“It’s a tough state but I think that the real danger to America is the combination of anger and apathy and amnesia. What the voters need to decide is what do they want and who is most likely to give it to them in terms of action. People have a right to be mad; we are not out of this mess yet.”—Former President Bill Clinton on the 2010 elections. (via arktimes)
Third Friday Artwalk in Argenta — 5-8 p.m. April 17, at Argenta Art Co. (7th and Main), Argenta Studios (401 Main St.), Thea Foundation (4th and Main) and other venues on and off Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Highlights: new work by Dan Thornhill at Argenta Art Co., work by V.L. Cox, Sherrie Sheppard, Doug Gorrell, Delita Martin at Argenta Studios, UCA Shakespeare Theater group readings at Thea Foundation.
Bruce Jackson’s “Portraits from a Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison” opens April 16 at the Arkansas Studies Institute in time for the Arkansas Literary Festival.
V.L. Cox is the featured artist in “Origins,” to be held 6-9 p.m. April 17 at M2
Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center off Hwy. 10; Charles Henry James (that’s his work at the top of this post), Jacey Dalton and Sean Fitzgibbon will have work there as well. A portion of sales goes to Altrusa International.
Michael Swade is showing new jewelry at River Market ArtSpace, 301 Clinton.
Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery is hosting a reception 6-9 April 18 for an exhibit of new work by Ernest Nipper and Diana Baker Ashley.
Mostly they want you to buy plants, but White Wagon Farm and Sage House Gallery is (are?) having its (their?) “Art in the Garden Weekend” April 18 and 19.
If you’re in Bentonville, check out the “Art Experience 2009” Montessori benefit auction of work by Lisa Bauer, Hank Kaminsky, Mark Rademacher and Zeek Taylor 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the Bentonville Plaza Building, 609 SW Eighth.
In Conway, check out the contemporary American Indian art from the collection of retired UALR professor J.W. Wiggins in the AETN atrium, 350 S. Donaghey.
Yes, there’s a chainsaw carving contest (and sale) that organizers claim features great art, April 17 and 18 at the Old Hitchin’ Post Campground outside Eureka Springs.
MFA graduate Kyle McKenzie is showing his thesis work, “Empty Walls,” at UA’s Fine Art Gallery; reception is 2-4 p.m. April 25.
Rogers is having its gallery walk 6-8 p.m. April 17: At Julie Wait Designs, paintings by Charles Pearce; at Poor Richard’s Art, Sally Bowen’s pottery and John Murdoch’s pottery; at Zephyr Blevins, work by Joann Lacey.
By now we’ve heard the summary of President Obama’s biography so many times it’s rarely notable any more, but when you process stories through the brain of Bob Dylan, things always get more interesting.
“He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real,” Dylan told Times Online on his reaction to reading Obama’s autobiography Dreams of My Father. “First off, his mother was a Kansas girl. Never lived in Kansas though, but with deep roots. You know, like Kansas bloody Kansas. John Brown the insurrectionist. Jesse James and Quantrill. Bushwhackers, Guerillas. Wizard of Oz Kansas. I think Barack has Jefferson Davis back there in his ancestry someplace. And then his father. An African intellectual. Bantu, Masai, Griot type heritage - cattle raiders, lion killers. I mean it’s just so incongruous that these two people would meet and fall in love. You kind of get past that though. And then you’re into his story. Like an odyssey except in reverse.” Dylan views the rise to the presidency as a kind of tragic downfall: “Barack is born in Hawaii,” he continued. “Most of us think of Hawaii as paradise – so I guess you could say that he was born in paradise.”
Dylan then talks about how significant the sacrifices of Obama’s mother were to his success and that he seems to be the type of person who would have been successful in any career. But will Obama “make a good president?” the interviewer asked.
“I have no idea,” said Dylan. “He’ll be the best president he can be. Most of those guys come into office with the best of intentions and leave as beaten men. Johnson would be a good example of that … Nixon, Clinton in a way, Truman, all the rest of them going back. You know, it’s like they all fly too close to the sun and get burned.”
I know, I know. It’s fun and it’s good for ratings, but it is sexist. It is a popularity contest in which women are judged strictly on physical attractiveness. To hear 103.7 tell it, every one of the “babes” agrees to be seeded and no one has ever expressed a problem with the yearly tournament.
There was a great piece in this morning’s Arkansas Leader about a bill by Joan Cash, D-Jonesboro, that would set energy efficiency savings goals for public electric and natural gas utilities. The act would also require those utilities to develop an energy efficiency plan for meeting those goals. It sounds like a progressive bill, and it is by Arkansas standards, but the energy saving goals set forth were pretty conservative… Check out Shale Watch for more.
