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Young Storytellers

On The Observer’s second day of work at the Arkansas Times, while still clueless about such necessities as the location of the office bathroom, I was tasked with covering something called Young Storytellers, which sounded innocuous enough. However, what was quickly revealed by The Observer’s boss, through a grin so tiny it almost didn’t register as mischievous, was that this would be an immersive — nay, participatory — opportunity.

UPDATE: ABC director revokes River Valley Relief's cultivation license

The director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division revoked River Valley Relief’s cultivation license after a nearly hour-long hearing Monday. 

Local, national reactions to photo of Jerry Jones at North Little Rock High desegregation protest

An article from The Washington Post stirred conversation about the Dallas Cowboys owner’s past intentions, and how he will go forward in inclusion practices for football executives.

Serious concerns about tornadoes, storms in Southeast Arkansas and beyond

A strong cold front will move through Arkansas and the Mid-South tomorrow and bring potentially strong storms with it. The National Weather Service has issued a rare, strong warning the day before the storm.

Hutchinson calls out Trump over meeting with white supremacist

Hutchinson says Trump meeting with white supremacist was no accident.
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Detectives identify teens as suspects in North Little Rock homicides

The teenage suspects will be charged as adults, according to the North Little Rock Police Department.

A marijuana post-mortem with David Couch

We caught up with Couch to get his thoughts on the election, why he thinks the amendment failed and the prospects for a recreational marijuana amendment in the future. 

Sunday open line

Open line.

Y'all out there? An open line

Black Friday thoughts?
Photo of LRPD Headquarters

A Little Rock city employee shot on the job Friday

The shooting happened near the intersection of Charles Bussey and Elm.
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From Rock Candy

'In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),' a production about Victorian hysteria, starts Friday at The Weekend Theater

While Dr. Givings experiments with a new electrical invention designed to cure hysteria, an early approximation of the vibrator, his wife, Catherine, takes care of their newborn daughter just a wall away, eavesdropping with jealousy and confusion while struggling to breastfeed. This premise sets off a world of tension in "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)," running at The Weekend Theater for the first three weeks of December.

'Guys and Dolls' opens at the Rep on Wednesday

Forget about the present for an evening and get transported to a world of cigarette smoke, pinstripe suits and tumbling dice. "Guys and Dolls" is at The Rep for all of December.

Slideshow: The Eagles at Simmons Bank Arena

Arkansas Times staff photographer Brian Chilson finished off Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to Simmons Bank Arena to see The Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Slideshow: Five Finger Death Punch at Simmons Bank Arena

Arkansas Times staff photographer Brian Chilson caught heavy metal superstars Five Finger Death Punch at Simmons Bank Arena on Saturday, Nov. 26.

'Fiddler on the Roof' opens Friday at Robinson

This month, the Tony Award-winning story of Tevye the milkman’s struggle to maintain his family’s traditional Jewish religious and cultural lifestyle in the wake of encroaching modern influences comes to the Robinson Center stage.
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Kick off the holiday season early with Hendrix College's Candlelight Carol Service

Ring in the holiday season early by attending the Candlelight Carol Service at Hendrix College’s Greene Chapel, a 225-person sanctuary so peaceful and picturesque that it is often reserved far in advance for the weddings of couples who met at the cozy liberal arts school in Conway.

Former child actor Jennette McCurdy, author of "I'm Glad My Mom Died," to speak in Fayetteville

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

Spirit Adrift and Mammoth Caravan at White Water Tavern

One of the most influential and heavy-hitting metal bands performing today is helmed by longtime Arkansas resident Nate Garrett, and this home state show is going to be a heavy music landmark in a year full of heavy music landmarks.

Melissa Carper at White Water Tavern Friday

Counting the minutes ’til the forthcoming full-length “Ramblin’ Soul” offers up an Odetta cover and a charming stay-at-home tune titled “Boxers on Backwards.” If the future of country is queer, can we go ahead and crown Carper monarch already?

The Transference of Pain: Riding the synth waves with The Chores

The Chores on connecting with audiences, recording with Jason Tedford and what they did during summer vacation.
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Order up: Fleet of robot cat waiters descend upon El Porton in West Little Rock

Get your selfie sticks ready. Robot waiters have arrived.

To cure your social anxiety, try cake

Author and baker Kelli Marks says cake is the best wingman. "Long ago I learned that people care less about what I have to say if I'm offering a cupcake when I say it."

There's a turkey & gravy soda and we tried it

If you don't want to eat a big Thanksgiving meal, you can always try drinking it as a soda. But you should be warned: The reviews aren't good.

Four Quarter opening up at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Friendsgiving

The kitchen will be open, but Four Quarter is encouraging guests to bring a dish or any leftovers that will be set up potluck-style for people to eat free of charge.

Soccer fans flock to Hill Station, where every World Cup game will play (even the 4 a.m. ones)

The U.S. National Team's first match of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar was today, and a large crowd showed up to Hill Station in Hillcrest to watch. Despite the 8-hour difference between Little Rock and Qatar time zones, owner Daniel Bryant said he plans to air every game live.
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Don't sleep on El Sur's sopa de pollo this soup season

Remember that Campbell's Soup commercial where the snowman melted into a small child by eating soup? This soup could pull that off.

UA Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts students wow with a giant gingerbread house at the Arlington Hotel

The giant gingerbread house is an annual tradition at the Arlington Hotel, dating back more than 30 years.

The best things we ate this week

A wedge salad from Capital Bar & Grill, fried sage leaves from Capeo and a Flake Baby Pastry s'mores oatmeal cream pie were the best things we ate this week. What made your list?

North Little Rock's Argenta 'parklets' officially open on Main Street's east side

North Little Rock officials and others hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday in Argenta for the first of two new outdoor street-side dining spaces or "parklets" in front of Reno's, Skinny J's and Crush Wine Bar on the east side of Main Street between Broadway and 4th streets.

Soft opening this week for Tamalcalli: The Tamale, Taco, & Cerveza stand on Main Street

Tamalcalli: The Tamale Taco & Cerveza Stand, a Mexican restaurant featuring authentic tamales, tacos, burritos, tortas and a variety of Tex-Mex and Cali-Mex-style street food, announced it is holding a soft opening this week in the spot formerly occupied by TOPDOG Hot Dog Co. at 308 Main Street.
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