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From the Arkansas Blog

Hump day open line

What's the rumpus?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the usual stuff

Like an A.I. avatar reading a Mad Libs of random phrases to make libs mad. 

Entergy ditches fracking plans, Sierra Club cautiously optimistic

A power plant that would be powered by fracked gas is off the table for now.

Virginia voters go with racism, teach us lessons we've already learned

White voters don't know what critical race theory is, but they know they don't like it.

Boozman joins Republican senators in attacking vaccine mandate

Sen. John Boozman harrumphed his disapproval of government vaccine mandates.
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Pandemic prompts budget worries, hiring freeze at UAMS

Hiring supervisors at UAMS are on hold through 2021.

NRA used shell companies to fund Tom Cotton and others, lawsuit says

The NRA sent millions to their favorite candidates illegally, a new suit claims.

Seven-foot-tall, 8,000-pound quartz crystal cluster from Arkansas on display at Smithsonian

Our health care future

Remote mental health therapy, the end to employer-based health care and more.

Hooks leaving Sierra Club for Audubon Delta

Glen Hooks, the long time executive director of the Arkansas chapter of the Sierra Club, is leaving that job Nov. 12 to join Audubon Delta as a policy manager. Hooks wrote about the importance of fighting climate change on a local level for our LR2050 issue. 
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From Rock Candy

Beethoven & Blue Jeans at the symphony this weekend

This year’s return to Beethoven & Blue Jeans also returns to the concert hall, with gems from Beethoven, Ravel and Brahms and guests Roderick Cox and Conrad Tao.

Big Dam Horns at Four Quarter Bar Saturday night

Been a while since you shook your ass to a horn-y cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony?” This will fix that.

Ayron Jones at Stickyz Sunday night

Sunday night at Stickyz is gonna be a rock 'n' roll barnburner.

Adam Faucett and Isaac Alexander at White Water Tavern Friday night

Adam Faucett and Isaac Alexander take the stage at White Water Tavern Friday night, both backed by full bands.

'Material Evidence by Dominique Simmons' up at UA Little Rock's Windgate Center

Thread, glue, cloth, paper mache, wax, and paint are among the textures of Dominique Simmons' exhibit "Material Evidence," up through November 15 at the Focus Gallery in UA Little Rock's Windgate Center of Art and Design.
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Natural Jute Twine String for Crafts 2,550 Ft - 3ply Art and Cra

Smilin' Bob — multi-instrumentalist, luthier, rescuer of bobcats, peace-loving war vet — died in 2019, but his music lives on in many ways, not the least of which is a guitar expo happening at Fayetteville Roots HQ through November 7.

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas opens season with Beethoven, Romero and Mozart

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas opens its 2021-2022 season with Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and a gem from composer Aldemaro Romero.

A rare silk booklet of antique Japanese tattoo art has a mysterious Little Rock connection

Somehow, a singularly rare specimen of antique Japanese tattoo flash made its way into the hands of a working-class Arkansan who never traveled much of anywhere. Now, its contents have been reproduced meticulously in a new book called “Floating West,” shining light on a sparsely documented era of the inky art form. 

A Q&A with Mark Spitzer, renowned expert on fugly fish

Listening to the bottom feeders is the key to saving the planet, author and naturalist Mark Spitzer says.

Arkansas chapter of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library gets $24K boost

Dolly Parton's working her literacy magic in Arkansas, with a $24K grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Lost Forty's Festival of Darkness raises $4,100 for Recycle Bikes for Kids

Lost Forty Brewing announced today that the Festival of Darkness raised $4,100 for Recycle Bikes for Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has provided over 19,000 bikes back into the community since its inception in 2008.

k-Bird going on hiatus

Chef Richard Glasgow, owner and operator of k-Bird, announced last week on Facebook that he is closing the restaurant until "communal dining, and strangers sharing tables are no longer sources of discomfort."

2050: The shift to delivery and drive-thru continues

Restaurants will be forced to reckon with sustainability.

The Arkansas Barbecue Trail

Barbecue tourism is an Arkansas thing, and it's time for you to hit the road.

Onyx takes home two awards from Milan's 2021 World Coffee Championships

Onyx Coffee Lab's co-owner Andrea Allen won second place in the 2021 World Barista Championship, one of three competitions held at the World Coffee Championships, which took place in Milan on Oct. 22-26
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Food diary: return trips to Fidel & Co., take-and-make margaritas from The Fold and more

This past weekend Arkansas Times food editor Rhett Brinkley found a new favorite breakfast spot, perfected the Friday afternoon office margarita using a locally sourced mix and learned that if you want the birria ramen, show up early.

A killer sushi cure for no-food Mondays

A good lunch is hard to find when you're in downtown Little Rock on a Monday. Here's a solid option.

Sullivan's Steakhouse coming to The Promenade at Chenal

Sullivan's Steakhouse will be opening its 14th U.S. location at The Promenade at Chenal in early 2022, Newmark Moses Tucker Partners announced yesterday.

Wondersticks, stuffed turkey legs and myriad fried marvels at the state fair this weekend

Fair food favorites to try, not a vegetable in sight.

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner lands on New York Times 2021 Restaurant List

In the same year that a fire almost completely destroyed the iconic barbecue institution in Marianna, Jones Bar-B-Q Diner has made the The New York Times Restaurant List comprised of 50 U.S. restaurants that the newspaper's critics, editors and reporters are most excited about right now.
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