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The Save Our LRSD open line

The open line is a call to action.

Secret government gets a pass from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette overage of the sneak attack on the Little Rock School District yesterday omitted some important points that the newspaper normally would highlight.

What's next for Little Rock teachers

It's not hard to connect the dots. Nine months ago, when Education Commissioner Johnny Key demanded that the Little Rock Education Association agree to strip Little Rock teachers at struggling schools of the employment protections enjoyed by all other public school teachers in the state, the goal was to kill the LREA, the lone teacher's union in the state that still represents teachers in the district in collective bargaining. Today was the follow-up.

Did Johnny Key really say that? UPDATE

Worth highlighting is the prepared statement issued today by Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, who's failed in running the Little Rock School District for almost five years and whose department came up with the fake local-control plan crammed down the district's throat by the Asa Hutchinson-controlled state Board of Education at a surprise meeting today.

Study gun safety? Legislative Council says no.

The Arkansas Democratic Party notes that the Arkansas Legislative Council refused on voice votes today to even study the potential value of a couple of modest gun-safety measures.

Retired park superintendent to run for House in Faulkner County

Steve Wilson, retired superintendent of Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, will run as a Democrat for House District 67, currently held by Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks.

Internet used car seller to open facility in West Memphis

Carvana, which markets used cars on the Internet, will open a facility to recondition and distribute the vehicles in West Memphis.

Today's news: Outrage over Asa's state Board of Education

The daily video: A rant about Asa Hutchinson's Board of Education and education commissioner's lawless fig leaf of a return of control to Little Rock School District.

Walmart to stop sale of e-cigarettes

Walmart is ending sale of e-cigarettes.

Police report another shooting death

Another homicide in Southwest Little Rock.
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From Rock Candy

'Stonewall 50': Five Questions with Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press

"That’s why it’s so important to open the floor to everyone, to make a space for queer art — everyone has a story but not everyone will share it if they are not seen first," Pennington said. "If we nurture this community we have, if we can be brave in that way, what I hope most: more queer people will stay."

Ashlie Atkinson cast as series regular on USA Network's 'Mr. Robot'

From Deadline today comes news that Ashlie Atkinson — a Little Rock native and Hendrix College grad who appeared in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" — will be cast on USA Network's "Mr. Robot."

Conway singer-songwriter is making tracks: A Q&A with Erin Enderlin

How Conway native Erin Enderlin's tunes have landed on the lips of Reba McEntire, Terry Clark, Randy Travis and Lee Ann Womack — and where Enderlin's going from here.

Arkansas Times Film Series: Omaya Jones talks "City of God"

We talk with Arkansas Times Film Series curator Omaya Jones about Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund's 2002 Academy Award-nominated crime film "City of God," next up in our screening series.

'There's a little bit of Brad inside all of us': A Q&A with Barry Bostwick

"I always wanted to play Frankenfurter," Bostwick told us. "But I think everybody does because he’s such a combination of masculinity and surety, meanness. He was compassionless. He was selfish. He was all about him. Basically, he was Donald Trump. It was always, 'I’m the greatest, look at me.' "

Arkansas Arts Council awards nine fellowships

The Arkansas Arts Council announced the recipients of its annual Individual Artist Fellowships, a group of unconditional, non-matching awards of $4,000 each, awarded to nine artists in rotating categories.

Dreamland Film Series to screen HBO's "Insecure," host panel with producers

The Arkansas Cinema Society's Dreamland Film series will begin on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a two-hour screening of HBO's "Insecure," followed by a panel moderated by Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and columnist Philip Martin with producers Deniese Davis and Jayme Lemmons.

Slideshow: KISS at Verizon Arena

Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson was on the floor at last night's KISS concert to catch the action.

From the oil fields to the art gallery: Five Questions with Gerry Snyder

The University of Arkansas’s School of Art in Fayetteville is in expansion mode, and the person tasked with overseeing that expansion is Gerry Snyder, a self-described small town Idaho boy who came to academia later in life, after working a bunch of non-traditional seasonal jobs so he could carve out more time to paint.

'It's a rock and roll play:' A Q&A with the cast of The Rep's 'Million Dollar Quartet'

The Arkansas Times sat down with the four stars of “Million Dollar Quartet," which premieres on Friday, Sept. 6 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6, to talk about their famous characters, performing in the South and playing their own instruments in the show.
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Taco Mama

Taco Mama | Tres Dishes! - A staple in the Hot Springs, Arkansas food scene - Feast Mode!

Taco Mama is a staple of the Hot Springs food scene. We’re meeting up with the one and only Chef Diana Marez Bratton. 'The' Taco Mama! Diana has been turning heads with her culinary delights for years.

Hill Station restaurant to open this fall in Hillcrest

Hill Station, a new restaurant run by Tara and Brandon Brown of Hillcrest Artisan Meats, is slated to open in Hillcrest at the end of October. Tara, who will be the restaurant's general manager, said Hill Station will serve a lunch and dinner menu that includes many favorites from the couple's artisan butcher shop across the street.

84 food trucks to serve at 2019 Main Street Food Truck Festival

For the ninth annual Main Street Food Truck Festival, a record 84 food trucks have registered to sling all sorts of cuisine on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Check out the debut episode of Heaping Spoonful with George Eldridge of Doe's fame

We're thrilled to debut a new podcast! "Heaping Spoonful," is a twice-monthly conversation between host Kelley Bass and restaurateurs, chefs, growers and others who have helped generate the legends associated with eateries across the Mid-South. The podcast is presented by Ben E. Keith Mid-South. In the first episode, Arkansas restaurateur George Eldridge — of The Band Box, The Sports Page and Doe's fame — talks about how he got into the business, his beloved grill top and his long friendship with President Clinton.

'Con todo': El Sur's Honduran eats gather a fervent following

“It kinda takes people out of their comfort zone,” Vasquez said. “People are like, ‘Why is there a plantain in there?’ or ‘What is a fried plantain?’”

Capos Tacos | Grilled Ribeye Tacos - Newly opened in Hot Springs, Arkansas

🔥 Feast Mode! We stopped by the newly opened Capo’s Tacos where they mix old school Mexican dining with a modern vibrant atmosphere.

Chatz burger, barbecue sandwich among the best in town

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Get over your skepticism of vegan food

Blue Sage Vegan's “Don’t Be a Chick’n” sandwich is a masterpiece.

'In wine, there is truth': Tasting the Arkansas River Valley terroir

Along the Arkansas River Valley in Altus, there is a wine trail rich in history, rooted in family and eclectic in presentation.

Indian Kitchen is curry as comfort food

Indian Kitchen drops the pretense of fine dining in favor of Indo-Pak comfort food with a focus on catering.
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