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Restaurant Transitions: Lunch ends at Bruno's; Arkansas Italian Food Festival; Cantina Cinco de Mayo coming to downtown

posted: 01/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Friday was the last day of lunch service for Bruno's Little Italy, 310 Main St., Little Rock. Co-owner Gio Bruno explains that, "Because we do everything from scratch, the amount of extra prep and the amount of payroll to accomplish that (as well as having line cooks, servers and hosts each day)," they've never been able to make a profit in their yearlong experiment with lunch. Lack of available daytime parking has also been a factor, he suggests: "At night we have free valet parking, but in the daytime, if there is the slightest bit of [inclement] weather, we lose all our walk-in business." They've returned to dinner-only hours, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 372-7866.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: New items keep Little Rock's Faded Rose vibrant

posted: 01/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

New Orleans native Ed David opened The Faded Rose in May 1982, and the restaurant is quickly nearing its 35th anniversary of serving high-quality New Orleans-style steaks and what its website quietly boasts is "traditional Creole comfort food."

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The TV Column: Lip Sync Battle does Jackson on renamed channel

posted: 01/18/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration airs at 8 p.m. today to help kick off the new Paramount Network, formerly Spike (see below).

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Music: J.D. Wilkes: Musician-visual artist-filmmaker-author

posted: 01/18/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

As with any musical strain, there are long, twisted roots winding beneath the rhythms of what is currently called Americana, or alternative-country, or country rock. These roots fan out, taking form as bluegrass, blues, rockabilly, folk and other similar-but-different sounds that eventually sprout into other, more accessible branches like rock 'n' roll and country.

Music: Being neighborly, orchestra takes its music to the people

posted: 01/18/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

It has been well over a year since the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra moved back home to the renovated Robinson Center Performance Hall, but vestiges of that transitional period still exist, most notably in the Intimate Neighborhood Concerts series.

Music Scene: NLR will be 'Gone Country' with Alan Jackson

posted: 01/18/2018 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Country singer Alan Jackson, on his "Honky Tonk Highway Tour," will perform, along with opening act Lauren Alaina, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Tickets are $129.99, $99.99, $69.99, $49.99 and $39.99.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Music: Cherry Red and Mighty Men give LR double dose of blues

posted: 01/18/2018 1:41 a.m. Discuss

The Friday night blues take over Little Rock's White Water Tavern as local trio Cherry Red hits the stage with east Texas guitarist Steve Howell and the Mighty Men opening as a sort of co-headliner.

Tell Me About It: Retiree still searching for what the future has in store

posted: 01/18/2018 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I retired over a year ago from a fairly high-powered job that gave me worldwide recognition in my field. The decision to retire (in my mid-70s) was a very difficult one because I was not sure I could fill my time with engrossing activities. I'm still trying -- with a combination of volunteering, mentoring and a few consulting gigs -- but haven't settled in comfortably, and I find the situation emotionally difficult.

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/18/2018 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I write and read a lot of emails for work and for personal use. All that reading can strain my eyes.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/18/2018 1:39 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your influence will grow through this solar return. People will accept your help, act on your advice and become successful in ways that benefit themselves and you, too. There's a breakthrough in March, and the opportunities get challenging and magical. Invest in April. Your creativity will shine. How gratifying!

On Christianity

posted: 01/18/2018 1:38 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My uncle is active in his church and all that, but when he gets behind the wheel of his car he's an absolute maniac. Maybe you could say something about the need for safe driving. We're afraid he's going to kill someone one of these days.

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