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The Weekend Ten

posted: 08/28/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

1 MACHO Labor Day Weekend gets some serious horsepower at the annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races, Friday-Sunday.

Another Round raises the bar

posted: 08/28/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

At first glance, what you see as you walk through the front door of Another Round Pub & Grill (which, by the way, a friendly staff member opens for you) is, well, just another pub and grill.

Calendar

posted: 08/28/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets."Acansa Festival: Poet in Copper: Engravings by Evan Lindquist," 5-Oct. 26.

Fast Forward

posted: 08/28/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month Next week Classic rock: A rocking story of the city across the Mississippi takes up residence in Little Rock when the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., presents the musical Memphis, Sept. 5-28.

The TV Column: Mom airing on TBS; new CBS run starts Sept. 29

posted: 08/28/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

One good use of air conditioning when it's blistering outside is to revisit TV series overlooked in the chaos of last fall.

Music: Workshops are little-known part of blues festival

posted: 08/28/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Successful festivals tend to grow and expand, and the Hot Springs Blues Festival, marking its 18th year this weekend, is no exception. The fest began as a one-day gathering and is now spread out over four days, and it has added some other blues-related flourishes, such as workshops and after parties in local venues.

Music Scene: Vermont tunesmith will stop at South on Main

posted: 08/28/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Anais Mitchell, an acclaimed Vermont singer-songwriter, will make her first visit to Arkansas to perform today at South on Main. Jesse Aycock will open the show at 7:30 p.m.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 08/28/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Romantic reprise A woman (Marion Smith) weaves a tangled web of deception while her husband (Robert Bolden) proves that love can cover a multitude of sins as writer-director-producer Teretha Lowe offers a reprise performance of her When A Man Loves A Woman, 6 p.m. Saturday at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

Special Event: Legacy Week to show state parks not just fun in sun

posted: 08/28/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

People hear "state park" and a vision often comes to mind: a day boating or swimming at a lake. Maybe a walk in the woods or a scramble up a mountain. But the state parks can be so much more, and the Arkansas State Park system has a brand new event to help visitors see that: Legacy Week.

Music: Country rapper Big Smo follows his own poetic path

posted: 08/28/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to rap music there is a definite type of style -- an edgy vibe, gold chains and a baseball cap with a flat bill cocked jauntily to the side. When it comes to country music the standard tends to be boots, jeans and cowboy hats.

Are We There Yet?: Historic Black House holds Searcy art gallery

posted: 08/28/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

A gallery of local contemporary art installed in a handsome historic house delivers a one-two punch of pleasure for visitors to Searcy.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 08/28/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The Heritage Grille Steak and Fin, the new restaurant in the Marriott Hotel, West Markham and Louisiana streets, Little Rock (formerly Pancetta Regional Kitchen & Wine Bar) is now open, says James Schelnick, the hotel's director of special events. The dinner menu, still going through some tweaking after an extended soft opening, focuses (as you might suspect from the name) on steak and fresh seafood, the latter depending heavily on what's available at any given moment (Schelnick noted the "nonfin" fresh oysters, lobster and crab).

Selected restaurants

posted: 08/28/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/28/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Houseplants help make your home inviting while adding color. Many plants act like little air purifiers without needing electricity. Here are some Heloise hints for how to care for plants at home or in the office:

Tell Me About It: 'Who's right?' is the wrong question to be asking here

posted: 08/28/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I read your piece about the girlfriend who forbids her boyfriend to talk to other girls. I agree this seems like abusive, controlling behavior.

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