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From the Arkansas Blog

Today's news: A veep and a steep drop in COVID-19 cases

Apply for your absentee ballot how to vote Biden-Harris.

Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate

Better than Mike Pence? Who isn't?

Coronavirus today: A drop in the number of new cases is seen as a potential trend

Coronavirus today: A sharp drop in new cases might signal a trend, the health director said.

Holly Dickson to lead Arkansas ACLU on permanent basis

She'd been interim director.

Q&A: Absentee voting and preparation for in-person voting in November

It's not too soon to prepare to vote in November. The county election commission is hard at it.
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Metropolan issues annual trends report

Central Arkansas continues to grow slowly, with Saline County leading the way.

Joyce Elliott TV buy touches on her roots, opponent's record

Joyce Elliott rolls out first TV ad buy.

Independence County gets a new seal. Whaddya think?

No good deed goes unpunished. See what the public has to say about a new seal for Independence County.

League of Women Voters joins legal fight on eye surgery proposal UPDATE

League of Women Voters enters eye surgery court case in hopes of helping its push for a nonpartisan legislative districting commission.

Former Craighead clerk held in contempt in case over missing money

Contempt citation filed against former Craighead County clerk.
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From Rock Candy

'Who the F*** Is That Guy?': A Q&A with Michael Alago

Alago joins the lineup of hosts for this year’s Mutants of the Monster festival, presented digitally on the Arkansas Times YouTube channel August 28-30.

2020 Arkansas Country Music Awards: Erin Enderlin's night

And multitalented powerhouse Bonnie Montgomery (Americana winner in 2018 and 2019 and Female Vocalist in 2018) won Entertainer of the Year.

Follow your local garden Instagram influencer

Hurma Akmyradova’s Instagram account bio reads as follows: “Germinated in Turkmenistan. Transplanted to the US. Fruits in Little Rock, AR. Zone 8b,” and the reasons she has 16,000 followers make themselves pretty immediately apparent.

Cue up/download Kami Renee's 'Couldn't Help It'

“Couldn’t Help It,” swaddled in a mirage of flute riffs and accented by Kami Renee’s call-and-response vocal hooks (which are actually all, in fact, Kami), is your summer anthem, as suitable for isolation and headphones as it would have been for all the dance parties we are definitely not having anytime soon; thanks, 2020.

Tune in to Rah Howard's podcast, "The Process"

Tune in on your podcast platform of choice to hear Dazzmin Murry speak about “How Artists Are Navigating Through the Health and Racial Pandemics,” or men’s footwear designer Chike Walker on his creative process, or Southwest Boaz on the genius of Sam Cooke. 
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Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Miki Gaynor, Christine DeMeo and more at Queertopia tonight

Queertopia, an annual showcase of queer talent in Central Arkansas, goes up tonight at the North Little Rock drive-in movie theater.

Greg Spradlin talks Jim Dickinson, converting from ‘Southern Baptist to Southern Buddhist’, and his long-time-coming album 'Hi-Watter'

Despite a history packed with thwarted record contracts and wrong legal turns, the Pangburn (White County) native ended up making his dream record, mastered by Grammy winner Tchad Blake and tracked by a roster of musicians that includes the likes of David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), a good chunk of Elvis Costello’s backing band and a legendary but elusive B3 player, the late Rudy Copeland.

Catch (remote) concerts from Er-Gene Kahng and Thomas Echols at the Trillium Salon Series

Concerts from Er-Gene Kahng & Co. and from visiting guitarist Thomas Echols are next up on the Trillium Salon Series.

Listen to Jeff Nichols talk about "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities"

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols makes the case for "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities" in a July 31 webinar.

Watch "John Lewis: Good Trouble" tonight with the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

Tonight, the Shelter-In-Place Virtual Film Series screens Dawn Porter's "John Lewis: Good Trouble," a 2020 documentary about the life of civil rights legend and legislator John Lewis.
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Maddie's Place re-opens its doors, with a plan to 'adapt and adjust'

Maddie's Place, closed since mid-March, re-opens its doors with a slightly scaled-down menu, plexiglass dividers and a new air purification system.

For restaurants, transparency about employee COVID exposure is "the absolute only way to go," Bart Barlogie says

Restaurateur Bart Barlogie, of The Fold and Raduno Brick Over and Barroom says that when it comes to employee COVID exposure, "honesty is the best policy."

Sami Lal takes the kitchen to the curbside

In the midst of a pandemic, Sami Lal solidifies his reputation as one of the most charismatic and charming front-of-the-house personalities in the Little Rock food scene.

Quarantine Kitchens: Little Rock's home cooks show us their eats

The Arkansas Times persuaded a few home cooks to tell us about their favorite meals during the extended stay at home, and about the ways in which their relationship to food has changed during the pandemic. 

Add Atlas Bar to COVID-19 victims

Owner Tony Poe makes the announcement.
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Al fresco: Flyway Brewing and The Root Cafe turn parking lots into patios

Folks are looking for safe outdoor dining options, and with the help of city leaders, a few local restaurant owners have found a way to use parking lots to host diners in the open air. 

Hill Station, Pantry, Petit & Keet announce temporary closures

Some restaurants that have opened are taking no chances in this time of COVID-19, as evidenced by temporary closures.

Eggshells Kitchen Co. under new ownership

Beth Porter has been shopping at the Eggshells Kitchen Co. since she and her husband moved to Little Rock in 2007, the same year it opened. Now, she’s the store’s new owner.

Brood and Barley opens in Argenta

Brood & Barley, a new restaurant from the owners of Flyway Brewery, will open in the space that once housed Core Brewery. 

To market, to market: Farmers are selling again

With an assist from the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension, we’ve compiled information on some of the many markets in Arkansas.
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