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Fall Arts guide

Fall Arts guide

September 14, 2017

Vol 44 • No 2

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2017 Fall Arts Calendar

From A Giant Dog to Zapp.

2017 Fall Arts fine arts calendar

On exhibits at museums around the state.

The Murphy Arts District aims to make Arkansas's original boomtown boom again

The planned El Dorado makeover launches with a series of big-name concerts beginning Sept. 28.

Beats, brass and blues: 2017 Fall Arts music preview

A preview of music in Central Arkansas this fall.

Places, please: 2017 Fall Arts theater preview

The curtain goes up for fall theater productions.

Stand up, sit down: 2017 Fall Arts fine arts preview

Swing with Stuart Davis at CBM, have a seat at the AAC.

Fall into film: 2017 Fall Arts film preview

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Horror Fest, Riverdale's Art House Day offer something for all.

Fall Arts 2017

A look ahead at all the art, music, theater and film ahead.

Fear 'It'self

Like its monstrous villain, King's 'It' returns after 27 years.

On bullshit

I am quoted in Leslie Peacock's article about doctors and medical marijuana. I do not disown any of the things I am quoted as saying, and I commend Peacock on her excellent research and writing. I've enjoyed reading her for at least two decades. But the slant of the article creates a misperception that I am (and many other doctors like me are) cruelly depriving suffering human beings of beneficial treatment. This is not correct.

Climate blind

If there was ever a teaching moment for a nation or a culture on an issue of historic importance, wouldn't it be the late summer of 2017 for climate change?

Inconsequential News Quiz: Booty Bowl Edition

Play at home, with your Naloxone close at hand.

Bumbling Bielema

The numbing sense of complete disillusionment in the wake of a listless 28-7 loss to Texas Christian University on Saturday in the Arkansas Razorbacks' "true" home opener gives way to disgust when you see these statistical markers of failure.

Tipping point

I was extremely cautious before engaging in the educational debate about the State Board of Education's decision to take over the Little Rock School District.

The deluge

If the American people, collectively speaking, had enough sense to come in out of the rain, the climate "debate" - long settled almost everywhere else on earth - would be over.

Time for a coalition

While Hurricane Trump wreaks havoc on everything that is good and decent and democratic, another storm in the Democratic Party just won't let up. Many of us hoped the turmoil between Hillary Clinton's supporters and Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters had finally subsided as both groups rallied together over the past few months to fight draconian changes in health care policy and the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Here comes Amazon

Also, racial bias suit settled, Scott jumps in mayoral race and more.

Tastes right

But Brave New needs a tune-up.

Carson McHone comes to White Water Tavern

And much more.

Lucie's Place Turns Five! at the Arkansas Arts Center Terry House Community Center

Also, Ian Moore returns to White Water Tavern.

'No accidents': A Q&A with Sherilyn Fenn

On working with David Lynch, Audrey's wardrobe and 'Twin Peaks: The Return'

Never forget

The lake house

The Observer got to the lake over the weekend, courtesy of some friends who rented a place on the water.

Mixed messages sent on DACA after Trump meets with top Democrats

"We agreed that the president would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act. What remains to be negotiated are the details of border security," Pelosi and Schumer said in a follow-up statement.

Make way for dumplings: Three Fold sets Main Street opening

Dumpling and noodle maven Lisa Zhang said last week that her Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. will open in bigger digs at 615 Main St. on Monday, Sept. 25. Three Fold will grow 1.5-fold, from 80 seats at its 215 Center St. location to 120 seats on Main and will offer something new: breakfast, featuring bao, steamed and filled buns. Residents of the AR Democrat Lofts, with which the restaurant shares the building, along with Three Fold’s many fans, should be thrilled.

For pop-up tacos, visit Viva Vegan

Viva Vegan is now serving its tacos, nachos and Strawberry Cheezecake from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays from an order window at the in-the-works brick and mortar restaurant it will lease at 4601 W. 12th St., on the corner of 12th and Adams streets.

