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Vol 37 • No 5
Nothing like cheese dip for stirring up an Arkansas conversation.
Tips on making it through a nine-hour cheese dip festival.
Fantastic news on the dessert front: the best fried pies in Arkansas are coming back.
Momma Dean's in Fayetteville reopens with a Good Samaritan's donation covering sales taxes owed by the restaurant.
E-mail this morning says supporters of Bishop Steven Arnold, who resigned Sunday as senior pastor of megachurch St. Mark Baptist, are organizing a rally in his support this week.
The state Game and Fish Commission may be independent, but it knows it is interdependent on the executive and legislative branch.
The U of A Fine Arts Center opens "Black and White in America" today; Fayetteville Underground debuts shows tomorrow.
Harding University, which found itself yesterday in the eye of worldwide attention (and those of not a few unhappy women) for removing Race for the Cure items from the campus bookstore, has reversed itself.
Supreme Court arguments were held today in the case of the damage verdict awarded, then overturned, against Westboro Church protesters who display hateful signs at military funerals (in this case outside a 1000-foot buffer zone).
We're on the downhill. LATE NEWS NOTE: The Log Cabin Democrat reports that Faulkner County authorities have charged two men with first degree murder in an apparent road rage incident Sept. 12 that led to a crash that killed four people on U.S. 64 near Vilonia.
That was the kind of weekend that just messes your metaphors all up: The SEC is suddenly a blank slate, waiting for some errant team to come along and shape the landscape to their will. The stars are aligning for the Razorbacks, but can they connect the dots?
The Arkansas State Fair kicks off.
Promoting more bond issues, higher interest rates.
Former lawmaker says law favors new trial.
'Ebrahimifar' opens at Boswell-Mourot.
Paul Reyes delves into the human side of the housing crisis; C.D. Wright peels back bygone racial turmoil.
Many voters are hard-wired to believe that tough times--as if the economy was a cage wrestling match--call for men. Sadly, many of these voters will be women.
You needn't go far in Arkansas to find still-blatant racist attitudes among whites toward blacks.
Taj Mahal shows promise, but no consistency.
What are the chances that a little town of 2,300 would produce two scholars with Ph.D.s from a university in the Islamic kingdom of the United Arab Emirates?
It's a bleak election year nationwide, rife with unworthy candidates, some of whom are likely to be chosen by an electorate that is confused, angry and frightened, and egged on to error by media hatemongers.
Navel-gazing on Facebook.
Randy Rogers at Revolution, Amy Grant at Walton Arts Center, The Legendary Shack Shakers at Maxine's, Sub Kulture 4 at Revolution, Festival of Wines 2010 at Dickey-Stevens Park, "Thunder at the Rock" Airshow at LRAFB
Friends of George Allen, a suspect in the pellet sniper case, say that Allen has disappeared into the local hospital system and they can't find him.
Are the American people stupider than they used to be? Yep. And getting stupider by the day. By choice.
"In the midst of 'pink mania,' our yearly celebration of female cancer survivors, it's hard to deny that the fight against breast cancer has become fashionable, trendy--popular if you will."
'Let Me In' keeps the killer in the vampire thriller.
Oct. 2, Robinson Center Music Hall
We're happy to report that we received quite a bit of interest in the painting we wrote about last week. When the dust cleared, it was adopted by quick-on-the-keyboard Hester Criswell, an assistant attorney general for the state.
It's probably no surprise, considering the fact that Stewart's first book, "America: The Book," was banned from Walmart, that its sequel, "Earth: The Book," isn't carried at the store, either.
Anybody else think this has so far been one of the sloppiest seasons of college football in recent memory?
