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HIGH PROFILE: Riverfest Executive Director DeAnna Jo Harless Korte

posted: 05/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In mid-April, the view of Little Rock's Riverfront Park from DeAnna Korte's office was like a widescreen daydream -- green, pristine, with just a sprinkling of people taking leisurely lunchtime strolls. The amphitheater, in its dormant state, somehow seemed to amplify the ambient quiet.

Spin Cycle: Wookiee's contagious joy is good for health

posted: 05/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Candace Payne still has me cackling.

DEAR ABBY: His unduly long fingernails are giving gal pal the creeps

posted: 05/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a 65-year-old widow and recently started dating a 66-year-old man. I really like him and enjoy his company. However, one thing about him drives me up a wall. He has long fingernails on both hands. He is neat and tidy and otherwise well groomed. I am quite sure he is not a coke user (which some have suggested could be the reason).

Pair set to Bash prostate cancer

posted: 05/29/2016 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Betsey and Joe Mowery, both 51, have experienced a lot of life's ups and downs since they met 25 years ago. They've shared joys such as the birth of daughters Sarah and Katie, now 23 and 20 respectively, and heartaches such as when their fathers -- Jim Mowery of Piggott and Charlie Crow of Rector -- were each diagnosed with prostate cancer. Both men battled and survived their illnesses.

DRESSING ROOM: McHugh handbag line premieres at B. Barnett

posted: 05/29/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Lawyer-turned-luxury-handbag-designer Ella McHugh debuted her fall 2016 handbag collection May 10-11 at B. Barnett in west Little Rock. Invited to stop by the trunk show, I truly fell in window-shopping love with the merchandise.

DANCING (TO THE MUSIC): Chance to assemble

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Granted, it was dancing, rather than music, that headlined the Little Rock Musical Coterie's Spring Luncheon.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Two band geeks make beautiful music as duet

posted: 05/29/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Dorian Toney and Van Sims marched in formation for years before falling in step together.

MALE CALL: Another spin on beard care: What about electric shaver?

posted: 05/29/2016 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Q. I read with interest your Male Call column, "Shaving tools are important as longtime beard is shorn." While I thought your column was very informative, I felt you missed a wonderful opportunity to also discuss electric shavers.

STRUTTIN' FOR PUPS: Giving a paw up

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A parade of 24 rescued pups strutted -- or were carried -- down the catwalk at CARE's ninth annual Paws on the Runway on May 12 at Next Level Events.

HEART FOR THE HUNGRY: Empty bowls runneth over with silent and live auctions

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Although Empty Bowls has been an annual event for the Arkansas Food Bank for 14 years, this year the Food Bank selected its first honoree, Nick Brown, president and chief executive of Southwestern Powerpool. He was honored at the fundraiser May 13 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

ALUMNI AWARDS: UALR honors alumni trio for serious overachieving

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association and UALR Foundation Fund Board lauded some serious overachievers at its May 13 awards luncheon, held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

AHEAD OF THE WINDFALL: Partygoers get Windfall, meet Alexander, Pietsch

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Jennifer and Mark McCarty opened their west Little Rock home to patrons of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for An Evening with Jason Alexander and Scooter Pietsch. The pair are the director and playwright for the forthcoming world premiere of Windfall, the last show of the Rep's 40th anniversary season.

PASSING THE STETHOSCOPE: UAMS radiology welcomes 'Bobette,' mentor's trainee

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A recent reception for Dr. Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, the new chief of breast imaging for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' department of radiology, was sort of a passing of the stethoscope to Bryant-Smith from her mentor and predecessor, Dr. Bobby Fincher.

Amy Nicole Huggins - Matthew Clifford Stauffer

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Parents of the bride are Jill and Tom Whitehead of Little Rock. Her grandparents are Mary Jo and William Basinger, also of Little Rock.

South on Main party follows Steenburgen, Word nuptials

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Friends and family of Nancy Lynn Steenburgen and George Peter Word gathered at South on Main on May 21 to celebrate the couple's nuptials.

Whitney Danielle Colclough - Kourtney Kirk Andre Nichols

posted: 05/29/2016 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Whitney Danielle Colclough became the bride of Kourtney Kirk Andre Nichols at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in Albert Pike Memorial Temple. The Rev. Charles Caradine of King Solomon Baptist Church, North Little Rock, cousin of the bridegroom, officiated.

ANNUAL SALUTE: Servicemen's hunting trips impetus for Warrior benefit

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The Country Club of Little Rock became a "testosteroom" the night of May 12 for Darby's Warrior Support group's second annual Salute Our Warriors benefit.

Top Six

updated: 05/29/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Pictured is one of the most expensive houses sold in Little Rock during the week of April 25-29. "Sold" refers to the date on which the real estate deed was recorded by the Pulaski County circuit clerk, irrespective of the actual sale date.

Find of a lifetime: Abandoned artworks form basis of compelling show at Arkansas museum

posted: 05/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It's here. But it almost wasn't anywhere.

Spirits: Light, at last, illuminates Mr. Beer Bottle Snob's error

posted: 05/29/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

You should always order the local beer and, in most cases, eschew the local wine, I say. Any more than three ingredients and you're risking a silly drink, I say. Only masochists and Argentines willingly take Fernet-Branca, I say. It's "I couldn't care less" not "I could care less," I say.

The TV Column: History Channel remakes '77 miniseries Roots

posted: 05/29/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

It may be difficult for younger audiences (those under age 45 or so) to realize the cultural impact the ABC miniseries Roots had on the country in 1977. It was immense, and we'll likely never see such a phenomenon again.

TV on DVD: Lou Grant a spinoff series full of newspaper drama

posted: 05/29/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

What is it? Lou Grant, Season 1, 22 episodes on five discs from Shout! Factory

Let's Talk: TV still a fantasy world, only now it's all about dysfunction

posted: 05/29/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Hubby has a ritual when it comes to viewing the previews for most TV shows these days.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Chesney, Old Dominion pair for AMP's program

posted: 05/29/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

This week at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers:

Tell Me About It: Not her place to get involved

posted: 05/29/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My daughter, an 18-year-old about to graduate from high school, is in a serious and loving relationship with a young man who will be 18 himself this month. He goes to school full time and works full time, and they spend much of their free time together.

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