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February 10, 2005

Vol 3 • No 4

What's cooking-dining capsule reviews Feb. 10-16

Catfish City has left its location on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock (it’s become a Mom and Pop’s Pizza), but plans a new location out west on Taylor Loop, off Highway 10, in April. Catfish City is now going by the moniker Catfish City and BBQ Grill (

Orval Feb. 10

More picks Feb. 10-16

Randal Bays and Roger Landes will play Irish music at the Flying Saucer.

Big bang iin the classroom

In Mrs. Blackwell’s earth science class — eighth grade, 1966 — the portion of study on the origins of the universe was rather brief, if memory serves. Same thing for Miss Futrell’s biology class — 10th grade, 1968. Back then, every angle was couched

The Observer Feb. 10

Some 300 friends and acquaintances and family joined Hugh B. Patterson Jr. at the Country Club of Little Rock Saturday night for his 90th birthday party.

Words Feb. 10

The rode to victory: “ ‘He’s that kind of player,’ Coach Hal Sepatica said. ‘We had to put the saddle on his back, and we road him.’ ”

Last-minute holiday shopping

In the spirit of our upcoming celebration of the traditional rituals of romance, allow me to indulge in gender-based generalities for a minute: Ladies. We all know the odds are slim that your guy, or any guy, tears through the Arkansas Times every othe

Here, kids, is how to make a law

Today we offer a legislative tale. It illustrates the inordinate power of private interests at the state Capitol. It also touches on the lack of forthrightness and accountability in the legislative process. Rich landowners by the name of Deltic Timbe

The beat goes on

Stephano — that’s what he goes by — does not believe in coincidences. With the wrong date for the 2005 Heart Ball in mind, Little Rock’s pop artist got to work on his painting that would be the signature piece, and almost finished it. His own heart, howev

News in a flash

Those who have wished the Arkansas Times would publish daily have a least some semblance of that with our daily-updated web log (www.arkansasblog.com).

What's cooking-Capsule Reviews Feb. 10

What's cooking: Catfish City Capsule reviiews: Willy D's, Thai Diner

If we must celebrate a general …

Federal Judge Bill Wilson recently asked the editorial department of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette if he could write an op-ed piece responding to editorial page editor Paul Greenberg’s column in support of the state’s joint celebration of the birthdays of

This Modern World Feb. 10

Blessed are the poor

When President Bush sent his budget proposal to the Congress on Monday with an immediate $587 million cut in farm commodity payments, it became clearer than ever that rural Southerners have willfully abandoned their economic interests in thrall to the h

Five-star ‘Hotel’

One of the things that cinema does better than nearly any other art form — even novels in some respects — is capture the slow creep of courage; the way an absolutely normal person can have his limits pushed out by fate until he does one of two things: fol

Take a stroll down Markham Street

Sure, there have been some interesting new choices in recent months when it comes to dining in West Little Rock. But, for the most part, it’s still mainly a vast, chain-gang wasteland out there where the sun goes down. All of which makes it nice to hav

What's cooking/capsule reviews

What's cooking: Catfish City. Capsule reviews: Willy D's, Thai Diner

The Observer Feb. 10

Some 300 friends and acquaintances and family joined Hugh B. Patterson Jr. at the Country Club of Little Rock Saturday night for his 90th birthday party.

Editorials Feb. 10

We’d think it remarkable that the president of the United States came to Little Rock last week to lie about Social Security if we didn’t know that his successful 2004 presidential campaign employed more lies more effectively than any in history — lies abo

Letters to the Editor Feb. 10

Max Brantley’s column Jan. 27 reminded me of Valentine’s Day in 1946. We had been married during WWII, and my husband had come home from overseas in December 1945. By February he had finally found a job — a very small one — and we were still having to liv

Something for nothing

A new scheme by developers would supplant TIFs with JIFs.

