September Culturalist

9/26 AMERICANA AT THE AMP According to Scott Avett, one half of the familial duo that heads roots-rock outfit The Avett Brothers, there’s a hint of “sparkly eyed wonderment” to the group’s latest album, Magpie and the Dandelion. Upon even a cursory listen to the honest, easy-to-love melodies—all heart and harmony and earnest, open intimacy—that…

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Cream of the Crop

Like many artisan sweets, Pure Joy came from an idea and a craving. Matt Feyerabend wanted mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, but not the mint flavor that comes from a bottle. Real mint leaves. Rich, dark chocolate. Armed with determination and a white KitchenAid ice cream maker—the one everyone gets as a wedding gift and tucks away…

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Birds of a Feather

Although not usually a voracious reader, Cody Fields used to sit in his middle-school library poring over books about birds. Picture books, scientific journals, novels—it didn’t matter. Nothing fascinated him more than birds of prey. Intimidating figures they are, with talons to grab and rip, sleek but muscular figures, and an almost mystical quality, thanks…

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Life of Pie

Lauren French chooses her menu by temperature. In summer, the pies French serves from her roving pie truck are light and fruity or cool and creamy. But if a cold snap hits, it’s back to warm chicken pot pie for a little comfort-food feel. “I let the weather dictate what I make on a weekly…

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New Beginnings

[maxgallery name=”new-beginnings”] A year after moving into her airy west Little Rock colonial, homeowner Lindsey Ryan seems to be experiencing a case of architectural amnesia. “You’re walking into the original family room,” she says as she gives a tour of the completely renovated space, whose cool blues and crisp whites recall the tones of a…

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Supplies in Demand

1. Magnifying glass, $79 at Box Turtle. 2. Paper weight, $30 at Georgia James. 3. Custom stamp, $125 at The Social Type. 4. Quill pen, $20 at Box Turtle. 5. Kate Spade notebook, $23 at The Social Type. 6. Bud vase, $22.50 at Massimo. 7. Jonathan Adler dish, $40 at Georgia James. 8. Letterpress coasters,…

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With Honors

Most everything about our university days always seems a bit better in retrospect—the food was always better, the opposite sex more attractive, the football team more formidable on the gridiron. All of which make it near impossible not to lapse into nostalgia, waxing poetic over better times, when our thoughts trace those echoes among the…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

In truth, it would be easier to write about the photo as if it were two separate images. As if the seemingly spontaneous and candid image of a woman gazing out over the water were entirely distinct from the exploded yellow penumbra arcing around her. That is, to first describe the scene Robbie Brindley sought…

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Deep Roots

The photo that ran with my mother’s obituary was taken, appropriately enough, at the cemetery where she is buried. In the picture, she’s sitting on the ground leaning against a tree, one arm around my toddler son and the other holding my infant daughter. Her smile is easy and peaceful. The photo was taken on…

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Juicy Fruit

Grasp a slice with both hands, lean forward slightly, open your mouth wide, and bite on in. Swoon just a little as your teeth sink into the watermelon’s crisp fruit and its juices flow sweetly over your tongue and slide down your throat. One bite, and it’s clear there’s no denying that watermelon is tasty…

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August Best Bites

Latte Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale and Fayetteville The caffeine wizards at Onyx know that handcrafting the perfect cup of coffee lies somewhere between science and art. Stop by the Fayetteville cafe for weekly tastings, or join one of its many classes to learn there’s more to your cup of joe than you ever thought possible.…

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