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Mansion merriment caps Tour of Homes

Subscriber onlyThe Quapaw Quarter Association's media blitz that took place leading up to the May 13-14 Spring Tour of Homes didn't do it justice. The meticulous attention to period restoration -- and in some instances, a disregard for it -- was uniquely evident in the six homes on the tour: three on Arch Street, two on Gaines Street and one on State Street, all in the historic Governor's Mansion District. Continue reading...

Scottish rites

Scholars and dignitaries flock to UALR chancellor’s investiture

Subscriber onlyUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson's investiture involved a great deal of pomp and circumstance, as well as a seemingly endless string of academics and dignitaries draped in scholarly robes. Continue reading...

Zoo to-do

Wild Wines raises funds, awareness for Little Rock Zoo

Subscriber onlyA variety of people came together in the name of the Little Rock Zoo for two days of wining, dining and animal-watching May 5-6. The events, dubbed Wild Wines, are held annually by the Arkansas Zoological Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for the growth and development of the Little Rock Zoo. Continue reading...

Oh what a night

Arkansas Arts Center’s 25th Tabriz fundraiser dazzles

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Arts Center celebrated its 25th Tabriz fundraiser May 6 with a New York theme, complete with a performance by members of the original cast of the Broadway run of Jersey Boys. Continue reading...

Private Peter Martin concert a 'friendraiser' for 2 entities

Subscriber onlyKay Kelley Arnold was as surprised as anyone when she won a private concert and party with acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin during a fundraiser for Oxford American in October. Continue reading...

Quapaw Quarter area fan a natural to coordinate tour

Subscriber onlyLawyer Chuck Cliett has an acute interest in historic places, mostly because he lives in one. Continue reading...

Food for thought

Taste of Little Rock honors Bailey family, longtime benefactors of higher education

Subscriber onlyTable after table of tasty dishes from 35 of central Arkansas' marquee restaurants drew a record 700 people to the Jack Stephens Center the night of April 27 for the 2017 Taste of Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's largest annual fundraiser. Continue reading...

S.C. Republican takes lectern in lecture series

Subscriber onlyU.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was the keynote speaker for the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series on April 20 in Fort Smith. But the night before, Lisenne Rockefeller welcomed a contingency of Republican office holders and others for a reception at her home in Hillcrest. Continue reading...

Shachtman gets A for win

Subscriber onlyStephen Shachtman's A, beat out a similar geometrically shaped sculpture and a banana on roller skates to win the 2017 Sculpture at the River Market Public Monument Competition, held April 21-23. Shachtman, of Denver, won the $60,000 commission to duplicate A full scale. Continue reading...

Huismans get the goods for 25th Tabriz's auction

Subscriber onlyTabriz -- that two-night, every-other-year fundraiser for the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock -- is turning 25 this year, and organizers are taking the milestone seriously. The theme for the casual May 4 party and May 6 black-tie gala is "New York," complete with a performance by The Midtown Men, four performers from the original cast of Jersey Boys. Continue reading...

Bass pro

Restaurateur Mary Beth Ringgold takes Diamond Chef title with a fish dish

Subscriber onlyFor the first time in the 10-year history of the Diamond Chef culinary competition, a woman took top honors. Chef Mary Beth Ringgold became the first-ever female champion, beating fellow finalist chef Jimmy Carter and top-seeded chef Donnie Ferneau. Continue reading...

Equine excitement

Arkansas Derby attendees hoof it to Jockey Club for best view, eats

Subscriber onlyThe 81st running of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park was perhaps enjoyed most from above, in the track's Jockey Club, where box holders and guests were dressed in their Sunday best -- hats and all -- for the April 15 finish to Oaklawn's racing season. Continue reading...

Bolo Bash 'feeder' lives up to its name with house party

Subscriber onlyThe biggest stars of the 2017 Baptist Health Bolo Bash -- the players and the sponsors -- gathered at the Valley Crest Court home of Dianna and Kevin Huchingson the evening of April 10 to mingle over a seemingly endless buffet of hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Continue reading...

When Bash makes dinner, it's served for a good cause

Subscriber onlyThe list of guests was limited to just a dozen for an April 8 dinner hosted by Paul Bash at his home high on a hill in Hillcrest. The dinner was bought by Ginanne Long and others at the Miracle League of Arkansas Double Header fundraiser in October. Continue reading...

HIGH PROFILE: Chef Matt McClure

McClure got out of the culinary school in two years and $40,000 in debt. Every job he held after that prepared him for his current role as executive chef at The Hive in Bentonville

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — Matt McClure is casually dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt as he sits at a corner table at The Hive, the restaurant in this city’s swanky 21C Museum Hotel. The executive chef is not at all casual when talking about the James Beard awards, considered by many in the business to be the “Oscars of food.” Continue reading...

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