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Bobby Ampezzan

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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!

BEEKMAN BOYS BUFFET: Vegetable cookbook debuts in home-and-garden setting

posted: 08/03/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

P. Allen Smith held up an eight-tine, orange plastic pitchfork sized for a Munchkin before a photo set -- a couple of straw bales and a big plastic P. Allen Smith Garden Home branded backdrop. "American Gothic?" he suggested. "Grant Wood?"

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.

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