posted: 12/08/2013 1:33 a.m.
Few men wait decades for all their plans to manifest. The Count of Monte Cristo? Pshaw — he waited 14 years, then moved his millions from off a treasure island. No, for the kind of riches-to-rags-to-riches success story that’s closer to home — and not fiction — consider Tommy Hodges.
posted: 12/08/2013 1:18 a.m.
When they’re young, they change so fast. Why, it’s nothing for them to double in size in just a couple of years. And unpredictable? Like a completely different creature from one visit to the next.
posted: 12/01/2013 3:44 a.m.
The greatest thing ever to happen to Little Rock in the modern era may not have been the 1992 election of Bill Clinton to the presidency.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:05 a.m.
One of the unsung heroes of the charity economy are the “alumni” who stay on active duty.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:02 a.m.
The Muses, the Hot Springs arts project whose origin story begins with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent diaspora, on Tuesday night bestowed its Kindred Spirit Award on publisher and benefactor Walter Hussman before a packed Grand Hall inside the Governor’s Mansion.
posted: 11/24/2013 3:55 a.m.
Cynthia and Josh Martin had come in from Wilmington, Del., where just a few days earlier they donned evening wear for an event honoring Vice President Joe Biden. Now they were in Little Rock for the 29th Opus for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
posted: 11/24/2013 3:53 a.m.
The evening before the Clinton School was to host Steven Stolman, president of the decorative fabrics and wall coverings design house Scalamandre, long time patron and renowned interior designer Kaki Hockersmith welcomed the 56-year-old New Yorker into her Edgehill home for a reception attended by a couple dozen of the city’s tastemakers, like Cindy Murphy, Belinda Shultz and Steve Stephens.
posted: 11/17/2013 3:26 a.m.
Supporters of the Historic Arkansas Museum met Nov. 9 for the 19th Candlelight Gala. The event took place inside a commodious tent on the east lawn, the dimensions of which would have wowed the early settlers or 19th-century soldiers who once bivouacked there.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:09 a.m.
On Dec. 10, Little Rock voters will accept or reject a roughly $70 million renovation of the city’s favorite neo-classical performance space, Robinson Center.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:05 a.m.
“Let’s see a show of hands,” Jay Rogers said. “Who’s played ball, or had a son or a brother who’s played ball, at Lamar Porter Field?” Cliff Lee’s hand was one of the first to go up, and the highest.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:05 a.m.
By the time the first AIDS Walk for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation took place in 2002, the epidemic had faded somewhat from the headlines, with the help of a “cocktail” of antiretroviral drugs that were rendering HIV a largely chronic and manageable illness.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:02 a.m.
Decades ago, when members of the Rotary could well remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fireside chats firsthand, such occasions for the club took place inside members’ homes, around an actual fire.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:02 a.m.
How often Halloween costuming provides mini historical object lessons!
posted: 11/03/2013 2:52 a.m.
They came from Colorado — three sculptors whose proposals were selected from among 30 to be finalists for the latest addition to the Sculpture at the River Market walk.
posted: 11/03/2013 2:50 a.m.
With his surfeit of feathered hair and his blue-and-red bow tie, the state’s Economic Development Commission director is explaining post-consumer steel reprocessing much as a prep school science fair champ would a Mars mission.
posted: 11/03/2013 2:38 a.m.
The Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation welcomed supporters to its sixth annual Breath of Life gala inside the Little Rock Marriott ballroom Oct. 26.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:36 a.m.
It takes a village? Well, the village came out to Walter and Terry Quinn’s River Ridge neighborhood home Oct. 15, hustling in out of the rain and drying off by rubbing elbows with some very generous benefactors of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:33 a.m.
What with Acxiom, Welspun and LM Windpower and Windstream, and four hospitals in town, it’s a wonder science isn’t a more prominent theme on the charity event circuit. That’s not a brand new idea.
posted: 10/20/2013 4:16 a.m.
