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Marisha Boedigheimer DiCarlo

posted: 05/15/2016 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Here's Junior League President Marisha DiCarlo walking the halls of the headquarters, the halls of the Arkansas Department of Health, the finish line of the Downtown Dash 5K/10K last month -- and there's the telltale Starbucks cup.

72-year-old is relentless in Little Rock neighborhood cleanup

updated: 05/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

At the end of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where it becomes 36th Street, there's a sharp turn and a ravine to the right. It's difficult to see, but over the guardrail it's a dump. There are mattresses and yard furniture and a long tangle of radial tires that kind of resembles costume jewelry for a giant.

AN EVENING WITH LOU HOLTZ: A humble legend

posted: 05/08/2016 2:14 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes held its annual spring fundraiser April 28, this time at The Church at Rock Creek in west Little Rock, and on the heels of the spring Red-White game the Saturday before, when it was all 1970s-1980s Razorbacks nostalgia.

SUSTAINERS: Adams is toasted for years of service to Junior League

posted: 05/08/2016 2:08 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A lean chicken thigh, orzo salad and fruit on a bed of kale, and behind this plate lunch, sugar cookies in the shape and paint of a rainbow and a cloud because, honoree Judy Adams said, when she thinks of the Junior League of Little Rock, she thinks of the Maya Angelou line, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

UP AND COMING: Horse race watch parties set the pace for benefits

posted: 05/01/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

I just love a good horse race. The majesty, the money, the muddying and whinnying. Er, that should be the mudslinging and whining.

SUPPER & SOUL: With a side of funk

posted: 05/01/2016 2:07 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Arkansas Baptist College served up a white-clothed supper and a funky soul set by the Bar-Kays ("Holy Ghost") and Lakeside ("The Fantastic Voyage") at this year's Supper & Soul fundraiser April 21 at the Metroplex.

SCULPTURE PREVIEW: 400 rock the River Market to help pick piece for park

posted: 05/01/2016 2:04 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The preview party for the ninth Sculpture at the River Market took place April 22 under the River Market pavilions, and about 400 showed up to eat and aesthete.

REVIEW: Pumpkins show less than smashing

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Billy Corgan's vocals reverberated around North Little Rock's Verizon Arena at the Smashing Pumpkins show Saturday, the frontman doing his tenor best to fill the empty seats of the lower bowl. (Attendance: about 2,500.)

RAGIN' CAJUN: 'Bows and mudbugs

posted: 04/24/2016 2:19 a.m. Gallery Discuss

There was a rainbow in the southern sky over War Memorial Stadium about 7 p.m. April 14. This was at the 12th Ragin' Cajun crawfish boil for CARTI. Folks cooed, "Oh, look, a rainbow!" then dug into their trousers or handbags for evidence-gathering devices.

PARTY WITH A HEART: Gals raise roof at fundraiser to combat human trafficking

posted: 04/24/2016 2:18 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The initial party for the upstart Party With a Heart got hearts racing inside the Argenta Community Theater. The brainchild of local nonprofit board member Tifany Hamlin was "heart healthy" -- in sentiment and fact. The dance party, fueled from the stage by DJ Kat Wms, kicked off promptly at 8 p.m. and closed at 11 p.m. April 16. When Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" dropped, the dance floor turned into a trembling sylvan of T.T. back-up singers.

UP AND COMING: It's all about the children: Helping the abused, needy

posted: 04/17/2016 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Over lunch at Brave New Restaurant -- I, the pecan-encrusted rainbow trout filet; she, the chef's salad -- Shayla Copas tells me the second Woman of Inspiration will be Johnelle Hunt. Hunt, she says, is a "serious selection deal" who "had to pray on it" because she's so busy with business.

IMAGINE GALA: 15th annual JDRF fete pumps in a hardy sum

posted: 04/17/2016 2:12 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The big Fund a Cure drive (100 percent research, 100 percent tax deductible) at the first Imagine for JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) raised $17,000. Inside the Statehouse Convention Center on April 9, the same bit brought in more than $350,000, said director Sue Tull, bringing the 15-year Fund a Cure fundraising total to $2 million.

MEACHAM GREETS 'EM: Biographer of presidents pens autographs at UALR lecture

posted: 04/17/2016 2:08 a.m. Gallery Discuss

You might say Jon Meacham met each 'em when he came through April 4 and 5. The author of biographies of Presidents Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and, most recently, George H.W. Bush, hung out inside the art galleries at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, signing as many of his books (and perhaps some that were not) and greeting as many readers as made themselves available to him.

Rabbit at rest: Family works to promote Arkansas farmer’s one film

updated: 04/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

So many stories begin with an email and end with a keystroke. If in between a reporter finds himself on U.S. 61 headed north to Blytheville, that's unusual.

OPERA IN THE ROCK: Fools Rush In, leave behind about $9,000 in donations

posted: 04/10/2016 2:43 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Opera in the Rock, the nonprofit determined to give the capital city a bit of professional opera on a semi-regular basis, made about $9,000 at its Fools Rush In fundraising performance inside the Junior League of Little Rock's headquarters downtown April 1.

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