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Cat Chat

posted: 07/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Tigers won't make an appearance on Bentonville Square, but that doesn't mean you can't get up close and personal with the big cats -- and other animals -- Sunday at Sidewalk Sundays at The Walmart Museum.

A Study in ‘Contrasts’

posted: 07/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

If the upcoming season from the Fort Smith Symphony were a meal, it would not be meat and potatoes. It would be something more gourmet, with a mix of influence from other countries, says the organization’s musical director and maestro, John Jeter.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 07/30/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

1 PITS Clarksville hosts its annual salute to fuzzy, juicy fruit with the Johnson County Peach Festival, today-Saturday. The party will include all the usual activities, including arts and crafts, games, music, children's activities, tours, bake-offs and peach pie-eating contests.

Sawbucks doesn't fill Maumelle void

posted: 07/30/2015 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

Meet a friend for lunch in Maumelle, and chances are you'll be parking your car in front of a national chain.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 07/30/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Delta Exhibition

Fast Forward

posted: 07/30/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month NEXT WEEK In the house: Our House shelter presents its fourth annual salute to the Bard with Shakespeare at the Shelter, a production of scenes from Shakespeare performed by shelter residents with the help of scholars and theater experts.

The TV Column: SpongeBob movie is a nice summer diversion

posted: 07/30/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

It's hot. It's nasty. You've seen all the reruns, and are desperate for something to watch on Friday night next to the air conditioner. What to do?

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 07/30/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Idol auditions Fox’s American Idol will hold auditions for its 15th season Aug. 8 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, Interstate 30 and East Broadway.

MUSIC SCENE: Hot Springs' Ghost Bones, showcase winners, at Stickyz

posted: 07/30/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Ghost Bones will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack and the show will open with sets by Androids of Ex Lovers and John Willis.

Bobby Brown: A turbulent life

posted: 07/30/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Bobby Brown has lived most of his adult life in the spotlight. He sought publicity as a member of the '80s boy band New Edition and in his subsequent solo career. He got it by default when he married superstar Whitney Houston. He unwittingly attracted tabloid headlines for his hard-partying life and marital strife for more than a decade. And he attempted to control his image with a reality series based on his home life, but the show became shorthand for jokes about dysfunctional family relationships.

Music: Southern guys 'swim' music scene as Water Liars

posted: 07/30/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Water Liars is a band name that also recalls, at least to lovers of language, the late Mississippi author Barry Hannah, who wrote a short story by that name in the 1970s. When a couple of musicians began collaborating, and it proved fruitful, the men decided they needed a name for their collaboration.

Special Event: Peach Fest peels off another year of fun

posted: 07/30/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

There is no shortage of things to do at the 74th Johnson County Peach Festival in Clarksville.

Are We There Yet: Blanchard Springs Caverns cool in many ways

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On the parking lot at Blanchard Springs Caverns, 230 feet overhead, the temperature on a sultry summer afternoon hovers in the mid-90s.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 07/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Loca Luna owner-chef Mark Abernathy says the weather-delayed physical interior and exterior face lift on the restaurant, 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is pretty much done. But a minor health issue is keeping him from working on the new menu, the roll-out of which he is looking at for sometime in mid-September. The restaurant has stayed open during the makeover with the exception of a recent Monday, during the repaving of the parking lot and some interior painting. The phone number is (501) 663-4666; the website is localuna.com. We'll keep you posted.

Selected restaurants

posted: 07/30/2015 1:46 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

Tell Me About It: Get help before dealing with abusive sister who wants baby

posted: 07/30/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I have an older sister who was incredibly abusive toward me as a child. She was controlling, manipulative, the works.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/30/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My girlfriend had a headache and asked for some pain reliever. I pulled a store brand out of my bag, and she said, "Um, that's OK ..."

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/30/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday! You momentarily may have lost sight of your goal in recent weeks, but your solar return brings it back in shining glory. Your efforts with fellow fire signs create swift momentum. September brings funding to fulfill a wish.

On Christianity

posted: 07/30/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We moved to a new town recently, and we seem to be the only family in our neighborhood that goes to church. Those I've talked with say they don't think it's important, and they have better things to do on weekends. How should we react? We don't want to come across as conceited or "holier than thou."

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 07/30/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. Complete the popular lyric: "I wish I was in the land of --------."

Dear Abby: Family pet-sitter helps herself to homeowner's possessions

posted: 07/30/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: A trusted and beloved family member who takes care of my cats -- and therefore has a key to my house -- has been stealing things like cleaning supplies, knickknacks, family pictures, etc. Most of them have little monetary value. But imagine my surprise when I spotted some of my missing seashell collection in her fish tank!

Commentary: Teach them all

posted: 07/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

It is a privilege for me to share with our patrons the following message I prepared for our Springdale School District staff as we open our 2015-2016 school year.

August: Dogs, drives, dinners

posted: 07/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Taste of Crawford County CASA 4 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. -- Sample the Taste of Crawford County for lunch or dinner to benefit CASA of Crawford County.

Hidden History: Pea Ridge site sees more than just three days of battle

posted: 07/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Off the beaten path of the park tour road, beyond the preserved battlefields, behind the brush and brambles of a summer woodland, Pea Ridge National Military Park conceals many features unseen by most guests. Those secrets tell a story not only of the battle but of life in the Ozarks before and after those fateful March days in 1862, when Federal forces during the Civil War won control of Missouri for the Union.

The Rockwood Files: Friend's death hits hard

posted: 07/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

This is not the column I planned to write today. What I had in mind was something light and funny, but if I tried to write those words today, they'd be hollow. Even worse, they'd be fake.

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