell reviews "So Many Open Houses" art installation.
The Apache Relay plays Stickyz tonight.
A nation looks to Arkansas for financial leadership. Arkansas looks for a lottery director. Ethics regulators look at Denny Altes.