Adam Hambrick, Ted Leo and Pharmacists, Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, Red Octopus, 'Chicago,'True Soul Revue, Nickelback, The Sword, Carrie Underwood, 'Tales of the Crypt'
Good week: college education, Ernie Passailaigue. Bad week: Pulaski Assessor Janet Troutman Ward, Bishop Steven Arnold, Rep. John Boozman, Aaron Jones, State Republican Party
Brothers Jason and Tyler Rogers and chef Jeffrey Palsa have started serving meals out of TheFoodTruck, a mobile restaurant akin to the slew of gourmet, Twitter-happy food trucks popping up in bigger cities all over the country.
In military usage, "troops" means a body of soldiers. We could call the individual members of the body "troopers," but that word has acquired specialized meanings.
You'd think there isn't much to a good hushpuppy, but looks can be deceiving. Though they could have used a bit more onion, these were some of the best we've had in awhile.
Revolution goes Red Dirt when big-time Texas country acts Randy Rogers Band (left) and Wade Bowen come to town, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20.
ADAM HAMBRICK9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $7.
TED LEO AND PHARMACISTS7 p.m., Vino's. $13 adv., $15 d.o.s. Ted Leo is just one of those guys who was born with the touch.
ARKANSAS BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL11:30 a.m., Downtown Helena-West Helena. $25 weekend pass.
RED OCTOPUS PRESENTS: 'NIGHT OF THE LIVING PAGANS'8 p.m., The Public Theatre. $10.
The New York Times reports that further loss of abortion rights is being used as a campaign tool by Democratic candidates in some populous states.
Pumpkin will be the star at this fall's Tale of Two Farms event out at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm Octobrer 16th.
Here's a story about how a Republican ad producer put out a call for actors to adopt a "hicky" West Virginia look to play roles trashing the Democratic candidate for Senate there as out of touch with the average West Virginian.
Show your stuff, win a prize at Wildwood Park for the Art's HARVEST! Festival's cooking competition.
Billboards have gone up in the Little Rock area warning motorists about the liberal media.
NPR discovers Dave Anderson and his "SoLost" series.
A couple of items of interest at the Arkansas Supreme Court today: * The court denied a petition by lawyers in a taxpayer's suit seeking to strike a usury amendment from the ballot that would have allowed a lower court judge to consider a motion blocking the secretary of state from putting the measure on the ballot.
Stephano's Fine Art Gallery is hosting a fund-raiser tonight for the Children's Protection Center, a Little Rock group that advocates for abused children.
V.L. Cox's exhibit opens tonight at Thea.
Talking Points Memo takes a look at what the Republican Party's Pledge to America would devastate.
Kathleen Caricof has been commissioned to create a sculpture for the rotunda of the Statehouse Convention Center.
OK, the rabid right may carry the day for Republicans in 2010. But 2012?
Great column by Ernest Dumas this week that takes off with the wonderful coincidence of two mail-order Ph.d. holders in Clinton, Ark. — one the English builldog Dr. Maxwell Sniffingwell, the other the Republican Party committeeman who's the plaintiff in the Republican lawsuit over state constitutional officers' cars.
The blues fest is on in Helena-West Helena and the Times Brian Chilson is on the scene.
From apple dumplings to Tater Dogs, there are all sorts of crazy foods at the Arkansas State Fair. A glossary would be helpful.
A Republican political consulting firm has a poll that it claims shows Republican 4th District candidate Beth Anne Rankin closing to within 3 points, or virtually a dead, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Ross.
The Thursday night line is open. NEWS NOTE: The U.S. attorney in Little Rock has announced the indictment of Forrest City attorney Michael Easley for Social Security fraud for structuring a $100,000 bonus to an employee in a way that wouldn't prevent her from drawing Social Security disability payments.
Taj Mahal's Jay Riaz writes in response to this week's review of his new Indian restaurant, which noted a number of service glitches.
That's the word from Helena-West Helena from our man on the scene, Brian Chilson. Hooray for the return of cool T-shirts!
