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posted: 08/25/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

1 COLORS OF LOVE Music (including reggae, R&B, soul, rock and hip-hop), food, craft brews, art and entertainment are all part of the Roots Art Connection’s “Colors of Love: Art and Multicultural Festival,” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday in Argenta Plaza, Sixth and Main streets, North Little Rock. Admission is free.

Samurai continues the fight

posted: 08/25/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

We couldn't believe that it has been eight whole years since Samurai Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar opened in Little Rock's Shackleford Crossings Shopping Center.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 08/25/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA GALLERY 413 Main St., North Little Rock. "Collaboration of Color," through Saturday. Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Fast Forward

posted: 08/25/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Next week High flying: The Greatest Show on Earth returns to North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 1 p.m. Sept. 4. Tickets are $15-$39. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

The TV Column: Rugged Justice returns with new state, name, tales

posted: 08/25/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

If you enjoy those fish and wildlife officer shows on Animal Planet, then listen up.


posted: 08/25/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Music: Naturally, playing in Arkansas makes Helm feel at home

posted: 08/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Singer-songwriter Amy Helm is coming home.

SPECIAL EVENT: Community arts group sets multicultural festival

posted: 08/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The nonprofit Roots Art Connection has assigned itself a daunting task.

Music Scene: Keen to rev up Rev Room; Ramblers to play SoMa

posted: 08/25/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Robert Earl Keen will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Rev Room. Advance tickets are $25; tickets are $39 the day of the show.

Restaurant Transitions: JJ’s Grill open, Prospect scheduled for mid-September opening, Mooyah giveaway

posted: 08/25/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

JJ's Grill Little Rock has opened in the former Another Round/Villa space in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 12111 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Kitchen hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday; the bar stays open until 2. The phone number is (501) 891-6769. No word yet on an opening date for the new JJ's in the former Jose's Mexican Restaurant, 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, which would become the chain's eighth outlet (the one in Little Rock, two in Rogers, one other in Fayetteville, one each in Fort Smith, Conway and Bella Vista). The menu for all locations is the same and available on the website,

Selected restaurants

posted: 08/25/2016 1:47 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. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit

Tell Me About It: Big sister sick about little brother's cancer she can't control

posted: 08/25/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My younger brother, 29, was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. He's the healthy, extremely fit one of the family, so it is extremely unexpected.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/25/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: If you are having a difficult time getting your earrings to go into the hole in your earlobe, just put a dab of hand lotion on your lobe, and the earring will go right in.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/25/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You're a visionary and a world-class planner. You'll lean on this strength with extremely positive results this year. Loved ones will also thrive as you include them in your dreams and schemes.

On Christianity

posted: 08/25/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: When we die, does an angel accompany us into Heaven? I've heard this all my life, but is it really true? How do we know?

Super Quiz: Mnemonics

posted: 08/25/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

1. Music: Every good boy does fine

Dear Abby: Dad dating ex-wife causes daughter to feel betrayed

posted: 08/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have a complicated family situation. My dad was married to a woman named "Cynthia" for 16 years until they divorced. He met and married my mother the next year. My parents were married for 40 years, until Mom died of cancer a year ago. Since her death, I have gone with my dad to a few holiday events hosted at his other daughters' houses, where we saw them and Cynthia. Everyone was cordial and welcoming.

IDEA ALLEY: How to make The Villa Italian Restaurant's bread

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Unless otherwise noted, recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

PARENTING: Things to look for when picking a child's school

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Q We are looking for a private school for our 4-year-old. Regardless of the school we ultimately choose, we want to keep him there through eighth grade at least. We live in a suburban area so we have a lot of options to choose from. Our son is intelligent, creative and very imaginative. Do you have a recommendation?

Roll your own

posted: 08/24/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Summer is a lot of things, but fun for the cook ain't necessarily one of them.

Front Burner: Sour grapes' place is Cornmeal Cake

posted: 08/24/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Even though grapes are available year round, they always taste their best to me during late summer. I love eating them fresh out of hand, but I also like to incorporate their juicy sweetness into a variety of dishes, from salads and entrees to desserts.


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Cooking for two: Easy Caprese is to-go salad for summer

posted: 08/24/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

This salad is perfect for lunch away from home -- whether it's a picnic, tailgate party or a weekend road trip.

Zucchini stars in savory tart

posted: 08/24/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Houseguests can be ingrates. Once, I invited an asparagus family to the garden, and the whole clan stalked away. Perhaps my hostess skills need some work.

7day menu planner

posted: 08/24/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: The family is in for a treat with Spicy Skillet Chicken (see recipe). Serve with rice, mixed greens and biscuits. Make Peach Shortcake for dessert. Top angel food cake with sliced fresh peaches and light whipped cream.




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