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THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 05/21/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

It's Memorial Day Weekend. Really. (Surprised? It's the earliest date on which Memorial Day can fall, almost a full week "early.") That means Riverfest 2015 has come early -- 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-11 p.m. Sunday in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park (behind the River Market, access from Little Rock's President Clinton Avenue), the Clinton Presidential Center and Park (1200 President Clinton Ave.) and nearby Heifer International, 1 World Ave. For the seventh consecutive year, Verizon and Nokia are presenting sponsors.

Grounded Gourmasian gratifies

posted: 05/21/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The shtick is "Southern meets Asian." The story is food truck turns storefront (partially through crowdfunding, with more than $16,000 coming from 177 Kickstarter backers). The digs are roomy and clean, with blond wood, a strong black and red motif and a nifty ceiling installation that resembles floating matchsticks.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 05/21/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA GALLERY 413 Main St., North Little Rock. "Lend Me Your Eyes," North Little Rock High School and University of Arkansas at Little Rock students, through Wednesday.

Fast Forward

posted: 05/21/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month Next week Blues: Influential rhythm and blues singer/songwriter Charlie Wilson, along with Kem and Joe, take over North Little Rock's Verizon Arena on his Forever Charlie Tour, 8 p.m. May 29.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 05/21/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Argenta guitarist Little Rock-based acoustic guitarist Vicki Genfan will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at The Joint, 301 Main St., in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District.

The TV Column: Fox fills slim fall order with only five new series

posted: 05/21/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Today, The TV Column looks at Fox and its plans for the fall.

Good news: E. coli cases falling

posted: 05/21/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

In time for cookout season, the government recently reported fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers.

Music Scene: Atlanta's Slang to headline show at Stickyz

posted: 05/21/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Slang, a new band from Atlanta, will perform an 8 p.m. show today at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack that will also include opening sets by The Dangerous Idiots, The Federalis and The Hacking. Admission is $5.

Red Nose Day telethon offers laughing for a good cause

posted: 05/21/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Thirty years ago, Richard Curtis suspected two things: People like to laugh and they like to do good.

Are We There Yet?: Feathered fame fleeting, but city still has draws

posted: 05/21/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

A decade ago, Brinkley had high hopes that an ivory-billed woodpecker really was lurking somewhere in the nearby Cache River National Wildlife Refuge.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 05/21/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Ozark Country Restaurant, 201 Keightly Drive, Little Rock, formerly the Little Rock branch of the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, is apparently up for sale, with an RPM sign big enough to be visible from the nearby intersection of Cantrell Road and Mississippi Street -- particularly in the wake of the recent tear-down of a Cantrell Road strip center that contained a Shipley's Donuts to make way for a pending Slim Chickens. Except that RPM's Reed Gibbons, whose name was on the for-sale sign, told us that somebody stole the sign over the weekend. Neither he nor owner Dan Haase would he divulge any details, though Haase, while not exactly confirming that the place is on the market, did concede that "If somebody comes along" and wants to buy it, "it's a great piece of property." Meanwhile, he's continuing to serve breakfast and lunch, and keep the deck open in fair weather, seven days a weeks -- 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The phone number is (501) 663-7319.

Selected restaurants

posted: 05/21/2015 1:59 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: Each objection to friends dating can be answered, 'So?'

posted: 05/21/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: Two close friends of mine have recently decided they want to explore a relationship together. Great! The problem? One was in a relationship and had to exit it to pursue these newfound feelings.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/21/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Heloise on the go! In late March, I did a Heloise road trip: three states, nine airports, two speeches and two newspaper visits in six days.

On Christianity

posted: 05/21/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm always getting into trouble because I say things without thinking and end up offending people. Can I do anything about this, or am I always going to be this way?

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