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Restaurant Transitions: Restaurants open on Thanksgiving; Bakery Blitz

posted: 11/26/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In conjunction with the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre's coming production of The Gingerbread Man, which opens Dec. 5 at the arts center in MacArthur Park, Madison Stolzer, who plays the title character, will do a promotional "Bakery Blitz," 2-6 p.m. Wednesday. She'll "run as fast as she can" between Little Rock bake shops Sweet Love Bakery, 8210 Cantrell Road; Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. in the Heights; and Boulevard Bread Co., 1417 S. Main St. She'll spend an hour at each location, and be available for photos.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Annie, bluegrass, quartet fill week of entertainment

posted: 11/22/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. national tour of the musical Annie (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan) will be onstage, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

Restaurant transitions: Arbela Middle Eastern Grill finally open, Thanksgiving Day meals

posted: 11/19/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

To paraphrase the poet, the best laid plans of mice, men and restaurateurs gang aft agley, and Buck Sayyah, co-owner of Arbela Middle Eastern Grill, on the ground floor of the Tower Building, 323 Center St. (actually on West Fourth between Louisiana and Center streets), Little Rock, has had his share of plans go agley, up to and including having to replace the vent-a-hood that the former tenant, Natchez, had left behind. Sayyah says all his inspection problems have now been dealt with and that he was, as of our deadline, planning to have opened his doors Wednesday. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and his phone number, (501) 374-2633, which had briefly been disconnected, is now once again functional.


posted: 11/19/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY 'Successful' film The Clinton School of Public Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Times and Noble Impact, will screen Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary that examines alternatives to rote-based learning, 7 p.m. today at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.


posted: 11/17/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Surgeon works to recruit women for orthopedics

posted: 11/15/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Kate McCarthy is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery, and she wants more girls to be like her, so she's prepared to help them bone up on biology, then drill 'em.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: 5 ASO musicians present compressed Strauss piece

posted: 11/15/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Five Arkansas Symphony musicians will offer a different take on Richard Strauss' tone poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks with Franz Hasenohrl's "deconstructed" version, Till Eulenspiegel -- einmal Anders! ("another way," or, "for once differently"), in a River Rhapsodies chamber concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

La Terraza a Venezuelan delight

posted: 11/12/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The new La Terraza Rum & Lounge, in the former Acadia space in a Kavanaugh Boulevard office building in Little Rock's Hillcrest, is a mom and pop and son and daughter-in-law restaurant and bar, or is that a bar and restaurant? Venezuelan couple Carlos Valdivieso and Ana Lara transplanted a place they ran for two decades in Caracas, Venezuela; you can spot them coming in and out of the kitchen, with son and daughter-in-law co-owners Armando and Sarah Bolanos running the front of the house.


posted: 11/12/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY 'Something Borrowed' The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opens its 2015-16 Intimate Neighborhood Concerts series with a concert titled "Something Borrowed," 7 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock.

Restaurant transitions: New Pei Wei in Promenade at Chenal, Grampa's Southern Catfish closed?

posted: 11/12/2015 1:50 a.m. Comment 1

Lee Strother, principal and vice president of brokerage at real estate broker Colliers International, says that through his representation, Pei Wei Asian Diner, LLC has leased 3,000 square feet at 17701 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, which happens to be the address of the Promenade at Chenal. Although the folks in the upscale shopping center's marketing department wouldn't confirm or deny the pending new tenant, Cassie Cooper, Pei Wei's assistant brand manager, did confirm that the lease has been signed and that the restaurant will be sharing a building with a business that has not yet signed its lease. Pei Wei's first Little Rock outlet opened in October 2006 in the Midtowne Little Rock center, West Markham Street and University Avenue; there's also one in Rogers.

Entertainment notes: Arts troupe to interpret tale of Japanese internment sites

posted: 11/08/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Houston-based CORE Performance Company will put on three public performances in Arkansas of their new work, Gaman, a blend of contemporary dance, art and music based on the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent in two Arkansas camps, Rohwer and Jerome, during World War II:

Restaurant transitions: Silent Sunday, new food court planned

posted: 11/05/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Nearly four dozen central Arkansas restaurants, restaurant chains and other commercial providers of comestibles will be providing food, drink and desserts for Silent Sunday, the annual benefit for the Arkansas School for the Deaf (this year's proceeds go directly to technology programs), noon-3 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock. Todd Yakoubian and Janelle Lilley of KATV, Channel 7, will be the masters of ceremonies; entertainers include the GroanUps and the School for the Deaf's Singing Fingers. A silent auction will feature prizes from local businesses and baskets sponsored by the school's classrooms.


posted: 11/05/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Today 'Masters of the Time' The University of Central Arkansas Concert Choir will give a concert titled "The Masters of the Time," 7:30 p.m. today in the Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


posted: 11/03/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: 'Looking Back,' All Souls concerts planned this week

posted: 11/01/2015 1:23 a.m. Discuss

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas kicks off its 2015-16 season with a "Masterworks" concert titled "Looking Back, Looking Forward", 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Baum Walker Hall at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.



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