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Eric E. Harrison

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Styx, Smoke, classical concerts among outing opportunities

posted: 08/28/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Styx -- Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James "J.Y." Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo -- headline "An Evening With Styx," 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $31-$55.50 plus applicable fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website,

Restaurant Transitions: JJ’s Grill opens, new sports bar in Heights, plan for Melting Pot in Little Rock fizzles

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

JJ's Grill Little Rock has opened in the former Another Round/Villa space in the Rock Creek Shopping Center, 12111 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Kitchen hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday; the bar stays open until 2. The phone number is (501) 891-6769. No word yet on an opening date for the new JJ's in the former Jose's Mexican Restaurant, 324 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, which would become the chain's eighth outlet (the one in Little Rock, two in Rogers, one other in Fayetteville, one each in Fort Smith, Conway and Bella Vista). The menu for all locations is the same and available on the website,


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: 'Art of Fashion' reception, lecture slated at Arts Center

posted: 08/21/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Gloria Groom, chairman of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will lead a discussion on "Renoir and Fashion," kicking off a new "Art of Fashion" lecture series, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall at the Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. A wine reception will precede the lecture at 5:30; after the lecture, the Arts Center galleries, restaurant and shop will remain open until 9.

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posted: 08/20/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

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Restaurant Transitions: New menu at Core Public House, Kemuri makes MSN best sushi list

posted: 08/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Core Public House, 411 Main St., North Little Rock, unveiled its new menu last week, including tapas -- Open Faced BLT Bites, Gulf Coast Deviled Eggs (topped with a fried oyster and Creole remoulade), empanadas, hummus and Naughty Bacon Bleu Cheese Fries; entrees and sandwiches, including fish and chips, fish tacos, a blackened turkey sandwich, an oyster po'boy, the Buddha Bowl (couscous, sauteed kale, bell peppers, shredded carrot, snap peas, pickled radish and goat cheese tossed in a roasted shallot vinaigrette) and the so-called Bouvier Burger ("house-made everything" on a pretzel bun, evidently named for chef Jeff Wetzel of Bentonville's Le Bouvier Chef Services, whose logo appears on the menu). Hours are 3-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 372-1390; the website is There are also Core brewpubs in Fayetteville, Rogers and Fort Smith and a separate pub and taproom in Springdale.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Go ahead, Eat My Catfish

posted: 08/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

If the name of your restaurant is Eat My Catfish, your catfish had better be worth eating.


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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: SATURDAY Market activities Faculty and students from the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute at Pulaski Technical College will show Little Rock Farmers Market patrons how to prepare Peach Melba Cheesecake Verrines (a white-chocolate, no-bake cheesecake with peach compote, raspberry jelly and candied almonds) in a cooking demonstration, 9 a.m. Saturday, part of the second-Saturday activities in the River Market Pavilions behind the Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

Rep Theatre picks new artistic director

posted: 08/17/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

John Miller-Stephany, who from 1996 to 2015 was the artistic administrator and associate artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, will take over in mid-October as the new producing artistic director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.


posted: 08/16/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

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