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Cyd King

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PARTY ANIMALS: Zoo and beer lovers have a fur-mented good time

posted: 09/25/2016 2:48 a.m. Gallery Discuss

There were well more party animals than zoo creatures at the Little Rock Zoo's sixth annual Zoo Brew, a craft beer festival with dozens of local and regional breweries plus food trucks and other food vendors. The throw-down was Sept. 15 at the zoo. Last call came later than the event's 9 p.m. ending.

GETTING THE PARTY STARTED: Woo-ing A-teamers

posted: 09/25/2016 2:44 a.m. Gallery Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas launched its multi-year $1 billion Campaign Arkansas with a $450,000 black-tie gala at Bud Walton Arena on Sept. 16. The guest list included 400-plus of the heaviest hitters and the administration and development professionals who court them.

CHEFS’ BEST: 10-course feast serves as platform for awards

posted: 09/25/2016 2:39 a.m. Gallery Discuss

For true foodies, Pulaski Technical College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute wasn't a bad place to be the night of Sept. 15. The Chef Ball, the culmination of a long-running competition started by Pine Bluff Country Club general manager and executive chef Jamie McAfee, entailed a 10-course meal with something for brave and finicky palates. Tickets were $250 each.

Food truck fest to stop along Little Rock's Main Street

posted: 09/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership is trying like heck to draw more people downtown, and organizers of the partnership-sponsored Main Street Food Truck Festival are ready to accommodate about 50,000 of them for the sixth annual eat-a-thon Saturday.

LADY OF THE HOUR: Nonprofit Alliance event applauds co-founder Lile

posted: 09/18/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Pat Lile received not one, but two standing ovations when she took the podium at the 13th annual Leadership and Awards Event. The affair took place Sept. 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center under the direction of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, which Lile co-founded.

LANGUAGES OF WOOD: Building on a legacy

posted: 09/04/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Alumni of the University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture migrated back to their alma mater Aug. 26-28 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the school's architecture and design programs. A highlight of the busy, pre-football season weekend was a performance of a site-specific classical music piece composed by Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

Women's Hall of Fame

posted: 09/04/2016 2:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

For the second year running, Arkansas Business Publishing Group handpicked some accomplished Arkansas women for its self-created Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. This year's class of eight -- nine if you include a group of 18 charming ladies representing the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas -- were lauded at a lengthy reception, dinner and award ceremony the night of Aug. 25 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

NEW ERA FOR THE REP: Rep goals 'spoke to me,' new artistic leader says

posted: 09/04/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

John Miller-Stephany, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new producing artistic director, walked into the party knowing only a handful of the 80 Rep folks awaiting him there. Just two hours and many hugs and handshakes later, he was family.

The Taste of success

posted: 08/28/2016 2:38 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arkansas' annual Taste of the Finest feast was more than twice the size of last year's, with 27 restaurants participating. The net cash haul was a record $139,000 and counting. The Aug. 19 soiree in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center was what development director Amanda Hodge called "next level" in terms of success.

CLASS of '18: Clinton School welcomes new class at reception

posted: 08/28/2016 2:33 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Classes began Monday for 40 new students in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service's master of public service degree program, but before they got down to saving the world, they got to know each other better at a reception Aug. 18 at historic Trapnall Hall.

ENGAGEMENT PARTY: Diamond Chef polishes main dish, wedding ring

posted: 08/21/2016 2:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Donnie Ferneau, who took top honors at this year's Diamond Chef Arkansas competition, showed sponsors he is ready to defend his title at the 2017 contest in April. The culinary battle is put on by and benefits the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

High Profile: Rita Laura Sklar

posted: 08/14/2016 2:19 a.m. Comment 1

Rita Sklar's first individual act against injustice came at age 10, when she sat down during a class recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. She was protesting the war in Southeast Asia.

DOUBLE FISTING: Lots and lots of suds

posted: 08/14/2016 2:18 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Great Arkansas Beer Festival -- or GArBF, as the organizers like to call it -- went off the night of Aug. 6 at the Statehouse Convention Center, and by all accounts, it was a barrel-buster.

Gold medal advice

posted: 08/07/2016 2:03 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Olympic decathlete Dan O'Brien wowed a crowd of kids and admirers of all ages during an inspirational talk he delivered off the cuff July 29 at the Clinton Presidential Center. Grins widened and eyebrows rose when he brandished the heavy gold medal he won in Atlanta in 1996.

HITTING ON ALL SIDES: Turning up the heat

posted: 08/07/2016 2:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Nothing clears a stage full of actors like a rat held by the tail.

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