Editorial cartoon Feb. 10

The Insider Feb. 10

Now that Jason Willett has been installed as the new chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, attention is turning to who will take over as the party’s executive director. (Willett’s first action as chairman was the firing of the previous director, Mich

Editorials Feb. 10

We’d think it remarkable that the president of the United States came to Little Rock last week to lie about Social Security if we didn’t know that his successful 2004 presidential campaign employed more lies more effectively than any in history — lies abo

Republicans get personal

Many of the Republicans in the Arkansas legislature want to stick their noses into people’s personal lives. I guess it’s to be expected since our Republican president in his State of the Union speech said he wanted to amend our Constitution so that ga

Here, kids, is how to make a law

Today we offer a legislative tale. It illustrates the inordinate power of private interests at the state Capitol. It also touches on the lack of forthrightness and accountability in the legislative process. Rich landowners by the name of Deltic Timbe

The Insider Feb. 10

Now that Jason Willett has been installed as the new chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, attention is turning to who will take over as the party’s executive director. (Willett’s first action as chairman was the firing of the previous director, Mich

Smart Talk Feb. 10

Belatedly, we’re pleased to announce the winner of the Arkansas Times Governor’s Photo Contest at the Arkansas State Fair last fall.

TV Highlights Feb. 10-16

SOAP BOX DERBY Speed (Comcast. Ch. 46) 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 In this age of disposable toys, “concerned parent” groups and litigation gone haywire, there is something oh-so-quaint about the idea of kids nailing lawnmower wheels on a packing c

Textbook wedlock

The Arkansas Legislature’s Committee on Keeping the Preachers Happy by Further Harassing Gays has approved mandatory textbook revision legislation. It is expected to move on to easy enactment.

Back to 1932

Ronald Reagan dreamed of taking the country back to 1935, but when he had half a chance he didn’t have the stomach for it. After his re-election, George W. Bush let it be known that he was not so fainthearted. The prospect of old-age anguish and the de

Something for nothing

A new scheme by developers would supplant TIFs with JIFs.

Back to 1932

Ronald Reagan dreamed of taking the country back to 1935, but when he had half a chance he didn’t have the stomach for it. After his re-election, George W. Bush let it be known that he was not so fainthearted. The prospect of old-age anguish and the de

Schrock back to soft-rock Afterthought

The Afterthought, the cozy night club on Kavanaugh Boulevard, welcomes back a favorite act, pianist/singer/songwriter Kate Schrock, on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Lucinda Williams

Lake Charles, La.-born Lucinda Williams grew up in part in Fayetteville. Her father, poet Miller Williams, still lives in Washington County. Although Williams recorded her first album in 1979, she first came to the attention of many in the 1990s when her

The week that was Feb. 2-9

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … DISHONESTY. President Bush came to town to tout his plan to wreck Social Security. The truth wasn’t on the program.

Saga of Jim and Maria

At the foot of the marble stairway in our state Capitol, I bumped into state Sen. Jim Holt of Springdale and got to tell him about “Maria Full of Grace.”

Textbook wedlock

The Arkansas Legislature’s Committee on Keeping the Preachers Happy by Further Harassing Gays has approved mandatory textbook revision legislation. It is expected to move on to easy enactment.

The literary calendar

Book signings and other events on the literary scene, Feb. 10-March 26.

Catalina finds there’s life after coaching

On ESPN one night back in the ’80s, Dick Vitale named Nelson Catalina of Arkansas State as one of the hot young basketball coaches in America, sure to move up to a bigger job. Vitale probably said the same of Mike Newell at UALR, and if he didn’t, o

Toby Keith has another shocker

It doesn’t seem the kind of concert offering liberals are going to flock to, but country powerhouse Toby Keith has joined forces with gun-toting classic-rock guitarist and wild man Ted Nugent for a tour that stops by Alltel Arena on Friday, Feb. 11.

He’s ‘alright’

Kenny Loggins joins the ASO.

Local best-sellers

What Arkansans are reading, from local stores.

Growing a new culture at UAMS

Seven deaths of key people — including two slayings and two suicides — over the course of a year have left faculty and staff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences reeling. On Monday, Medical School Dean Dr. Albert E. Reece introduced effort

A trinity of tales with a twist

Though loss, illness, aging, and death are facts of life, they are also the currency of fiction, especially literary fiction. While that sounds like a downer, in the hands of our most skilled practitioners of the form, any one of these topics can leap ove

Teardowns move to Hillcrest

The recent demolition of a home in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood has prompted community leaders and historic preservationists to again consider regulating development in the neighborhood.

The fire still burns for Mike Newell

MONTICELLO — It tends to be forgotten now, after his later great success at Fayetteville, but Nolan Richardson got off to a slow start as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Around 1985-86, while Arkansas’s favorite basketball team struggled, the stat

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