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Style: Oscar Race

posted: 02/23/2017 11:54 a.m. Discuss

Movie talk this week is naturally dominate by speculation about Sunday night’s 89th annual Academy Awards show so, as is our custom, we’ve gathered a panel of heavily invested Oscar watchers to predict who’ll win what.

Restaurant Transitions: IHOP at Markham and University, Capers, Tacos 4 Life opening soon

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The target reopening date for the IHOP, West Markham Street and University Avenue, Little Rock, is April 3. You will recall that Golden Cakes Inc., which manages 10 of the 15 Arkansas IHOPs, is rebuilding the place from the ground up; the new place will have a "contemporary look, reflective of the warm and inviting atmosphere characteristic of IHOP restaurants nationwide," according to a corporate marketing statement; "special design touches include whimsical 'bubble' screens, porcelain wood-like tile flooring and the beloved banquette seating associated with the brand since first opening in 1958." Part of the building has a distinctly visible second story, which Susan North, franchisee/partner/owner, says will be an employee-only space, not a party room or overflow seating.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 02/23/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

1 MUTTS

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Paninis & Company plates a pretty package

posted: 02/23/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Woman doesn't live on wheatgrass-kale-spinach-cucumber-parsley-lemon-and-celery juice alone. Or at all.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 02/23/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 02/23/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Blend: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be joined by vocalist Jean Meilleur and The Jeans 'n' Classics Band as they present Imagine: The Music of John Lennon, 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 5 at Robinson Center Performance Hall. Tickets are $39-$67. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit arkansassymphony.org.

The TV Column: Blacklist fans can rejoice as Redemption begins

posted: 02/23/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The Blacklist: Redemption premieres at 9 p.m. today on NBC. This is the spinoff for which fans of The Blacklist have been waiting.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 02/23/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Music: TobyMac 'Hits Deep' with latest tour stop at Verizon

posted: 02/23/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Meetings. Christian pop superstar TobyMac is in the middle of a day full of them. It's early January and he has been meeting with his creative team about his ''Hits Deep'' tour. Then there's also a get-together with the tour's promoter a little later.

Music scene: Show by Folk Club, Battle of Bands set

posted: 02/23/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante will perform for the Little Rock Folk Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hibernia Irish Tavern in Little Rock. Admission is $15, $10 for military, $8 for students with ID and free for accompanied children age 12 and under.

Music: Quartet to play something old, new

posted: 02/23/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

For a concert today at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Parker Quartet will play works fairly old, fairly new and very new.

Special Event: Barkus on Main to roll out good times at debut event

posted: 02/23/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

This weekend, Little Rock is embracing the spirit of "laissez les bon temps roulez." And this year, for the first time, that will include dogs too.

Selected restaurants

updated: 02/23/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Weekly 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. 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: Way past time to tell the in-laws to cut out the teasing

posted: 02/23/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been married for over 30 years and throughout the marriage, my in-laws have made fun of my interests and certain traits of my personality under the guise of teasing. I have never spoken up and defended myself against these comments and neither has my husband.

Helpful Hints

posted: 02/23/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have any hints for keeping a flat-screen TV clean and dust-free?

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