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posted: 01/22/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

1 REP A badly wounded Jewish Confederate officer returning home days after the end of the Civil War in April 1865 (coinciding with the celebration of Passover) finds his family missing and only two former slaves left in his damaged Richmond, Va., house in Matthew Lopez's award-winning play The Whipping Man, opening Friday and running through Feb. 8 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Sixth and Main streets, Little Rock.

Fake train, real gravy at Gail's Diner

posted: 01/22/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

There's just something special about a diner. There are many restaurants that call themselves a diner these days. But according to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, a diner is a small, informal and inexpensive restaurant that looks like a railroad car.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 01/22/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. "William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013," through Feb. 1.

Fast Forward

posted: 01/22/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month. Next week Binge: Milk, dark, filled or plain, there will be treats galore at the annual Chocolate Festival, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Embassy Suites, 400 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs.

The TV Column: Covert Affairs ends after ratings drop revealed

posted: 01/22/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Alas, this is my final opportunity to run a photo of Piper Perabo.


posted: 01/22/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Spa City big band The Stardust Big Band performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Arlington Resort Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs.

Music: Mozart's Magic Flute ready to rock at Masonic center

posted: 01/22/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's final comic opera, The Magic Flute, is full of Masonic symbolism. The auditorium of the Albert Pike Memorial Temple in downtown Little Rock is full of Masonic symbols.

Music: Florida Georgia Line lead pack of bro-country bands

posted: 01/22/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

There are some music acts that take years to climb out of obscurity, toiling away in minuscule clubs or working as the opening act for bigger stars.

Theater: At Rep, Whipping is story of Confederate Jew, slaves

posted: 01/22/2015 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

A Jewish Confederate officer goes home to Richmond, Va., a few days after the end of the Civil War in April 1865, during the celebration of Passover. He's badly wounded and discovers that his family is missing and the only residents of their once-grand, badly damaged townhouse are two former slaves, Simon and John.

Music Scene: Petteway to pick at The Joint

posted: 01/22/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Al Petteway will bring his fingerstyle acoustic guitar-playing skills to The Joint for a show at 7:30 p.m. today that will inaugurate a new monthly series of instrumental guitar music.

Are We There Yet?: Nature center, ASU Museum call Jonesboro home

posted: 01/22/2015 2:08 a.m. Comment 1

A skeleton of probably the largest animal ever stalked in our hunter-happy corner of the world greets visitors to the Arkansas State University Museum.


posted: 01/22/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Sushi Cafe co-owner Robert Tju says a "few issues" have delayed what was supposed to be Tuesday's opening of the new Sushi Cafe Westin the Eleven Two Eleven Center, 11211 Cantrell Road, just west of Interstate 430, Little Rock. When it does open, the hours will be the same as at the original location at 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock's Heights: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-"close" daily. The listed phone number is (501) 954-7866.

Selected restaurants

posted: 01/22/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tell Me About It: Boyfriend more interested in control than coupling

posted: 01/22/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a 70-year-old dating a 71-year-old widower. He divorced his first wife for infidelity, and the second marriage was not terribly happy either, although he says "at least she was faithful."

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/22/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: If you are shopping for clothes, here are a few things to keep in mind:


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