Alley parties returning downtown

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership will host its first Alley Party of the fall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at 409 Main St., in the open lot between the Little Rock Technology Park and KATV. Arkansas Rice Depot and the tech park are sponsors; the Buh Jones band will perform and Stone’s Throw Brewing will serve craft beer and wine. Things will wrap up around 8:30 p.m. The Alley Parties are a project of the partnership to promote life downtown.

Arkansas advocate for children of prisoners gets national attention from HuffPost

An Arkansan who started a group that has helped support tens of thousands of children whose parents are behind bars is got some love from the Huffington Post this morning. Dee Ann Newell founded and serves as the executive director of the group Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind in 1994.

Facebook: The Russians messed with Texas

Business Insider has a fairly shocking story out about a pro-Trump, anti-immigrant Facebook page, purportedly based in Texas, which turned out to be a front for Russian election meddling.

New DHS compliance and integrity unit to investigate beneficiaries for fraud

DHS spokesperson Amy Webb said that the new unit's investigative work could potentially lead to criminal prosecution of beneficiaries that committed fraud.

Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis

The group is not affiliated with the official "Reflections of Progress" commemoration of the 60th anniversary. However, at least two of the Little Rock Nine may be joining the group for an event at 2:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber.

Two LRPD recruits took $5k signing bonus on their way out the door

KLRT has an story out on an unintended consequence of the City of Little Rock's attempts to recruit more police officers to fill historic gaps in LRPD force strength: two members of the February recruit class who accepted a $5,000 "no strings attached" signing bonus, then immediately quit the LRPD.

Thursday's video news and an open line

Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis, mixed messages sent on DACA after Trump meets with top Democrats and an interview with a DACA recipient.

Huffington Post turns spotlight on Little Rock

Huffington Post's Listen to America project is in Little Rock today. Along with KARK/Fox 16, it's hosting a panel discussion at Philander Smith College at 7 p.m. tonight. The stop-through coincided with a series of stories published on the HuffPost website

Family of man shot by LRPD claims cruiser dashcam video confirms their account

Attorneys for the family of a man killed by an LRPD officer in October 2016 allege that a video released to the media yesterday, shot from a dashcam in the officer's cruiser, both proves the family's account of the shooting and shows that the LRPD didn't fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act when the family requested all materials related to the case. Attorneys for the family say the video was not included in materials released to them following a recent FOIA request.

State Board of Education gives final green light to three more charters in Little Rock

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore urged the state board to take a closer look at the charter proposals and to consider their impact on the district. The board chose not to do so.

Three inmates injured in disturbance at Cummins unit

Three inmates at the Cummins Unit in Grady, Arkansas were injured after trying to damage ADC equipment and have been sent to the hospital.

Arkansas unemployment rate inches up to 3.5 percent, but still near record low

Both the state and the national figures reflect a 0.5 percent drop since August 2016.

French Hill to join anti-violence leaders for MacArthur Park press conference

A press release from the office of Arkansas Congressman French Hill says that Hill will join a press conference set for tomorrow that will spotlight the efforts of the Victory Over Violence Coalition, which seeks to promote peaceful resolution of conflict.The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Little Rock's MacArthur Park, at the corner of E. 9th and Commerce Streets.

Arkansas legislature rejects bipartisan effort to study race relations

On Friday, the Arkansas Legislative Council soundly rejected a bipartisan effort by two senators to to create a temporary legislative subcommittee to study race relations in the state.

Walmart plans to build new HQ in Bentonville

Walmart will build a new headquarters in Bentonville, CEO Doug McMillon said today. The project is expected to accommodate 14,000-17,000 employees, who are now spread among 20 buildings in Bentonville, Arkansas Business reports. It's expected to be built in stages and take five to seven years to be completed.

Updated: Data breach at Arkansas DHS could affect 26,000 Medicaid beneficiaries; no evidence of ID theft, agency says

In a press release, DHS said the spreadsheets included "linked Medicaid identification numbers, some social security numbers and codes for medical procedures that beneficiaries underwent."

Little Rock march planned on Saturday to urge passage of DACA replacement

The Arkansas United Community Coalition is organizing a march from Central High School to the state Capitol in support of the Dreamers, the cohort of young immigrants who stand to lose DACA protections.