FRIDAY 10/8 The Legendary Shack Shakers (above), rockabilly revivalists with an extra dash of chic grit, return to Hot Springs alongside the banjo-driven, hard country rock of Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies at Maxine's, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Juanita's hosts a reggae night, "Jamaica Me Crazy," with music from Ras Levi, DJ Apples and Butterfly feat.
'CHICAGO'7:30 p.m., The Weekend Theater. $14-$18Although it debuted in 1975, was revived on Broadway in 1996 and was adapted for the big screen in what would become the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 2002, "Chicago" never really went away.
TRUE SOUL REVUE10 p.m., White Water Tavern. If you're not into unbelievable music, feel free to disregard this one.
Rick Crawford, the Republican candidate for 1st District Congress, is a liar. He was caught on videotape saying he supported private retirement accounts for people who wanted them in place of conventional Social Security.
It's wrong and it's poisonous and it isn't likely to be fixed soon. A deluge of secretly sourced money is pouring into political races as never before as the ruling business class sees an opportunity to install a permanent corporate government in Washington.
The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival underway now in Helena-West Helena will once again be the King Biscuit Blues Festival in 2011.
Annual benefit for the Rep.
Siblings Hamid, Masoud, Saeed and Ferdos Ebrahimifar show their work at Boswell-Mourot.
The Thea Foundation's fifth annual free sidewalk chalk art event on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Park kicks off at 8:30 tomorrow morning.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is sending around a fund-raising letter from an Iraq war veteran who cites a John Boozman vote on a spending bill that included money for body armor.
Yes, there's now a mobile app for Arkansas Lottery players.
On track with trains at HAM, paintings at ASI and Art in the Park.
The Doggfather's headed to the Barnhill Arena stage on Sunday, Oct. 24. There's a limited number of free tickets for UA students.
Bank of America is stopping foreclosure sales in all 50 states until it can review sufficiency of documents used in the proceedings.
A Republican congressional candidate who's running against federal deficits and bailouts turns out to have a bankruptcy on his record.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is speaking to the Bar Association today. Reports from Jason Tolbert via Twitter indicate she just can't quit the wealthy.
What happened last night at Vino's for the much-awaited Ted Leo and Pharmacists show?
The "$5 Cover" star was on the scene yesterday and today at the blues festival in Helena-West Helena.
Don Dugan's new Irish joint, Dugan's Pub, opened yesterday at 403 E 3rd St.
Jeff Baskin of Fox 16 reports that the temperature hit 90 today, the 115th day of 90-degree or higher temperature in the city.
Hadn't been to White Water Tavern since the '70s? You're about to be pulled back even if you don't care anything about, say, True Soul Revue. Because Nick Castleberry, the hot shot young chef back in Little Rock after 15 years of cooking in Seattle, seems primed to make the Tavern just as much of a destination for food as it is for music (and cheap drinks).
Has it been a week already? Unless I'm caught in an inter-dimensional time rift, it's Friday, and that means it's time for Arktube, our weekly roundup of the best, dumbest and most head-scratchingly weird Arkansas-related videos posted the previous week to youtube.com.
The Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods invites the public to City Hall Saturday for a forum of candidates for Little Rock Board of Directors and mayor.
Sonny Boy Williamson II, the renowned identity thief, now claims he's the former host of"All Things Considered."
Bill Clinton will fly into Jonesboro next Wednesday to campaign for Chad Causey, Blanche Lincoln and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
What a weekend. Football in Dallas.
The Saltillo Plate lives! But this might be a Pyrrhic victory for Browning's adherents who've been supping on nostalgia all these years: The new Browning's, scheduled to open in 60 days, is decidedly not going to be the old Browning's.
Actually, they're still gettin' it. For another 45 minutes or so.
I mentioned last night a survey underway by source unknown about voters' feelings about a Little Rock sales tax increase.
John Brummett writes that there are ways — as was demonstrated by Game and Fish action last week — to encourage even independent agencies to reduce the fleets of vehicles provided employees for non-work purposes.
