Arkansas Times


Boycott Israel anyone? Show this to your Arkansas legislator

You wonder if this news out of Israel might cause some of the ever-so-godly Arkansas legislators to rethink the Israel boycott law that punishes people who refuse to give up their 1st Amendment rights ad accede to a state mandate to pledge not to boycott Israel or pay a price. Or maybe Leslie Rutledge could get all tearful again about the babies.

The rogue Supreme Court marches on, delivering another shadowy blow to voting rights of minorities

Louisiana’s egregious racial gerrymander of congressional districts will be allowed to stand by the usual egregious six activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, an unsigned order with no explanation or justification. Louisiana should have two majority Black congressional districts. Thanks to the Trump-packed court, it won’t. Same bunch did the same thing in an Alabama case.

‘The LGBTQ+ Community and the Future of the American Church’ tomorrow night at the Clinton School

At the Clinton School of Public Service 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, is a discussion on “The LGBTQ+ Community and the Future of the American Church.” Speakers are Frederick A. Davie, senior strategic advisor to the president at Union Theological Seminary; James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest; and Sarah Wilke, director of global relations for the Institute for Discipleship, discussing “how their faith traditions have responded to issues of human sexuality that remain at the foreground of deep divisions within many of the largest Christian denominations in the United States.” Frank Lockwood, religion editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, moderates.

Camp Taco hosting ‘Stranger Things Eve’ party all day Thursday

With the final two episodes of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season 4 set to drop on July 1, Camp Taco, a restaurant designed to look like a 70s/80s time warp, is hosting a “Stranger Things Eve” themed party all day Thursday in anticipation. So grab a jar of Jif (if it hasn’t been recalled), apply some hair mousse and discuss your favorite theories for what’s going to happen over waffles and demogorgon-inspired cocktails in costume.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra slates six guest conductors for 2022-23 season, continues conductor search

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced its roster of guest conductors for the 2022-23 season, after which it expects to conclude its search for a music director. Geoffrey Robson has been the symphony’s interim artistic director since the departure of Philip Mann as music director in 2019. All but one of the guest conductors, Vladimir Kulenovich, have worked with the symphony before and are making a return visit. “Our guest conductors have been selected specifically by our own musicians because they are outstanding musicians themselves,” Chief Executive Officer Christina Littlejohn said. “We have truly appreciated their talents when they joined us previously or in some cases, we have long worked to schedule an opportunity to introduce them to our Little Rock community.”

‘A Divided Landscape’ at the Momentary rethinks traditional frontier narratives

THROUGH 9/25. The Momentary, Bentonville. Consider what you know about the American West. Maybe you imagine a lawless land, a vast expanse of rolling plains and towering mountains, untouched by civilization. Now forget all that, because the Momentary’s latest exhibit is rethinking the traditional frontier narrative. Nineteenth century painters liked to romanticize the beauty of the West, but in doing so left out the darker realities of settler colonialism.

COVID catchup: The Monday numbers

Senate corruption diverted my attention Monday afternoon. Here’s the Monday Health Department update of COVID numbers. Total cases: 861,403 an additional 393 since Sunday. Vaccinations to date: 4,103,722, about 100 more in the last 24 hours.

UPDATE: Arkansas Republican state Sens. Mark Johnson and Alan Clark busted in fraudulent per diem scheme

After three days of testimony and deliberations behind closed doors, the state Senate Ethics Committee determined Monday that Sen. Mark Johnson (R-Ferndale) and Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) violated Senate rules when Johnson signed Clark in for a June 3 Boys State event he did not actually attend so that Clark could collect a $159 per diem fee, plus mileage.

The Phlegms, Peach Blush, Moonmane, Benadriil at White Water Tavern Friday

FRIDAY 7/1. White Water Tavern. 8 p.m. $10. Born of a fortuitous meeting between Avery Lee and Grant Williams in 2012 while the two were studying at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, The Phlegms have been churning out straight-ahead rock anthems in DIY spaces and house shows since 2016, squishing eight-bar guitar solos and minimalist lyrics about queerness and alienation into two-and-a-half minutes the way God intended.