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Let The Good Times Roll

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With themes from "Jurassic Bark" to "2001: A Dog Odyssey," the Krewe of Barkus dog parade has been a highlight of Mardi Gras in New Orleans since 1993, the "Welcome to the Flea Market" year. And most of its kings and queens -- although pampered pooches now -- once lived a dog's life on the streets.

Dear Abby: Small displays tell larger tale of late husband's life

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DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away recently and I have some items of his I'm unsure how to tastefully display to honor his memory. They are his Bible, a U.S. flag in a triangular display box (he was a veteran), a set of deer antlers, works he authored, his guitar and family photos. I don't want to build a shrine, but I don't want to stick these things in a closet, either.


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Deadpool, R A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary (Ryan Reynolds), subject of a rogue experiment that has left him with accelerated healing powers, retains a dark, twisted sense of humor as he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. With Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams; directed by Tim Miller. Feb. 12


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Black film history: Five early movies

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When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a slate of acting nominees for the 2016 Oscars that was all white, it added fuel to the flame of a fierce debate about diversity in American pop culture and sparked an attempt to make the Academy's membership look more like the audiences for the movies it wants to recognize.

De Niro turns focus to roles in comedies

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The movie poster for Dirty Grandpa is tragic but also unsurprising. There's Robert De Niro, shirtless in a sumo stance, hoisting co-star Zac Efron onto his shoulders. Watch the trailer, and feel the despair deepen: The renowned method actor plays a pervy recent widower who dupes his uptight grandson into chauffeuring him to spring break in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the retiree aspires to impregnate a college student or two. So this is what happens when frat boys become AARP eligible.

Restaurant transitions: Raduno temporarily closed, Dixie Cafe applying for alcohol

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom, 1318 S. Main St., Little Rock, posted a Facebook explanation for its temporary closure this week: "Hey Little Rock, due to some unforeseen issues, we are going to take the rest of the week off to give our staff a small break as well as some general house cleaning. Raduno will reopen its doors Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest! We hope to see you at the 2016 SoMa Mardi Gras Parade. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Raduno & Crew."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Loca Luna's face-lift fits well

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Our take on Loca Luna: We've always liked the food and enjoyed the atmosphere, but we just hadn't yet found the single menu item that would get us back as more than occasional customers. Given the diversity of the menu at this Riverdale neighborhood eatery and watering hole, that's always been kind of a surprise.


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1 MARDI It's a tasty, lively party time on Little Rock's South Main Street as the neighborhood hosts a Mardi Gras celebration Saturday. Stores and restaurants start opening in the morning with special sales and activities but the parade itself begins at noon.

Weekend Calendar

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Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Super Sunday Free Family Fun Day, noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14. , William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Admiration, Feb. 16-May 15. "Juried Exhibition of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists," Feb. 12-April 27.

Fast Forward

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Things to do next week and next month Next week Hearts thumping: Valentine's Day brings a whole weekend for love birds. For those who want to get in on a pre-packaged couples weekend out, there are options.

The TV Column: Thinning the herd to 24 begins on Idol tonight

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American Idol finally gets serious at 7 p.m. today on Fox with Round 4 of Hollywood Week.

Entertainment notes

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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY Cheaper theater The Royal Players will stage Cheaper by the Dozen, Christopher Sergel's adaptation of the book by Frank B. Gilreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 7 p.m. today-Saturday and Feb. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 14 at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

Music: Singer Mavis Staples to christen new auditorium

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Singer Mavis Staples is 76 years old, but still remembers vividly the first time she ever performed with her family in public.

Special Event: Good times ready to roll for SoMa's Mardi Gras

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Beads will fly, pooches will strut and superheroes will surface when South Main Street hosts a day full of Mardi Gras-style fun Saturday.

Music Scene: LR Folk Club to host show by Doctorow, Steamrollers

posted: 02/04/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Caroline Doctorow will perform for the Little Rock Folk Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the club's new location, the Hibernia Irish Tavern. Admission is $15, $8 for students and free for accompanied children age 12 and under.

Wine appellation tells buyers what to expect

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Everyone, and every wine, has to be from somewhere.

Selected restaurants

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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: Friends need to discuss recent post-wedding estrangement

posted: 02/04/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: Friend recently got married and seems totally uninterested in spending time with friends, what's going on in our lives, etc. (We are a mid-30s mix of married/single/otherwise coupled, kids/no kids.) Friend- will give reasons she is busy before we've even suggested something, or, when we finally do something, comment how it has "been forever" despite our invitations on an almost weekly basis. It started pre-wedding but we chalked it up to the time it takes to wedding-plan.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR READERS: Well, it seems some of you don't flip-flop on wearing flip-flops in the shower while at home. Some had safety concerns generated from their experiences. Good point, if you have a medical condition that makes you unstable and might cause dizziness.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. Personal aims and professional goals bring out your tenacity. However, you will be open-minded about love, letting Cupid lead with his whimsy, unwilling to force anything.

On Christianity

posted: 02/04/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does the Bible say how we're supposed to pray -- for example, on our knees, or with our heads bowed? I don't want to offend God by praying in the wrong way.

Super Quiz: Science

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1. What figure resembles an egg or an ellipse in shape?

Dear Abby: Visits to mother-in-law feel like stepping into a fight ring

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DEAR ABBY: I am dreading an upcoming trip that includes a visit to my husband's mother, "Harriet." She is prone to "accidents" when I visit, and I always end up getting hurt. Harriet's "oops" moments usually involve my toes and feet, although the last time I was there she managed to strike my face.

Uruguay: History, beaches make South American country worth visit

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Between Argentina and Brazil lies a country not much bigger than Arkansas in both population and geographical area. Not surprisingly, Uruguay attracts far fewer North American visitors than its much larger neighbors. But its interesting history, beautiful beaches, fine cuisine and stable government make it well worth a visit.




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