Love watching all those shows for free from the comfort of your own computer, any time you like? Well, that might not stick around, at least in its current form, for very long. Newspapers haven’t been able to monetize internet ads the way they can in print form and it looks like television and cable companies might be having the same problems. Here’s an interesting look at this from the International Herald Tribune.
The free video Web site Hulu, a joint venture of NBC Universal and the News Corporation, counted 35 million unique viewers in February - only a fraction of the hundreds of millions who watch TV every month, but a 42 percent jump from January, according to comScore. The ratings for some programs, like “Lost” on ABC, would rise as much as 25 percent if online views were included, according to the ratings service Nielsen.
Nevertheless, television executives are developing a different model in which only subscribers to traditional cable and satellite services would be able to gain access to the full breadth of shows online.
Leading the charge are the cable and satellite companies, which worry that the proliferation of free video on the Web - and downloadable shows on Apple’s iTunes - may be harming the $60- billion-a-year subscription video business by allowing people to unplug their cable services.
Damn. I guess all good things must come to an end.
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The round-up is a weekly feature highlighting some of our favorite things to do this week in and around Central Arkansas. April starts off with a bang. There are tons of free and cheap events happening all throughout the month. If you have more suggestions for this week or a future week you can leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com. Check out the CALENDAR for a snapshot of upcoming events.
A fire in Caraway, Arkansas claimed memorabilia from the films Walk the Line and A Painted House, including movie sets, old guitars and a couple of tractors. Too bad. Walk the Line was actually a pretty good movie. Am I way behind on this or did A Painted House ever even get released? Full article here.
As of right now, we don’t have any plans to discontinue Tom Tomorrow’s This Modern World. Tomorrow’s scorching look at politics has always been a favorite of mine and has run in the back pages of the times for years. In January, the Village Voice dropped the strip, which meant it would no longer grace the pages of 12 papers. That’s a tough break for a syndicated columnist/cartoonist.
I came across this letter the other day.
It’s from Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, telling people to call their weeklies and ask them to keep the strip around. Again, no need to call us, but it is interesting reading.
We all know the economy is bad and likely to get worse in the days ahead. I’m sure you know people who’ve been affected. I want to tell you about a friend of mine who recently took a huge hit, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, creator of “This Modern World.”
In January, Village Voice Media, the largest group of weekly newspapers in the country, indefinitely suspended all syndicated cartoons. In a single day, Tom’s strip was cut from 12 papers. Obviously that means a loss of income for him. Perhaps even worse is the lost connection to readers who faithfully turn to Tom and his sardonic penguin Sparky to help them survive the absurdities of the world around us.
Political cartoons have a powerful history in the United States. Many cartoonists were the Jon Stewarts of their day, quickly cutting complex issues to their cores. Decades before the Revolutionary War, Ben Franklin sketched a disjointed snake to rally the colonies to unity, creating a lasting symbol of the time. Herb Block’s incisive visual commentaries played a significant role in the public perception of Watergate. Alt-weeklies have provided a home to some of our finest subversive comic art, from Bill Griffith’s “Zippy the Pinhead” to Simpsons-creator Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell.”
Arkansas still finds a way to go forward with dirty coal plants even after a new report issued today says there’s no need?
From the Sierra Club press release:
"Washington, DC: The government found no need for scores of new coal plants currently on the drawing board, according to the Annual Energy Outlook report issued by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) today. The outlook found need for just two new coal plants between 2013 and 2025—and that is without accounting for expected new investments in efficiency and renewables, which should eliminate the need for new coal plants. The government’s findings are a far cry from the coal industry’s propaganda that dozens of new plants are absolutely essential.
'The data clearly show that we don’t need to be investing billions in dirty new coal plants,' said Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. 'In fact the data indicates that if we invest in clean energy, we can begin the process of retiring the oldest and dirtiest coal plants that are the most harmful to our health.'”
Of course, officals from the Pollution Control and Ecology Commisson rubber-stamped the Hempstead plant knowing this was likely to happen. While waiting on an appeal from opposiing sides, SWEPCO continued construction on the plant knowing full well that local officials wouldn’t stop the construction once it started due to loss of jobs. What’s it going to take for everyone to realize we don’t need this nasty stuff?
From Gretchen Morgenson at the New York Times comes another story of corporate bonuses in a time of woe and want. This one’s not about AIG, but about the $75 million bonus received by Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon.
“Political speech is largely the defence of the indefensible… Villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification… Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”—George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”