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Entertainment notes: Theater, ballet, puppets, jazz on Walton Arts lineup

posted: 08/02/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center has added an 8 p.m. Nov. 19 performance by five-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall to its 2015-16 season.


posted: 07/30/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Idol auditions Fox’s American Idol will hold auditions for its 15th season Aug. 8 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, Interstate 30 and East Broadway.


posted: 07/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Loca Luna owner-chef Mark Abernathy says the weather-delayed physical interior and exterior face lift on the restaurant, 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is pretty much done. But a minor health issue is keeping him from working on the new menu, the roll-out of which he is looking at for sometime in mid-September. The restaurant has stayed open during the makeover with the exception of a recent Monday, during the repaving of the parking lot and some interior painting. The phone number is (501) 663-4666; the website is We'll keep you posted.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Jazz concert at Wildwood to fund college scholarships

posted: 07/26/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright will headline a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. The show caps the week-long fifth annual "A Work of Art," a fundraiser for Art Porter Music Education Inc., a nonprofit honoring the memory of late jazzmen Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr., that promotes music education and provides scholarships for college-bound students.

Downtowners join brunch bunch

posted: 07/23/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Once upon a time, Sunday brunch appeared to be the exclusive property of west Little Rock, Hillcrest and the Heights. Elsewhere, brunches were scarcer than the proverbial teeth of domesticated fowl who laid the eggs for Eggs Benedict.


posted: 07/23/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Film camp finale The T Tauri Movie Camp will offer a finale screening of all of the work created at the 11th annual summer camp, which offers video production workshops for kids and teens, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive, Batesville.


posted: 07/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Natchez, in the Tower Building, Fourth and Center streets, Little Rock, will serve its last meals Friday and Saturday, chef-owner Alexis Jones confirmed last week via the restaurant's Facebook page: "This has been an incredible learning experience that I will always treasure. I would like to thank the local community for their loyal patronage and support throughout the past three years." Even the restaurant's most ardent supporters have been expecting this other shoe to drop after the restaurant ended its weekday lunch hours in mid-May, reducing its service to Friday-Saturday dinner and a Sunday brunch that never materialized. Make reservations for the two final meals at (501) 372-1167.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Hairspray twists to Murry's; Shrek hits stage in Rogers

posted: 07/19/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

A plus-size teenager finds herself at the forefront of more than one civil rights movement as she dances her way onto a 1962 Baltimore TV show that's breaking all kinds of racial and size barriers (not to mention beehive hairdo records) in the musical Hairspray (music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on a screenplay by John Waters), opening Tuesday at Murry's Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock.

Personal Space

posted: 07/18/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Judy Baker Goss Where I live: Little Rock's Pulaski Heights neighborhood.


posted: 07/16/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Memoir reading Oxford American contributing writer and editor Harrison Scott Key will read from his new memoir, The World's Largest Man (about his ambivalent relationships with his father and the South), at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Oxford American Annex, 1300 Main St., Little Rock.

Broth fires up tamales

posted: 07/16/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

You may recall that in our May 28 review of Heights Taco & Tamale, we were a bit down on one of the restaurant's supposed signature dishes: "Considering that 'Tamales' is an integral part of the restaurant name and that [co-owner Scott] McGehee combed southeast Arkansas for exemplars, we felt let down by the sheer ordinariness of Our Signature Pork 'Delta' Style Tamales ($4.50 for three, $8.50 for six), shredded pork filling a nice thickness of soft cornmeal with a red chile broth lightly coating the corn-shuck wrappings."


posted: 07/16/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed Cyd King's report in Friday's Business section, Juanita's Live Music LLC, managed by Reed Lewallen, has put up for sale the name and restaurant equipment of Juanita's Mexican Cafe and Bar, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, with an asking price of $159,000. The building stays in the hands of owner/landlord Dennis Long and the music side of the business will remain in Lewallen's hands. "The owners have families now, and the restaurant portion of the business takes a lot of time and expertise," a news release from the Davidson Law Firm noted. "New restaurant management will allow the owners to focus on the live music concerts and other business interests."

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Widespread Panic at AMP; Garvan hosts fairy tea time

posted: 07/12/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Southern rock/jazz fusion band Widespread Panic will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers.


posted: 07/09/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Newsboys headline During Magic Springs' "Celebrate the Word Weekend," contemporary Christian groups Sidewalk Prophets and Newsong will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Newsboys at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Timberwood Amphitheater at the theme park, U.S. 70 East (East Grand Avenue) in Hot Springs.


posted: 07/09/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Chef de cuisine Arturo Solis' new menu for the Capital Bar & Grill in the Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, quietly debuted on schedule July 1, but patrons may not yet see the printed product on their tables when they walk through the door -- it's undergoing some tweaks in the physical format, and management is making sure the wait staff and the culinary team are on the same page, so to speak. In the meanwhile, you can find it online at, with photos at the Facebook page, And Solis previews things via an online video at Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 370-7013.



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