posted: 12/08/2013 1:12 a.m.
Few things make the spirit brighter than the colorful lights of Christmas.
posted: 12/08/2013 1:06 a.m.
One of the year’s biggest technology presents doesn’t need batteries or chargers.
posted: 12/08/2013 1:04 a.m.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a friend offered me some $700 gin. Limited edition Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin.
posted: 12/08/2013 1:01 a.m.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Kris-mas.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:58 a.m.
We can credit Fox’s Glee and the feel-good movie Pitch Perfect with making a cappella extra cool in recent years.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:56 a.m.
What is it? Vikings, Season 1, nine episodes on three discs from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment When? Now How much? $59.99 (Blu-ray ) Vikings as in the Nordic folks who plundered and pillaged their way through Northern Europe in the Dark Ages? The very same, although this History channel series fleshes them out a bit.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:54 a.m.
Fiddler Mark O’Connor and colleagues Carrie Rodriguez (vocals/violin/tenor guitar), Cia Cherryholmes (vocals/ banjo), Forrest O’Connor (vocals/mandolin), Joe Smart (guitar) and Kyle Kegerreis (bass) will provide the music for Mark O’Connor and Friends — An Appalachian Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Riceland Hall, Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:51 a.m.
Straight out of Festus, Mo., the Bottle Rockets blazed like rural rock ’n’ roll philosophers across the Midwest expanse. Mixing rock with a little bit of country and punkish attitude, the group — original members Brian Henneman, Mark Ortmann, Tom Parr and Tom Ray — became part of the alt-country tribe that rose up in the late ’80s and early ’90s and included Uncle Tupelo, Old 97s, The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, the Drive-By Truckers and more.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:49 a.m.
DEAR CAROLYN: As I write, my husband is halfway across the country taking care of his ailing mother. We have had a terrible “text” fight over the past few days, and it revolves mostly around the fact that he thinks I am “compassionless” about his mother’s situation, and I am not being supportive of his decision to stay weeks with her while I fly solo holding down our family fort.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:47 a.m.
Happy birthday. No more distractions. It’s your year to fully live in the moments. Your needs collide with the needs of others in January, and the crash results in a beauty that no one could have planned.
posted: 12/03/2013 3:14 a.m.
Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am Black River B+ Kellie Pickler’s best weapon is her self-awareness. Pickler knows her strengths and who she is as an artist, one who follows the country path of Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and, to a degree, Tammy Wynette. Her albums have shown a steady artistic growth and confidence.
posted: 12/03/2013 3:11 a.m.
Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Winn Dixie panel Arkansas Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the cast and creative team of The Rep’s production of the world-premiere musical Because of Winn Dixie will take part in a panel discussion at noon Thursday in Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. As part of the discussion, Bill Berloni, who trained Taran, an Irish wolfhound, for the show’s title role, will talk about training dogs for the Broadway stage. The discussion is part of the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Admission is free; to reserve a place, call (501) 683-5239 or email publicprograms @clintonschool.uasys.edu.
posted: 12/03/2013 3:07 a.m.
For three days, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Little Rock’s White Water Tavern will be ground zero for fans of that rootsy strain of rock ’n’ roll that has been referred to as Americana, cowpunk, folk rock or alt-country.
posted: 12/03/2013 3:05 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Lucille Ball took Robert Osborne under her wing more than 50 years ago when the Turner Classic Movies host was a fledgling actor in Hollywood. The legendary I Love Lucy star ended up changing the course of Osborne’s life.
posted: 12/03/2013 3:03 a.m.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you say we’re all sinners and we all fail to live up to God’s moral standards, but maybe He doesn’t even care what we do. Maybe God just wants us to be happy and have a good time. Could I be right? I hope so. — J.McK.