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More money to follow in Little Rock School Board races

The Arkansas Poll is out. Let's hope it's wrong

If you like Donald Trump you'll love living in Arkansas.

Modeling coronavirus: A near doubling of deaths by mid-December

In the two months between Oct. 19 and Dec. 15, forecasters predict, Arkansas's death from confirmed cases of COVID-19 could roughly equal all the deaths that occurred in the eight months previous.

Mike Beebe endorses Joyce Elliott

And Elliott isn't attacking any of the former governor's decisions, unlike her opponent.

Dark money from Wyoming funds an effort to keep coal-burning power plants operating in Arkansas

Wyoming finances coalition aimed at keeping Arkansas power plants burning coal.

Two more legislators join Capitol Covid cluster

A couple more. Is Asa’s strategy working or what.?

UAMS cancels elective surgeries after PPE destroyed

A burst hot water pipe in the Walker Tower ruined sterile supplies.

The virus spreads in Little Rock School District

The numbers mount in Little Rock and Southwest High won't have regular classes through Oct. 30.

Judge Griffen objects to state's effort to remove him from death penalty case

Wendell Griffen refuses to have a capital case reassigned from his court on account of a 2017 Arkansas Supreme Court order. Here we go againl

Know them by their money: Campaign finance reports show a clear choice in one Little Rock School Board race.

Few campaign reports are available so far for local offices on today's deadline, but I call attention to one School Board race where the choice is clear,.
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DOT releases debut EP, "Welcome to the DOTosphere"

If your year needed a handful of new songs that cover clambakes, skinnydipping, the alienation brought about by technology and ghosts who speak through Marshall amps, you’re in luck.

Take a Wednesday night meditation class with your local Buddhists

Sit in on a class with the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.

From acorns, a suffrage event grows at UCA: UPDATE

Core Dance of Atlanta will perform on campus in front of Old Main Thursday night.

New Lucero coming in January, with murder balladry, Irish folktales and touches of classic rock

Beloved rock outfit Lucero spent two weeks (masked up) at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis in July, and the fruits of those sessions will be out in January — a full-length LP called "When You Found Me."


With All Hallows Eve a couple weeks away and the state’s coronavirus cases on the rise, we wanted to know what families who would normally be making memories trick-or-treating are doing for Halloween this pandemic year, when Halloween falls on a Saturday. 

'Party Down': A nod to Little Beaver (and a playlist)

Forrest City native Willie George Hale became an important and widely respected R&B guitarist, both in studio sessions and as a solo artist, and his tunes later became sampling fodder for the likes of Jay-Z and Erykah Badu.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.

Frea Buckler show goes up at The New Gallery

British artist Frea Buckler, whose hard-edge, saturated-color geometric works have been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and seen in galleries in New York and Denver, brings “Loop Sequence” to The New Gallery at 1619 Scott St. starting Nov. 6.

CALS screens series inspired by Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"

Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” an acclaimed novel set in the lives and minds of soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War, is the inspiration for a series of virtual film screenings in November from the Central Arkansas Library System and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock.

Buys' "Delta in Blue" series coming to Justus

Jeri Hillis' oil painting "Maxine's Rear Window" (of the Hot Springs bar) and Dennis McCann's "Arcade" add to a historical theme to Hot Springs' Justus Fine Art in November. 
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Original Hot Dog Factory comes to SoMa

Owner Devin Wilkerson said he first learned about the franchise on the TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” on the Bravo network. The franchise’s CEO and president Dennis McKinley is the fiance of Porsha Williams, who is one of the housewives featured in the show. 

Capi Peck on Trio’s longevity, her employee family and 2020

“We’re able to make it, but we’re really looking for that RESTAURANT Acts 2020 [in Congress]. This industry, we were the first to close and one of the last to open and we need some help,” Peck said. 

Firefly Burger food truck brings gourmet burgers to Maumelle Boulevard

Co-owner Cassandra Kassis said that she and her husband’s favorite part of the day was spending a couple hours in the evening cooking in the kitchen together. Friends and relatives have been telling them they needed to open a restaurant, so they decided to start with a food truck. 

Adam Faucett, virtual cheese dip and so much more food this weekend

Prepare your taste buds because this weekend is sure to please. I can't remember a time when so much flavor was packed into one weekend. The real challenge will be figuring out a way to sample a little bit of everything. We're here to help.

Lost Forty takes home national gold medal, wins best mid-size brewing company 

Lost Forty also won a Gold Medal for its bottle-conditioned Day Drinker in the “Brett Beer” category. The beer is brewed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, colloquially known as “Brett,” which grows on the skin of fruit. It produces flavors in beer that change over time and are often described as funky or rustic. Bottle-conditioned means the beer is bottled flat and non-carbonated with sugars and yeast added to ferment and carbonate in the bottle. Lost Forty has been doing a wild barrel project series since 2017. 

Daniel Bryant on The Fountain, Hill Station and the importance of supporting small businesses

Daniel Bryant owns HAM, Hill Station, Big Whiskey’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Whole Hog North Little Rock and The Fountain. He said he has approached the challenges of 2020 on a restaurant-by-restaurant basis.

Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining

“We’re going to be a culinary and hospitality destination like no other in the state, I say even region,” said Todd Gold, director of food and beverage at Saracen Casino. Gold knows that people are going to come to try their luck on the games. “But we want just as many to come here to dine, and then they’ll go play the games,” he said.

International Greek Food Festival is scaled back to online ordering, drive-thru

The Greek Food Festival won’t be showcasing the entertainment, music and cultural markets it has in years past. This year, it’s all about the food and charity. The festival is operating safely by only offering online ordering and drive-thru pickup.

No fair this year, but Arkansas State Fair offers a little taste

If you were upset about missing out on corn dogs, funnel cakes, jumbo turkey legs or deep fried Twinkies when the Arkansas State Fair announced it was cancelled this year because of COVID-19, you're in luck. The Arkansas State Fair is giving people a “Taste of the Fair” with a three day event from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 23-25 at the State Fairgrounds.

18 restaurant specials in North Little Rock for the month of October

The Arkansas Times has partnered with the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau to offer special deals from 18 different North Little Rock eateries for the month of October.
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