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Food truck fest to stop along Little Rock's Main Street

Subscriber onlyThe Downtown Little Rock Partnership is trying like heck to draw more people downtown, and organizers of the partnership-sponsored Main Street Food Truck Festival are ready to accommodate about 50,000 of them for the sixth annual eat-a-thon Saturday. Continue reading...

Nonprofit Alliance event applauds co-founder Lile

Subscriber onlyPat Lile received not one, but two standing ovations when she took the podium at the 13th annual Leadership and Awards Event. The affair took place Sept. 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center under the direction of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, which Lile co-founded. Continue reading...

Building on a legacy

Alumni attend weekend reunion for architecture school’s 70th anniversary

Subscriber onlyAlumni of the University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture migrated back to their alma mater Aug. 26-28 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the school's architecture and design programs. A highlight of the busy, pre-football season weekend was a performance of a site-specific classical music piece composed by Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Women's Hall of Fame

Ceremony celebrates eight Arkansas honorees plus Sisters of Mercy

Subscriber onlyFor the second year running, Arkansas Business Publishing Group handpicked some accomplished Arkansas women for its self-created Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. This year's class of eight -- nine if you include a group of 18 charming ladies representing the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas -- were lauded at a lengthy reception, dinner and award ceremony the night of Aug. 25 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Rep goals 'spoke to me,' new artistic leader says

Subscriber onlyJohn Miller-Stephany, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new producing artistic director, walked into the party knowing only a handful of the 80 Rep folks awaiting him there. Just two hours and many hugs and handshakes later, he was family. Continue reading...

The Taste of success

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hauls in nearly $140K

Subscriber onlyThe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arkansas' annual Taste of the Finest feast was more than twice the size of last year's, with 27 restaurants participating. The net cash haul was a record $139,000 and counting. The Aug. 19 soiree in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center was what development director Amanda Hodge called "next level" in terms of success. Continue reading...

Clinton School welcomes new class at reception

Subscriber onlyClasses began Monday for 40 new students in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service's master of public service degree program, but before they got down to saving the world, they got to know each other better at a reception Aug. 18 at historic Trapnall Hall. Continue reading...

Diamond Chef polishes main dish, wedding ring

Subscriber onlyDonnie Ferneau, who took top honors at this year's Diamond Chef Arkansas competition, showed sponsors he is ready to defend his title at the 2017 contest in April. The culinary battle is put on by and benefits the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. Continue reading...

High Profile: Rita Laura Sklar

Subscriber onlyRita Sklar's first individual act against injustice came at age 10, when she sat down during a class recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. She was protesting the war in Southeast Asia. Continue reading...

Lots and lots of suds

Great Arkansas Beer Festival raises money, spirits for charity

Subscriber onlyThe Great Arkansas Beer Festival -- or GArBF, as the organizers like to call it -- went off the night of Aug. 6 at the Statehouse Convention Center, and by all accounts, it was a barrel-buster. Continue reading...

Gold medal advice

Former Olympian shares his successes, hardships with youngsters

Subscriber onlyOlympic decathlete Dan O'Brien wowed a crowd of kids and admirers of all ages during an inspirational talk he delivered off the cuff July 29 at the Clinton Presidential Center. Grins widened and eyebrows rose when he brandished the heavy gold medal he won in Atlanta in 1996. Continue reading...

Turning up the heat

Lawyers sing, dance, lampoon politicos to celebrate Gridiron’s 100th year

Subscriber onlyNothing clears a stage full of actors like a rat held by the tail. Continue reading...

Charles Portis Weekend turns another page in author's fete

Subscriber onlyAbout 35 people gathered in an upstairs event room at the Capital Hotel the night of July 30 for a Southern Supper as part of Oxford American magazine's Charles Portis Weekend -- two days of events geared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Portis' first book, Norwood. Continue reading...

Norwood turns 50

160 attend fond, funny, musical tribute to Charles Portis’ first novel

Subscriber onlyA stage full of talent and an audience full of steadfast Charles Portis fans made for lots of laughs the night of July 31 at South on Main, where Oxford American magazine wound down its Charles Portis Weekend with a 75-minute show that lauded Portis' literary genius. Continue reading...

Spirits of preservation

Libation mix-off at historic Masonic center furthers historic preservation

Subscriber onlyAs it turns out, prohibition is for sissies. Continue reading...

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