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November 17, 2005

Vol 3 • No 44

The Week that Was, Nov. 9-15, 2005

Hard liquor and hard feelings

Most dry counties, including Faulkner, now have at least one country club for high-income drinkers and at least one other private club for lower-income drinkers. But the law did not specify that restaurants could get private-club permits allowing them to

More picks Nov. 17

Dennis DeYoung, former keyboardist and lead singer of the rock group Styx, will be backed up by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Alltel Arena, where the Junior League of Little Rock’s annual fund-raising shopping event Holiday Hous

What's cooking-capsule reviews Nov. 17

What's cooking: Donnie Ferneau repeated as the top overall chef in the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s second annual Culinary Classic held recently at the Statehouse Convention Center. Capsule reviews: Mt. Fuji, Williams Tavern in Old W

Smart Talk Nov. 17

Nurses who work in the University of Arkansas for Medical Science's neonatal intensive care unit are publishing a book of their recipes to benefit the babies in their care.

Up go the trees, on go the Tuxes

The lights will go on for more than 40 theme-decorated trees Thursday, Nov. 17, when the annual Festival of Trees brings Santa and plenty of parties to Clear Channel Metroplex, I-430 and Colonel Glenn Road.

Still Tickin'

Photo and essay by Corey Williford, 17

Super Stuart

With star quality and a resume that sparkles more than the sequins on his Nudie suit, mandolin prodigy and country music artist Marty Stuart will appear with his Superlatives on stage at Juanita’s on Friday, Nov. 18.

Green Acres

Photo and essay by Devon Cunningham, 15

Timely Tradition

Photo and essay by Gillette Jackson, 15

Farmer Zachary

Photo and essay by Jermaine Johnson, 14

New local improv group debuts

Four local men who are billing themselves ImprovLittleRock and who have been doing improvisational comedy games for fun for the last eight months are bringing their show to The Public Theatre at 616 Center St.

Ghetto Glistenin’

Photo and essay by Johnna Huff, 14

Our Public Pool

Photo and essay by Pearl Shelby, 20


Photo by Victor Hubbard, 14


Photo and essay by Robert Boyd, 15

Go Get It

Photo and essay by Raphael McFarling, 17

Words Nov. 17

No Port Out Starboard Home. No Constable On Patrol. No With Out Papers. No Ship High In Transit.

Glam metal Downtown

From Chi-town, Downtown Music hosts the Last Vegas, an all-out rock group that plays kick-ass fuzzy guitar rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s, on Saturday, Nov. 19.

TV Highlights Nov. 17

LEAVE ME ALONE: BULLYING 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) Though going to school sucks for any number of reasons — lunchroom food, gym, the bus — one of the things that can make it genuinely traumatic for some youngst


John Stossel, a co-anchorman of ABC’s “20/20” program, was at UALR the other day, fulminating against the government and for corporations, as he does habitually. His speech was ostensibly about “Myths in Education.” The title reminded us of another myth —

A matter of intelligence

Last week, Kansas’ State Board of Education decided it would start teaching school kids “intelligent design” along with evolution, ending an argument that had been going on for six years. At the same time, the people in Dover, Penn., went to federal court

Ya-hoo, Hanaroo

Downtown Little Rock finally has a place to eat fresh sushi, and Hanaroo Sushi Bar presents its specialty in a way that distinguishes itself from its local competitors.

Deer hunting, ’05

This is the deer-hunting season and I have some tips for surviving it for both hunters and innocent bystanders, along with some general deer-hunting lore.

Un-American activity

Max Brantley is on vacation. Contributing editor Mara Leveritt is taking his place this week.

Just a bad dream

I don’t know what it’s like to have a bad LSD trip, but after seeing “Cirque Dreams” on Monday I have a pretty clear idea.

Poll critique — a partisan affair

My recent history of poll criticism compels me to shut my mouth on the subject. But I’ll go ahead and type a few words, anyway. Otherwise the space would be left blank or, worse, somebody else might fill it.

Bruce James Calls the Hogs, Nov. 17

Arkansas should win fairly easily against Mississippi State.

Marvell’s marvels

When artists from Red Clay Arts of Brooklyn, N.Y., came to town to give teen-agers a shot — “One Shot,” in fact — at putting their lives and thoughts into pictures, the result was, if not surprising, unpredictable.

The Observer Nov. 17

The Observer found the reprehensible — and renewal, too — in a trip to Petit Jean State Park over the weekend.

Gone sailing

Dick Morris famously advised President Bill Clinton to “triangulate” to win the presidential election. It was based on a simple sailing analogy: A good sailor may have to tack -- adjusting the sails to move back and forth across a straight route -- to rea

Who needs Thanksgiving?

You’ll never catch me whining about the retail world kicking off its Christmas season before the rest of us have had a chance to finish off the leftover Halloween candy.

Toy stories

What’s on the mind of the playful artists who crafted objects for the Arkansas Arts Center’s “Toys Designed by Artists” exhibit? Same as what the rest of us worry about: war, civil rights and horrors we can’t comprehend even though they’re printed in bla

Letters Nov. 17

I think that the election of Tim Kaine as governor of Virginia will be a transformational moment for the abolition of the death penalty. He was open about his opposition to the death penalty. His opponent ran vicious ads claiming this made him soft on cri

The Insider Nov. 17

Remember the Times cover story last May about the town of McGehee’s ironic, desperate effort to keep Wal-Mart from closing its store there as part of a plan to build a Supercenter 20 miles up the road in the slightly larger town of Dumas, which was happil

‘Capote’ simple but brave

There are figures that haunt American letters, and one of those is Truman Capote.

Hit and run on the Constitution

State Rep. Bill Stovall of Quitman doubts that it is constitutional for a few voters one day in the early years of the 21st century to abolish a voting right of generations of voters to follow, which is what we will be asked to do in a little special elec