Further reporting in the New York Times today on the huge sums from anonymous sources being funneled to a right-wing political organization headed by Justice Clarence Thomas' wife.
Cheese dip festival is underway at dickey-Stephens park. Looking food. (I meant good, but it also looked like food.)
Sorry. I've been pot of pocket.
A larger than expected crowd shows that Arkansas is really ready to host more competition over our indigenous cuisine — cheese dip.
Food is the universal experience, the one connecting factor that requires no translation. Check out words from world travelers about their own food experiences.
Please note that: * Kat Robinson posted the cheese dip championship winners over on Eat Arkansas.
John Brummett expresses sympathy for Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Keet, particularly the attention given by Democrats to Keet's multiple tax payment foulups.
Read about the Tea Party-backed congressional candidate in Ohio (Republican, of course) who is a Nazi re-enactor in his spare time?
THE SWORD8 p.m., Juanita's. $10.
NICKELBACK6 p.m., Verizon Arena. $55.95-$80.35 All right, let's not mince words here.
Power-pop/college rock superhero
The line is open. A slow day for me. I got to finish watching the Facebook movie, interrupted at Breckenridge yesterday by a power failure.
Easy pickings for Jim Keet. He's announced he won't participate in a candidate forum in Fort Smith because a white supremacist write-in candidate for governor will participate.
Here a conservative columnist confronts the flavor of the day in education — "Waiting for Superman" and the presumed superiority of school choice programs.
Neither government jobs nor spending has surged in the Obama years, Paul Krugman writes. What?
KAIT is reporting that an ASU police officer shot at least one, and maybe both, of two men who tried to rob an IHOP in Jonesboro about 4 a.m. this morning.
The Leader in Jacksonville endorses Joyce Elliott for 2nd District Congress
The Republican lawsuit over state vehicle use by statewide elected officials and House Speaker Robbie Wills was due for an injunction hearing this morning.
Keep your shoes on, hon.
So far, Jason Tolbert is the vanguard, but I suspect the Republican Party will get wider coverage before long of an HIV?AIDS prevention grant that drew attention in a legislative committee last week.
More to look forward to courtesy, in part, of Thick Syrup Records and Travis McElroy: The CD release party for hard rockin' Little Rock super group Sweet Eagle is set for Dec. 7.
Taping of AETN debates has begun and I've been following the first one — 1st District Congress — through Twitter comments of partisans on both sides.
Courtesy of Times photographer Brian Chilson. More on the jump.
Gov. Mike Beebe's office has announced that Arkansas led the nation in score improvement on Advanced Placement tests for English, math and science.
The Bradbury Gallery hosts printmakers.
Times photographer Brian Chilson was on the scene in Helena all weekend. Check out his slideshow from the festival on the jump.
Little Rock firefighters have announced endorsements for city board and mayoral seats — all incumbents where possible except Ward 1, where challenger Kevin Dedner picked up another endorsement over incumbent Director Erma Hendrix.
Local rockers Canvas play at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Babboons abound when "Wild About Monkeys," the live animal attraction, starts up at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
From A Boy Named Sooie: With the Hogs one game removed from our most crushing loss since 1998, the SEC-West is as ill-defined as ever, and three opponents left on our schedule rank in the top 10 nationally. At a glance, all of those games are more winnable than they are losable.
Is it just me? Or do we seem to be having an extraordinary amount of seismic activity in the prime drilling area of the Fayetteville shale zone?
The Heights standby for wood oven pizza, fancy salads and addictive gelato has opened a much larger outlet in Conway, in the new Village at Hendrix mixed-use development across from Hendrix's campus.
The line is open. NOTE: Batesville Guard says it will broadcast live on its websiteformer President Bill Clinton's appearance in town at 3:15 p.m.
A mural painted by a socialist artist in 1935 — "The Struggle of the South" — has been stored at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 1984, when the university purchased it — in 29 pieces on masonite salvaged from an old house in Fort Smith.
