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A BULLY PORTER: Literary legends

posted: 04/13/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

The 3rd Porter Prize lifetime achievement award ceremony April 6 at the Governor’s Mansion brought out a handful of past Porter Prize winners and young writers who must have imagined a day when their contributions to the Natural State’s canon would be recognized on such a night.

TURNING POINTE: Merriment gets a bit serious with memories of Hamilton

posted: 04/13/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

It wasn’t exactly a pall that fell over Ballet Arkansas’ Turning Pointe fundraiser April 7, but the news earlier that day of the death of Broadway actor and Arkansas native Lawrence Hamilton certainly had a few people dabbing their eyes.

Renata Llyn Jenkins Byler

posted: 04/06/2014 4:18 a.m. Discuss

If you’ve ever been introduced to Renata Byler, or had her pointed out to you, you’d remember. Her 5-feet-10-inch frame is lean but not lilting; she’s athletic.

UP AND COMING: Our House’s fundraiser old-fashioned yard party

posted: 04/06/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

If there’s one thing I know about hip young people, they love the affectation and attire of the very, very old. Artifacts, sometimes.

FRIBOURGH AWARD: Honored St.Vincent chief contradicts Peter Principle

posted: 04/06/2014 4:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Science honored Peter Banko, president of St. Vincent Health System, with its fifth Fribourgh Award, which recognizes leaders for their contributions to Arkansas in the fields of health, mathematics or science.

Actor Hamilton dies after NYC surgery

posted: 04/05/2014 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

The Foreman native whose given name foretold a life on stage and who fulfilled that destiny — Lawrence Olivier Hamilton — died Thursday after an operation at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was 59.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Lovin’ Lubin

posted: 03/30/2014 3:52 a.m. Gallery Discuss

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” asked Aaron Lubin — a quotation he faithfully attributed to the Hall of Fame pitcher Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige.

MARY AND FRIENDS: Oxford American gets hand from a pair of state’s finest

posted: 03/30/2014 3:50 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Mary Steenburgen met Kris Allen not long after he shot to stardom on the Fox talent show American Idol in 2009. The Academy Award winning actress from North Little Rock gave the Conway native some friendly advice: Never forget who you are and where you came from.

UP AND COMING: Children’s shelter plans crowdfunding campaign

posted: 03/23/2014 4:40 a.m. Discuss

I’ve written about crowdfunding before. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, USA Projects — online bazaars for people with project ideas to solicit financial support. That is, beg. Some treat it as an investment (not unlike angel investing or buying shares), but most appeal to good will without promise of dividends.

In his city, he’s the king of clean

posted: 03/16/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

A late winter sun met a dawn fog the morning of March 8. The fog retreated to the lake, and by 8 o’clock the sun shone warm on the faces that’d formed a circle on the knoll beside the pavilion at Western Hills Park.

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