From the Arkansas Blog

Word to Arkansas school districts: let the sunshine in

The FOIA fights in Phillips County bear sharing with a broader audience, especially as transparency advocates observe Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of access to public records and open meetings nationwide.

I remember his sweetness: Bill Whitworth and Dizzy Gillespie

Famed editor Bill Whitworth, an Arkansas native whose lofty literary career included time at The New Yorker and The Atlantic, died March 8. This piece by Maxwell George, originally published in the Oxford American, explored Whitworth's close and enduring friendship with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

The Van will skip event for unsheltered Arkansans over tent flap with the city

Prohibiting people and organizations at an event for unsheltered persons from handing out tents — literally, shelter! — misses the mark.

Monday open line

Make yourself at home.

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in Arkansas transgender health care case

Oral arguments are set for April 11 in St. Louis in the appeal of a judicial panel's ruling that overturned an Arkansas ban on gender-affirming health care for minors.

Searcy native Freddy Hicks hits buzzer beater to send Arkansas State to Sun Belt final

Freddy Hicks, a junior guard from Searcy, hit a buzzer beater Sunday night to send Arkansas State University to the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship versus James Madison tonight at 6 p.m.

Slideshow: Sunday's abortion rights rally at the Arkansas Capitol

A couple hundred people gathered for Sunday's event, which was organized by Arkansans for Limited Government, a group that's working to collect more than 90,000 signatures by July 5 in order to get the Arkansas Abortion Amendment on the ballot in November.

Arkansas unemployment rate rose to 3.7% in December and January

The state previously estimated Arkansas's jobless rate for December at 3.4% but has now revised the figure upward by three-tenths of a percentage point.

Arkansas school districts offer affordable teacher housing as recruitment tool

Bentonville isn't the only spot in Arkansas where officials are thinking outside the box to create accessible housing for teachers.

Sunday open line

Come on in.
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From Rock Candy

The Dreaded Laramie, Two Runner and Kin & Company at White Water on Thursday

Acrobatic power pop, fiddle-heavy folk and sincere indie rock are conspiring to bring you an unforgettable Thursday night.

This week's 'Hip Hop Hello' radio show welcomes Classic Flow and Take 6

In the latest episode of "Hip Hop Hello," a weekly radio program on Bentonville Community Radio, host Clint Schaff interviews Northwest Arkansas DJ/dance duo Classic Flow and multi-platinum-selling a cappella group Take 6.

Little Rocked Zine to release 8th volume

The Little Rocked Zine — an underground publication dedicated to showcasing erotic art, photography and writing by locals and beyond — is celebrating the release of its 8th volume with a get-together featuring the Arkansas Shake Shakers, an all-POC burlesque troupe.

Argenta Community Theater rebrands as Argenta Contemporary Theatre, announces new season

As the nonprofit organization prepares to enter its 15th season, it will now be known as the Argenta Contemporary Theatre, a rebranding that's designed to enhance their "potential for securing arts grants and garnering increased recognition for its endeavors."

CALS used book sale starts Thursday at new location

Hours for the sale are 3-5 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, though Thursday is only open to those with a Friends of CALS membership.

Modeling, PETT, The Phlegms, DOT, Dylan Earl and more in Little Rock this weekend

It's a great weekend for live music in Little Rock.

DLRP seeks mural artist for SoMa intersection

Located near M2 Gallery and Rock N Roll Sushi, the projected artwork will cover the entire four-way intersection of South Main and 13th streets, crosswalks included.

46th annual daffodil festival in bloom at Wye Mountain

Spending an afternoon frolicking through fields of flowers is a great excuse to make the 33-mile trip out of Little Rock for the day.

9 stellar ways to celebrate the solar eclipse in Central Arkansas

Sure, full totality only lasts for a handful of minutes, but the days and hours leading up to the big moment are stuffed with an ever-growing number of events and festivities, especially as out-of-state tourist estimates climb into the millions.

Native artists Doug Hyde and Frank Buffalo Hyde at AMFA on Wednesday

The father and son pair will speak about the significance of the museum's newest exhibition, "Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s."
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Souperb: 43 restaurants showed out for Soup Sunday

Dozens of Central Arkansas restaurants provided a variety of soups, breads and desserts for Soup Sunday, an annual event benefiting Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Future of PattiCakes uncertain following January fire

We caught up with PattiCakes owner Patti Stobaugh to find out what's next after a January fire destroyed the bakery's facility in downtown Conway.

Wright’s Barbecue named best barbecue joint in Arkansas by Southern Living

On Wednesday, Southern Living released its annual list of “The South’s Best Barbecue Joint in Every State 2024,” and it should come as no surprise to brisket fans that Wright’s Barbecue has taken the number one spot in Arkansas for the second year running. 

7 Brew Coffee opens second JFK Boulevard stand

Fayetteville-based 7 Brew Coffee now has two drive-thru stands open on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock.

Lulu’s Seafood Kitchen announces closure

The Chi family behind Lulu’s Seafood Kitchen in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood announced on Facebook this week that they are permanently closing the restaurant.

Shaq-backed Big Chicken restaurant in NWA goes almost as big as its name implies

A surprise text from a friend on her way to try Shaquille O’Neal’s fast food restaurant in Springdale resulted in a play-by-play review.

Sterling Market hosting eclipse watch party

East Village restaurant Sterling Market is making use of its indoor/outdoor dining space to host a party for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. 

Owner of Benton restaurant Tim’s Tavern arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two minors

A Benton restaurant owner who was arrested in January on sexual assault charges was arrested again Wednesday after the same victims — both minors employed at his restaurant — came forward with additional information.

Kat Robinson launches ‘The Great Arkansas Barbecue Questionnaire’

Arkansas food historian and author Kat Robinson has recently launched a questionnaire aimed at local owners of barbecue restaurants for research ahead of her newest book covering the state's barbecue traditions.

Smashed N' Stacked's burger whiz is hungry to help

Smashed N’ Stacked burgers pile on flavor, but the real goal is to smash food insecurity.
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