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Bobby Ampezzan

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UP AND COMING: Huckabee as keynoter; Stewpot as philanthropy

posted: 09/21/2014 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

Of all our living governors past and present -- there are six -- only one is conspicuously absent from the state. President Bill Clinton? Actually, he makes it back relatively often for an ex-president and still maintains a "residence." (Perhaps one day we'll get a peek at that penthouse atop the library.)

POLO CLASSIC!: Chukkers for hearts

posted: 09/21/2014 1:52 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Of the guests at the first ever Polo Classic!, at least 200 or so came away with an expanded vocabulary. "Offsides," "sudden death," "throw in" -- any soccer mom can tell you what those mean. "Chukker?" Sounds like bust­head brought to bear in a pail and passed around Cell Block D.

KINDRED SPIRIT: Muses honor governor for positive enthusiasm

posted: 09/21/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

The Muses Creative Artistry Project operates out of Hot Springs, but you'd hardly know it to look at the number of performances set at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.

Lawrence Edward Stang

posted: 09/14/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

His voice is soft as footfalls in snow, a mix of Queens brogue and Southern drawl. Along with Larry Stang's goatee and frontier stare, he doesn't exactly look the part of a Molly Maguire for disabled Arkansans, but he's been out front for four decades.

OUTDOOR HALL OF FAME: Foundation Hall Call

posted: 09/14/2014 2:38 a.m. Gallery Discuss

If there's one pastime that dominates all others this time of year, it's Razorbacks football. But if there's another pastime that dominates all others, why, it'd have to be the great outdoors.

PEACEKEEPERS' PROOF: Feeling peaceful and easy part of Cocktails for a Cause

posted: 09/14/2014 2:31 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Graphing social change, it doesn't look like concentric ripples unfurling from a splash, or even a spider web. They're not 360-degree visuals. They're more like constellations. Asymmetrical, with long tails.

2 children front, center in blood cancer walk, 5K

posted: 09/07/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

We mock it now, the medical practice of bloodletting. Remember Steve Martin's "Medieval Barber" on Saturday Night Live?

ARTS CENTER ANNUAL MEETING: State of the arts

posted: 09/07/2014 2:24 a.m. Gallery Discuss

At noon Aug. 25, several dozen stakeholders in the Arkansas Arts Center skipped lunch to hear Robert Burnett and executive director Todd Herman paint the financial picture of the center. Burnett gave the treasurer's report and promised to be brief and boring -- both of which were well-received.

UP AND COMING: Trapshooting duo target of foundation fundraiser

posted: 08/31/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Who doesn't love a hall of fame? They're walk-through list­icles. And the more recondite, the better. Someday I'll get to the Mascot Hall of Fame in that quintessentially hall-of-fame state, Delaware.

Franklin Hesterly McLarty

posted: 08/24/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance …. Matthew 25:29

GRIDIRON 2014: Class action

posted: 08/24/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

"What you have with lawyers [is] some frustrated actors who went into law because show business is terrible," Judge Mary Spencer McGowan told me recently. Politicians, meanwhile, are liberated, or at least self-satisfied, lawyers. It makes no sense then that biennially some Capital City lawyers get together and pillory some of our highest-profile elected officials on The Rep mainstage, but there you have it. That's Gridiron, where McGowan is headmistress.

THEATER REVIEW: Singers shine in Gridiron's return

posted: 08/14/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

About 75 area lawyers -- and some key deputies -- have pulled together the latest Gridiron show after a four-year hiatus, and, despite rolling in short at just over one hour, they deserve Likes and stage views.

AFTER HOURS: Brewing connections

posted: 08/10/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

It rained, it poured -- two ways to describe the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event July 31 at Diamond Bear Brewing Co.'s new home.

I, book

posted: 08/03/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Talk to folks who know a bit about self-publishing books and the name Hugh Howey might come up.

UP AND COMING: New McDonald House will supersize comfort

posted: 08/03/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Five years ago the bottom fell out on giving for a lot of charities. For the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Arkansas, the budget that year was just $650,000. This year's budget is about $1.1 million. Quite a rebound!

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