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From the Arkansas Blog

Today's news: COVID, Congress, tax cuts

The legislature slouches toward Little Rock. Little good can come of it.

Judge refuses to dismiss suit over Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's spending on ads, out-of-state lawsuits

The attorney general must defend against claim that she spent public money improperly to advance her political career.

The governor and coronavirus today: Booster shots, improving COVID numbers and legislative topics

The governor cheers vaccinations, but says he's not ready to call a special session on an income tax cut.

Tom Cotton meets up with a real soldier

Sneering Tom Cotton gets schooled by his military better.

"Pro-life" doesn't mean what Arkansas lawmakers think it means

A Southern Baptist contemplates the meaning of "pro-life" and determines that many Arkansas politicians who claim the label simply don't deserve it.
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Trent Garner proposes to erode private business powers

For Trent Garner, vaccine resistance is more important than normally hallowed business rights.

Tennessee, Kentucky land Ford plants

So close but so far. Tennessee lands a big Ford truck factory.

A tax cut windfall for millionaires introduced today

Soak the poor is the order of the day.

The deadly Republican campaign against vaccination

Better red and dead.That seems to be the Republican COVID political theme.

Arkansas lawmakers spit and bluster over federal vaccine rules they can do nothing about

Arkansas legislators bristle against life-saving federal vaccine regulations, while an anti-science nursing student wisely contemplates a career change.
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From Rock Candy

Seis Puentes holds Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Food Festival this weekend

Ballet Quetzalli, Oscar Gomez, Mariachi Arrieros, DJ Miguel Gomez and more.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre gives a free performance of "The Fantasticks" at Murray Park

To conclude its 2021 “Rep Outdoors” series and usher in an official return to the theater next season, The Rep offers a one-night-only, outdoor, free performance of Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt's musical "The Fantasticks" at Murray Park 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

Ballet Arkansas gives free performance at Southwest Community Center in October

“Movement in the Parks ensures all within our community have access to world-class dance performances in stunning outdoor settings, free of charge,” said Michael Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas’s executive and artistic director.

Catch SocietyCon, an expo for makers and entrepreneurs, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds this weekend

Check out SocietyCon, an expo at the state fairgrounds this weekend that gathers together local makers across the fields of art, entertainment, business and tech.

'Don't box yourself in': Dylan Turk wants to spark an art economy that works for everyone

Dylan Turk, special projects editor of architecture and design at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and co-founder of KIN, talks about the creative economy in Arkansas and democratizing access to art.
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Judsonia's own Beth Ditto will star in "Monarch," a forthcoming musical drama from Fox

Beth Ditto — fashion icon, earth-shattering vocalist for the group Gossip, actor and crafter extraordinaire — will join Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins in FOX's forthcoming musical drama "Monarch," to premiere in January 2022.

Actor Jessica Chastain is bringing new film "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" to Little Rock's Filmland in the Park

Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain is headlining Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland in the Park on Sat. Oct. 2 with her new biopic "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," which tells the story of the "rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker."

"Like a magpie," new storytelling project at Hendrix collects vignettes from underexplored Arkansas communities

We talk to Hendrix College professors Maxine Payne and Tyrone Jaeger about their "AV Arkansas" storytelling project and the value of stories in our small, complicated state. 

Local podcasters release digital music compilation to benefit The Van

The Shadow Transmission, a local podcast, is releasing "Out From the Cold" a digital compilation featuring 17 music artists from Arkansas. One hundred percent of all profits from the project will go to homeless outreach nonprofit The Van.

A weekend To-Do List: Outsider art up at UA Little Rock, Erika Wennerstrom at Stickyz and Control, a free show from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and more

New exhibits up at UA Little Rock and Hendrix College, a free livestream from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the Dunbar neighborhood and more.
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Press Waffle Co. opens in SoMa

The restaurant specializes in customizable authentic Belgian Liège waffles made from dough as opposed to batter. The specialty waffles include sweet and savory varieties. "The House" waffle is topped with fresh cut strawberries, cookie butter, Nutella and house-made whipped cream.

Potluck Food Rescue parties with a mission at The Rail Yard Thursday night

Potluck Food Rescue, a group that rescues food that would otherwise be thrown away and redirects it to a network of community food programs, is throwing its annual fundraiser at The Rail Yard Thursday evening, with dinner, beer, wine and live music from The Hounds.

Place your orders for the Greek Food Festival

The featured menu items include authentic gyros, pastitsio platters (Greek lasagna), falafel platters, soutzoukakia (Greek meatballs), baklava and chocolate baklava.

Local architecture firms face off in cake design challenge

The second annual Dessert Before Dinner With Bubbles and Bon Bons, a fundraiser for the Alex Foundation, will be held at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs on October 3.

Vote in the final round of Toast of the Town

Have you weighed in on Toast of the Town, our semi-annual survey of booze and bars? Voting in the final round continues through Sept. 29. Make sure you cast your vote for your favorite beer or bar today.
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Little Rock Zoo's Wild Wines returns this weekend, and you can win a painting by Babe the Elephant

If drinking wine amongst the wildlife at the Little Rock Zoo is on your bucket list, this weekend's your chance. And the online auction, which includes a trip to Costa Rica, a Game of Thrones tour and a mystifying variety of surgical equipment, is not to be missed.

Natural State Beer Company wins gold at 2021 Great American Beer Festival

Natural State Beer Company, a microbrewery and taproom located in Rogers, was recently awarded a gold medal at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival, the world's largest commercial beer competition.

It's Negroni Week for charity at Fox Trail Distillery and beyond

For the remainder of the week, Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers will be celebrating Negroni Week by riffing on the classic cocktail. A dollar will be donated to Little Free Library for every Negroni sold.

Make plans to attend the Arkansas Times' Bloodies, Bubbles & Brunch

The Arkansas Times' hit parade of events continues. If you liked our Margarita Festival, got buzzed at Pig & Swig and plan to do it up big at this Thursday's Tacos & Tequila — or you've missed out and are looking to correct the error of your ways — we've got an event for you: Bloodies, Bubbles & Brunch is slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock.

Several South Main restaurants participating in Blue Jeans & Bubbly event in SoMa

South Main will be closed off to traffic between 13th and 15th streets on Sat. Oct. 9 from 4-8 p.m. for Blue Jeans & Bubbly, an inaugural event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.
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