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Restaurant Transitions: Midtown Billiards reopening set; The Main Cheese closes; La Hacienda to return soon

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Work to rebuild the bar, billiards and burger joint Midtown Billiards, 1316 Main St., Little Rock, gutted by a Sept. 19 fire, has gone more slowly than expected, says general manager David Shipps, but all will be in readiness for the June 30 grand reopening, 3 p.m-5 a.m. Tickets -- $20 for happy hour, $25 for late-night, available online at centralarkansastickets.com/events/grande-re-opening -- guarantee membership in the private club; the late-night ticket includes the cover charge for the opening-night band and a free commemorative Midtown Sharpie. Hours will once again be 3 p.m.-5 a.m. daily. The phone number remains (501) 372-9990.

Special Event: 5,000 tae kwon do enthusiasts kick off convention in Little Rock

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The culmination of one year quickly sparks the beginning of another for the American Taekwondo Association as it holds its annual World Expo in Little Rock this weekend.

WEEKEND TEN

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Weekend Calendar

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Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

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Crackle: The nation's birthday celebrations get going a little early this year. One of the pre- Independence Day festivities is 4th of July Weekend in the Park at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena with family activities, watermelon and ice cream, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1. Call (479) 394-2863 or visit queenwilhelmina.com. Heber Springs hosts a Fireworks Extravaganza with music and children's activities starting at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 1. Admission is free but parking is $10. Call (501) 362-2444 or visit heber-springs.com. For more, visit arkansas.com.

The TV Column: 'Talent' contests, drama, horror set for summer

posted: 06/22/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

For your summertime viewing pleasure, TV is rolling out three alternative (formerly called "reality") shows and three scripted programs over the next couple of days. Let's take them in order.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Music Scene: Star of soap, singer of 1982 smash hit plays Hot Springs

posted: 06/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Rick Springfield will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs. Season tickets (plus tax) are $69.99; adult one-day tickets are $54.99; and tickets for children under 48 inches tall and attendees 55 and over are $36.99. Reserved seats are an additional $10 or $8. Parking is $10.

Music: Ben Lee takes in Capitol View

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"I have to call you back," says Ben Lee from California before quickly hanging up.

Selected restaurants

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Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

Tell Me About It: Stop struggling to make only-child's life as busy as his pals'

posted: 06/22/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I have one child, 7, and I had him late. He is much younger than the children of my good friends in the area. Somehow all of his friends from school have siblings.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: Even though school is out for the summer, I want my grandchildren to continue to learn. We love reading stories to each other at bedtime and throughout the day, but we really have fun practicing math.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. Peace comes with the summer solstice. You will trust in the benevolence of the universe, and your trust will be well-placed. Next month brings a creative wave. A political change (perhaps along the lines of neighborhood or family politics) will favor you in September. You'll make money in August and March.

On Christianity

posted: 06/22/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: I'm very discouraged, because the doctor says my arthritis is only going to get worse. I'm already in pain most of the time, and I hate the thought of taking stronger and stronger drugs. Can you give me any words of encouragement?

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