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Restaurant Transitions: 1836 Club chef to leave, open new establishment; District Fare opening date; LR Popeyes

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Donnie Ferneau Jr., who was hired with great fanfare in January 2016 to be the executive chef at the private 1836 Club, in what used to be the Packet House on Cantrell Road in Riverdale, is leaving in the very near future to open a new establishment of some sort in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights, possibly a high-end breakfast place. Details are still lacking -- Ferneau is reluctant to discuss the project until the ink dries on the agreements he's signing -- but we expect the news could break as early as Friday.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Maddie's still a Creole success

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Little Rock native Brian Deloney had been an executive sous chef for Emeril Lagasse for almost 10 years, in New Orleans and Las Vegas, before returning home with his wife, Angela, in 2007. He worked for a while at the Capital Hotel, then opened his own place in Riverdale in January 2009.

Music: Petty, Heartbreakers bringing 'last big one' to Verizon

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers seem to be taking cues from The Rolling Stones.

The Weekend Ten

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Weekend Calendar

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Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

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Jewish bites: The Jewish Federation of Arkansas will serve up blintzes, kugel and knishes at the annual Jewish Food Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Admission is free but there are costs for food tickets. Call (501) 663-3571 or visit

The TV Column: Barrymore plays host to yet another dating show

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Have you been watching First Dates on NBC? The third episode of the blind date reality series airs at 7 p.m. Friday if you want to check it out.

Getting it straight

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The TV Column on Page 2E of today’s paper, which addresses the future of Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, went to press before it was announced Wednesday afternoon that O’Reilly would leave the network immediately.

Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers pick Verizon Arena for tour stop

posted: 04/20/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

On Saturday, the Red Hot Chili Peppers pull into Verizon Arena for a stop on their current tour. Let's take a deeper dive into this rock-funk-pop act and do it by the numbers.

Special Event: Literary arts program toasts 20 years of reading, writing

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Reading isn't just about fitting the ABCs into words. It's also about using those words to expand and empower the mind and create a brighter future.


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Music: Blues step aside in Helena for sampling of Americana

updated: 04/20/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Helena-West Helena, known primarily among music fans as the home of the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, will be the site of another musical gathering, although this one leans more toward the Americana side of the dial.

MUSIC SCENE: Horn player Blanchard, band to perform at South on Main

posted: 04/20/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Terence Blanchard, featuring The E-Collective, will perform at 8 p.m. today at South on Main in Little Rock. Tickets are $58.75, $56.75 and $28.25.

Desha County natives team up on familial 'musical journal'

posted: 04/20/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Though they're a generation apart, both creators of a new musical drama premiering tonight at the Argenta Community Theater came from the tiny town of Watson in Desha County.

Tell Me About It: Confronting spouse about obesity can avert harm later

posted: 04/20/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: Recently my husband's parents came to visit after an absence of several years. I found that his obese father was even more unbearable than usual and even the kids were uncomfortable around him. He was unable to move around very well so he only got up to rifle through my cupboards and shovel handfuls of food into his mouth.






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