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Kathryn Ann Pryor

posted: 07/27/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

In August 2002, Kathryn Pryor got a handwritten note on Sixth Judicial District Court letterhead, the courtroom of Circuit Judge John Plegge. "Kathryn," it went, "you really should give up your day job ..."

TALENT SHOW: Dry humor

posted: 07/27/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

If you've ever been around people in recovery, you know they love to tell stories. Especially ones that draw on the days of wine and roses, as it were. Some are tall tales, and some are true.

CASINO NIGHT: When to hold 'em

posted: 07/27/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Just like the World Series of Poker we see on TV, they came in Adidas track suits and Hawaiian print shirts, the 117 players -- 39 more than last year! -- who went all in for Youth Home's Casino Night and Texas Hold 'em Tournament.

CORD BLOOD BANK: Doctors stress importance of saving life-giving 'trash'

posted: 07/27/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Peter Emanuel, chief of the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute and a speaker at the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas' luncheon July 15 at the Governor's Mansion, hit on it right away -- there's no way to discuss cord blood over lunch.

NEW MEMBERS PARTY: Junior League grows

posted: 07/20/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The Junior League experience is what you make it, organizers of Tuesday's new member party and active members would have told each prospect, given the chance. But the Little Rock civic group's party started at 6:30 and wrapped before 8.

UP AND COMING: Co-working incubates charity dollars, sense

posted: 07/13/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The promise of the Information Age was that one day we would make our own work schedules and do so in lounge pants and hoodies from our breakfast bar. No more subway commute! No more fourth-floor typing pool!

CORAZON: Driven to aid others

posted: 07/13/2014 2:44 a.m. Gallery Discuss

In it's 10th year, the art benefit Corazon: The Art of the Heart logged its most handsome haul to date -- $3,000 -- for the Center for Artistic Revolution, a community center for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) adults and youths based at First Presbyterian Church downtown. The curiously named nonprofit with the punnable acronym CAR was begun 11 years ago by Randi Romo.

BIG ROCK: Mini golf event hits a score while fundraising for center

posted: 07/13/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

As American as apple pie? That sure is a sweet simile, but some food historians trace the origins of apple pie back to the European Middle Ages or earlier, to Asia, where apples are believed to originate. So how about "as American as mini golf."

Philip Ryan Mann

posted: 06/29/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

You know which cliche Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conductor Philip Mann hates? The one that goes, Make your passion your job and you'll never have to go to work. Blech. "While I'm lucky to do what I do, it's an extraordinary amount of work."

SEVENTH SOLUTIONS SUPPER: Public-servant servers

posted: 06/29/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. Missy Irvin was prepared to give the blessing over the dozens of legislators and approximately 200 guests of the seventh Serving Up Solutions dinner at the Governor's Mansion on June 19, but first she made a plea on behalf of Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the reason for the assembly.

JUNGMEYER AWARDS: CARTI salutes 20 survivors at scholarship presentation

posted: 06/29/2014 2:15 a.m. Gallery Discuss

How the time flies! On June 11, Dennis Jungmeyer celebrated the 17th awards ceremony for the scholarship that bears his name. A past Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute Foundation board member, first lady Ginger Beebe said farewell to those in attendance, having hosted the annual midafternoon reception since 2007. Next year, assuming the award winners are presented in the same space, a new first lady will shake hands at the threshold.

PRESERVING THE CLASSICS: Troupe's Broadway musicale amuses guests at mansion

posted: 06/29/2014 2:12 a.m. Gallery Discuss

As they have in the past, the Muses Creative Artistry Project came away from a performance at the Governor's Mansion on June 16 with a few more fans. The arts collective founded five years ago to preserve classical art and music through performance wowed the audience with nearly two dozen Broadway standards and classics.

BEAUX ARTS BALL: Blast from Arts Center's past

posted: 06/15/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

How might we compare June 7's Beaux Arts Ball inside the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries to its forebears of the late 1950s and '60s? Oh, it's impossible!

ALL-ARKANSAS PREPS: 1st-class athletes, dat's who

posted: 06/15/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

When Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees emerged from behind the dark curtain to the right of the dais, the din of the ballroom rose to a Superdome scream. New Orleans Saints fans peppered the cheers with "Who dat?" It was a super moment for a superstar quarterback, but it was preceded by a far more profound introduction -- that of the 200 standout high school athletes from around the state recognized for accomplishments in baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis and track.

Building a History: Book signing with architects blueprint for popular event

posted: 06/08/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Who'd've thunk the most popular post-Riverfest show downtown would be a book signing for Architects of Little Rock: 1833-1950 at Historic Arkansas Museum? It was a madhouse, and Charles Witsell and Gordon Wittenberg were the architects.


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