The Log Cabin Democrat reports that geologists are studying the recent earthquake activity in the heart of the Fayetteville shale gas exploration zone.
The New York Times continues its reporting on the stealth corporate money that threatens to upend the democratic system in America.
TALES OF THE CRYPT5:30 p.m., Mount Holly Cemetery. Donations encouraged.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $35.50-$55.50 No one epitomizes the goodness to be found in "American Idol" quite like the small-town girl from Checotah, Okla. — just a bike ride away from Fort Smith — who drove to "Idol" auditions in St. Louis on a whim, became a hometown hero after making the cut, and authoritatively won the season, becoming, arguably, the biggest female country star around today.
It's a worthy cause and a worthy honoree. And, since Ernie comes up this morning, read on for a special early reading of his column this week — a nice takedown of the double-speaking candidates for Congress this year.
Fall Art Show opens tonight.
The debate for lieutenant governor is underway. It's about as pointless as it is every four years.
Is collection sharing an affront to a donor?
It gets better. Or worse.
Entergy, the electric utility that serves a big portion of Arkansas, says it is cooperating with a Justice Department civil investigation of its competitive practices.
David Whitaker, the Democratic candidate for Third District Congress, sent out a news release today meant to mobilize older voters.
That's what the Dallas Observer wonders after reading our coverage of the World Cheese Dip Championship and our report on the new Browning's and the potential for Jast Partners, out of Dallas, to franchise it.
Now the Republican Twitter mavens are busy at the taping of the gubernatorial debate featuring Gov. Mike Beebe, Jim Keet and Green candidate Jim Lendall.
The red band trailer for "Faster" is a good occasion to talk about Arkansas' most famous actor. He made "The Man Who Wasn't There" in 2001, "Bad Santa" in 2003 and "Chrystal" in 2004. Since then? "Bad News Bears," "School for Scoundrels," "Mr. Woodcock," "The Informers" (which at least had some cred as a Bret Easton Ellis adaptation). What's the deal? Is Billy Bob done making movies we care about?
It's not nearly over. But a federal judge today enjoined the military from enforcing the don't ask/don't tell policy for gays in the military.
God love the Downtown Partnership. They've been trying to "turn the corner" on Main Street redevelopment for better than a decade, with the thanks for their effort marked by, among others, a crooked developer, a failed major redevelopment, Warren Stephens' personal urban renewal program and lots more.
Maybe the best Gossip video to date?
The slot-fed gambling machines and poker and black jack tables at Oaklawn and Southland parks have attracted a total of almost $95 miillion a month in wagering the first nine months of this year, or more than $1 billion in gambling on an annualized basis.
Channel 40/29 reports that Renee Gork, who lost a Fayetteville radio job after wearing a Florida cap to a Razorback football practice, has another job in radio — at a University of Florida station.
Tuesday night thoughts here.
The mailbag this morning brings extensive material from John Thurston, the Republican church minister who is running for state land commissioner.
The Hill newspaper has extensive new polling on a number of close races for Congress, including the 1st District of Arkansas.
Elwood strikes again, with a letter to the editor in the Democrat-Gazette this morning. It calls, ever so calmly, for an end to taxation on the richest people.
I presume the Chilean mine rescue has transfixed many people, as it has transfixed me.
Good story on a fight in South Carolina, where a Tea Party leader has supported a spending earmark because, well, he's a general contractor and the earmark would bring millions to Charleston for a huge port project.
Just a note: I'm heading to San Francisco. I'll be checking in as I'm able.
Lounge jazz outfit Cody Belew and the Mercers play the Wendy's Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It's been a little confusing trying to straighten this out, but here's some news from Faulkner County.
A sunrise rally with Bill Clinton for Joyce Elliott.
President Obama is already thinking about his re-election strategy, Peter Baker's article in the New York Times Magazine says, and here is where his aides are on the competition: Mike Huckabee is the one to beat.