There are certain names whose affiliation with area nonprofits — never mind their direct contributions — have meant tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions to the causes’ coffers. The Murphys, the Rockefellers, the Stephenses, Saint-Cloud, to name a few.
posted: 10/20/2013 4:06 a.m.
It wasn’t as if Freda Kelly was screaming from the rooftop of the Arlington Hotel “Come together, right now, over me,” but the effect was the same.
posted: 10/20/2013 3:42 a.m.
St. Vincent Health System Chief Executive Officer Peter Banko invited about a hundred special guests, including some of the hospital system’s doctors and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, to the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center for a kind of stakeholders meeting (over steaks) that included color bars and pie graphs and this warning: “The reality is the Little Rock market really is not a place for three health systems, it’s only capable in the future of having two health systems, and we intend to be one of the two.”
posted: 10/20/2013 3:40 a.m.
The torch has been passed on, you might say, by the neurosurgeons at Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists. On Oct. 10 at Pavilion in the Park three eras of doctors visited during a reception welcoming the youngest, Dr. Ippei Takagi.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:12 a.m.
Here’s former state Rep. Kathy Webb, a Democrat, the first openly gay candidate elected to state office and the first woman to chair the House Budget Committee. And there’s Alice Stewart, former spokesman for 2012 Republican primary candidates Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum. Together with Jessica Sabin, they’re the vanguard of Red, Webb and Blue, a 60-plus-member team walking Saturday in Little Rock’s 20th anniversary Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
posted: 10/13/2013 3:44 a.m.
When Joe Nash of Mount Holly passed away two months ago, the not-so-small fundraising kitty of about $1,500 his wife, Darlene, and daughter Kelley Rogers of El Dorado were amassing for Alzheimer’s research went hyper. Today it’s about $5,000.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:22 a.m.
Hunger fighting fundraisers are tricky. Food is often the centerpiece of any fete. Yet, when the mission is ending hunger, isn’t it disingenuous to maw down on steak and gravy and finish on a big slice of cake?
posted: 10/06/2013 5:09 a.m.
More remarkable than the fact that Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are co-owners in a little cafe in the same block as Midtown Billiards, more remarkable than the fact that they came for the grand opening — and not for “an appearance” but mingling and consorting with the rest of us — is the fact that this summer the Oscar- and Emmy-winning (respectively) couple were in there painting and hanging lights like any other shop owners getting a place ready for business.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:07 a.m.
You can imagine 100 years ago the word ‘‘illiterate’’ — if it was used at all — described a person who couldn’t read or write, “but in today’s world, there’s very few people who can’t read or write,” says Neil Jones, director of Literacy Action of Central Arkansas.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:27 a.m.
The first black-tie event of the fall social calendar — even when it’s for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences — has that breezy how-ya-been ? quality of the first day of school.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:24 a.m.
Frank Deford is some kind of rascal. The sports journalist, whose work goes back to the Eisenhower administration, brought his rascally take on sports and the culture of it to the Embassy Suites for an intimate fundraiser for public radio stations KLRE and KUAR on Sept. 19.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:11 a.m.
“Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.” — Don Corleone, The Godfather Oh, people will tell you “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is the splashier movie line, but in my life, I’ve found occasion to consider the first.
posted: 09/29/2013 3:45 a.m.
Soo! Nami: The pitch — Earthquakes disrupt the happy life on a pig farm in Arkansas. An innocent piglet topples into a crack in the ground. The farmer blames fracking. Quicker than he can sue the frackers, a tornado strikes.
posted: 09/22/2013 3:25 a.m.
File this under “Wouldn’t you know? We do have a giant pig poolside.” In July, to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, the Rev. Betsy Singleton got her husband, Vic Snyder, a life-size hog-shaped barbecue grill from The Good Earth Garden Center.
posted: 09/22/2013 3:22 a.m.
To the question “What’s too little, or too much, art?” the only acceptable answer among the crowd gathered Sept. 14 outside the Clinton Presidential Center is “Too little is not having a nine-day festival, and too much? What’s that?”
posted: 09/15/2013 3:50 a.m.
