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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...

Museum pays back $50,000 loaned from NLR chamber

Subscriber onlyThe North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's June 30 Business After Hours networking event had guests scrambling for shade -- and air conditioning -- which were difficult to find on a late summer afternoon at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, 120 Riverfront Park Drive. Continue reading...

6 to shake, stir in Master Mix-Off

Subscriber onlyWith her short, spiky 'do and trademark red-frame glasses, Joann "JoJo" Sims is a recognizable figure across the Little Rock bar scene. The petite Filipino talks as fast as she can mix a drink, and she makes a living doing both at Cache Restaurant. Continue reading...

Easter Seals fundraiser puts 300 on prime perch for 4th

Subscriber onlyAbout 300 young professionals and other Easter Seals supporters gathered on the Grand Ballroom Terrace of the Little Rock Marriott on July 4 to take in the city's largest fireworks display of the holiday weekend. The family-friendly event began before dusk and wasn't over until the last spark fell from the sky. Continue reading...

ASO fund drive passes goal; more than $7 million raised

Subscriber onlyLongtime River Market lawyer Carolyn Witherspoon and her husband, John, had more than fireworks in mind when they invited a few fellow symphony music lovers and friends to enjoy the July Fourth holiday on the private balcony of Carolyn's law firm overlooking the Arkansas River. Continue reading...

Flocking together

All the Birds Have Flown South debut lands in LR with family, friends

Subscriber onlyThe locally made independent film All the Birds Have Flown South, starring North Little Rock native Joey Lauren Adams, wowed a crowd of about 300 during its Little Rock debut the night of June 25 at Ron Robinson Theater. Continue reading...

Cystic fibrosis fundraisers take break before the bash

Subscriber onlyThe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in gearing up for its blockbuster Taste of the Finest fundraiser, toasted the event's 2016 honorees at a gathering June 23 at the home of Missy and Steve Wortman on Valley Crest Court. Continue reading...

Personal Space

Subscriber onlyWhere I live: the Quapaw Quarter of Little Rock, near the Governor's Mansion Continue reading...

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