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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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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Justin Moore will perform 'intimate' Metroplex show

posted: 08/14/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Country singer and Poyen native Justin Moore headlines an "intimate" performance connected to his new album, Kinda Don't Care, at 8 p.m. Monday at the Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock.

Restaurant Transitions: Dairy Queens opening in central Arkansas; TracyCakes closing

posted: 08/11/2016 5:43 a.m. Comments 4

A DQ Grill & Chill is headed for the plot of land (formerly Brandon House Furniture) next to the soon-to-open first Little Rock CVS pharmacy, just north of where West 12th Street meets South University Avenue, according to central Arkansas franchisee Blake Lively. He says this location and one in Sherwood -- on Country Club Road near Wildwood Avenue, expected to open in late 2016 -- will be the first of about a dozen central Arkansas DQ Grill & Chills that he and partners Nelson Lively, his father, and Todd Denton have in the planning stages. In case you missed John Magsam's story in Sunday's Business section, the Minneapolis-based Dairy Queen chain is also looking at adding a lot more franchise operations in Arkansas. That includes 20 in Northwest Arkansas during the next five years.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Week of Bond films bound for Ron Robinson Theater

posted: 08/07/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

The Central Arkansas Library System is screening six films as part of a James Bond Marathon, Wednesday-Aug. 14 at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. The library will also offer activities "curated" to each day's movie.

Restaurant Transitions: Bruno's Deli opening set; local chef in New Orleans; Arts Center restaurant changes

posted: 08/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Co-owner Gio Bruno reports that he expects all obstacles, including a couple of bureaucratic foul-ups involving his operating license, to be completely out of the way for a Monday opening of Bruno's Deli, 308 Main St., Little Rock, next door to the venerable Italian restaurant his family has operated, with a couple of hiatuses, since the late '40s. The menu features counter-order French-bread pizzas, soups, sandwiches (including a couple of longtime customers may remember from the long-gone days when the restaurant sold lunch in previous locations on Roosevelt, Old Forge and Bowman roads -- meatball, eggplant, chicken, sausage, veal a la parmigiana, Italian roast beef, three-cheese, a grilled veggie and Jimmy's Poor Boy, which includes salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, provolone cheese, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, salt and pepper) and salads (including the resurrection of the popular pasta salad from Papa Gio's, Gio Bruno's short-lived, Capitol Avenue lunch operation that operated for about six months in 1986). There are a few seats and a walk-up to-go window. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays; the phone number: (501) 313-4452.




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