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posted: 12/18/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

1 SWINGING Singers Destan Owen and Mandy Gonzalez join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for an explosion of Christmas music and holiday celebration at the Swingin' Holiday Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pulaski Academy Connor Performing Arts Center, 12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock.

Heritage Grille does steak well

posted: 12/18/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

First, the heritage of Heritage Grille Steak and Fin.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 12/18/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA ART WALK 5-8 p.m. third Friday of the month, downtown North Little Rock. Music, art, food.

Fast Forward

posted: 12/18/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month. Next Week Ride: When the Christmas craziness and hullabaloo have ended, one way to get back to earth is to get out in nature.

The TV Column: Stephen Colbert files away his Report tonight

posted: 12/18/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Because it is highly subjective, humor is the most difficult art form to pull off. And political satire is the most difficult form of humor.

Music: Benefit's celebrity singers stretch karaoke to extreme

posted: 12/18/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

It doesn't always occur to people that that face on the evening news or that voice on rush hour radio has hidden talents. Like singing. Or dancing. Or performing with a menagerie of animals.

Music: Hot didgeridoo! Sammons is coming back to Maxine's

posted: 12/18/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Several years ago singer-songwriter Paul Sammons had a more or less weekly gig at Maxine's, a downtown bar on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs. But Sammons flew the coop, so to speak, in search of greener pastures. Now, for at least one night, Sammons will return to his old Arkansas haunt.

Music Scene: Singers, drummers, guitarists, horns fill musical bill

posted: 12/18/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Chris Duarte will return to central Arkansas for a show at Juanita's, with Steve Hester & Deja VooDoo opening the show at 8 p.m. today.


posted: 12/18/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Jingle-bell flutes The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble will give three performances of its “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas concerts: 1 p.m. Saturday at Country Club Village, 1925 Malvern Ave.; 3 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, 239 Central Ave.; and 6:30 p.m. Monday in Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, all in Hot Springs.

Are We There Yet?: Plantation museum gins up old-time Christmas

posted: 12/18/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

If you believe Christmas has turned much too commercial, Plantation Agriculture Museum offers an antidote this weekend by evoking the reputedly simpler Good Old Days.


posted: 12/18/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

As of our deadline this week, negotiations were still underway between owner Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa, owner of Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, and her landlord to stave off the Dec. 27 closure of the venerable west Little Rock Japanese restaurant. The phone number is (501) 217-8888. We'll keep you posted.

Selected restaurants

posted: 12/18/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

Tell Me About It: Divvying up family holiday visits isn't just about being fair

posted: 12/18/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband, kids and I split Thanksgiving and Christmas between the two sides of our families. This year, Christmas is with his family.

Helpful Hints

posted: 12/18/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: The big travel season is here, and that means time spent waiting in line or sitting on a train, plane or bus, or in a car. My late father (Mike Cruse, 1920-2006) would always save small-size magazines, ideal for "pass the time" reading, to take along -- lightweight, and you can leave them behind on the plane or train for others, or in the sitting area for someone else to use.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/18/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your January makeover puts stars in someone's eyes. If friends take paths you don't understand, your independence will be empowering.


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