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Restaurant Transitions: Soul Fish Cafe opening, Little Rock pizzeria moving, Honey Pies' home base

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Wednesday is the firm target date for the opening of Soul Fish Cafe, 306 Main St., Little Rock, the first west-of-the-Mississippi outlet of a Memphis-based, three-restaurant mini-chain. Hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; they'll offer free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday nights. The phone number is (501) 396-9175; menu and other details are available at the website,

RESTAURANT REVIEWS: River Market's newest tenants, The Indian Feast + Old Mill

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The newest tenants of the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall might be next to each other, but they are continents away when it comes to cuisine.

DEAR ABBY: Sweet man sours marriage by calling his wife fat

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a large, overweight woman. I have been in the process of losing weight for more than five years. I got married three years ago to an amazing guy. He’s the sweetest man I have ever met.

MUSIC SCENE: Little Rock Metroplex goes country with show by Deana Carter

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Country singer Deana Carter, plus opening acts Bailey Hefley and Ashley McBryde, will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Metroplex in Little Rock. Tickets are $25.

SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner to toast Arkansas novelist Charles Portis

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Fifty years ago this week, Arkansas author Charles Portis' first novel, Norwood, hit bookshelves. Portis had left his job as the London bureau chief of the New York Herald Tribune in 1964 for a cabin on Lake Norfork back home, trading in journalism for fiction.


posted: 07/28/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

1 ‘ICE ICE BABY!’ North Little Rock's Verizon Arena turns into a time warp when it hosts I Love the '90s, 7:30 p.m. Friday. The concert lineup includes old-school stars such as Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Kid 'n Play and Tone Loc. Tickets are $66.35-$80.45. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 5E.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 07/28/2016 2 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 Aug. 29. Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. or (501) 258-8991.

Fast Forward

posted: 07/28/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month Next week Beer, craft beer: Beer aficionados should cleanse their palates in preparation for the Great Arkansas Beer Festival, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

THE TV COLUMN: Sharknado lurks, offers respite from politics

posted: 07/28/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Tonight is the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, so I can't say with certainty what will happen.

MUSIC: Yoakam in concert at Magic Springs

posted: 07/28/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Country crooner Dwight Yoakam will take the stage as a part of the 2016 summer concert series at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park on Saturday night.

Music: Merritt in town for rock, folk, country, Norwood

posted: 07/28/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock author Charles Portis may or may not be a fan of singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, but Merritt is a fan of Portis. So when she was asked if she would come to Arkansas to take part in the Oxford American's 50th anniversary salute to the legendary author's first novel, Norwood, she didn't have to think twice -- it would be all right with her.

Artbeat: Retro Polaroid art on display

posted: 07/28/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

One of the charms of a Polaroid camera was its immediacy ... snap, grab the tab, pull the photo out of the camera, wait a few minutes and instant gratification is in your hand. In the pre-digital age, it was a big deal that we didn't have to wait for photos to be developed.

Are We There Yet?: Batesville museum covers 19th century onward

posted: 07/28/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

In the 19th century, many Arkansas mothers were farm wives who needed to spend long hours helping husbands in the fields while also minding their babies. So how did they manage that double duty?

Selected restaurants

posted: 07/28/2016 1:51 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.

Tell Me About It: Daughter needs to refocus on Dad, embrace new family

posted: 07/28/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: After many years of being single, my dad is getting married soon to a woman he loves very much. She has two daughters, younger than my brother and me, and my dad has gotten very close with them, which is overall good for him and for them.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/28/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I have black appliances, and when I clean them there is a cloudy film on the surface.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. Domestic improvements will align your head and heart. You'll find new ways to relate to your loved ones and build better relationships all year long.

On Christianity

posted: 07/28/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I always vowed I'd never become a slave to alcohol, because it destroyed my father and tore apart our family. But now I'm fighting the same battle. What's wrong with me? I hate what's happening, but I can't help it.

Super Quiz: Potpourri

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1. What is the only major city built on two continents?

Glade post office, Coal Gap school restored in community

posted: 07/28/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Just off a narrow, winding stretch of county road stand three buildings, silent testimonials to the once bustling farming community of Glade.

The Rockwood Files: Buckle up, Mama, for a terrifying ride on life's highway

posted: 07/28/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

There are two times in a woman's life when she needs an epidural to block the certain agony coming her way. The first is the day she gives birth to her sweet baby. The second is the day her sweet baby takes his first driving lesson.

Dog days, summer nights

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Taste of Crawford County

Former students recall days at Coal Gap

posted: 07/28/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

When the Back Roads column listed the 138 school districts in Benton County about 70 years before, it seemed like a natural follow-up to on just one of these schools and take a broader look at it. Coal Gap school, out east of Garfield, was chosen. Coal Gap District No 105 once was Jennings Switch No. 105.

UA Honors College recognizes incoming freshmen

posted: 07/28/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas recently awarded 11 high school graduates from Northwest Arkansas with Honors College Fellowships. The $70,000 fellowships largely cover tuition and fees, books, room and board for four years. High school seniors must score at least 32 on the ACT exam and have a 3.8 grade-point average to apply, and Honors College administrators review applications for evidence of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential and community involvement. The selection process also involves a writing test and campus interview for finalists in early March.





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