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MUSIC REVIEW: Wagner love songs smooth, subdued under candlelight

posted: 01/20/2017 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Most folks think of Richard Wagner only as the composer of five-hour operas with casts of thousands and pit orchestras in the many dozens.

Restaurant Transitions: Bruno’s reopening; Ira's moves to Main Street in Little Rock; Petit & Keet Bar & Grill delayed

updated: 01/19/2017 11:58 a.m. Comment 1

If you've been on the edge of your culinary seat awaiting the opening of Petit & Keet Bar & Grill sometime in February, you might as well settle back for a much longer wait. Restaurateur Jim Keet says the scope of his collaboration with Little Rock culinary legend Louis Petit, in the former Restaurant 1620/1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, has expanded from a six-week, "couple of hundred thousand-dollar" to a six-month, "million-dollar project." He's now projecting an opening in late April "if we're lucky, around the first of May if we're not."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Renovated Shogun rolls out sushi, hibachi

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Imagine our surprise the other day when we popped into Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar on Cantrell Road in Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood and discovered Michael Choi in charge.

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posted: 01/19/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Pennsylvania college's choir will make tour stop in LR

posted: 01/15/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The Susquehanna University Choir and Susquehanna Chamber Singers, currently on a 12-day tour through Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock.

Restaurant Transitions: La Hacienda being remodeled; Hillcrest Market & Nosh looks to open by end of March

posted: 01/12/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Hillcrest Market & Nosh is what Tomas Bohm is calling his newest enterprise, going into the former location of Hillcrest Artisan Meats, 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, which co-owners Brian Brown and Tara Portiva-Brown closed Dec. 31. Bohm, who brought you The Pantry and Hillcrest's Pantry Crest, says he's hoping to get the place open by the end of March. It will not, as it was originally described, be quite a deli because Bohm doesn't like the term, but it will vend cured-in-house meats and house-made cheeses, soups, panini and other sandwiches, grab-and-go salads and possibly some larger scale, more exotic meat items (including cooked-to-take-home lamb shanks, pork shanks, rabbit and duck breast). The market end of things will sell Pantry pates and brats and, in pasteurized jars, sauerkraut and cabbage, drinks and some of the Arkansas Fresh Bakery's breads.

Theater: Classic tale updated in lilting Cinderella

posted: 01/12/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

A dusty and somewhat raggedly dressed young woman, a pair of glass slippers, a coach that was once a pumpkin, a handsome prince and a climactic ball still figure into Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, onstage this weekend at Little Rock's Robinson Center Performance Hall.

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posted: 01/12/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: New lecture series to feature 4 Arkansas authors, their work

posted: 01/08/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Archives, in conjunction with the Historic Arkansas Museum, is launching a quarterly series of book lectures by Arkansas authors, titled "Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers' Lecture Series."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Sidecar at Terry’s Finer Foods on new track

updated: 01/05/2017 12:01 p.m. Discuss

It's all a bit hazy. Starting with just what to call the place.

Restaurant Transitions: Taco Beer Burrito closed but Blue Canoe expanding; Stoby’s being rebuilt

posted: 01/05/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed the Arkansas Online report last week, Blue Canoe Brewing Co., 425 E. Third St., Little Rock, has shut down its next-door Tex-Mex operation, Taco Beer Burrito, 419 E. Third St., Little Rock, and has expanded its Blue Canoe taproom into the 1,500-square-foot space. Marketing coordinator Carrie Mellinger says the new, bigger taproom will continue to serve TBB's appetizers and Blue Canoe-beer-infused street tacos, adding a few burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas and nachos; the Sunday brunch menu will expand to include egg plates, fruit plates, a breakfast quesadilla and a "hangover burrito." They're also adding games -- shuffleboard, darts and, still en route, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. Taproom hours will now be 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. And on the first Tuesday of every month, Rock City Rescue will have dogs available for adoption. The phone number is (501) 492-9378.

HIGH PROFILE: UAMS OB-GYN Dr. Paul Wendel looks back at decades of deliveries

updated: 01/02/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There's always a competition among expectant mothers (and also their expectant obstetricians) to deliver the first baby in the new year.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Small Works on Paper tour to start out in Forrest City

posted: 01/01/2017 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Arts Council's 2017 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition, showcasing work by 36 members of the Arkansas Artist Registry with maximum dimensions of 18-by-24 inches, starts a statewide tour Tuesday-Jan. 27 at the Fine Arts Center, East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City.

Restaurant Transitions: Dairy Queen opening in central Arkansas; Bruno’s Little Italy Deli move; new Taco Bueno?

posted: 12/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

A DQ Grill & Chill, central Arkansas' first Dairy Queen franchise in a long time and the first of several planned such outlets, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday -- yes, New Year's Eve -- at 1550 Country Club Road at Heritage Lane, Sherwood. Todd Denton, Nelson Lively and Blake Lively (who previously managed 21 DQ restaurants in Texas) are the three managing partners of owner-operator-franchisee You Scream I Scream Inc. They plan to employ approximately 70 full-time and part-time workers. The Sherwood location seats 72 indoors, 30 more on the covered patio (complete with a fireplace). The menu includes grilled hamburgers and chicken baskets served with white gravy, DQ Blizzards and customized ice cream cakes. The first 100 people to buy a cake will get one free Blizzard a week for an entire year. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 834-1300. The franchisees' second outlet, on University Avenue near 12th Street, has a spring target to open and there are more locations in the planning stage "throughout central Arkansas," according to a news release. (The first Dairy Queen opened in 1940 in Joliet, Ill.)

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Little Rock's Bossa Nova dishes out delight

posted: 12/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Cafe Bossa Nova has been around for eight years in Little Rock's bohemian Hillcrest neighborhood, where, despite its being one of the area's most underappreciated restaurants, it continues to do well.

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