Pork belly and black-eyed peas by the Capital Hotel's Chef Marc Guizol

A video of Chef Marc Guizol at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock walking us through the flamed pork belly with local black-eyed peas recipe he'll be cooking up for the 2017 Pig & Swig event.

Friday's headlines and an open line

Legislators rejected a bipartisan effort to create a temporary legislative subcommittee to study race relations in the state, Walmart plans to build new HQ in Bentonville, AR unemployment up a tick while still being near a record low, three inmates injured in disturbance at Cummins unit and the State Board of Education approves three more charter schools for Little Rock.

This Weekend: A To-Do List

A handful of recommendations for getting out and about this weekend.

The Future of the LRSD Edition

The Little Rock School District settling a racial bias lawsuit, the state board of education approving three new charter schools in Little Rock and the latest news on DACA — all covered on this week's podcast.

AP: Daycare provider attempted to kidnap baby to adopt out to Arkansas family

The baby's birth parents had no idea the woman, Lasonya Poindexter, was transporting their child across state lines while she was supposed to be in daycare. The adoptive parents didn't either.

Lying is a prerequisite skill for any Trump press secretary

The New Republic's Clio Chang makes the convincing case that Sanders is a more dangerous figure than Sean Spicer ever was.

The summer in September open line

An open line for a muggy day

Home again. Was there any news?

A blogger's vacation ends. What did he miss?

Trump tune changes on the Paris accords

The latest Trump contradiction: U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement.

In Bentonville, dark money injects politics in school board race

Dark money and political partisanship emerge in a race for Bentonville School Board.

Trump breathes life into TV religion and Huckabee's new show

The Atlantic reports on life breathed into Christian media by Donald Trump, who loves TV and who's catering to evangelical voters. Former televangelist Mike Huckabee is a case in point.

The Sunday open line

The readers take over.

Deadline arrives for medical marijuana permit applications

Today's the deadline for filing applications for permits to grow or dispense medical marijuana in Arkansas and KARK reports that a line began forming Sunday night at the state office where applications are filed.

Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Girl struck by arrow in Allsopp Park

A 14-year-old girl was shot in the leg by an arrow while playing soccer with her father and brother about 7 p.m. Friday near the Cedar Hill Road entrance to Allsopp Park.

Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.

Sidney Moncrief aims to be a 'game changer' for young people

Former Razorback basketball star Sidney Moncrief will celebrate his 60th birthday with events this weekend tied to a launch of the Moncrief Institute for College and Career Readiness, said to be a nonprofit aimed at professional development for young people.

Monday's open line and the daily news roundup

Here's your open line, plus the daily dose of news and comment.

Wendell Griffen calls for rejection of 60th school crisis anniversary events

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen wants no part of the planned observance of the 60th anniversary of the Central High crisis. He refuses to be 'pimped' by white supremacists, he said in a Sunday sermon..

Inmate death in single cell in East Arkansas Unit referred to State Police

Another inmate death has been referred to State Police for investigation. Anthony Howard was found unconscious in a single-man cell at 10:17 p.m. Medical staff attempted emergency treatment, but Howard was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m.

Sierra Club touts benefits of solar power

The Sierra Club in Arkansas says the state Public Service Commission should not change rules in a way that could discourage people who use solar power for electricity.

Trump rejects findings on net benefit of immigration

The Trump administration has rejected a study that concludes immigrants produce more through taxes and labor than they cost the federal government. To do so, it had to jigger with the study.

Latest Obamacare repeal proposal even worse for women

The Graham-Cassidy bill to undo the Affordable Care Act will be devastating in Arkansas — an overall reduction in Medicaid spending by billions and  a pathway to gutting of premium protection for people already sick are certain to dramatically reduce access to health coverage. But wait. There's more bad news.

Medical marijuana by the numbers

This accounting of interest so far in the new medical marijuana business in Arkansas from KARK/Fox 16's Jessi Turnure at the close of the initial application period for those seeking permits to grow or sell medical marijuana:

Trump talks tough at UN

Donald Trump talked tough at the UN particularly concerning North Korea

'Definitely a Barb': a Q&A with Shannon Purser of "Stranger Things"

Ahead of Purser’s appearance at the Hot Springs Spa-Con Sept. 23, we find out what it’s like to be thrust violently into the spotlight and why she believes she’s “definitely a Barb.”

