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Bobby Ampezzan

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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.

UP AND COMING: Potluck party hosts hope folks stay away in droves

posted: 04/03/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Ever wonder how your iPhone works? I mean How. It. Works. The real-time voice in my ear, the live ballgame on my screen, the itty-bitty edge trimmer that makes it vibrate. Aack!

LIONS TURN 100: Hear them roar

posted: 04/03/2016 2:11 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It was 100 years ago when the city's first Lions Club formed in Little Rock, and almost immediately it set out to raise money for rat eradication. True story, retold March 17 inside the Pleasant Valley Country Club banquet hall. It was during the Great War, and what a novel fit! Lions hate rats, as everyone knows, which is why even the Bible doesn't pretend that in the halcyon restoration God has in store, lions will lie down with rats.


posted: 04/03/2016 2:07 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Alzheimer's Arkansas celebrated three of its most pivotal caretakers -- "advocates" -- at an Easter week celebration late last month at the Clinton Presidential Center's Great Hall with about 250 people in attendance.

SERVE THE ROCK: Regional chamber's comity encompasses many causes

posted: 04/03/2016 2:04 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Remember the plot of Ghostbusters II? (Oh, what? You remember it. You've seen it a bunch.) The spirit of a Carpathian warlord and a river of hot pink ectoplasm threaten to consume New York unless the whole city begins thinking positively. With the help of a marching Statue of Liberty and the upbeat tune "Higher and Higher," the Big Apple prevails.




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