Thirty years ago a couple of charter members of the South Little Rock Rotary Club (now Little Rock Midtown Rotary) suited up to deep fry some catfish for 150 supporters of Camp Aldersgate. Their names are John Bennett and Ed Staley.
posted: 09/15/2013 3:44 a.m.
So, nothing’s perfect. That September sun menaced revelers, and our squad’s margin of victory was about 42 points fewer than wished for. Then how about perfect harmony?
posted: 09/15/2013 3:34 a.m.
While the capital city partied or rested in anticipation of the next day’s march on that acropolis we call War Memorial, the theater crowd barricaded themselves inside the downtown playhouse where some Broadway bigwigs staged Pal Joey.
posted: 09/08/2013 4:47 a.m.
Picture American Gothic, that iconic portrait of an old farming couple: solemn, bespectacled, bone-thin from years of marginal profits. It feels true, doesn’t it? Especially compared with other farmers and references in popular culture: Tom Joad: The fictional Okie was better in a fight than on a farm.
posted: 09/08/2013 3:54 a.m.
While our own kids are adjusting to their new, nontotal-summertime-freedom schedules, dozens of adults went back to “school” at the Museum of Discovery’s Aug. 28 Science After Dark, a regular program that entices adults to the center (normally a space for young people) with the promise of drinks and fun programming.
posted: 09/01/2013 4:18 a.m.
Borrowing from Hank Williams Jr., Metropolitan Bank President Lunsford Bridges asked the 700 or so packed into the Marriott Hotel ballroom, “Are you ready for some football?” Ready?
posted: 09/01/2013 3:55 a.m.
The reception Aug. 23 at Heifer Village for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ College of Medicine’s alumni weekend was ostensibly to present Fort Smith native Dr. John Holcomb with his Distinguished Alumnus award, but it was also a chance for doctors to grip and grin and ask, “So where are you practicing now?”
posted: 09/01/2013 3:34 a.m.
Some university students have picked up Arkansas : A Narrative History as part of their fall haul of textbooks, and if they bought the book new — $45, though on eCampus.com students can “rent” it for $36 — they’re getting the second edition of the book published by the University of Arkansas Press.
posted: 08/25/2013 4:31 a.m.
The new dean of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is coming to terms with a suspicion he might not have had when he applied for the job last year — his new gig will be high profile.
posted: 08/18/2013 4 a.m.
Like everyone before her this day — even the guards, even the warden! — Renie Rule empties her pockets and steps through the metal detector, presses a thumb to the scanner and follows deputy prison warden Steve Outlaw through a series of locked gates and doors into the maximum security facility in Tucker.
posted: 08/18/2013 3:54 a.m.
They took of the bread, they took of the cup — there was some chocolate pie, and they took of that too. The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock welcomed nearly 600 souls to the fourth Taste of Faith dinner at Embassy Suites on Aug. 10.
posted: 08/11/2013 3:10 a.m.
Would you believe that in the entire 109-year history of the Sigma Chi house at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the fraternity has employed only six housemothers?
posted: 08/11/2013 3:05 a.m.
The North Little Rock Woman’s Club held a small recruitment social at its charming Burns Park headquarters Monday.
posted: 08/04/2013 4:17 a.m.
Three weeks ago we ran a few pictures from a small send-off of Arkansas’ Miss, Mrs. and Teen International Pageant contestants.
posted: 08/04/2013 3 a.m.
“Fun for kids of all ages” is how Museum of Discovery development officer Brooke Ivy described the appeal of the place, and that’s exactly what it felt like July 23 at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours.
posted: 07/28/2013 4:41 a.m.
Soon, it’ll be August, and the dog days of summer, which started out barking, begin to bay.
posted: 07/28/2013 4:37 a.m.
It’s funny to imagine the Quapaw Quarter Association’s party planning team considering other AMC show-theme parties before settling on the one that took place July 19 inside the Tower Building downtown.