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Teen shot Friday in Maumelle dies

Maumelle police say a 17-year-old shot in the head Friday at a Maumelle apartment died Sunday from the wound.

Arkansas: Where the people don't rule

The people rule is the state motto. The Farm Bureau and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce have a different idea.

Despite security checks, gunfire breaks out in club

KARK reports on a hospital interview with one of those wounded in a late night club shooting in Little Rock who said security checks were made of those entering.

The no-comment Sunday line: Pass the whipped cream

Good news. The strawberry crop is in.

How the tobacco lobby manipulates state legislatures, including in Arkansas

New York Times reports today on the trickery of the tobacco lobby in advancing the cause of e-cigarettes and vaping, including recent legislation in Arkansas.

Three shot at Little Rock nightclub

Three people were shot in a nightclub fight on West Roosevelt early this morning.
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Good morning Arkansas Blog readers

The Arkansas Times has unveiled a new website. This means a few days without the comment function, but be patient. It will return.

Punishing the poor is a waste of money: See drug testing

Think Progress reports on the results of 13 states, including Arkansas, requiring drug testing for recpients of a welfare program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It's a waste of money.

Celebrating the 2019 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

The 25th edition of the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team was another impressive assembly of Arkansas high school seniors.

Video: The daily news roundup

Arkansas news roundup for Friday, April 26.
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Laura Raborn: Present at Cantrell Gallery

Laura Raborn says her "Presence," opening Friday, May 17, at Cantrell Gallery, 8208 Cantrell Road, is about "the idea of human presence.
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John Salvest show opens Tuesday in Memphis

Fans of John Salvest's conceptual work will want to make a trip to Memphis to see his show "Field Guide" at David Lusk Gallery, 97 Tillman St. 
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'Oppressors are not that creative': A Q&A with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Alisa Coffey playing the harp

'A Fascinating Machine:' ASO harpist Alisa Coffey talks shop

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Two shows on Anne Frank to open at UA Pulaski Tech

The Center for Humanities and Arts on the UA Pulaski Tech campus will open two exhibits on Anne Frank, "Anne Frank — A Private Photo Album" and "Anne Frank: A History for Today," on May 17.

For Catherine and Michael Fothergill, ballet is both art and business

A Q&A with Ballet Arkansas's co-directors.
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Sunday To-Do: Santana at Walmart AMP

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The Everyman's Guide to the Arkansas Literary Festival

The Arkansas Literary Festival used to intimidate me. While I like books as much as the next Little Rocker, the vast array of affiliated events overwhelmed me. “Pub or Perish,” “Author! Author!,” “Writers in the Schools,” cooking classes, writers workshops, the book sale, family events, and — oh, yeah—five or six dozen writers from across the globe speaking on a variety of panels about a variety of different subjects.
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61st annual "Delta" opens May 3; last "Delta" until 2022

The Arkansas Arts Center opens its 61st annual juried show of work by regional artists, the Delta Exhibition, on Friday, May 3. Artists will have to wait until 2022 for another chance to exhibit in the Delta: The Arts Center closes at the end of the year for a three-year, $65 million transformation.
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'The future of comedy is diverse': Catch a lineup of women comics at the White Water Tavern tonight

Comedian Stef Bright of Comedians NWA talks misogyny in the comedy club ahead of a showcase at the White Water Tavern tonight.
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Make plans to attend the Arkansas Times Margarita Festival May 2

Come savor the season with salsa moves and swill at the third annual Arkansas Times Margarita Festival, presented by Milagro Tequila, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, on the field of War Memorial Stadium.
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Plant-based pub grub at Ester's in SoMa

Thanks to handful of pop-ups, food trucks and brick and mortars, it's getting a little easier to eat vegan in Little Rock without trekking westward for a Whole Foods trip.
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Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival at the Clinton Presidential Center this weekend

Central Arkansas has a surprising pocket of authentic Italian culture stretching all the way back to the early 20th century, and it's on display for three spring days — Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 — in downtown Little Rock.

Buffalo sighting in the Heights

A sign on the door of 5662 R St. in the Heights neighborhood says that a small brewery taproom has applied for ABC OK to open. The Buffalo Brewing Co. will open its second and Heights' first craft beer pub. 

Sneak eats on May Day: The Greek Food Festival preview

The International Greek Food Festival has something new this year: A preview of the Greek delights that will bring out the masses to the festival. The preview will be from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; the festival will be Friday-Sunday, May 17-19.

Three Fold announces fried chicken 'pop-up' Haybird; says Riverdale project in the works

Three Fold, Main St.'s dumpling and noodle destination, is opening a pop-up fried chicken restaurant in its former location on Center St. Haybird will highlight a lighter style of fried chicken than most southerners are used to, serving boneless breasts and legs atop very thinly-cut fries. Owner Lisa Zhang said she hopes to open the pop-up by the end of May.

Pinches Tacos: sunny lunch spot, saucy namesake

Street tacos were meant to be eaten this way — truckside, perched on a folding chair at a sun-drenched card table.

The Impossible Burger is an eerie feat of food science

The plant-based burger utilizes a controversial ingredient called heme to trick helpless, hapless meat-eater synapses into firing off an announcement to the body that beef is in the building.

The El Gato is a fierce, frugal cup of coffee

Priced at $2.65, the El Gato is served in a vermillion orange coffee mug — that mid-century milk glass that filled your grandparents’ cabinets — and it’s perfect drip coffee for people who don’t/won’t/can’t do the drip coffee routine at home.

Drink up to feed the hungry at the Rail Yard Food Truck Party

Seven food trucks, four craft beer breweries, vendors and live music will gather from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at The Rail Yard at 1212 E. Sixth St. for the "First Annual Rail Yard Food Truck Party." A portion of alcohol sales will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
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