Janet Jackson at Verizon Arena: A Review

Her dance abilities had clearly diminished, as they naturally would over two decades. I mean, she's 50. And has a newborn. I get it, but it's like they're grasping at recreating 20 year-old Janet instead of focusing on what makes 50 year-old Janet amazing, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terribly disappointed.

Judge orders state to release execution drug label

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce ruled today in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the state must disclose labels on drugs it obtained to carry out executions.

Hutchinson joins three other governors in support of latest GOP health proposal

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters today that he'd joined with three other Republican governors — in Mississippi, Arizona and Wisconsin — to have input on the Graham-Cassidy legislation that Republicans are trying to push through the Senate without budget analysis and says he supports it.

Larry Crane announces retirement as clerk

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane sent a message to staff saying he doesn't intend to seek re-election next year.

Rapert challenger faults his reference to her

Sen. Jason Rapert, the Faulkner County Republican, spoke to an NAACP session in Conway yesterday and encountered a question from his announced Democratic opponent, Maureen Skinner.Her campaign took offense

Bank of Ozarks announces new LR headquarters building

Bank of the Ozarks announced today that would build a 247,000-square-foot corporate headquarters on a 44-acre site at The Ranch on Highway 10, a project reported in the works by Arkansas Business last year.

Tuesday's open line and the daily video

Here's your open line. Also a roundup of news and comment.

ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Legislature itches for more control over 'independent' agencies

Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports this morning on growing tension over the legislature's effort to exert more control over the state's constitutionally independent agencies. The immediae target is the Game and Fish Commission, but it's a sprawling dispute over balance of powers.

A 4th inmate death this month referred to State Police

Another inmate death has been referred to State Police for investigation after James Walker, a prisoner at the Cummins Unit, died of a head injury at a local hospital. It is unclear if the injury was a result of an assault or a fall.

The long shadow of Paula Jones looms over Donald Trump

The Daily Beast reports that the precedent set in allowing Paula Jones to sue then-President Bill Clinton now holds peril for Donald Trump.

Jimmy Kimmel: Health bill flunks 'Kimmel test'

Jimmy Kimmel gave an extended rip of the Graham-Cassidy health bill last night saying Cassidy had lied to him when he said he wouldn't back health legislation that didn't pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test." That is, no family should be denied emergency health care if they couldn't afford it.

The cost of the health bill: Arkansas is a loser

Another analysis says Arkansas, contrary to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's assertions yesterday, would be a big loser under the pending legislation to kill Obamacare.

Hutchinson's former chief of staff Lamoureux hits revolving door to state lobby firm

DBH Management Consultants, the consulting/lobbying firm headed by former legislator Bruce Hawkins, has announced that it has hired Michael Lamoureux, a former senator and former chief of staff to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

A.G. Rutledge absent from bipartisan action against opioid manufacturers

Attorneys general from 41 states have joined hands to pursue opioid manufacturers for possible misleading marketing. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, normally an avid participant in national litigation, is absent from this cause.

Arkansas Democrats fault governor for support of Graham-Cassidy health bill

Rep. Michael John Gray, state Democratic Party chair, has issued a statement critical of Gov. Asa Hutchinson for Tuesday's endorsement of the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal Obaamcare. Gray said it would be "devastating" to the state.

Matt Damon to portray LR charlatan famed for goat testicle implants

John Romulus Brinkley is one of Arkansas's greatest frauds, famed for his claim, fatal for some, that surgery to implant goat glands into testicles would restore virility. Thanks to the upcoming movie "Charlatan," we might get to see Matt Damon handling goat gonads, reports.

Wednesday's open line and video report

Here's an open line, plus a roundup of news and comment.

Hearing Thursday on Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance

A hearing is set at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in Fayetteville on the question of the constitutionality of the state law aimed at preventing local ordinance protecting civil rights of gay people.

Crave it? Here's your favorite: The annual Food Truck Festival is Saturday

For the seventh year in a row, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is bringing food trucks by the dozens to Main and Capitol streets. This year, the partnership is dubbing the festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Crave the Culture.