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High Profile: Richard Abe Williams

posted: 09/25/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

If things had happened slightly differently, Dick Williams' byline might have appeared on the front page of a Texas sports section, perhaps just as prominent as those of Skip Bayless and the late Blackie Sherrod.

Entertainment notes: Georgian pianist to perform LR recital, concerto, sonata

posted: 09/25/2016 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze, a UNESCO Artist for Peace, will give a recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at Central High School, 1500 S. Park Ave., Little Rock. The program will include the Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat major, K.570, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Impromptus No. 2, 3 and 4, D.899, by Franz Schubert; L'Isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy; and the Piano Sonata No. 2, op.14, by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $20, $5 for students, free for Central High School students (reserve by calling the Arkansas Symphony box office). All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles and Central High School's music department. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 100, or visit the website,

Restaurant Transitions: New burger food truck; fire at Midtown Billiards; Stoby's reopening progress

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

There was a lot of talk at the farewell dinner for 1620/1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, a couple of weeks ago about what was going to happen to the building. Now we know that Jim Keet and his family, who operate three current and one pending area Taziki's restaurants, have bought the building, contents and equipment from Rush Harding III in a deal set to be consummated today. And he has formed a working partnership with a Little Rock culinary legend -- Louis Petit, who has been in Florida for several years helping his son Louis Petit Jr. with the popular and aptly named Louis Louis on the Gulf Coast near Destin. Petit, of course, started out at Jacques and Suzanne's, and ran or was involved in several area restaurants, including Piccolo and Cafe Prego.


posted: 09/22/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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Blind ambition: 40-year-old sightless musician takes ballet lessons for all the right moves

posted: 09/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Elizabeth Whitaker is not like the rest of Rebecca Mala's beginning ballet students.


posted: 09/20/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

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MUSIC REVIEW: Chorus brings down house in new home

posted: 09/19/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The River City Men's Chorus's Sunday performance was certainly aptly named.

Acansa Festival offers arts in abundance

posted: 09/18/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Dance, sketch comedy, tango music, theater and visual arts will flourish during the third Acansa Arts Festival, Wednesday through Sept. 25, at venues in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Amy Grant, ensemble, brass on musical opportunities list

posted: 09/18/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Contemporary Christian Grammy and Dove winner Amy Grant will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $30, $35 and $40. Call (870) 862-4747 or visit the website,

Restaurant Transitions: The Pizzeria opening soon; new sports bar in the Heights

posted: 09/15/2016 5:28 a.m. Comment 1

Following up on our report last week on the closure of the Wendy's at 4600 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock, that also mentioned the closure of an outlet on Cantrell Road in Little Rock, colleague Jennifer Christman caught up with Wendy's marketing director, Nan Trammell, who explained, "Our leases were up for those stores. We have also closed ... Geyer Springs. The stores we closed are 40 years old, so we are looking for new locations like we did on Cantrell. We have a newer store on Baseline [Road] and are remodeling McCain [Boulevard in North Little Rock]. Those stores needed to be completely redone to keep them open." Meanwhile, we've received as-yet unconfirmed reports that the Little Caesar's Pizza currently on the other side of Camp Robinson Road will move in, thereby acquiring a drive-through window.

Entertainment Notes: Verizon: Twenty One Pilots, Trans-Siberian shows coming

posted: 09/15/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

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posted: 09/13/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Violist, pianist set 5 shows; dancing ensemble performs

posted: 09/11/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Violist Matthew Lipman and pianist Kyung-Eun Na will give five Arkansas performances this week as part of the National Federation of Music Clubs' Arkansas Young Artist Tour.

Restaurant Transitions: Sam's Southern Eatery now open; Main Street Food Truck Fridays resumes

posted: 09/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The new North Little Rock franchise of Sam's Southern Eatery finally opened last weekend, after nearly another month's delay, in the former KFC/Long John Silver's hybrid, 613 E. Broadway, just off the Broadway exit off Interstate 30. The menu is close, but not quite identical, to the menus across the chain, which you can find at -- primarily fried chicken and grilled and fried catfish and shrimp in various combinations. Hours are tentatively 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends. We're still trying to track down the phone number. Franchisee Abu Bakr "Al" Sayyah and his family also operate Zam Zam International Market and its next-door restaurant in the Galleria shopping center, 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, and one or more Popeye's franchises.


posted: 09/08/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY Remembering 9/11 The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute at the Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.




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