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Critical Mass: The charms of Chihuly: Glass, sculptural works of Dale Chihuly take over Crystal Bridges

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Beauty is its own brief. It doesn't need to explain itself. All it need do is sate some sensual appetite to earn its right to be here. It doesn't need to mean anything beyond what it makes apparent. It bends the light in a pleasing way? It stirs some inchoate longing? Let it be, child, let it be.

HIGH PROFILE: Easter Seals Arkansas CEO Elaine Eubank

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

If Elaine Eubank’s life had a theme, it might be “Life is unexpected.” As she says, “In my life, things don’t always work out the way I’d planned them, and that’s usually a good thing.”

Nonprofit helps marshal light a fire under recruits

posted: 06/25/2017 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Joe Gray, the Little Rock Fire Department's chief fire marshal, believes in paying it forward.

BEST IN SPORTS: An evening of stars

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It wasn't just the Miss Arkansas pageant that drew a host of visitors to Markham Street in downtown Little Rock on June 17. About 1,500 people gathered in the Statehouse Convention Center's Wally Allen Ballroom for the 2016-2017 All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: She waited 4 decades to write their happy ending

posted: 06/25/2017 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Brenda Scisson was one of the first female sports reporters in the state in 1972.

Dear Abby: Hands off until a date stimulates your mind

posted: 06/25/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single 38-year-old woman. I haven't been in a relationship in more than 10 years because of school, work and kids. Lately, since I graduated, I have been on a string of blind dates. Men seem to want to hold my hand, touch my hair, stroke my arm, etc., right away. When I say I don't like it, they say they are "just being affectionate" because they like me.

PART OF THE SOLUTION(S): Eating to feed others

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It was quite the lively crowd. So much so that former governor and co-chairman Mike Beebe had trouble shushing everyone to get the program started. Could it have been all the Arkansas legislators in the house?

LEADING LAWYERS: Spa City awash in legalese with 119th meeting of Bar

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No joke -- almost 300 lawyers filled the lobby of the Arlington Hotel on June 15 for the traditional Friday, Eldridge and Clark reception at the 119th meeting of the Arkansas Bar Association.

SAILORS' DELIGHT: Chamber rolls out red carpet for crew of USS Little Rock

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A four-day visit to the river city by the crew of the pre-commissioned USS Little Rock culminated with a catered barbecue dinner hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau the night of June 13 at historic Curran Hall. The crew, stationed near Jacksonville, Fla., includes one Arkansan -- Robert Dyer of Mountainburg.

MALE CALL: Uniqueness reason enough to add knit ties to wardrobe

posted: 06/25/2017 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Q. I sure wish you would write a column on knit ties. You have recommended them at least twice in the last year. Unless they have made an unannounced comeback, I neither see them worn nor even for sale. One may find them online, but not in great numbers. Admit it: They aren't stylish. Defend thyself. You publish your opinions on fashion, and I largely agree with your calls, but on knit ties, I just don't see it.

Is father-daughter dance out of step with today's world?

posted: 06/25/2017 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The annual father-daughter dance at Benito Martinez Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, is a highlight on the school calendar. Candy-color tablecloths camouflage cafeteria tables, and strobe lights transform the gymnasium into a dance floor. The girls, from kindergarten through fifth-grade, don dresses and pose for pictures with their dates. Many of the 300 guests stay for the grand finale: a slow dance to Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses."

Centenarian began painting at 98

posted: 06/25/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Watching Dorris Woods intricately paint flowers and a cascade of cobblestone steps, it's not obvious that she only recently learned to paint. An assortment of her finished oil paintings sitting nearby -- depicting beautiful oceans, waterfalls and flowers -- look similar to those completed by her distinguished teacher, Sally Seago, although Seago has been painting for 60 years and Woods for only two.

Congolese fashionable despite poverty

posted: 06/25/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

"One of the first things I noticed is how completely beautiful everyone is on the street," said Shayla Harris, a documentary filmmaker and journalist, about her recent trip to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Katie Rhea Willis - Clayton Wade Borengasser

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The bride is the daughter of Kimberley and Dr. Roy Graves of Little Rock and Danny Wayne Willis of Beaumont, Texas. Grandparents of the bride are Shirley and Leo Willis, the late Billie Jean Lomax and the late Walter DeVillers Lomax II, all also of Beaumont.

Katherine Elizabeth Watkins - Robert Hunter Mayo

posted: 06/25/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Katherine Elizabeth Watkins became the bride of Robert Hunter Mayo at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in St. James United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Schick officiated.

CAPITOL CONNECTIONS: Two directors become one, throw out romance rulebook

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She wore a short, off-white dress with lace; he wore a black tuxedo. Their cake was a replica of the state Capitol, where they wed. But the nuptials and after-party were anything but ordinary.

SOUNDING THE ALARM: Center director an advocate for social justice, anti-hate

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A reception for Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, was held June 21 in the library of the Clinton School for Public Service.

Hairdresser travels, cuts hair for homeless people

posted: 06/25/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

When Joshua Coombes got off the bus at Union Station in Washington in February, he didn't set off for the usual tourist attractions along the National Mall. Instead, the London-based hairdresser headed for the marble fountain where homeless people gather outside. Most travelers walk by without a second glance. So what Coombes did next may well have surprised them: He chatted with them, pulled out his scissors and gave them haircuts, free of charge.

Wedding dress websites put brides and bargains together

posted: 06/25/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Let's face it, your wedding dress is taking up coveted closet space and, decades from now, your daughter is not likely to wear what's sure to be an out-of-style gown.

Pop notes: Dead abides in album, film releases

posted: 06/25/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Dismissing the Grateful Dead is easy for some people.

Spin Cycle: Not even for charity is a birthday for sale

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Leave it to Facebook to remind you that you're turning yet another year older.

The TV Column: Prequel introduces pre-Mirren Jane Tennison

posted: 06/25/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Some TV prequels are a waste of time. Remember Bonanza prequel Ponderosa? How about Young Hercules starring a young Ryan Gosling? This one, however, is well worth our attention.

TV on DVD: Kiss Me, Kate's musical fun featured live on PBS Blu-ray

posted: 06/25/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

What is it? Kiss Me, Kate, 2 hours, 27 minutes on one Blu-ray disc from Shout! Factory

LET'S TALK: Quite contrary: Developing allergies another sign of aging

posted: 06/25/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Another thing to add to my recurring, unofficial Joys of Aging manual.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Anime films to roll in state; Johnny Mathis in Memphis

posted: 06/25/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Three Arkansas movie theaters -- the UA Breckenridge 12 in Little Rock, the AMC Classic Fort Smith and the Malco Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville -- will screen director Hayao Miyazaki's animated film My Neighbor Totoro, from Japanese anime producer Studio Ghibli, dubbed into English, at 12:55 p.m. today and with English-language subtitles at 7 p.m. Monday.






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